08 April 2002 (2:15am)
Joseph stopped on the top of the hill. he hadn’t reached the city yet, but he could clarly see Tar Valon and the white tower from where he was. he had never seen it before, and it was an amazing sight. Joseph made his horse go on. he had been riding most of the day, and he wanted to let the horse rest as soon as possible…..but it would have to wait until they were in the city. it would get better food and stuff there.
Joseph walked through the streets. he had never been in Tar Valon before, so after he had found an inn and made sure his horse had been taken care of, he went to look around in the city…..something that hadn’t been such a good idea. he had quickly gotten lost. it wouldn’t be too difficult to find his way back to the inn if he asked for help, but at the moment he didn’t care. he was getting closer to the white tower….that was all he knew. he wanted to get as close as possible and take a look at it.
Joseph stood looking at the white tower, and suddently he wonderd if it had been such a good idea to come to Tar Valon. if anybody there found out that he could channel…..well, it didn’t matter. nobody was gong to find out unless he was stupid enough to tell somebody that he could. Joseph started to walk away, but he was so deep in thought that he didn’t see where he was going, and before he knew what happend, he walked into somebody who fell over. Joseph reached out his arm to help his….”victime” up from the ground.
08 April 2002 (4:09pm)
Muirenn Sedai hurried toward the Staff and Stole, her favorite place to take a meal in the city. She was already late for her lunch appointment with another of her sisters. More importantly, she needed to see the innkeeper. Unknown to most, the innkeeper of the Staff and Stole was also one of the Muirenn’s Eyes and Ears in the city. And the dovecotes there often carried messages for her eyes alone. She was waiting for some important news from the borderlands, hoping one of her hunches would pan out.
She was so preoccupied with her own thoughts that she failed to notice where she was going. It was usually no problem, since the citizens of Tar Valon knew an Aes Sedai by sight and also knew to stay out of the way…especially if that Aes Sedai had white hair. Usually it was no problem…but today as she had almost reached the inn, she was plowed over by a wide-eyed young man. She let out a low growl as she toppled into the mud. Embracing saidar, she almost killed the boy where he stood for sheer impertinence. ~Never kill in anger, Muirenn.~ The voice from her days of training came back to her, it was right. She had never before killed without orders or with passion, and she wouldn’t start now.
She accepted the boy’s hand and stood, using saidar to clean herself off and adjusting her red fringed shawl. She was muttering a bloody men not watching where they were bloody going, and cut off as she could see that the boy was just standing there staring. “Well. In my day we had respect for our elders,” she gave him a quick once over, “And manners as well. Now, the polite thing to do when you knock someone off their heels is to apologize. It is also polite to introduce yourself. Since you don’t seem to be one for introductions, I will begin. My name is Muirenn Aes Sedai, of the Red Ajah.”
09 April 2002 (2:31am)
“Well. In my day we had respect for our elders and manners as well. Now, the polite thing to do when you knock someone off their heels is to apologize. It is also polite to introduce yourself.” Joseph’s face went red, but it didn’t look like the woman had noticed since she just continued,”Since you don’t seem to be one for introductions, I will begin. My name is Muirenn Aes Sedai, of the Red Ajah.” as that left the woman’s mouth, Joseph could feel color draining from his face. he quickly formed the void to avoid showing it. light! he had to avoid drawing attention from aes sedai, and the first day he was in Tar Valon, he managed to knock one to the ground. just to make it better, she was a red. a red!
“forgive me for knocking you down Aes Sedai……i’m not….used to…cities.” Joseph said. it was the truth. Joseph had almost never been in any cities and the only time he had been in Caemlyn he had managed to kill his steph-father. “my name is Joseph” Joseph was’t sure what more to say, and besides, he had decided it was time to get back to the inn and try to avoid any more…..attention. “since i have already managed to delay you from reaching your destination, do you mind if i delay you a bit more?? i’m…….kind of lost…..”Joseph said and felt that his face was going red again. he had let go of the void as soon as he had been sure that he could be calm without it…..but at the moment he wasn’t sure if it had been such a good idea. he continued without a pause though:”i’m staying at an inn called….the staff and stole…..or something like that. you wouldn’t happen to know where it is, would you???”
