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#21 Arinth

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 07:57 PM

Viktor lost himself in his kiss with Tensleigh. He had wondered in the past how it might be to press his lips to hers and feel her in his arms but this was beyond anything he could have imagined. She kissed him back and with as much passion as he felt. It was startling but wonderful.

Just as quickly as it had happened it stopped. And he knew instantly that something was wrong. He pulled away from the kiss to look at Tensleigh and she crumpled. He grabbed her in his arms quickly and gently laid her down and looked more closely at her.

He had been wrong. He had thought she was ok. She was with an Aes Sedai, surely the woman would have tended to any injuries she had. But she did not look ok, she looked on death’s doorstep. He looked up at Taia desperately and heard her telling him to say goodbye.

Goodbye! His nerves were already raw from the all the emotions he had been going through but those words sent anger flooding through him. How could she just say such final words so calmly. She wasn’t even trying. She couldn’t have been doing all that it was possible for her to do.

He opened his mouth to demand, to beg, to plead that she do something, anything for Tensleigh. She stopped him though and in her eyes he saw the truth of things. There was nothing more that she could do. Then she was telling him to make her comfortable and take care of his company.

Well his company could go into the darkest depths of Shayol Ghul for all he cared if he lost her. He called for men to get Tensleigh and take her immediately to his cabin and then he stalked off looking for the healer. Just because the Aes Sedai couldn’t do anything didn’t mean he couldn’t find someone else who might be able to help.

The company would have to take care of itself. How much instruction did they really require anyways. There is a fire. You put it out. It was as simple as that. Multiple fires, well then you simply repeat the putting out procedure until there were no more fires.

He thanked the light that he was able to find the healer so quickly. She was a withered old, bitter lady named Rhala. She grabbed her things though and went as quickly as she could when he called upon her. She cared for her patients. She fought the dark one tooth and nail from taking them and she was fierce.

He tried to stay inside the wagon to watch over Tensleigh. She looked so terrifyingly weak. He still did not know what had happened. Rhala ordered him out saying that he would only get in the way and he didn’t want to be the reason she didn’t do her job.

He paced around his wagon with a scowl on his face not paying attention to the people runing around him. He knew he was suppose to. He knew they needed him but he couldn’t. He couldn’t think about anything else other than Tensleigh.

He looked up and saw Taia walking. He was behind her but if he hurried he could catch up to her. She was walking towards a woman and man he had not seen before. Suddenly he saw the man’s cloak and recognized him as a warder which meant the woman had to be an Aes Sedai. Light bless his soul. How was he going to deal with two Aes Sedai. He had almost caught up to Taia when one of his men stepped in front of her and stabbed her as he screamed at her to die.

Viktor was closer than the warder or the Aes Sedai. He ran and lunged at the man before he could stab Taia a second time but she was already falling to the ground. Her hands were holding her stomach and they were covered in her own blood. He wrestled with the man for an instant, both fighting over control of the knife. He had never fought before but there was an anger that burned in him that gave him strength. Somehow this man was linked with what had happened to Tensleigh.

Before he knew what had happened he was alone on the ground. The warder or the Aes Sedai had delt with the man and the woman was crouched of Taia now. He hurried to her side.
“Please tell me there is something you can do for.” He breathed as he looked down at the Aes Sedai. If he was honest he had grown a little fond of the Aes Sedai over the time she had spent with him. She was a little rough around the edges and she surely was not Tensleigh but he didn’t want anything to happen to her either.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 09:00 PM

ooc: Sorry for the wait you two. Hopefully this post makes up for it a little!

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Clouds of reddish brown dirt were left in their wake as two black stallions raced south, lather beginning to gather on their dark coats. Astride each was a grim faced rider, reins held tightly in their hands, eyes focused on the horizon. Behind one, a color changing cloak flapped in the wind, occasionally blending in with the background. Behind the other, a dark blue cloak also shifted, as well as a pair of dark brown braids with tiny silver bells at the end. The travelers appeared not to notice, or care about, any of the surroundings. There was one purpose, two possible outcomes, and not a moment to lose, so they galloped on.

