Lease this WebApp and get rid of the ads.
Birds on the brain
Wed May 24, 2006 02:26
155.69.5.234 (XFF: 172.20.24.56)

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,” the girl muttered, blanking her mind from the discomfort she was already in. Focus was the key. She shifted slightly, ignoring the discomfort of a soaked dress. Light, even her shift was soaked through with sweat. Focus.

Another drop slid across her right eyelid, hanging for on precarious instant on the long black lashes before making its passage into the pale blue eyes. More blinks followed absently. An itch started down the front of her dress. For a moment, the outstretched hand wavered, shaking slightly before steadying. Focus.

Raps sounded, the sharp sounds piercing through the filter of calm. Celeste ignored the knocks, attempting to keep her focus. Again the raps came, loud and incessant. With a shuddering gasp, the Accepted let her hand drop. Of their own accord, her lungs gasped, drawing deep breaths, as if she had just run miles.

“Enter,” she called between breaths.

The door to her chamber cracked open as a skinny figure slipped in. Airiel took one look at her drenched friend and shook her head, sighing. She knew what Celeste had been up to. The copper skinned Domani walked over to the dresser, lifting the cup of water from its cluttered surface. It was very mildly warm. Airiel handed it to her exhausted friend and waited while Celeste gulped down the water. Her runaway breaths were finally slowing. Celeste glared at Airiel, daring the other Accepted to comment.

“I will succeed.” Celeste muttered again. The water was warm. Warm. She wondered how long it would take for her to gain enough strength with Fire to make herself a cup of hot tea. Outside, the bells within the Tower rang the hour. Airiel handed her a towel for the sweat. There was just enough time to clean up before the next lesson.

Airiel sat and watched in silence as her friend went about making herself presentable for the next lesson. Theirs was the understanding of sisters, of two women who had bonded closely and irrevocably. Despite their outward differences, a firm friendship had been established between the two wilders.




Celeste walked down the corridor rapidly, her boots making a mild clip-clop against the stone floor. She was headed toward the Tower mews for a falconry lesson. Though the notice had not explicitly stated attire, she had taken the liberty to don one of her own sets of clothing, rather than the banded dress. It seemed rather ridiculous to go for such a lesson in a dress and Celeste would rather risk a punishment or censure than forego a chance not to wear that hated dress.

She emerged from the stone portal into the open fields where the mews were situated. The wind immediately gusted, blowing at her midnight blue leggings and top, ruffling them slightly. Her braided hair moved slightly but remained down. It would have been folly to come for this lesson without binding it.

Arranged outside the mews, in a neat row, were several birds of different types seated in individual boxes. Even from this distance, Celeste recognised the Aes Sedai. Demetri Sedai stood before a motley array of students composed of the Gaidin trainees and even a few of those from the Black Tower. Stepping forward, she reported.

“I am Accepted Celeste, Demetri Sedai. I have a passing interest in falconry but have never had any opportunity to take it up before this.”

The Aes Sedai, nodded, handing Celeste a thick leather glove before motioning to the next trainee in line.

OOC:Bleah… lousy post. Somehow just refused to flow… Still, its nice to be back. Took the liberty of ditching the banded dress :p

  • 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 brain — Accepted Celeste Illharess, Wed May 24 02:26
    • 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 freeTain Aethan'Tar, Tue May 16 03:09
      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 ... more
    • 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