09 April 2002 (3:43pm)
Muirenn raised an eyebrow at the mention of the Staff and Stole. All of her agents knew to stay at that inn when traveling through Tar Valon, all the agents of the Red, in fact. But this boy was surely not one of hers. Perhaps he belonged to another sister. Or perhaps his mother, maybe even his grandmother had worked for the Red. In two hundred years, anything was possible. Or perhaps he had just come upon it by chance. Placated by this line of thought, Muirenn let the matter rest. He seemed harmless, in any case.
“You must really have let yourself become disoriented. The Staff and Stole is only two streets from here,” she paused, perhaps there was a way to salvage this day yet. “And since you have already caused me to miss my lunch date, I assume you will not object to sharing a meal with me? I would be interested to find out more about a young man who is–what did you say–unused to cities? Good conversation is the best seasoning to good food.” She barely waited for his assent before giving a curt nod and heading off on her original path, pausing just long enough to make sure he was following before resuming her brisk pace.
10 April 2002 (12:37pm)
Nynaeve was so happy. It was the first time she got out of the tower by herslef and she decided to walk ALL around Tar -Valon. She realized she wouldn’t be able to do that because of the curfew so for this time three hours of wondering around will have to do. She went through many stores, looking mostly… she liked waatching.
After walking ALOT she came across Staff and Stole. It looked like a nice inn. She went inside to check the price of the food. After seeing the high cost she frowned. “So, will you have something?”, said the innkeeper aloud. He seemed very annoyed by her. She looked at him for a while then sighed. “Just a cup of Ale for me, please”. She sat there quietly sipping from her cup when suddenly she saw an Aes Sedai… named Muirenn she believed… entering with a man… a very cute man.
She watched them and smiled at muirenn as she notice her watching. She smiled at the man too… of courtesy of course and continued drinking….
11 April 2002 (3:29am)
Joseph followed Muirenn to the inn. he had considerd dissapairing on the way….it would be easy enough to do it, but if he did, Muirenn would perhaps think…..he didn’t know what, but either way, he didn’t want to draw any more attention to himself than he needed to. it would make his job so much harder if he did. Joseph wasn’t afraid of Aes Sedai. even though he didn’t want any attention, he was a bit pleased that he had run into an Aes Sedai. this way he could be able to find out whetever his oppinion about Aes Sedai was correct. well…..it would take more time than just this one time…..after all, not all Aes Sedai was the same. Joseph pushed everything out of his head and decided that he would try to enjoy this as much as possible.
as they walked into the inn, Muirenn semed to see somebody she knew or something. well, that’s wasn’t really surprising. she lived in Tar Valon. of course she would knew some people who lived there. she walked over to a where a woman was sitting and sat down next to her. she motioned for Joseph to do the same. as Joseph sat down he wonderd if he was supposed to introduce himself to this woman. he wasn’t sure, so he said nothing until he had orderd something to eat. he hadn’t eaten much during the day so he was rather hungry.
11 April 2002 (11:43am)
Muirenn Sedai came with the man and sat next to her. It surprised Nynaeve a bit since she didn’t know her that good but she looked like a kind women and Nynaeve wanted to use this opportunity to get to know her and that man too. She almost giggled but she contained herself. “Hello Muirenn Sedai”, she said. She wondered if she should get up and curtsey but since the Aes Sedai didn’t show any anger or dissatisfaction she didn’t get up.
She looked for a while at the man and then presented herself. “I’m Nynaeve Maryim, it’s an honor to meet you sir”. She smiled sweetly and waited for his response. From some reason it seemed to her that he didn’t felt comfortable with the Aes Sedai… he seemed… nervous in a way Nynaeve didn’t quite understand. On the other hand it was normal… most people didn’t like being around Aes Sedai as … but still…
she stopped thinking about it. She always exaggerated on things.
13 April 2002 (5:59pm)
With neither woman knowning of a good place to eat, the commenced to wander about the streets of Tar Valon conversing. After about half and hour or so, they found themselves in front of an inn by the name of “The Staff and the Stole”. Looking at each other, the two women shrugged, and entered.
As the walked into the common room, they noticed Muirien Sedai, sitting with an odd man and a child of the Tower. Upon recognizing Muir, Raeyn immediatly walked up to the other woman, “Mind if we join you and your companions for a meal?”