Noticing her death grip on the reins, the woman relaxed her grip slightly and released a bit of rein. It would not serve any purpose for her to irritate the stallion. They had rode for days and had hours to go still. Shifting in the saddle, the Blue forced her mind to slow down, grabbing the thoughts that tried to flit around and shoving them into a more measured pace. Her mind cooperated, though her heart did not. The bloody thing felt like it was going to beat out of her chest. She knew that Grisham could feel the anxiety in her – for it was rising in him too - but he wisely said nothing. Perhaps he is learning after all...

As she stared out at the horizon, thinking about it for the first time, the Blue realized she could not explain the sudden fear that had appeared in her chest days ago. They had crossed the border into Kandor when a piercing feeling had taken root in her sternum. It had stopped her in her tracks, a crippling sense of dread, leaving Grisham to knot his eyebrows and stare at her with curious worry. She had blinked, feeling the dread settle into her and immediately snapped back into motion – only this time heading south. Giving the bare minimum of words to her Warder, the Aes Sedai had instructed him to head toward Andor as if their lives depended on it.

As they had hit Andor, the feeling had grown heavier, as if it was soaking her very bones. A quick trip to the city had proven that the menagerie, and Taia, had already moved on. Almost as if the other woman was North on a compass, Miahna felt drawn to the South. Grisham found a few men that had worked for the show while it was in Andor and they confirmed the direction. The menagerie had set out toward Murandy. Flaming woman. If you get yourself killed...I swear I will kill you myself. They had set out that same day.

Different movement to her left brought the Blue back to the present. The Gaidin had quickened his stallion slightly, moving ahead to scout the path. Not that there would be much time between what he found and when she arrived there, if he did indeed find something, but she supposed it was better than being ambushed. It was also something normal for the Warder to do, something calming and routine for him as she sped them into unfamiliar territory. Staring at his back for a moment, Miahna realized that she was becoming used to having a Warder again. It was a strange habit to get back into, but as his form became smaller and then disappeared in front of her, she found that she was more comfortable heading toward this danger with someone at her side.

Annoyed at the lack of scenery change, the Aes Sedai embraced Saidar. Colors leapt at her from all around as each Sense improved from holding the One Power. She narrowed her eyes toward the horizon, yearning to see more, but nothing ever changed. The road, hills, trees, remained the same.

Until it didn't.

Grisham galloped back to her, the lather on his stallion thicker. Glancing down, Miahna realized that that was true for Tai'Mahdi as well. A thin layer of white foam had long since appeared on his neck, and was becoming thicker with every long stretch of road. She felt terrified for a moment, so much was relying on these warhorses, but she grasped it firmly and strangled the thought. Do not get ahead of the moment, she scolded herself. She prepared a Healing weave, when the Warder said something. The sound of a human voice startled her – had it really been that long since they had spoken to one another? Looking up, she cocked an eyebrow and stared at him. He yelled it again. “The camp is right over that hill!”

And so it was. As they crested the hill, the capital of Murandy was displayed in all its glory. The menagerie camp appeared small next to the city, but was splayed on a stretch of land to the northwest corner. Miahna sucked in a breath as she saw smoke and the orange of flames licking into the sky. Next to her, Grisham nodded and together they leaned over the necks of the stallions and rode at a neck breaking speed toward the tents. She took another moment to pat Tai'Mahdi's neck and promised some Healing and lots of apples to follow their arrival.

The camp was in chaos as she and Grisham halted their horses and hopped down onto the ground. Ignoring the dark feeling within her, Miahna strode up to the closest person and asked for leader of the menagerie. Surely he would know where Taia was, as the Green was unlikely to travel unnoticed with the group. “The easiest way for her to stick around without inquiring minds would be to become a patron,” she relayed to Grisham as the Warder cast a puzzling glance, “and the owner would know where his or her patrons are.” The woman was hysterical, and pointing around at the fires. She pleaded for Miahna to put them out. Miahna gave her an exasperated look, pulled some water out of the air and dropped it on the fire. She stepped away for the woman could say anything. She needed to find Taia.

