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A Reluctant Novice (anyone!)
Sat Oct 21, 2006 15:54
67.190.15.56 (XFF: 192.168.1.3)

OOC: I thought I'd start here, since I already wrote the post. Then I figure i'll write my entrance to the Tower. I just didnt want to miss it.. course. it does go till nov 12.. heh.. but still.. been waiting two weeks to write.. !




Khaji sighed. She’d been here hardly a day and was expected to attend Bel Arvina. She didn’t know anyone in the Tower, barely had an intro to the Mistress of Novices. She was to have her first lesson next week. Right now she was doing chores and trying to fit into this new life. She had hoped her mother had lied to her, but that sinking gut feeling told her otherwise. Her father was a Warder. She dreaded having to pass the training grounds just in case she ran into him. She didn’t tell Madeline Sedai about it because she really had no truth of it. All she had was a dying woman’s word. She decided to tell the woman that she never knew her father, which obviously was true. Once she figured out that her father was a Warder, she’d do something. She didn’t know what, but something.

Khaji sat on her bed, the room announcing how lonely she was. It had one closet and a night stand. She knew this was how it would be for many years to come, but it was bleak. White walls and white dresses just added to her bleak mood. It had taken several months to travel here, especially with all that was happening in the world. People had been nervous to allow her passage.

“You ready to go?” The girl next door to her popped her head in Khaji’s room. Khaji stood in response and followed the other girl. It had so far bee the only girl she’d had much contact with. Khaji realized just how many Novices there were in the Tower. In her head it was way too many. Too many would drop out, too many would burn out, and too many yet still would stay novices and Accepteds forever. It was a bleak future. How can I make it with such hopeful odds. The sarcastic thought transferred to her face in terms of a frown. The girl next to her elbowed her in the ribs.

“This will be the only break you have for many moonspans. Take it and enjoy it. Stop being a sourpuss.” Khaji snorted and rolled her eyes.

“I just got here, what do I need a break from? I don’t know anybody and this Black Tower doesn’t sound all that fun.” The girl just shook her head at Khaji and ran to catch all the other girls. Am I really that much older than all these girls? Or is it just my idea of living is different? I don’t sit and daydream about a handsome Gaidin whisking me off my feet and life as a fleeting romance. She knew many of these girls had easy lives, others had had much harder than her. She wasn’t trying to make everyone pity her, she just didn’t understand the flirting with males. Well, she did and she could flirt, but it never seemed to be what she wanted. It wasn’t her.

They finally reached the courtyard. Many were milling around talking, while others stepped through the doorway. It was the best Khaji could describe. She’d seen nothing like it before. She skipped a step, almost running into her neighbor. The shimmering door way opened to a courtyard. Many people were on the other side, but the scene was so much different. People in whites and blacks mingled with a dappling of color. Khaji didn’t realize her mouth was open until her neighbor gently closed it for her.

“You’ll get use to it.” Khaji went to respond, but just decided to walk around the doorway.

“It’s called a Gateway, some Aes Sedai have a Talent for Traveling.” Khaji looked up at the speaker, and curtsied awkwardly. “You look as though this is the first time.” Nodding dumbly, Khaji yet again continued to stare in awe her mouth slowly opening in shock. No wonder Whitecloaks think Aes Sedai are darkfriends. Normal humans cannot explain this. The Aes sedai who spoke to her left her standing there and walked through the gateway. Khaji whined slightly. I have to step through THAT!

She watched her neighbor smiling and step through. She gulped to herself. This isn’t what she thought the festival was about.

“Are you in or out child?” the Aes Sedai standing next to the gateway asked. She meeped and her eyes darted around her. “Step aside if you aren’t going to go.” Khaji stepped aside. What’s wrong with me? Khaji was paralyzed with fear. She could go through that. That was evil. You don’t just open a door to somewhere else! It can’t be possible! Khaji took a deep breath, trying to control her racing heartbeat. She sat down on the ground, putting her head between her legs. She heard sounds around her, but the world was fuzzy. She looked up, the landscape blurred. Her breathing quickened.

“Child!” Khaji rolled onto her side and passed out at the feet of the Aes Sedai. She felt someone shaking her, but nothing in her body responded. The world was a garbeled mess of colors. She felt someone place their hands on her cheeks and chill ran through her body. She slowly returned to her body. “Child, are you alright?”

“Just the gateway.”

“You don’t have to go through.” Khaji nodded knowing this.

“Never. Anxious.” The Aes Sedai understood.

“It will not harm you.” Khaji swallowed and nodded again. “Are you going to be ok? You’ll need food in a little bit. The Black Tower has great food. Just stand up and walk through like it was any other door.”

Just simple. Walk through. Simple. Khaji stood up, still a little wobbly. She watched others walk though. Yes, I can do this. Khaji walked over to the gateway. She curtsied at the Aes Sedai, stood and just walked through. Once through, she didn’t feel any different. The place was beautifully decorated. She heard her stomach rumble and decided to start with the food. The Aes Sedai did say she’d need food. She shuffled over there, avoidind people’s eyes. If I don’t look up, they won’t talk to me. Male channelers.. uuurg..I still haven’t gotten use to females. She found a plate and loaded it. Course, if I look up they’ll notice the eyes. Its really not something you forget. She found a secluded spot, close to the orchestra, but not too close to people. She was in the White Tower and would have to get use to channelers, but this was too much. She’d never believed that when she joined she’d have to celebrate festivals with male channelers.

Maybe Gyn and Marial are here. She looked around, but all the faces really blended together. And what if they are? You going to march right up to them and claim to be Gyn’s daughter? She laughed, only a minute later to catch herself, least someone saw her and thought her nuts. Yeah, here you are talking and laughing to yourself. You are more nuts than anyone here. She sighed. This was not how this was suppose to go. Her life was not how she had wanted it to go. Here she was at the least likely place she wanted to be. Yeah, whitecloaks had lost a lot of credibility lately, but that doesn’t mean that 15 years of their indoctrination goes away in a day.

Khaji jumped about two feet when the orchestra hit an unexpected downbeat. Am I really this tense? A chill ran down her back, realizing she’d soon be jumping at everything. I should at least try to have some fun.


OOC: Some please! She's new in the Tower.. so hardly knows anyone.. believe me we'll have some fun.

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