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Studious
Sun May 21, 2006 1:52am
24.18.193.189 (XFF: 192.168.1.3)

Kirito’s hand lifted, a sole fingertip finding the thin layer of dust that had accumulated on the edge of his single, narrow bookshelf. Staring at the finger, he caught himself reliving odd, scattered memories, stretching from his first day within the White Tower to the current time. Had it really been so long? Not yet an Accepted, and he’d been here nearly two years. Eight seasons, and all had slipped past him as if he had been caught in some bewildering dream. It was almost sad.

With a sigh, the young Novice straightened his white tunic, tugged a few wrinkles from the length of his white trousers, made sure there was no dirt on the soft kidskin boots he wore – also white. Everything was white, for a Novice. That was the way it had always been, and the way it would always be.

Now and again, Kirito heard Morygan’s voice in his mind, urging him to greater things than he had set for himself. To greater goals and further intellects. That was always the way of it. Even if his friend – now gone – had seemed a frivolous young man, he had always been somewhat serious when it mattered.

And there is that lesson. He thought, absently and unthinkingly glancing into the pocked, bubbled mirror above his wash basin. His appearance, as always, was nearly perfect. Straight lines, hair arranged just so, and no expression save for the somber demeanor that his tutors and peers had come to expect. A few --- a very limited few – had managed to glean the real Kirito. But most of those were gone, or moved upwards among the ranks of the White Tower – which meant that they were fairly well as good as gone.

With a soft sigh that was barely audible, Kirito pulled open the door to his narrow home, and stepped into the vast halls of the White Tower, maneuvering through them with nary a thought as to where he was going. He’d been here long enough, now. The turns and curves in the maze-like White Tower no longer confused him. Muscle memory had taken over, and he barely even paused to glance at his surroundings before moving through each gleaming intersection.

Ah, here we are. He thought, after rounding yet another corner and coming into yet another long, beautifully decorated corridor. He had skipped lunch – and though he knew he might regret it later, there was no time now to remedy the error. So instead of turning back and perhaps grabbing a heel of bread or a bit of cheese, Kirito made his way to the appropriate room, slipping inside just as the final toll of the bell announcing the end of the luncheon hour finished.

There were a handful of other Novices in the room – a bare handful, at that. Kirito nodded to a few and paid little mind to the rest – no one had ever really known him as a social creature anyhow. And then, with the grace that it seemed only came rarely in men, he seated himself, waiting for the clamor to die down and the lesson to begin proper.

“My name,” he said, as the Aes Sedai’s gaze turned towards him. “Is Kirito Lisenth. I am most interested in the Grey Ajah, but know enough about the Blue to appreciate it’s validity within the Tower. From my studies, I have learned that the Blue Ajah is something of an informational Ajah – not like the Brown, of course. Where the Browns will study books and curio, it seems that the Blue will more often associate themselves with the…influential, and gather their information in this fashion. Either that, or they will manage their resources, and listen to the voices of those that they trust.”

He stopped, shrugging faintly as if only then realizing the half-lecture he had just performed, and fell silent.

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