They walked up to another person. He was calmer, but still had no idea where the owner was. Miahna forced her face to stay serene as they asked another, and another. Finally someone claimed they saw him head toward a copse of trees to the east, trailing after the Lady Sienna. “That has to be her,” she told Grisham. People were screaming around her and Miahna weighed her choices momentarily. I cannot ignore this any longer, she thought with grim determination. I will fix this and then find Taia.

Calling the attention of those around her with a simple amplifying weave, the Aes Sedai ordered the people to split up into groups. The group on the left would get water to put out the fires, the group in the middle would check for those wounded and take them to a centralized location, those that were animal handlers would go comfort their animals, because they would be more confused and upset than half of the humans and the rest would serve to begin getting everything back in order. As she ended the weave and dismissed them, the groups set out and the tension dropped. Grisham opened his mouth to ask about something when Miahna spotted Taia. Relief washed over her, so strongly that it nearly whited out her vision for a moment. The Green waved toward her and she waved back, careful to keep appearances and not appear too eager on the outside, but bouncing with excitement on the inside. She's fine. She's okay. Why the dread then?

The next moment seemed to go in slow motion. Taia began walking toward Miahna and Grisham when someone stepped into her path. Knitting her brows, the Blue took a few steps to the left and toward the man between her and her friend. As her foot hit the ground on her third step, she saw the glint of a blade and heard Taia scream. Nearly screaming herself, she ran toward the Green. The assilant took off due west and Miahna screamed incoherently at Grisham to go after him. She didn't realize that he'd already took off after the man.

Swearing under her breath, the Blue dropped heavily to her knees next to Taia's unconscious body. Someone was talking to her, but she ignored him. She Delved her quickly, aware of the dark stain that was spreading too fast on the green fabric. The slice was deep and had punctured an organ. Gritting her teeth to keep the tears away, Miahna wove Air, Water, and Spirit together in a thick rope and fed it through the slice into Taia's body. The strands wrapped around the edges of the slice, repairing the flesh as they did so. Several heartbeats later, the Blue sagged in relief as Taia's pale skin was once again whole and unmarred. With a quick kiss on the Green's forehead, Miahna stood up and raced toward her Warder. She knew Taia would have understood. And done the same thing herself.

Mimi found Grisham a moment later, grappling with two large men. One carried a long dagger; the other a sword. Though the Warder had trained for multiple opponents, the man with the sword seemed evenly matched in skill. He and the Gaidin circled each other as the man with the dagger snuck in for a few strikes on Grish's side. Growling in anger, the Blue snatched him up in Air and forced a thick block down his throat, through his esophagus, ribs, lungs, and out. His body crumpled to the ground, blood seeping from the gaping wound. She glanced at the body as it fell and then turned her attention to his partner.

The Warder was holding his own, but the small cuts the dagger had caused were slowing him down. The Darkfriend circled him, a smirk on his face, energy and body hale. Miahna narrowed her eyes and sharpened a thread of Air. She prodded it toward him, blood blossoming on his trousers from said cuts. She called out for him to stop, only to no avail. When another request was denied, not even acknowledged, she wrapped the razor thin piece of Air around him and snapped it taut. Bright red blood dribbled out the corner of his mouth as he collapsed.

Grisham stared at the body and then whipped his head around to stare at her. She felt admiration, surprise, and a little horror through the Bond. He scrubbed a hand over his face, sheathed his sword, and walked toward her, still silent. Miahna mulled over his emotions in her head as they walked back to the center of camp. Weariness began to set in as the adrenaline wore off. Her steps were slower, shorter, as they walked, until eventually she was leaning on the Warder. He supported her easily; she noticed that the horror was gone as soon as she needed help. They would have to talk about that later. They needed to talk about it later, but for now rest was in order.

