Lease this WebApp and get rid of the ads.
Flying free
Tue May 16, 2006 03:09
87.42.64.39 (XFF: 129.78.148.95)

Dawn had broken over the Tower proper, the darkness fading away to nothingness. Rays of bright, beautiful sunlight, making every inch of the magnificent white stonework, glisten like the surface of a lake, shone down on the single trainee, alone in the very most western yard. A sharp wind tussled his hair vigorously, sending the long, burnished red tresses, streaming out around him.

His mind blank, his feelings in tune with everything around him, Tain sat in the middle of the yard, his legs drawn up beneath him. He was finally settling in to Tower life and now even had a routine that he stuck to. He ran ten laps before dawn on freedays and twice that every other, then he spent an hour in meditation before meeting Faoelin for two to three hours of intense instruction, in what ever weapon she chose for that day. That normally left him with at least half an hour to change and eat, before he had to attend a lesson. Today was different, as the lesson he was to attend was starting earlier and he would not be able to meet Faoelin for their daily lesson. The Arafellin Sei’Tar did not mind that Tain would not be attending, for she had been planning a different exercise for later on, when it was dark.

Probably have me try and find her in a bloody wood, or something, a stray thought bubbled up, breaking through his steely grasp of the Void.

The shock of the stray thought made him rock slightly, but otherwise had no effect. Faoelin had thought him the way of the flame and the Void, saying that he would most likely be thought it soon anyway. It was a strange thing really. A lot like the meditative trance they had been instructed to attain, in the Hand-to-Hand lesson he had attended, but easier.

A flicker of danger, felt at the edge of his mind, was the only warning he had, but it was enough. Throwing himself sideways and into a roll, just as something heavy swished through the air toward his head, he leapt to his feet and turned to confront his attacker, thanking the Light that he had attended an unarmed combat lesson.

“Ah. So you are awake!” The Arafellin Sei’Tar grinned impishly at him, tapping the practice sword, she held at her side, against her heel.

“Light! You nearly took my head!” he sighed in exasperation, he had lost his grip on the Void as the blade had swung just over his head. If he could not even keep his cool, while a Sei’Tar, that meant him no real harm, was attacking him, what would he do against a bandit or a darkfriend. Light, what would I do against a Trolloc? he shook with fear slightly, as he caught a mental image of himself in a pot. I will not be anybody’s dinner! he vowed, straightening under the Sei’Tar’s gaze.

“Man up Tain!” Faoelin laughed, prodding him playfully in the stomach with the practice blade. “So, what lesson you got now eh?”

“Umm, Falconry with Demetri Sedai,” stooping to grab the length of toweling off of his pack, there would not be time to change today, he sighed as the scar along his right side twinged slightly. A going away present from the Rahad, the wound agitated him sometimes, when he sat in one place for too long.

“Oh, a Green?” Faoelin laughed softly. “Careful Tain, a tall strapping lad, like yourself, might find himself Bonded, before he could blink!” The look on his face must have been priceless, as Faoelin laughed harder, clutching at her sides and bending over almost double.

“But… Isn’t that illegal?” Tain straightened, dropping the toweling back atop his pack.

“Oh, she wouldn’t bond you against your will, but she’d manage to twist you till you agreed. Aes Sedai, you know!” she actually looked amused at the thought.

“No, I meant about me being an Aethan’Tar!” scooping the pack off the ground and shoving the waterskin and toweling into the open top, he checked briefly, to see if his letter was still tucked safely inside the pocket of the pack. It was still there, safe and sound.

“You don’t even have to be Aethan’Tar to be bonded. An Aes Sedai may bond any man, within reason, that gives his consent!” Faoelin nodded, as if satisfied.

“Not for me yet I think!” Tain laughed softly. “Im not worthy of protecting an Aes Sedai yet!” But soon! Soon I will be ready to receive my destiny. I will be remembered through the Ages! he vowed to himself, turning his face to the heavens, closing his eyes and basking in the warm sun. Soon!

“You all right Tain? You look troubled,” Faoelin took a step forward and gently took a hold of his face, bending his head down so she could stare deeply into his eyes. The woman was considerably shorter than him and she had to strain to reach him, but she managed. “Not over doing it are you?”

Tain shook his head slightly. “I am fine, just haven’t eaten yet is all! Thanks for worrying.”