14 April 2002 (9:39pm)
Muirenn walked into the inn and noticed a wide-eyed Accepted ordering a drink. The child was staring directly at her, and her companion. She allowed herself a slight smile. It was a bit odd for a Sitter for the Red to be going about town with a man. Especially given the stance of most of the Ajah on Warders. Since the child continued to stare, Muirenn decided to give her a reason. She knew the girl from classes, Nynaeve, her name was, and went over to sit with her. The girl had little choice, since she was sitting at Muirenn’s usual table. Why the child had chosen the biggest table in the room was a mystery. It certainly didn’t look like she had been here before.
After they had been seated, and introductions were finished all around, one of the waitresses immediately came up with a goblet of mulled wine and set it in front of Muirenn. “Thank you, Dina,” she said, “I will have whatever Cook’s special is today.” She paused, gesturing to the others, “And whatever these two want. Put it on the monthly tab for the Red.” Dina nodded after taking orders and walked off.
A few minutes passed with not much conversation. Muirenn was patient as to that, an Accepted and a young man would be understandably nervous around a Red Sitter. While the three continued to wait, Raeyn Sedai and Ayrlin Sedai, also Sitters for their Ajahs, Brown and White, came into the Staff and Stole as well. Raeyn made a beeline for their table, and Muirenn welcomed the two warmly. She remembered these two as novices and Accepted, they had both been eager pupils. She and Raeyn also shared a deeper bond, as they were both members of the Black. She noticed the other patrons watching the table warily. A gathering of Sitters from no less than three Ajahs was rare. And to add a man and an Accepted into the mix was ludicrious. Some of those were almost certainly Eyes and Ears of other sisters. No matter, let them wonder, and draw what conclusions they liked.
Dina, prompt as always, came over to deliver drinks and take orders from the two new arrivals. After everyone was settled, Muirenn turned to Joseph and asked, “So what brings you to Tar Valon?”
Domani Red Sitter
15 April 2002 (2:10am)
Joseph almost stood up and left when yet another pair of Aes Sedai sat down at their table. he wasn’t supposed to draw attention from the white tower….and here he was…..dining with not one, but 3 Aes Sedai. at least Nynaeve wasn’t an Aes Sedai….but that wasn’t much of a comfort. there was nothing Joseph could do about anything at the moment though, so he forced himself to think on something else. for a short time he was left to himself while the sisters talked among themself, so he tried to ignore everything but his own food. he wasn’t left to himself for long though.
“So what brings you to Tar Valon?” Muirenn asked and Joseph choked on his water. he didn’t know why, but it hadn’t occured to him even once that he should have thought of something to say if he was asked that. he didn’t want to lie. he hated to do so, so unless there was no other way he never did so. but he had to say something though.
“forgive me Aes Sedai. it went down the wrong way……”Joseph said,”why i’ve come to Tar Valon?? well, i’ve been traveling around for some time…..i wanted to see some more of the world than the place i grew up. so…..eventually i ended up here. i decided to try and stay here long enough to get a bit more…..used to cities.” it was the truth. well…..it was a part of the truth anyways. Muirenn looked like she though through his words before she asked her next question:
“tell me Joseph, where did you grow up???” Joseph didn’t know why, but for some reason he felt as he was being interrogated. he pushed it the feeling out of his mind though. it was a stupid thought.
“i grew up in Haddon Mirk” Joseph replied.
15 April 2002 (3:12am)
Ayr sat, ordered her food when everyone else did, and otherwise said little. It was not that she was shy of crowds anymore, exactly, just that she would rather listen to what the others said, and think through what she might say, rather than actually say anything. Besides, in this company, she was the lowest in rank. The other two were Sitters, and had been Aes Sedai much longer. Listening to Muirenn’s question and the man’s startled response, she frowned slightly. Perhaps it was just that he was unused to cities, and to be having lunch with three Aes Sedai and an Accepted, but there seemed something very apprehensive in his hesitant response.
17 April 2002 (8:48pm)
Muirenn gave a slight nod at Joseph’s answer. The boy seemed nervous. More than nervous, he had almost jumped out of his skin when the other two sisters came in. Muirenn tapped a finger on her chin as he continued to talk. She supposed he had good reason to be apprehensive. The other two womyn had not revealed their Ajahs. Perhaps he thought himself to be in the company of three Reds! With the stories that circulated, and she should know, she helped spread some of those rumours herself, any man would be twitchy around Red sisters. She let her smile grow slightly. Let him think they would gobble his children. It would keep him polite.
