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Flowers for Me
Sun May 14, 2006 7:36pm
67.53.4.112 (XFF: 80.235.42.23)

"A bloom for Mistress Bloom." Accepted Alain said cleverly, holding out the rose he had just plucked to the girl named Lilli. She seemed to need such kindness from what Jocelyn could tell; after all, the poor girl was still new to the world of the White Tower and Jocelyn knew how vicious her fellow novices could be well enough. She had been on the receiving end of quite of few cruel remarks from some of the novices who resented her for no better reason than she had been born in Seanchan. Novice Lilli was, well, to put it delicately, she was overweight. Quite a bit so, meaning she would be subjected an endless string of teasing from those novices who seemed to have the perfect looks. Girls like Jocelyn's own twin sister, Calia. Girls who had been born with gorgeous looks and only grew more beautiful as the years passed. There seemed to be a strange abundance of such novices. She would have thought it an effect of working the Power if she herself had not been so plain. Jocelyn had not been so blessed; Calia had been the twin with all the luck after all. Still, even after ten years in this Tower it made Jocelyn smile to see that an Accepted was at least paying attention enough to do something good for a novice. Then again, maybe he was just being clever.

"Each of you – except for Novices Schyler and Teiran, you'll remain standing – take you stool and spread out to a rosebush." Accepted Medaea picked up the lesson once Alain had given the flower to the girl. As far as Jocelyn could tell, the two novices who had been named had gotten themselves into a bit of trouble before she had arrived. "Accepted Alain and I will be walking around to make sure you're doing well and if you have any troubles, just ask. When you're done, you're permitted to take a flower if you wish, as a souvenir and I'll be happy to weave a Keeping on it so that it won't fade for you. Now spread out and begin!" Jocelyn stood quickly, picking up her stool as she did so, and made her way to a smaller rosebush with vividly yellow flower buds on its thorny branches. Jocelyn had a certain fondness for yellow, both the color and the Ajah she could never be a part of. As much as she admired what they did, Jocelyn didn't have the Talent to Heal. The Aes Sedai tried to claim she couldn't possibly know that yet, but she had been tested in Seanchan for the major Talents and she knew. Besides, after sixteen years of channeling one ought to have an idea of what their Talents were.

Setting her stool down, Jocelyn made herself as comfortable as she could in front of the rosebush she had chosen and pictured in her mind a lily opening to the sun. It was the way the White Tower taught embracing, not the Seanchan, and after so long she really didn't need to go through the exercise of envisioning anymore. Yet, today it was strangely comforting. Some part of her needed to relax, after all lessons were growing tedious, and learn to take things as they came. She had been a novice so long she was forgetting was beginning to grow tired of the restrictions placed upon her. For example, even now as she drew on saidar enough that she knew even using Water she would be able to complete the weave, she was acutely aware of the fact that if it hadn't been for the two Accepted she wouldn't be allowed to channel at all. She had known what she was for sixteen years! Surely she could be trusted not to harm herself with the Power after that long? After all, she wasn't Calia for the Light's sake; she could control her gift.

Drawing out the strands of Water, her weakest element, and Spirit and worked them into the ground to form a net of strands as Accepted Medaea had done around the roots of her own rosebush. The Water, well after so many years the Water only fought slightly in her grasp. Sixteen years ago, long before she had come to Tar Valon – or this continent for that matter – working with Water would have been difficult, but she had had many years to practice. Since enrolling as a novice her control had improved greatly and she was even beginning to make up some of the large disparity between her weaker and stronger elements that had been caused by the sul'dam only training her to fight with Fire and Earth and not bothering to hone the less useful Air and Water. Still, the net of Water and Spirit laced together with a measure of ease.

On the other hand, drawing on Earth was like coming back to an old friend who welcomed her with open arms. Earth was her strongest element, her most easily drawn upon element, but difficult to use in its own ways. Earth had a tendency to take on a life its own if she didn't guide it properly, and it was harder to weave with the dexterity of her weaker elements. Still, she liked it best as she drew it up into a grid woven with more Spirit and Water. As she had seen the Accepted's weave do, the flows of the Power wrapped themselves around the roots of the bush and Jocelyn could feel the shift in the plant just before she saw it. As each novice was taught to do in their embracing lessons, the flowers lifted up and unfurled themselves to soak in the rays of a warm summer sun. Yellow blooms unleashed a sweet fragrance, easily identified by Power heightened senses. Carefully plucking one of the blooms, yet still managing to prick her finger on a thorn, Jocelyn took it to Accepted Medaea. With a curtsey she waited a moment for the woman to acknowledge her presence before holding out the blossom. "Accepted Medaea, if it wouldn't be too much trouble could you please weave a Keeping on this one?" For some reason those words, delivered in the tone expected from a novice to an Accepted, grated on Jocelyn. Suddenly she realized that Accepted Medaea was one of those girls who had enrolled and been raised in the time Jocelyn had been a novice.

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