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Biting Off More than One Can Chew
Thu Aug 31, 2006 16:22
205.188.116.196 (XFF: 172.20.24.56)

Go through what one Nyda had gone through for the past month or so, and one might have wanted nothing to do with those carrying the One Power. She had been turned upside down, held by her ankles, and shaken until every last once of dignity had fled her. An Aes Sedai was tugging her this way, Wise-Ones pulling her apart that. It had been enough for any woman – wedded to the spear only in her heart or not – to blissfully phantom laying a marriage wreath at the feet of the first man she laid eyes on, if only to escape the torture (A torture all its own. What if it had been a Stone Dog?). For, oh, torture it had been. For the week that had followed, Nyda had rechecked in with the Head Gaidin, attended her needed lessons, and then hid away in her room to lick her wounds like a whipped puppy. But Nyda had returned and life did go on, and for her own health she needed to attend a lesson that did result her into beating other trainees to a bloody pulp… well, maybe it didn’t get that far, but the message is still the same. Therefore, when she caught wind of this particular – exercise – she decided to hop on board. It beat trying to take wetlander dance lessons. That shot a chill through her to the very marrow of her bones.

The presence of Jield Gaidin confirmed that she had arrived at the right location when she popped her head through the door, the Aes Sedai and a group of white uniforms at the other as over exaggerated support. The other Trainees gathered were known to her only by face. However, Nyda herself, even with a month’s absence, was known to some extent. After all, she was one of the few Aethan’Tar to remain as such for such and extended period of time, she had at least a year to any of the current faces, the Sei’Tar had been Aethan’Tar after her and bypassed Nyda. Not for lack of skill, mind you, as the Aiel was most willing to prove to anyone that challenged the fact. But rather a mental block, a block that she was just overcoming and one that explained her bazaar appearance.

Anyone who even shot a fleeting glance in her direction could see what she was for what she was; Aiel. However, someone with the slightest knowledge about customs among her people, might stop to gawk at a second round, or at least blink repeatedly. Her height, sun-tanned skin, and trademark blood red hair and stark grey eyes were common enough among her people to be seen and forgotten. As was the cadin’sor that claimed the length of her body, right down to the high-laced boots, but the short cropped hair that accompanied that trademark uniform and would have acknowledged her as at the very least a Far Daris Mai was absent. That grey-streaked hair was as long as any average wetlander girls’, tied back conveniently just in case. A signal that meant far more than a wetlander could guess. No, she was not of the Maidens of the Spear, not any more. She belonged to no Aiel warrior society and would not wear her hair in their fashion, as she had no right. But she was still a warrior and had rights to the uniform. She belonged to the Gaidar, or would, and that was her society. It had only taken her a couple of years to figure out.

Nyda halted among the rest of the trainees, bowing her head respectfully to her mentor, though there was tightness at the corners of her eyes. “Jield Gaidin,” She stated respectfully and complete formality. No, she had not exactly forgiven the man yet, that was evident. But Nyda understood her superiors. As long as her grudging distress was noticeable, she was happy.

Ah, and she had arrived just in time it seemed. For no sooner had she given her greeting, did the door snap shut. Now they would see what this activity was truly going to be about. However – Nyda eyed the Novices and Accepted, most of which were milksop little girls ogling at the boys present. There were a few males among their number, something Nyda could never quite understand. Why did they not go off into the Borderlands to fight? Were they incapable? It was another wetlander custom, that even with as much time as she had spent among them, she had yet to figure out. She did swallow a groan though.

Perhaps, just perhaps she should have given this some more time, licked her wounds a bit more thoroughly. While it was true that the group of Novices and Accepted were not Wise-Ones or Traci Sedai, they still had the potential to be and eventually would be. Well, the door was shut. No backing out now. And never let it be said that Nyda of the Nine Valleys sept of the Taardad Aiel ever backed down from a challenge.

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