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You Want Me to Protect What!? (Dempsey)
Sun Sep 17, 2006 13:20
152.163.100.134 (XFF: 172.20.212.44)

Mortified. That was the only word that Nyda could plaster to how she felt just then. Men, boys, any and all persons of the opposite gender had always had one type of classification to Nyda; competition. In the land of her upbringing, even boys were well tanned, well muscled, and overall in a health and physical condition to make a bull turn green around the gills. Then again, so were most girls. Long ago, the Aielwoman had come to terms with the fact that women not wedded to a spear – or any weapon for that matter – could be lacking in corporeal endurance. This indulgent tolerance would allow her to cope being a partner to some push-over of a girl. Mainly as she knew very well that once said girl reached the shawl, she would be anything but. But not in a thousand years would she have expected this.

Many of the pairs had already moved off and there was no real guess for who ‘Novice Dempsey’, the name mentioned with hers, was. There were a few Accepted still trying to pair up, the bands on their dresses signified that. Only one or two completely white clad figures still wandered around, trying to match a name to a face. Most of those were girls. While Nyda was not fully immersed in Wetlander customs and their highly bazaar names, she doubted ‘Dempsey’ was a girl. Though she could be wrong. The only boy left was the one standing off to himself. Of all those to be paired with…

Not a single callus marred what she could see of his hands and there was more flubber under those Novice whites than there ever would be muscle. The skin around his face was a pale pastel. Shove the boy up against the Tower and he would have blended in with it, if not for that shock of black hair. Nyda doubted if he had seen a full day of sun in his entire life. A lion would not go wanting with this Novice as a main course. Though in truth, most Wetlanders would have coincided that he was simply ‘healthily plump’, that stomach was large enough to start taxing on him after a short duration of excessive activity even if he was conditioned. Not to mention Nyda had to practically bend over to see him, and she was considered short for an Aiel, a few inches over six feet.

The Aethan’Tar could have wept. Grey eyes shot to the Head Gaidin, a ‘you have to be kidding me’ plead in their depths, but if her mentor saw it, he gave it no heed. Nor would he. If she was paranoid enough, Nyda would have believed this was another test of will. But she was not standing that far up on her toes yet.

Her job was to protect this? Bring back the Wise-Ones, bring back Traci Sedai, Light, and bring back the dresses! It would have been easier to protect a large sack of grain. That at least she could have thrown up on her back and run with. By the way this Wetlander’s lower lip simpered, he would not take too kindly to such a situation.

Giving herself a mental shake and scolding, Nyda closed the distance between the two of them, telling her that she would behave herself and be overall… courteous. After all, she did want to be here and this was a personal test that she could do that.

“I see you, Novice Dempsey Taborwin. My name Nyda of the Nine Valleys sept of the Taardad Aiel. I am Aethan’Tar.” The fact may have been obvious to him, but this form of greeting game as natural to Nyda as breathing. “We will be partners, today.”

Probably not something either of them wanted. But it was so.

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