The camp was well in order as they returned to the center. Wisps of smoke still rose occasionally from a blackened wagon or tent, but there were no more flames. Miahna sighed tiredly as Grisham guided her to the steps of a wagon and she bent to sit. A deep voice rumbled behind them, however, and the Blue stood up. A large man looking a bit worse for wear, introduced himself as Nico. He thanked the Aes Sedai and her Warder for their assistance, but requested that she provide one more act of kindness if she was able. There was a young girl, someone he thought of as a daughter, that was dying in another wagon. “I saw what you did for the Lady Sienna. Please, Aes Sedai, Heal Tensleigh. Irene and I could never have children...she's so young.”

Closing her green eyes and opening them slowly, Miahna nodded tiredly and motioned for him to take her there. Grisham tightened his hand on her upper arm in warning, but she gave him a stern glare and he made no vocal argument. Together they crossed the camp center to find a wagon with a young girl laying on the bed, flesh almost white and chest barely rising. A withered old woman sat in the corner, chewing on her nails. She jumped up as Mimi climbed into the cabin. “Peace old woman,” was all Miahna said. Stepping to the edge of the bed, the Blue drew on the remaining strength she had and Delved the girl. Internal bleeding and pierced lung left her with only another hour at most to live. Gritting her teeth, the Blue once again wove together thick strands of Air, Water, and Spirit to Heal. She laid them on the girl and as she repaired her to full health, the Aes Sedai stumbled backwards, catching herself against the door. “Make sure she has plenty of sleep, and she will be ravenous when she wakes up.” With that, the Blue stepped out of the cabin and nearly fainted with exhaustion in her Warder's arms.

“That's it. I'm commandeering a wagon and you are sleeping.” He told her forcefully, one hand wrapped around her waist and the other holding her arm over his shoulders.

For once she didn't protest.


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Tensleigh felt pain, and then nothing. Shifting on the bed, blankets soft beneath her, she opened her eyes. The ceiling was a beige color, not the dark blue that she'd painted hers long ago. Perplexed, she shifted her head to the side and looked around. This wasn't her wagon. Her blue eyes blinked rapidly, trying to rid of the blurriness of sleep when they latched onto something, well, someone in the corner. Viktor sat on a stool, dark eyes staring straight at her. He jumped a bit when her eyes connected to his and he stood up, knocking over the stool in the process.




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Posted 18 October 2011 - 05:10 PM

Taia woke up slowly, she opened her eyes and stared up at the ceiling of one of the wagons. The ceiling of the wagon was a dark brown, she frowned and thought, "how had she gotten here?" The memories of the past, was it a day? She had no idea how long she had been unconscious. The memories were fuzzy she looked down and noticed she was still wearing the dress she had worn earlier. She could tell the skin under it was smooth she had been healed, she sat bolt upright. MIA! Miahna was here and had seen Taia get stabbed, which was probably the only reason she was still alive. Was Mia okay? Taia's stomach growled then and she noticed that beside her was a tray with food, she ate everything on it without really tasting it. She wanted to get out of the wagon and find Mia her friend had better be okay. She'd kill her herself if Mia had done anything stupid.

When she was done she stood up slowly, and made her way outside the menagerie was fairly calm in comparison to the day before, or was it several days? Taia needed information a short distance away she saw Grisham disappearing into another wagon. He would be able to tell her what happened if Mia couldn't. Taia moved as quickly as she could through across the camp, people wanted to thank her for everything she had done earlier when the camp was in trouble. Taia tried to smile but it must have come out as a grimace because the people moved off quickly. She wasn't trying to be rude, she liked people and wanted to converse with them as much as possible. Just right now she needed to see Mia, her friend had healed her and who knew what else had happened. If Mia was hurt Taia would personally kill every darkfriend she found by any means necessary if that meant bonding the tower and taking them to the gates of Shayol Ghul itself she would do it. Grisham came back out of the wagon and stopped when he saw Taia. He took in her appearance and she knew she didn't look her best, but she didn't care just then. "Hows Mia?" She asked.