“Why did you choose to come to Tar Valon to learn about cities?” Muirenn asked. “The reputation of Aes Sedai is hardly favorable, especially in the South. I have travelled there, many cannot even recognize the ageless look, much less know what it means. They think Aes Sedai are little more than tricksters and charlatans. Why travel so far from home, Joseph?” Muirenn hoped the other sisters would join in the conversation as well, she didn’t want to come across as being too harsh to the boy.
18 April 2002 (3:57am)
Joseph started to grow angry. not at the sisters, but at himself. he was never this jumpy. there was nothing to be afraid of. the worst that could happen was that somebody found out what he was and gentled him. he would most likly die afterwards, but for some reason it didn’t worry him. the wheel weaves as the wheel wills. he thought. he considerd the question for some time before he answerd.
“well……as i said i wanted to see more of the world. and even though the wild part of the world intrest me more than cities and stuff i wanted to see this famous white tower that was in Tar Valon. and as for the….not so favorable reputation of the Aes Sedai……well, what can i say. i try not to judge anybody from reputation. i must admit though that i had made an oppinion about Aes Sedai before coming here……and that is one of the reasons that i want to stay for a while. where else can i learn whetever or not my……oppinion is right or not??” Joseph said calmly. he had managed to get a hold of himself. and he had formed the void.
“and what is that oppinion??” one of the other sisters asked. Joseph had expected the question, but he had expected it from Muirenn. the others hadn’t said much while they had been sitting there.
“my oppinion?? well, that is something i’m not going to share with anybody” Joseph said. his voice didn’t carry any feelings whatsoever.
19 April 2002 (3:24pm)
Nynaeve was sitting quietly on the side. She decided it was better she won’t say a word. Muirenn Sedai was doing a full interrogation to this poor guy and she didn’t want to be the next object of conversation.
The man seemed on the verge of a brake down with being asked so many questions and being surrounded with Aes Sedai. Nynaeve had to help him in some way. Give him a breather from them. Nynaeve got up and curtsied. “I am going to get me another drink, why don’t you join me for a moment Joseph? do you wish for something as well, Aes Sedai?”. Since no one nodded she simply got up with Joseph and they both went to the bar in the end of the common room.
20 April 2002 (8:43pm)
As Raeyn watched the accepted depart, she turned to her two sisters.
Do either of you know that particular lass? I regret to admit that I’m not very familiar with any of the girls training at the Tower anymore..
22 April 2002 (1:55am)
Joseph got up and followed Nynaeve to the bar. he was gratefull for a break from the…..questioning. it was a bit strange. of all the people he had been talking to that day, it was only the innkeeper and Nynaeve who wasn’t Aes Sedai. he had done a great job when it came to not attracting the attention of the White Tower. what a mess. he couldn’t see a way out of it anytime soon either unless the sisters grew tired of him. Joseph tried to push it out of his head. “thank you Nynaeve” Joseph said. he didn’t know if she would understand it or not, but it didn’t really matter.
“so, i take it you know those Aes Sedai or something…..” Joseph said, unable to think of anything else to say.
22 April 2002 (12:16pm)
“thank you Nynaeve” Joseph said. Nynaeve nodded. She understood him completely. Even though she was an Aes Sedai to be it was difficult to be around them. It took her a lot of time to get used to them. Their presence seemed to blow you away if you weren’t used to it.
“so, i take it you know those Aes Sedai or something…..” Joseph said. Nynaeve nodded slowly. “I know them a bit. Just saw them around the Tower a lot but nothing more, though they are nice”.
Nynaeve ordered herself a drink and tasted it. “You know if you want to leave you can just go. If you want an excuse for leaving… well i have to get going in a while to the tower. You can escort me if you wish to”. Nynaeve smiled at him and waited for his response.
22 April 2002 (4:28pm)
Muirenn watched with interest as Nynaeve and Joseph left together. She hoped that the child didn’t have any foolish notions in her head. Men like that were to be tolerated at best. He did not seem dangerous, but Muirenn did not believe his story for a minute. He was too hesitant in some places and too quick in others.
She was lost in her thoughts as she made small talk with the other sisters. After a few minutes, she was interrupted by Dina’s tap on her shoulder. The girl whispered her message to Muirenn, and after waiting for her nod of agreement, went back to the kitchen.
Muirenn excused herself from the table, saying there was a matter that merited her attention. “And Raeyn, I hope to see you later tonight. For a personal matter.” She arched an eyebrow, hoping that Raeyn realized that she was talking about their meeting with the Head of their true Ajah.
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