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Adepta Sororitas Novella (Chapter 2)
Four days later, Ophilia put her hand up to her right cheek again as she studied her new fleur de lis tattoo in the mirror. It was still pink around the edges and tender to the touch, but she wouldn’t trade it for the world. Her other hand ran itself through her hair, which was about six inches shorter than it had been just a few days ago.
She was a full Sister now, though the details of how it all came about were a bit of a blur. Part of that was due to the headiness of finally reaching her goal of joining Palatine Rhiannon and the Order of the Ebon Chalice. Part of it was due to the amount of amasec she’d consumed, at Sister Claudia’s insistence, to dull the pain before she was given her tattoo. Claudia, she corrected herself mentally. I don’t need to think of her as Sister Claudia anymore. I am a Sister, too.
Not all women drank, she had been told, when they got their tattoos. Some newly minted Sisters felt they needed to prove their fait
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Adepta Sororitas Novella (Chapter 1)
Ophilia Midkiff knelt at the foot of one of the many altars in the Abbey of the Dawn. Her head had been bowed in contemplation for several hours now, but the bruises she got on her knees from the hard polished floor were hardly her worst injuries. One did not reach the level of Constantia without learning the necessity and inevitability of pain, particularly when training to join the Militant Order of the Ebon Chalice. She was not a full Sister yet, but she would be soon.
The Adepta Sororitas – Ophilia couldn’t imagine her life following any other path. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that she had grown up with Sister Regia of the Lesser Order of the Opening Eye as advisor to her household, but it was largely due to the strength of her will and conviction. Other young girls living in the upper echelons of Hive Sibellus on Scintilla loved to gossip and practice how they might catch a husband when they got older. Ophilia had always preferred playing with the nobl
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Karistina and Tomas - 63
[Tomas] The Black Tower - Jumara 3, 1000 ne
Things were pretty much normal when Tomas arrived back at the Black Tower. Well, as normal as things could be with hundreds of men learning to channel nearby, and the threat that any day they could all go mad. Add to that the continuing construction of the wall surrounding what used to be just an everyday, small farm and the completion of a grand palace for the M'hael. And, of course, that the aforementioned M'hael was none other than the false Dragon Mazrim Taim... other than those points, things were normal. But they were about to get a lot less normal.
It all started the day after Tomas got back from Karistina's manor in Saldaea. That was the day Taim's palace was finished. Tomas settled into his tent, after telling the new "recruits" where to go, and settled in to take a small nap. Just as sleep was about to overtake him, Canler burst into his tent rambling something fierce. Tomas was afraid Canler had already gone mad, but then he said s
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Karistina and Tomas - 62
[Karistina] Rajem home - Taisham 25, 1000 ne
After whiling away a good part of the morning in the bedroom, Karistina and Tomas took to the streets of Maradon proper with Jerr and Meeghan. They had, after all, said they would be traveling for the purposes of trade and recruiting. Though Tomas was held by no such oaths, Karistina was most certainly bound to her word.
"Father's been doing quite well," Jerr was saying as they made their way to the storefronts of the merchants he was friendliest with. "One of his associates decided to dry his ice peppers in the sun and grind them up like spices. With all of the crops going rotten, it was a way to salvage what was left, and people seem just as eager to buy the dried peppers as they were the fresh ones. With this endless summer heat, a little extra flavor helps to cover up the taste of whatever else might have gone bad in the storerooms. Some merchants were reluctant to dry their peppers, but not father. By drying them, he can bring wagon loa
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Karistina and Tomas - 61
[Tomas] Rajem home - Taisham 25, 1000 ne
"Tell me, Tomas. Do you take good care of my Karistina?"
Swallowing loudly around a mouthful of bacon, Tomas shot a furtive look at his wife. She felt more than amused through the bond, and Tomas could recognize the look on her face. He was quite alone in this little battle. "Well, you know..." he stalled, looking for words. Thanking the Light that Warders and Asha'man were not required to take the Three Oaths as well, he lied quickly, "Since certain things have happened to send Karistina and I away from the Tower, we haven't been able to see each other very much. I try and keep myself busy with my training, and she has pressing duties south of where my training camp is."
Debara's knife hitting the plate brought all eyes to her as she pressed, "What sort of training requires you to be so far away from your own wife? It must be important to keep you away for any period of time."
I'm afraid I'm going to go mad and kill your daughter, prob
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Karistina and Tomas - 60
[Karistina] Rajem Home - Taisham 25, 1000 ne
Karistina sat there wondering whether or not she should try to help Tomas dig himself out of the hole he'd gotten into. She couldn't lie, of course, but there was certainly something she could've said to take the heat off of her husband. But then again, it was her mother's right to ask him pretty much any question she chose. She'd let him flounder a bit more before she tried to step in.