He answered "She's sleeping. I left her dinner." Taia nodded and then went into the wagon. Mia was indeed sleeping, Taia couldn't help it she delved Mia just to make sure the other was alright. When she was satisfied that she was Taia kissed Mia on the forehead and whispered "thank you my sister for saving my life." Taia's own family hadn't been friendly to her, she'd never had sisters or brothers she was close too. Mia was the closest she had and she thought of her as a sister. If Mia had been awake Taia would never have said it but she was safe for the moment. She stood up and moved back outside. She sat down on the steps and got Grisham to tell her everything that had happened the previous day, she had been asleep for a full day. When he told her that Mia had killed the men Taia smiled. "A battle worthy of the Green Ajah." She commented Grisham didn't comment on that but Taia saw his mouth twitch in a near smile. He added that Mia had healed the lion tamer, that was good Viktor would be happy that his love was alive. Taia would have to stir things up a little before she left, but for now she was happy for them. She heard Mia move around and shortly later the door opened. Taia stood up and nodded to Mia keeping her face as calm as she could. "I was worried you had been hurt as well, Grisham tells me you are fine though." Mia gave her a "you are surprised look." Taia laughed "I shouldn't be surprised you have a warder for protection. He preformed well he tells me." Grisham did crack a smile then, Taia was unsure if he was used to her teasing or just humoring her. She was going to continue speaking when Grisham nodded toward the other end of camp. Viktor and Tensleigh were coming toward them. Taia moved next to Mia, if they were both wearing there shawls it would have been impressive now she was not sure it looked like much more then two disheveled women standing with a warder. It probably looked a little comical but Taia didn't let her calm slip. She addressed Tensleigh first.

"I see you are recovered Tensleigh I am glad." She then looked to Viktor "I am told you also helped me after I was hurt. Thank you it was very brave of you. Have you ever thought of being a warder?" Taia saw Mia trying to resist the urge to roll her eyes such antics were normal for Taia. Taia shrugged and addressed her friend "it never hurts to ask."

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 10:36 PM

Things had gotten ugly when the dark friends had made an attempt on Taia’s life. He had backed out of the way when the new Aes Sedai had focused on healing Taia. He felt helpless which was an unusual feeling. Looking to help in some way he had thought to join the warder fight but it was clear from the way the two were fighting that they were both much better than he was and he did not want to get in the warder’s way.

When he saw the Aes Sedai leave Taia’s side and join her warder he moved closer to Taia. He looked down at her and was astonished to see that all signs of the knife had been healed. She was still unconscious though. He took her in his arms and picked her up trying his best to ignore how beautiful she was. She looked like she was merely sleeping now. He hoped that she would be ok. He found a wagon nearby and kicked out Ollen the acrobat who lived there. He laid her down on the small bed and tried to make her as comfortable as possible.

He had heard somewhere that the healing of an Aes Sedai left one needing to eat like they hadn’t eaten in a month and so he called for someone to bring food and someone else to watch her door. He had been wrong about the dark friends. This was his fault. He had been to stubborn to believe that there could be dark friends in his menagerie and now Tensleigh and Taia were the ones paying the price for that. He felt sick. He would have stayed until Taia woke up but he felt pulled back to Tensleigh. If this new Aes Sedai was able to heal Taia then just maybe she could help Tensleigh as well.

He rushed out of the wagon searching for her. He found Nico already talking to her and directing her towards Tensleigh. He caught up with them as they entered the wagon. The warder almost stopped him from entering the wagon until he remembered seeing Viktor grapple with the dark friend. Viktor was relieved when the man let him pass. He couldn’t have imagined how he would have gotten past him otherwise.

He entered quietly and waited to the side. The Aes Sedai was so focused on her work that she had not even noticed him. Finally after what seemed an eternity though it could not have been more than mere seconds she stepped back and instructed the old healer woman on how to take care of Tensleigh. Then she had slumped exhaustedly into her warders arms. Grisham had appeared just in time and quickly carried her away.

Viktor again called for more food, this time for Tensleigh and sat down at her side holding her hand. He thanked the old woman for everything she had done but his thoughts were so focused on Tensleigh that he did not even hear the old woman say fare well.