“Course Im worried, I don’t want you dropping dead yet!” she grinned up at him and Tain found himself smiling back. “Well, you better go if you don’t want to be late. Meet me here tonight and bring that cloak you kept, from that lesson we did a while ago. Okay?” she dropped her hands to her side and looked up at him questioningly.

“Wouldn’t miss the chance to kick your ass, for the world!” he laughed and bent down to kiss her lightly on the lips. Light her lips are soft! Tain froze. He had just kissed a Sei’Tar. Light, he had just kissed Faoelin! Jumping back quickly, he apologized in a rush, saying that he was an idiot and that he was sorry. Light, I am a dead idiot!

Faoelin just stood there, looking dazed and staring at the ground before her. Light, any second now she was about to kill him! What felt like an hour passed, till Faoelin finally moved. Shaking her head softly, she looked up and at him slowly. Tain winced, he was bound to get a beating and the Sei’Tar dagger, which hung at the Arafellin woman’s belt, was headed for his liver, if he knew women.

Faoelin smiled slightly and crossed the distance between her and Tain, standing up on the tips of her toes, to tilt Tain’s head down and kiss him deeply. What felt like an Age passed, before they broke apart, both panting slightly, Faoelin leaning into his chest.

“Now you really have to go, before you are late!” she smiled up at him and winked, before straightening and turn away from him, to cross the yard, out the way she had come.

Light, women are bloody strange!




Tain wasn’t late. Tain was very late!

He burst into the mews, just as the Aes Sedai stopped talking. She cast a disapproving stare at him, before turning back to the rest of the class. Though the woman was not looking, Tain bowed to her anyway, sure that if he didn’t, he would be in for a beating.

I’ll never understand women, will I? Light, how he wished someone would answer!

Tain took a place at the back of the group, listening and watching intently. He recognized one or two Aethan’Tar from previous lessons, but names eluded him. Since Tain had come to the Tower, he had made only two friends, an Accepted called Kaera and Faoelin. He was not very sociable and in truth, large groups of people unsettled him.

I need to find my own type if people. I need a Tavern and a good fight! Tain was lost in thought, when his turn came and nearly missed his cue. Forgive me Aes Sedai,” he said taking a step forward and making his best leg, “I am Tain Aethan’Tar and to tell the truth, I have not really thought about my interest in Falconry. I would care to learn the correct way of handling them however, to broaden my horizons as such.” With that over, Tain saluted the woman and collected the handling glove, before returning to the back of the group. Lets hope this goes well!

OOC: Lol! I got carried away with the start! Poor Tain!