"If your father was a soldier," Debara said to Tomas, "your mother must have often been away at his side."
"Oh no," Tomas replied. "She wasn't like all the other soldiers' wives. She was a baker."
Karistina watched her mother nod thoughtfully. "That would explain why it would seem you kept close to her apron strings." Debara turned to her daughter. "My dear, they made this man a Warder? Your Warder?"
"He was trained with a sword, mother. He wasn't nearly as sheltered as I was." Does she forget how protected I was here? "I think he exaggerates when he
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Karistina and Tomas - 59
[Tomas] The Rajem Household - Taisham 25, 1000 ne
"Your house is lovely," Tomas said, sitting down in front of a steaming plate of bacon and eggs. His stomach growled at the smells presented in front of him. "It's too bad your husband couldn't be here with us."
"Yes," Debara said, lifting a forkful of egg to her mouth and looking through her lashes at him. Their greeting in the hallway earlier had been, well, awkward to say the least. He had greeted her with as much formality as he could muster after Karistina sprung her news upon him, but she had avoided looking into his eyes. Her greeting was nothing more than a brief nod of her head, more suited for a queen to a farmer. Tomas grinned anyway and pulled his wife closer, earning only a slight intake of breath. He had seen Aiel Wise Ones at Dumai's Wells, but he thought that Debara could hide her feelings better than all of them combined. "So," she started, "How did you meet my daughter?"
"Uh..." Tomas stumbled over the right way to say
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Karistina and Tomas - 58
[Tomas] Maradon Taisham 25, 1000 ne
Tomas and his beautiful wife laughed as he picked her up swirled her around the room set aside for them. "I'm on an official recruitment trip," he giggled - giggled! - happily. She laughed at his tone, answering, "I'm here to gather supplies." They smiled, two children once again a hairsbreadth away from getting caught shirking on their duties. One day a week can't hurt anything...
"I hear voices in there, Karistina," a new voice called from the hallway. "Is it safe?"
The bond flashed a brief crimson of embarrassment, then suddenly a faint trickle of worry crept in. "My darling, that is my mother, Debara. She..." Karistina hesitated, seeming to search for the words, "She knows about you. Now, now, my darling Warder..." she added in hastily to soothe the anger and betrayal that she must have felt through the bond, "She's agreed to keep your secret safe. You've got nothing to worry about from her."
Yeah, Tomas thought while trying t
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Karistina and Tomas - 57
[Karistina] Maradon - Taisham 25, 1000 ne
Excited like a child, Karistina had Traveled from the camp the previous day before sunrise. She had told her Sisters, truthfully of course, that she would be visiting her family in Saldaea, but that she would also see what her father and the other merchants could offer up in trade. Supplies for the entire camp were divided as best they could be, but everyone had their own needs and wants. Karistina had more than a short list of items she would try to bring back for herself and her fellow travelers.
When she had first arrived, she was a fair distance from civilization. The capital city of Maradon was surrounded by sprawling towns on its outskirts; there was far greater safety from Trolloc raids closer to the city walls. Karistina traveled alone, save for Twilight. Journey into the Borderlands or not, she didn't want Luka or anyone else tagging along for this trip.
It had taken the better part of a day to reach one of the small towns where she co
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Karistina and Tomas - 56
[Tomas] Pigeon Covey - Taisham 25, 1000 ne
It's amazing how quickly tens days pass, if you've got something at the end to look forward to. Out of the entire week that Tomas spent waiting for the day to visit Karistina, there were really only two highlights. The first was more of a disappointment than a highlight, really. At Roll Call the other day, Mazrim Taim announced the names who would be moving up for their performances at Dumai's Wells. Most of the Soldiers who went were to be raised to the dedicated, but only a few of the Dedicated were being raised to full Asha'man. Tomas was not one of them. With a curt, "That is all," Taim stepped down of the dais and went back to the place where his palace was being constructed.
He was only slightly surprised when, yesterday, Canler stuck his head through the tent flaps. "You're going to see her today, aren't you?"
That was the surprise. "How do you know about that...?" Tomas asked suspiciously.
"Well..." Canler began, cocking his head to th
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Karistina and Tomas - 55
[Karistina] Rebel Aes Sedai encampment Taisham 16, 1000 ne
Scouts from the army traveling with the rebels had announced the arrival of Karistina and Luka well ahead of time, though Aime had needed them not to feel Luka's presence. She had ridden to greet them when they, at last, approached.