He was exhausted. So much had happened. He had finally accepted that he had to let her know how he felt about her after fighting it for as long as he could remember. And then, well and then she had kissed him back and he felt incredible. Then she had collapsed and he had been afraid he would lose her forever. He was still shaky from that very thought.

But now the Aes Sedai had come and there was reason to hope. He prayed to the creator to allow him to keep Tensleigh. He promised to take good care of her. He would do anything as long as he could keep her. He saw her shift in the bed and looked up with his breath caught in his chest. He saw her eyes flutter open and struggle to focus. And then she was looking at him. He jumped up and the stool fell over unnoticed at his feet. He rushed forward and grabbed her hand. He smiled and kissed her hand and then without thinking he kissed her forehead and her lips.

He stepped back quickly after doing so. It had felt wonderful to kiss her, but it still felt awkward too. He was used to restraining himself. Would she even remember their earlier kiss? At the time he had assumed since she was with Taia that she was ok, but now he knew that she had been severally injured at the moment he had kissed her.

He stood awkwardly at the side of the bed trying to prepare himself that he might be rejected or that he might have to explain himself when her food came. He gladly grabbed the tray and pushed it towards Tensleigh.

“Eat. Eat. You’ve been healed by an Aes Sedai. You need to get your strength back.”

She looked at him with a question in her eyes but she took the tray. It was clear that she wanted to address the situation. Her mind was racing. She took the a piece of food off the tray, probably more to stall than to actually eat it.

Before he knew what he was doing though he grabbed her hand and when she looked up at him he leaned in and kissed her again. This time he kissed her long and forcefully. When they finally broke apart from their kiss he leaned back and looked at her.

“I should have done that a long time ago.” He said.


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Posted 02 November 2011 - 08:11 PM

ooc: sorrrrry about the wait!!!!!

The light streaming into the cabin gave the impression that it was midday. Briefly, Tensleigh wondered how long she had been asleep. Thoughts flitted through her mind, curious as to what had happened to the camp and the strange Aes Sedai that had attempted to save her. She tried to bite her lip, finding the motion oddly unfamiliar. Her light eyes stayed locked on Viktor's dark pair, however, as he stood up and rushed forward toward her. She struggled to sit up, but to no avail. Her body felt weak. Whole, but weak, and she settled back down into the bed. Blood rushed to her cheeks as she realized that it was his bed, completing the blush as he grabbed her hand and smiled down at her.

Thoughts of her attack and the camp fled as she watched him motionlessly. She was afraid to breathe, terrified that whatever was happening would stop. He lifted her hand to his mouth and kissed it, lips pressing softly against her cool skin. Tensleigh drew in a breath and blinked, searching his face for a sign that would tell her how to take this attention. Her gaze had moved down to their joined hands, hers looking small in his, when he leaned forward to press his lips against her forehead tenderly and briefly – oh so briefly – kiss her.

Giving her no time to react, to reciprocate the kiss, Viktor stepped back quickly and looked at her with concern. Tensleigh felt her heart begin to slow from the frantic beating that had begun at the touch of his lips. Don't fool yourself girl, it's just relief. You are his closest friend and you went through a traumatic ordeal – almost died – and he's glad you are alive. Nothing more. Letting out a breath, she jerked her head to the side and stared at the wall. Her face would betray everything she felt and she couldn't afford to let him see that. She couldn't bear the thought of not seeing him everyday, or worse, that he would look at her with pity. Blinking back tears, Tensleigh gathered her pride and wrapped it around her like a blanket.

Gritting her teeth, she inched her way up the cabinet behind the bed until she was in a sitting position. Someone, she couldn't see who, was handing Viktor a tray of food at the door. The menagerie owner thanked the person and shut the door, turning back to look at her. He practically shoved the tray at her, nearly toppling the food over, and she frowned slightly.

