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Thu May 18, 2006 1:37am (XFF:

The pleasant smells of herbs and spices wafted over the class as they entered the herb garden. Teiran took a deep breath, cherishing all the different smells that each in their own way was pleasant, and that together smelled like the very embodiment of the spring season. It was yet another reason to enjoy spring far more than the cold darkness of the winter season. Listening to Accepted Medaea's explanation of the next part of the class, it seemed as if they were going to be equipped with all the weaves they needed for garden duty in the course of the day. Having already learned a weave that enabled them to encourage single flowers or plants to grow in the matter of seconds, they were now going to learn a weave that also aided the growth of the herbs, though without such an immediate effect. However mundane and common these weaves seemed to be though, it was still an inescapable fact that he was, in fact, being allowed to channel, and that was all the motivation Teiran needed to attend such a class with unfailing attention.

The actual weaving didn't seem to be that hard this time, but the flows being used were Air and Water. Being careful to keep his pained sigh low enough that the Accepted wouldn't hear it, Teiran went over to one row of herbs and chose a plant that smelled faintly of home. He had no idea what the plant was called, nor did the faint red hue help him with remembering its name, but from the familiar fragrance, he guessed that his mother had been quite liberal with it in her cooking. Assuming the Void, Teiran grabbed hold of the river of saidin, taking in as much as he could comfortably hold. If he was going to work with Air and Water, he needed as much of the One Power as he could hold. The rapturous feeling of holding that much coursed through him as he slowly directed the flows where they were supposed to go. Thread by thread, he built the dome that Accepted Alain had demonstrated moments before, over the small plant that had reminded him so much of home.

When Teiran finished with the weaving, he glanced up, locating the two Accepted that supervised the lesson. Accepted Medaea was observing one of the female Novices just a few paces away, while Accepted Alain was attending one of the male Novices that had chosen a plant on the far side of the garden. Keeping an eye on him, Teiran held on to the One Power, not willing to let it go until he absolutely had to. If anyone found out he was attending more channeling lessons than he was supposed to, indeed had traded away chores so that he could attend lessons, he supposed he'd get a reprimand about "forcing", and the dangers of pushing yourself. All Teiran was interested in, however, was to learn more, always more, until the Mistress of Novices decided he was experienced enough to be raised to Accepted.

Accepted Alain straightened, and Teiran hurriedly let go of saidin, and rose up, as if he had just finished with the weave. When Alain came over, it was inspected and approved with a curt nod, and Teiran moved over to join the rest of those who were already finished. Getting ahead was all well and good, but nothing was worth the risk of getting a penance that would further limit his opportunity to learn as much as he wanted to.

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