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A Few Tricks for the Crowd....(Amy!)
Mon Oct 16, 2006 08:46
59.6.28.78 (XFF: 192.168.1.3)

Zander's mood was soaring. He had skipped lessons for the day, with no intentions of actually leaving his house before the festival of Bel Arvina began. He had washed and dried his black uniform hours ago, and now they were being pressed between two large blocks of limestone. He still remembered the day that he had been struck by the idea and carved them out of the outcrops that ranged across several hills in the area around the Black Tower. Once heated, the stones let their heat out slowly, thus keeping his uniform warm, and forcing smart creases into the cloth. And whilst he waited for the hat of the stones to dissipate fully, he was leaning back in his most comfortable wooden chair, sipping on a small glass of brandy whilst resting his feet on the central table of his dwelling.

Glancing around his room, he saw what few people were allowed to see, and with a merry glint in his eyes he chuckled to himself, the sound echoing in his humble abode. Leaves of every shade of autumn decorated his rooms. They were lined up along the joins between the ceiling and the walls, around his door-frames and his windows, and scattered randomly around on the floor. Festivals always made him feel better, and although almost no-one ever saw what he did to his quarters during his festive mood, it made him feel more relaxed and in control, so he decorated anyway. Peering around, he caught sight of the pile of leaves that he had left over after finishing his decorations. The pile rustled as a slight breeze passed through his rooms, revealing shades of dark brown, bright red and pale yellows.

And now the only question that remains is what I do with those leftovers. I've decorated everywhere, and I still have leftovers, and by the Light I'm not going to throw them away. I'm going to use them. But how... he thought. And a small smile crept across his face until it became a dazzling smile.

He took up his cloak, and transferring his gaze from the pile of leaves to the thick wool, he nodded and set to work.




And thus it was that he had strode down to the green an hour or so after the festival had actually begun within the Black Tower. His walk had been slightly unsteady, but he had turned heads, so he had not minded in the least. The best look he had got had been from a group of several Asha'man that had been talking to a few of his friends. Their faces had dropped in stark surprise at his supposedly unusually festive garments. He had walked away, leaving them staring at his back, where a cloak of intricately over-lapping leaves seemed to flutter behind him from his shoulders. Zander still wore his blacks, and his sword pin was nestled in his collar however, so he had not been in any violation of festival rules. The rules said nothing about decorating his cloak. And so he had smiled triumphantly at any authority figure as he thread his way through the throngs of people.

He had danced a few times, smiling and exchanging banter with his partners. He had even got himself a few kisses and a promise or two of more to come if he desired. He had revealed to them that he most assuredly would, so as not to leave them feeling rejected and mournful. It was festival after all, and so it was no time to upset anyone. He reasoned that they would soon find another man if needed, so he felt no guilt. And after a few more dances he had found himself a few of the more rebellious Soldiers and Dedicated, and asked them if they were up for a drinking game. They had retreated into the trees of the forest, whereupon they had drunk until Zander had been the only one standing. He had taken his few winnings, mostly coins, but a beautifully crafted silver chain lay among the gold and silver coins also.

And now he had found himself an audience of his own. He was no gleeman, but he was thinking of coming up with a name for a performer with a cloak of leaves other than a cloak of patches. He was getting a fair few shouts and claps of glee or drunken urges. He accepted them all with a smile and some pleasantry. Some shouts were suggestions for a new trick. He had done wall-running, hand springs, somersaults and knife juggling among other things. Now he was juggling four knives whilst dancing around a little. He jumped lightly onto a barrel and then on to one of the wooden beams that some people were leaning on. He walked along the beam as he glanced around for a target. He found one a small distance away. A lone tree stood forlornly off to one side. He smiled and jumped off of the beam, doing a twist in the air. When he had landed sprightly, if a little unsteadily on the soft grass, his knives jutted from the centre of the trunk. He smiled, waved at the gathering and strode up to his knives. He pulled them out and sheathed them once more. When he had turned around, his admirers had disappeared into the crowd like wood smoke on the breeze..

Zander walked slowly up to the tables that held the food and took a chair. At the table he paused until he thought that he had full control of his actions. HE was sure that he had not drunk as much as his body was telling him that he had. Glancing at the food,
he saw a possible salvation. Grabbing a plate, he filled it with a choice selection of the sumptuous banquet food, and dragged the chair across to a wall, so that he could put it into a leaning position that made it possible for Zander to see the majority of the congregation at the Black Tower. He put his feet up on a nearby barrel and wolfed down some bread that had been well buttered. Grabbing a chicken leg and taking a careful bite, he looked around at all the joyous faces in the crowd.

They never look like that normally, and that is why I love festivals. People just let go and enjoy every moment, with no care for tomorrow. This is how life should be lived he thought sadly, as he ate another titbit of food from his plate. He did not realize that someone was watching him as he was simultaneously watching the crowds.



OOC: There you go Amy! I don't know if this was what yoiu were expecting, but I sort of lost control of my fingers as they tyed ;) Anyways, have fun introducing them to each other. Make him jump and dance for her, she's Aes Sedai after all *grins*

'Pin type' edited by Amy. :)

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