The Citadel was proving to be a home away from home for Tia Tomosan, Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah, Great Great Granddaughter to the Captain General and daughter to the former Mistress of Arms. Walking the walls of the Citadel, looking towards the Blight, she felt a sense of purpose. More than once, she’d left the relative safety of the Citadel walls to patrol with others, scouting to make sure there were no more nasty surprises like the force that very nearly overran the Citadel when her mother and father were last here.
Tia had been at the Citadel not all that long ago with Lysira and Zarayne. While that was a shorter trip, she was scheduled to remain at the Citadel for the next month. Depending on how things went, she might stay longer. Being a Borderlander, Tia felt at home walking the ramparts of the Citadel. Truth be told, she’d lived at the Tower longer than she’d lived in Saldaea, though not by much, but her entire family were Borderlanders. . .it was in the blood, so to speak.
Never mind that being at the Citadel meant she was less likely to run into Jaryd. She knew she couldn’t avoid him forever, and truth be told, she owed him a conversation. Not that she had any clue as to what she would say to him. I’m sorry I fell in love with you and found it too hard to be around you was the truth, but simply saying it didn’t seem so. . .simple.
Word came down that a new rotation of Gaidin and Ji’Val were arriving today, and, as was usual, one would be assigned to watch her back, so to speak. The Aes Sedai finished writing a letter to her brother, and sprinkled sand on it to help the ink dry. Pouring the sand off, she folded the letter and placed it in an envelope, which she sealed with wax. With the letter ready to go, she pushed away from her desk and pulled a cloak around her shoulders.
Not a second later, the Aes Sedai pushed her door open, and nearly took out someone in the process. She blinked in surprise and stepped forward to help the man, but he seemed to keep his feet. What’s more, he seemed to be looking for her. “Tia Sedai, I presume, an honour. I came to introduce myself, if you have the time.”
Tia offered the man a small, but warm smile, “I am indeed Tia Sedai, but I am afraid you have me at a disadvantage. Walk with me while I deliver a letter to be sent back to the Tower, and tell me who might you be?”