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The Second Time Around
Wed Jan 24, 2007 17:50 (XFF:

Kamion let out a sigh of relief as she was told not to worry. Obviously, this was normal. The Accepted’s voice held a trace of pity, but her face remained as stern as ever. When she suggested taking a break, Kamion shook her head stubbornly-she wanted to keep trying. Seeing this, Merycla reminded her, “Remember that you must embrace the One Power. Only men, it seems, have to wrestle it to the ground. I was told, as a novice, that I must first surrender to saidar before it would come. So do not strain yourself in an attempt to grasp it. When it comes, simply let it flow over you like a soothing river, instead of trying to control it.”

Nodding, Kamion settled herself on her chair again, closed her eyes and began to concentrate. This time she forced all other thoughts from her mind and brought up her rosebud once again. This time it was on a long, delicate stem, with thorns protruding out at random places. The bud was still closed, but traces of delicate yellow peeked through. She traced over every detail of the rose carefully, and once she was satisfied that it was perfect, began drawing herself in again.

Kamion imagined a pale, morning sun, just rising in the east. She, as the rose, turned toward the sun to try and soak up it’s light. Slowly, ever so slowly, Kamion opened up the tender leaves that still surrounded the bud. Then she tentatively opened a petal at a time, and she let the light sink into her. She let it spread it until it reached her, and then she reached out to accept it. It filled her, and was all around her. The sensation…was incredible. She felt warm and happy, joyful and alive. Then, as suddenly as it had come, the light was gone, and try as she might, Kamion could not get it back.

Once again she opened her eyes with dismay. “I had it this time, I know I did!” she cried out, frustrated. She stared at the Accepted in front of her, and wondered if she had ever had this kind of trouble. It had come oh so briefly, and she didn’t know if it would come again for her.

  • River of LightAccepted Merycla din Phaedray, MuC, Wed Jan 24 13:26
    The concentration on Kaimon’s face as she strained to embrace saidar for the first time was obvious, at least to Mery. She continued her quiet mantra as the girl focused, knowing that the best thing... more
    • The Second Time Around — Kamion Drendi, Wed Jan 24 17:50
      • Where Saidar Goes, the Wind Blows...Accepted Merycla din Phaedray, MuC, Thu Jan 25 22:45
        I have to admit, the girl has a will to learn. Mery thought, while watching the play of emotions that swept briefly over Kaimon’s face. The glow of saidar had sprung up around her, for just a moment, ... more
        • A Stormy Gale (not)Kamion Drendi, Fri Jan 26 13:42
          “It is the first step on your path to become Aes Sedai, child, albeit a small one.” Merycla said. Kamion nodded and smiled. She was beginning the figure out that this teacher was not one of give out... more
          • The Sweet Taste of Success - Embracing Credit!!Accepted Merycla din Phaedray, MuC, Mon Jan 29 17:54
            Since the first time that Kaimon had embraced saidar , Mery had watched – and felt – the woman grow accustomed to channeling. She knew, without a doubt, that the novice would likely be one of the... more
            • A Short BreakKamion Drendi, Mon Jan 29 20:44
              Kamion felt herself blushing slightly as the Accepted commented dryly on her "breeze." True, it had been a bit strong, but at least she could make it. And she had done it, actually done it. She had... more
              • Identifying the ElementsAccepted Merycla din Phaedray, MuC, Tue Jan 30 14:05
                Smoothing her skirts, Mery made herself comfortable on the same chair she’d been using before lunch, focusing her thoughts. She remembered well what her teachers had said about the five elements when ... more
                • Gaining ExperienceKamion Drendi, Wed Jan 31 16:44
                  Kamion listened as Merycla gave a little more information about the five elements, and nodded. They had gone over this before Kamion had started channeling. When Merycla told her that she must be... more
                  • One End, One BeginningAccepted Merycla din Phaedray, MuC, Fri Feb 2 15:53
                    Finally, Mery stood, gesturing for Kamion to do so also. “This marks the end of our lesson, child.” She said, not unkindly. She had realized, somewhere along the way, that Kamion must have craved... more
                    • A Long DayKamion Drendi, Sat Feb 3 13:29
                      When Merycla finally stood, Kamion did the same, and almost fell over. Her legs, not used to activity after many long hours of sitting, threatened to cramp up on her. It was only by sheer will that... more
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