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Lavender Fields
Fri May 26, 2006 5:48am
203.217.92.161 (XFF: 192.168.1.3)

Sorcha was silently very pleased about this next part of the lesson; Air and Water would present far less of a problem for her than the weave of Earth, Water and Spirit of the first part of the lesson had presented. Of course, it had mainly been Earth that had posed the problem, but it had managed to pull her entire weave down so that she hadn’t done it properly. This time, however, with just Air and Water – she had been told and she herself suspected that these were her two strongest elements, in that order too – she would be able to complete the weave. She wasn’t overly fond of not being able to do a set task, and so she was determined to do this part correctly.

So it was that she quickly and silently took her stool across to her own bush of herbs, but before she embraced saidar she quickly looked the herb over and identified it as lavender – the well known pointed green leaves were a dead give away, but if she hadn’t have recognized them then she definitely would have been able to identify the herb from its characteristic smell. Sorcha really wasn’t sure how to describe the scent, but it was one that reached up through her nostrils and stretched down to tickle the back of her throat. A small smile on her face, she took a deep breath in and so took a deep breath in of the fragrance, finally letting her breath out in a contented sigh.

Now, she thought, onto the weave!

Very keen to get everything right as opposed to the last part of the lesson, Sorcha took her time embracing saidar. She was fully aware that it would make no difference, but she wanted to make sure she did everything perfectly. Slowly she imagined herself as the flower, her petals beginning to open in time with the rising sun until she was fully open to the sun and saidar drifted into her, the silver nimbus flaring up to all channeling women’s eyes, except for hers of course. Opening her eyes now she could see the silver nimbus around most of the other female novices in the class; no doubt the males were seizing saidin at the same time, but she couldn’t see that – and part of her was secretly glad that she couldn’t.

Deciding to work logically on this, Sorcha took four threads of Air – which was so much easier than Earth! – and began to wrap and weave them around each other, slowly twisting them under and through and between until she had curved them around to form a dome that encompassed the bush of lavender that she was supposed to be working on. She quickly check the entire plant was covered, which it was, before continuing on to add the weaves of Water to complete the weave. Once she was happy, she took out some small threads of Water and began to carefully place them amongst the original dome of Air, trying to be as precise as possible and place them in identical places to Accepted Medaea, until finally the threads of Water formed almost a shadow of her original weave. She thought it looked similar to the Accepted’s, but there was only one way to tell. She raised her hand, drawing Accepted Medaea across to her. The Accepted looked at her weave and nodded,

“That’s right; much more pleasing than last time.”

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