  • Falconry: The art of not getting scratchedGeneral Demetri da'Faile Sedai, Green Ajah, Sun May 14 16:10
    Demetri smiled as her finger ran down the breast of Aditi, watching as his large dark eyes blinked languorously in pleasure, his beak emitting a single prrp! of pleasure. Her falcon had been... more
    • Birds on the brainAccepted Celeste Illharess, Wed May 24 02:26
      Sweat beaded as it flowed down her forehead, rivulets of the clear liquid running tracks down her flushed cheeks. She blinked as a droplet flowed into her left eye. “I have to do it. I must succeed,” ... more
    • Falconry Part I: Train the TrainerGeneral Demetri da'Faile Sedai, Green Ajah, Sun May 21 15:18
      The class was blessedly small—the raptors didn’t mind so much the attention, but often in larger crowds Trainees and others got brave and reckless and did stupid things that resulted in injuries.... more
      • Starkly Feathered ContrastMajor Locke Lemain, Dedicated, Fri May 26 10:53
        Locke felt a small twinge of amusement pass through him, at the idea of anyone having small animals or children stowed away somewhere. What an unlucky day for someone who kept a friendly pet rat... more
      • Falconry Part II: Caring for NestlingsGeneral Demetri da'Faile Sedai, Green Ajah, Fri May 26 08:24
        Demetri let everyone run through the exercises of getting the birds to come when called and saw that most achieved success after only a few tries, though it was hardly surprising. She'd chosen birds... more
        • A TwistMajor Locke Lemain, Dedicated, Sun Jun 4 16:12
          Locke's brow furrowed slightly at the idea that a lesson would involve coddling chicks. It was unexpected and pleasant, the kind of nuturing thing that one would not see at the Black Tower. Fatty... more
        • Falconry Part III: Going HuntingGeneral Demetri da'Faile Sedai, Green Ajah, Thu Jun 1 06:11
          Demetri led the class out of the mews quietly, studying the looks on their faces as they passed her; she saw reverence, happiness, contentment—everyone seemed to have enjoyed this portion of the... more
          • NosediveMajor Locke Lemain, Dedicated, Fri Jun 9 20:53
            Locke meandered silently amongst the rest of the class, mulling over the prospects of falconry as applied to military concept. It was not as hazy a comparison as one would think, on the most basic of ... more
          • Lesson Closed!Taryn, Tue Jun 6 07:22
            The following people got Falconry credit: Riani Aethan'Tar Accepted Celeste Accepted Arin The following have an extension until June 11: Tain Aethan'Tar John, if you need an extension, just shoot me... more
          • Gaining ConfidenceAccepted Arin Alistaire, Mon Jun 5 21:15
            Arin donned her glove once more and examined it on her hand, deciding as she did that it was a bit on the large side; being a small person, she also had fairly small hands. She deposited it back in... more
          • HuntingAccepted Celeste Illharess, Sun Jun 4 22:22
            Celeste rifled through the box of gloves. Searching around for one that fit her. It took her awhile to find a left handed glove and longer still to find one that fit perfectly. Being nearly the last... more
          • Bird of PreyRiani Aethan'Tar, Sun Jun 4 14:42
            Riani sat easy in her saddle, enjoying the sensation of sun’s warming touch. Her green-grey eyes had long since accustomed themselves to the brightness of the wooded hill-land in which they were... more
        • Exaggerated CareAccepted Arin Alistaire, Mon May 29 22:55
          Arin followed Demetri Sedai as Demetri led the group of students to the aviary, walking slowly. Perhaps she was walking a shade too slowly… but better to be over-cautious when dealing with animals... more
        • NestlingsAccepted Celeste Illharess, Fri May 26 18:55
          Raising her hand to gain the attention of her class, Demetri Sedai announced the start of the next phase of the class. They were to return the birds currently on hand to the mews and proceed to work... more
        • Re: Falconry Part II: Caring for NestlingsRiani Aethan'Tar, Fri May 26 12:11
          It was warm and dry, and Riani swallowed a yawn. Light, but she was tired! Or not tired, really, merely a bit…unaccustomed…to the heat and dryness combined with the strong smell of bird. It wasn’t... more
      • A Commanding Presence?Accepted Arin Alistaire, Wed May 24 23:13
        Arin gazed levelly at the bird on her wrist, and it looked back at her, its gaze equally commanding. She'd never been this close to one of these birds before – it was an interesting experience, to... more
      • Basic techniqueAccepted Celeste Illharess, Wed May 24 03:40
        It was a short wait for Celeste as Demetri Sedai cleared the last few who had rushed to make it for the lesson. As one of the last to arrive herself, Celeste busied herself studying the glove that... more
      • Training DayTain Aethan'Tar, Tue May 23 00:37
        Tain smiled slightly to himself as the man, a Dedicated from the Black Tower, was called down firmly, but not cruelly. Tain had always had a severe disliking of the men and women that had sworn to... more
      • Properly Trained?Riani Aethan'Tar, Mon May 22 13:52
        The glove was somewhat too big for Riani’s hands; then again, most gloves were unless they were made to fit her. Her small hands were an annoyance when handling certain weapons – like the sword, for... more
    • Fulfilling A DreamRiani Aethan'Tar, Sun May 21 14:25
      The sun was burning . Riani brushed away a sweaty, dark strand of hair; her hair was smooth enough that keeping all of it tucked neatly away was difficult, no matter how hard she braided her... more
    • Who Gives a Hoot?Major Locke Lemain, Dedicated, Thu May 18 16:23
      OOC: That was a terrible pun. But there is an owl, so ha. ___________________________________________ Novices and Accepted breezed by him without interaction, second glances notwithstanding,... more
    • Flying free — Tain Aethan'Tar, Tue May 16 03:09
    • The Art of Remembering LessonsAccepted Arin Alistaire, Mon May 15 18:04
      Arin carefully folded the letter from her family and set it on her dresser. Apparently, some plans for the marriage of her oldest sister, Shenalle, had finally been set in motion – quite past time,... more
Click here to receive daily updates