“Eat. Eat. You’ve been healed by an Aes Sedai. You need to get your strength back.” She consented, taking the tray, but her eyes remained on his face. She felt ravenous, especially with food near. The whole in her stomach left her feeling hungry enough to eat the entire camp's worth of food, but her craving for Viktor outweighed the hunger. Tensleigh felt as if she were on a giant ladder, going up three rungs only to drop back down four. Why had his demeanor changed so suddenly?

A fleeting thought almost paralyzed her – did he blame her for what happened? Was he going to kick her off the show? Out of the menagerie? Her hands started shaking slightly and she took a piece of bread off the tray to cover it, mind racing. What would she do? She would lose everything in one fell swoop...

Another touch on her hand quieted her nerves and she turned to stare at Viktor, his fingers curled through hers. His eyes, dark liquid brown, caught her blue when she turned and his leaned in to press his lips against hers again. It wasn't friendly this time, his mouth hard on hers, asking silently for more. Her mouth yielded under his and she kissed him as she had before she'd collapsed, pouring years of pent up feelings into it. Her free hand pushed the tray away and snaked up behind his head, tangling in his dark hair and pulling him to her. Tensleigh felt the butterflies give way to the burning heat of desire.

Viktor broke the kiss shortly after, breathing hard. He leaned back and looked at her, for once his hands not immediately reaching up to smooth his hair. “I should have done that a long time ago.” He said, hand reaching toward hers. She reached her other hand up to her mouth and pressed it against the swollen lips for a moment before she smiled at him. He smiled back, brilliant teeth gleaming in the sun and they stared at each other for a prolonged moment, savoring the culmination of years worth of want.

“I think I've loved you since you first told me about the stars,” she blurted into the quietness, flushing at timing – and feeling – of her statement. Averting her eyes, Tensleigh stared at the tray, the sight reminding her of her hunger. Her stomach growled loudly and she gave a little chuckle, reaching forward with her empty hand to grab a piece of bread.


Tensleigh Annika Maer
In luuuurve



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Groggily, Miahna stared at the ceiling above her. There were several crystals on strings hanging from the top, casting faint rainbows about the room in the waning daylight. Lifting herself up onto an elbow, the Blue shook her head in an attempt to reorient herself with her surroundings. Memories of ripping apart the darkfriends, saving Taia and the young girl had a fuzzy quality to them, almost as if they had occurred months or years ago rather than earlier in the day. It was earlier in that day, right? Staring at the high windows, the Aes Sedai attempted to discern whether she'd slept hours or days, but she couldn't tell.

Her body screamed as she flung her feet over the side and stood up. The weariness in her bones told her that it had been hours rather than days. And reminded her that she was a hundred years old. Good, I would hate to lose that much time. She rubbed a hand over her face and stood, head bumping into one of the crystals. Apparently whoever lived in this cabin was shorter than Mimi's 5 foot 8 inch frame. Frowning at the little thing, the Blue sidestepped and knocked into another one. She would have laughed were she not so tired. But darkfriends did not stop for her to sleep, and there were more of them out there. Always more of them out there. Ducking, the Aes Sedai made her way to the door and stepped out.

Taia, looking healthy and hale sat on a pair of steps with Grisham leaning on a railing to her right. Both sets of eyes snapped to the door as Mimi stepped out and the Green stood. She nodded to Mimi, her face a mask of Aes Sedai serenity but her eyes worried. "I was worried you had been hurt as well, Grisham tells me you are fine though." The Arafellion looked at her friend, realizing that the Green hadn't known she'd Bonded a new Warder. Taia laughed, tossing her head back as she did so. "I shouldn't be surprised you have a warder for protection. He preformed well he tells me." Miahna cocked an eyebrow at Grisham and he cracked a small smile, surprising her. How Taia gets these reactions from men, I've no idea.

Stepping down from the wagon, Miahna smoothed back some dark hair that had come free from her dual braids and looked at her Warder. Her green eyes followed his gaze to the other end of the camp and she saw the young girl she'd Healed walking with a young man. “They both survived Miahna,” Grisham said in his monotone, his eyes shifting back to the cabin she'd just left, seemingly telling her to go back to sleep. Straightening her shawl – why had she brought the damn thing? - and her shoulders, the Blue faced toward the pair instead of her Warder. There were things to do and there would be time to sleep when she was dead.

