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Temporary Theft
Sun Jul 30, 2006 19:45 (XFF:

Ceto Amaya listened once more as the two Asha'man explained the next and last task for the Soldiers. It was an interesting idea, and one that would definitely test each student's skill. Ceto Amaya knew that she would not have any problems… there was no questioning that she possessed the Talent. It also was helpful to her that the man she had chosen seemed to rather weak of mind – most of the time, it had proved relatively simple to make him do what she wished.

She wove the weave once again – the complex weave now seemed simple to her – and pushed it into the man's forehead. "I need something, and you are going to get it for me," she told him. "I'm sure this is all right with you?"

The man nodded, smiling. "Yes, ma'am." She smiled slightly. At least he could be polite sometimes.

"Walk with me," she said, the man complying immediately. They walked for a bit, Ceto Amaya thinking about what she should do. Then she noticed a young woman, perhaps a few years older than her, with short brown hair. A Dedicated, by the single sword pin on her collar. She was practicing knife throwing – one of her knives was in her hand, but the other was at a sheath at her side. "Now, listen carefully to me," Ceto Amaya said to the man at her side, speaking in a low voice. A look of rapt attention covered the man's face. "I would like you to steal that woman's knife for me. Not now!" she said, grabbing the man's wrist as he moved toward the woman. "I want you to wait until I have engaged her in conversation, and then take the knife from the sheath at her side. But be sure to wait until I'm talking to her. I do not want her to catch you. After you take the knife, go behind that building over there and wait for me." The man nodded eagerly. Ceto Amaya walked over to the woman.

"Hello," she said, smiling pleasantly. "What sort of knife are you using there? I've always been interested in knife throwing, but I've never gotten around to learning."

The woman looked at the knife in her hand. "Well, this is just a standard blade… about six inches long. I don't like to work with knives that are too long or heavy – they're more difficult to throw accurately. This one's very slender, if you'll notice…" Ceto Amaya listened as the woman continued to explain about the knife, nodding at times and asking more questions when the woman appeared to be running out of things to say. The convict came up silently behind the woman and slid the knife out of the sheath, smiling at Ceto Amaya as he did so. He then hurried to stand behind the building.

Ceto Amaya continued on the conversation for a bit longer after the man was done – she actually was interested in what the woman was saying. Then she thanked the woman and hurried away to where the convict was waiting.

"I got it for you, ma'am!" the convict said happily, presenting her with the knife. Ceto Amaya examined it – it was a nice blade, shorter than the one the woman had been showing her.

"Thank you," she said, patting the man on the arm. "Now, wait here for another few moments." The man complied, leaning against the wall and humming softly to himself.

Ceto Amaya hurried back over to the woman. "You've been a great help to me," she said, handing the knife back to the suddenly perplexed woman. "I'm currently in a lesson on Compulsion—no, I wasn't using it on you," she said hurriedly as an angry look appeared on the woman's face, "I was using it on a convict who's standing behind that building over there. Our task was to Compel the convicts to steal something, and I used your knife as that something. I do apologize."

The woman smiled slightly. "Not a problem, so long as you are aware that stealing is wrong." Ceto Amaya raised an eyebrow – the woman was only a few years older than her.

"Yes, I am aware of that. Again, thank you very much."

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