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Weight-Loss Conspiracy
Tue May 16, 2006 9:41pm (XFF:

Without a doubt, the other novices garbed in pristine white stared up at her as she ran into the dining room, her face and neck flushed with exertion and her ample chest heaving; Lilli skidded forth a few steps before she could completely stop her momentum, and then she was able to catch her breath, smooth her woolen skirts, and tuck a stray rust-colored ringlet behind an ear. The snickers were beginning to reach her ears. Patting her cheeks, she quickly made her way to the queue, after a short while receiving her plateload of food and turning to find a seat. That in itself was a task, to say in the least; the sea of whites and faces were threatening to her, and she could not see one amicable countenance in the lot—though if she had looked really carefully she might have seen that no, not everyone was sneering at her. The short, fat girl whose waist enabled her dress to scrunch up tautly around it.

Feeling the habitual sense of nervousness in the pit of her stomach, she wove her way past half a dozen long tables before she finally placed her plate down at the seventh and scooted the bench back several inches so that she could ease herself onto it. That, of course, led her benchmates to the left to look at her awry—several casting her quite the dirty glance—at having to lift themselves up for the transience of a second while she shifted their long wooden seat, but Lilli only smiled widely at them and commenced on her meal. She never could understand. She cast a friendly aura towards everyone she happened to meet, whether in classes or in the novice galleries or otherwise, but why did no one seem to reach out to her with a similar hospitality? She just didn’t understand.

Her lunch consisted of a few rolled slices of beef, two small potatoes, and a bun crusty from the morning’s baking. She took up the roll in her hand and broke it in two, though she did eye the potatoes and meat. Novices seemed to be forced to exercise a strict diet she was not exactly accustomed to, but she could never say anything derogative about the quality of the food. The White Tower was said to provide even its servants expensive, wholesome meals; they could afford to be as generous. And Lilli was grateful, not to mention she felt a degree of pride. She belonged in this haven, albeit she’d only been here such a meager time!

When her plate was spotless, with every crumb licked, Lilli took it up in her hands and brought it to the kitchens to be washed, or, to be more precise she brought it there to wash it herself. She didn’t mind that so much at all, as the other novices seemed to. They certainly groaned and whined their way about it when they chattered in the halls about having received kitchen duty or the sort. But Lilli had always washed her own dishes, having been raised up in a modest banker’s household in Whitebridge, and no, they had not kept a servant in their house, unless one counted old Boris the gardener. Besides, she kind of liked the atmosphere in the White Tower kitchens, with all the steam and warm smells. She liked Laras as well, whatever her frequently sharp voice and notorious spoon. She had heard some call the latter ‘the scepter’.

Her hands were covered with soapy duds when the Bell began pealing, and it was then that remembrance and panic gripped her. A lesson! Of course; could she ever have been so obtuse as to have forgotten? She carefully placed her gleaming plate on the rack and with hardly a swipe of her hands on the toweling ran out through the aisles of the kitchens and back into the hallways. Having been here for a few days she wasn’t so unaccustomed to the White Tower labyrinths, but she still and to double back more than a handful of times before she finally reached the designated classroom. The Blue Ajah. Her stomach had been squirming with anticipation since last night when she had first read the notice up on the board.

She entered, and beheld an Aes Sedai wrapped up in her shawl, with the blue fringes draping her slender arms. Funny, I have not seen too many Aes Sedai in their shawls. What would it mean? She curtsied, blushing under the serene woman’s cool scrutiny as she did so, and then she took her seat. She was one of the first to introduce herself, which she did with her usual trepidation and there again—nervousness. Her cheeks were suffused with heat at having to speak publicly. “My name is Lilli Bloom, Tira Sedai, and I’ve been here…” She thought for a moment, coloring all the more with the effort and embarrassment, “…four days.” Light, was it only that? It seemed so much longer. As if an eternity had passed since she had last set eyes on her home. A pang of nostalgia pierced through her at that, prickling unbidden—and waiting—tears at her blue eyes, and Lilli quickly blinked them away.

“I think…,” she continued in little above a whisper, “I may like the Blue or Yellow Ajah. But truth to tell…I don’t know about any of them. The….Ajahs.” In honesty, she had heard a lot about them, even in the short time she had been here. Novices were great gossipers, and much could be heard by sitting quietly to herself in her room with the door laying wide open, while white-garbed girls trafficked the hallway outside. In all truth, the Blue and the Yellow seemed the most….middle ground. The others were too extreme-sounding for her, particularly the Red and the Green. Those scared her. Just thinking of them made her shudder. Creator have mercy on her that she would never meet a Red sister! At least not anytime soon, anyway.

“The Blue Ajah…,” she said as yet another frazzled red ringlet fell past her sights—she never could control her hair, “seems to be really….justice-oriented.” She ducked her head, wishing the ground would split and swallow her up. “I’m sorry, Aes Sedai….I really don’t know.”

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