Taia must have known them, as she walked forward to meet the pair. Body language suggested that they had feelings for one another, but they were not touching. Mimi hid a grin behind her Aes Sedai serenity, they think no one will notice the strings between them if they don't touch? Ah, how young and foolish. The Green must have known something about their relationship as well, for her smile was evident and her teasing in full force. Miahna forced herself not the roll her eyes as Taia asked the man if he'd ever considered becoming a Warder. The girl shifted uncomfortably and looked as if she wanted to slug Taia in the face. I'm actually surprised that has never happened. Oh the favors the ring does for her... The Green grinned then, and turned to her, “it never hurts to ask.” Mimi had to stifle her laughter as the pair walked away, their hands barely not touching and their bodies responding to the other as they maneuvered through the crowd of people.


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Posted 06 November 2011 - 05:37 PM

Taia watched the two walk away, Viktor not bothering to answer her. Taia hadn't really considered Viktor as a Warder, but it had been fun to tease the lion tamer who walked at his side. She would eventually have to find someone sutible but for the moment she could tease others. She turned her full attention to Miahina after the pair had walked away. Her friend looked tired, which was to be expected after all the work she had done the night before. Taia knew that she didn't look much better her hair was a mess and she was still wearing the dress from the day before. She needed to make it back to the inn and change get cleaned up and then leave the area she was pretty sure they would have more to do soon. It was an on-going job to find darkfriends. She said

"Come on Mia I need to get back to the Inn where I am staying, I have extra clothes there and I can fix my hair." Mia did roll her eyes then and Taia smiled. "You can't expect me to walk around with messed up hair think of my image." Taia laughed at Mia's expression, her vanity was not yet legendary but it was getting there. Taia never stayed dirty for long if she could help it at all.

Back at the inn Taia got cleaned up exchanging small talk with Mia. She packed up her clean clothes and just burned her ruined one, it was no loss to her she would just get a new one made. She then followed Mia downstairs and paid the innkeeper and got her horse. She was ready to go, well almost. "Come on Mia one stop back at the Menagerie before we go." Mia nodded and they set off. When they got close to the camp the Aes Sedai mask settled over Taia's face. As they rode into the camp many who knew her as the Lady Sienna now called her "Sienna Sedai." Many had seen her help out around the camp when there had been trouble. She didn't correct anyone with her real name, it would be better that way. She could save some interrogation by darkfriends possibly if they didn't have her real name. It was a small thing but it might be enough should anyone be captured. Viktor and Tensleigh were sitting outside of his wagon. Taia dismounted in front of them and nodded to them both saying in her toneless Aes Sedai voice, "You have done me a service and for that I must thank you. Know that you will have money in the big cities around the world. Should you need it for anything. I will set it up for you, please come and preform in Tar Valon if you can. I would like to see you again." She turned to get back on her horse but then turned back, she smiled at the pair.

"Should the two of you marry, I would like to come and give a blessing. I have a suitable gift at the White Tower for you. Remember my name is Taia so messages should come to me under that name." Strictly speaking that wasn't true she could get messages with Sienna sedai but she preferred to keep that alias to herself as much as possible. Only Mia sent her messages with that name and there was a secret way they did that. She leaned over and gave Viktor a kiss on the cheek. "Thank you again for everything." She smiled at Tensleigh. "May you have a good life till the mother welcomes you home." She reached over and hugged the other woman even though the other stiffened. Then she turned away and mounted up again and Mia gave her a strange look. "I can be serious when I need to be Mia." Her friend nodded and then they rode away.

Taia Misna
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Edited by Rasheta Ardashir, 08 November 2011 - 06:46 AM.

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Rp side: Taia Misna Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah, Bonded to Reki and Visar. Social: Bonded to: Keyholder21, Leala,  PoetStorm, Charis Sedai, Kathleen, Halli and Mystica, Aes Sedai to Reki, Banded to Lea, and Halli