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Novice Adem Draek
The Lone Novice!
Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:48am (XFF:

Another day, another lesson. Great. Adem stared dejectedly at his food. He didn't know what to expect today. This was his first real channeling lesson since the fiasco that had been his seizing lesson. He didn't know HOW he'd managed to escape being punished for leaving Tower grounds without permission... For a week he'd winced every time an Aes Sedai had so much as frowned at him. But time went by, and he still remained unpunished. So he figured he'd best forget about it, or he'd be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life.

"Cheer up, Draek." The voice came from behind him, heavily accented. "It can no be THAT serious." Adem didn't need to turn to know who it was. There was only one person in the whole of the White Tower who called him Draek, and that was

"Korin Bastin." Adem's face lit up with a grin. The only person Adem liked more was Justyn Stark, but Adem hadn't seen him since before his seizing lesson. Korin grinned back at him, and hopped over the bench to grab a seat. They'd been friends long enough that they could ignore the appraising glances that several other novices threw in their directions. Though they hailed from different lands, people often mistook them for brothers, though Light alone knew why. Though they both had dark brown hair, and eyes, and pale skin, that was where the similarities ended. Korin had the look of an Illianer, which was fortunate, since he'd been born there. Adem, on the other hand, looked nothing like anyone else in the tiny village he'd grown up in. The rest of his family had light hair ranging from blond to light brown, and mostly stood at least half a head taller than he. Most people mistook Adem for Cairhienin, often enough that he was starting to take notice.

"I can't stay long," Adem confessed, picking at his plate with disinterest. He was 'not hungry' too often, of late. "I have a channeling lesson soon, and I don't want to be late." He thought back to the note he'd seen on the lesson boards. The contents had been a little confusing; Much of the note had been crossed out, and Adem kept feeling he was missing an important bit of information somewhere amid the scribbles. And he wasn't quite sure what was meant by 'something to protect your head'. It concerned him a little. He'd managed to convince the man in charge of the Gaidin training equipment to allow him to borrow a helmet, but he wasn't sure that was what he was supposed to bring. Except they hadn't REALLY given him time enough to find anything other than what he had. Oh, well he thought ruefully, too late now.

They sat in silence for a moment, then Adem nodded to himself, and stood. "I'd best be off. I don't want to be late." Again, he almost added. With a parting nod, he made his way to the designated classroom.

Even with his precautions, he made it there just in time to fall into the line of novices as they filed into the classroom. When everyone was settled, the door slammed shut of its own accord. Adem's skin prickled. Don't be such a ninny. She's channeling. You've done as much already. And then he realized that the Accepted had asked for introductions. Fantastic. Every bloody time. You'd think they'd know who we were by now. No one made a move to stand, however. After a moment, Adem sighed, and stood up himself. "I'm Adem Draek." The giggles at his name didn't surprise him anymore, but his face colored all the same. "I've only been channeling a week or two. I only just..." He paused, afraid to mention his seizing lesson, in case some word of it got back to an Aes Sedai. "Although, I'm told I have been channeling longer than that." Adem heard the word 'wilder' whisper through the room. He didn't mind. The word tended to be derogatory, he knew, but he figured that was because the rest of them were jealous. This was his destiny, not just the whim of a bored farmboy.

Introduction finished, he sat down, and waited while the rest of the novices finished introducing themselves.

Look! A novice! YAY!

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