With the greeting and niceties out of the way, the inevitable question came from Aime's lips, now amidst the company of more Sisters, "What in the Light befell you while you were away? Is everything all right with Tomas? Luka, I feared something terrible might have befallen the both of you..."
Luka traded glances with Karistina. They had agreed that she would speak. "Aime," she began, "let it be enough to know that any - discontent you may have felt through your bond with Luka was animosity between him and Tomas. Tomas is among fighting men who are not friendly toward Aes Sedai, and Luka feared this had much changed Tomas to the point of harming even myself, his wife. Though Tomas would never harm
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Karistina and Tomas - 54
[Tomas] Black Tower Taisham 15, 1000 ne
He was alone. The gateway closed and, once again, Tomas was alone. The wonderful feelings that had been practically surging through the bond were now just muted echoes. He faced the southwest and pointed, marking his wife's new position. Third tree branch on the second pine from the left. They might be headed for "their homeland," she had said. Meaning she might be passing through this land again. Third branch, second pine...
He sighed and turned to walk back to his tent. With the sun still only halfway over the horizon, Roll Call was a long way off. If he hadn't been holding saidin he might not have noticed his wife slip him the note. As it was, the sound of crinkling paper had barely reached his Power-enhanced hearing. It seemed like he had some light reading to do.
Upon reaching his tent, he entered it with a heavy heart. Tomas had forgotten to let go of the power, and with his sense of smell enhanced, he could still pick o
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Karistina and Tomas - 53
[Karistina] Black Tower Taisham 15, 1000 ne
"You'll remember to open the gateway a few miles away, right? My sisters... scare easily..."
"Of course, beloved."
Karistina had been putting this off as long as she could. She didn't want to leave Tomas - again - but she knew that it had to be done. Luka could not stay here, and he would not leave without her.
Luka had brought her horse to her, and she busied herself with putting on her riding gloves. The journey back to camp, if she was right about where they would have reached by now, would not be a pleasant one. Just Luka and me, she thought ruefully. She nodded to Tomas to show that she was ready. He bowed to her before opening the gateway.
"I don't want to leave you," she said, managing to ignore Luka as much as possible as he helped her onto her horse, which she had named Twilight. "I hate being so far away."
"As do I, beloved," Tomas replied.
When Luka had mounted his warhorse, Karistina urged Twilight forward. She paused n
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Karistina and Tomas - 52
[Tomas] Black Tower Taisham 15, 1000 ne
Tomas had plenty of time to think over the past three days. Karistina made sure he stayed right in bed, only allowing him up for a few minutes at a time to walk around the inside of the tent.. Truth be told, he felt perfectly fine the day after his duel with Luka - a combination of the Healing and the Warder bond, he was sure - but she wouldn't hear any of his arguments. She just spoon-fed him porridge every three hours and kept saying that maybe tomorrow he could attend Roll Call and get back to his training.
Logain was still alive. That news was something of a small shock, on top of the news that Siuan Sanche had somehow escaped, as well. Maybe some of their fighting that night hadn't been in vain... But the real surprise was that someone had discovered how to Heal gentling. And stilling, if he understood Karistina's signals correctly. Light but it must be almost impossible for his wife to even open her mouth to speak around here without reve
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Karistina and Tomas - 51
[Karistina] Black Tower Taisham 12, 1000 ne
Tomas slept most of the day away following his Healing. Karistina sat by his side, holding his hand and occasionally stroking his hair. Luka sat, silent and brooding, in the corner of the tent. He had turned down several challenges from the Soldiers who wanted practice against another man who could not use the Power, the man who had held his own against Tomas. Karistina paid no heed to Luka, except for passing thoughts concerning how to get him back to Aime and off her hands.
When Tomas finally awakened, the sun was already descending below the horizon.
"I see you've decided to rejoin us in the waking world," Karistina whispered in a teasing voice.
"Peace," said Tomas drowsily. "Is it morning again already?"
Karistina laughed softly. The fading light visible from the inside of the tent certainly could be mistaken for morning's first light. "No, my love. It is not yet sunrise. The sun is just now setting."
"Then please, tell my stomach it ha
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I am a professional copywriter, Founder of Phenomenal Content LLC. Writing copy for other people's websites pays the bills, but my true love is fantasy. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series is my all-time favorite book series. I've played Dark Heresy (Ophilia), Star Wars (Tatia), and World of Darkness (Kari) with my husband and friends.

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Himera-L Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the good work in :iconliterotic: Christina!
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Thank you. <3
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Happy birthday.
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Thank you!
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My pleasure!
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Merry Xmas My dear!!! and a very happy new year:heart:
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Hey, I love the stuff you're making for the 40k cosplay, definitely looking forward to more.
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Happy birthday.
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Happy early birthday.^^
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