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Leala
Abby had thought her suggestion would have been a benign one.  Most stories of wilders channeling for the first time were small and inconsequential, or the abilities had been caught before any damage could be done.  But, for Vika, it was the moment she realized had ultimately separated her from her father.  The Accepted hadn't realized that the accent the novice had was Tairen until she began to cry.  Abby didn't really have a national identity, except for Tar Valon.  Her own parents were from two completely different places, and everyone else in the White Tower was from everywhere.  Finally, she identified Vika's nationality and the reason for her distress was clear.  Her father had to send her away.  Channeling was illegal in Tear.  

"Vika..." she said gently as she moved from the chair to the bed, next to her student.  "He didn't throw you away," she assured the other girl, placing a hand on her shoulder.  "Your father loves you and wants the best for you.  He sent you to the best place he knew to get you help."  In fact, Abby could imagine her own father making that same decision, in a similar situation.  She held back the tears she felt in the back of her own throat at the thought of her father.  "And, don't you worry.  You've done wonderfully today.  I'll let the Mistress of Novices know about your progress, but I want to make sure you are well emotionally before I leave."  
Abby Soulane - Accepted
Torianin Soulane - Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah
Jhanic of the Serai Tomanelle - Algai d'siswai and Asha'man
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Vika continued to sob as Abby came to sit next to her.  The hand on her shoulder sent a wave through her.  She hadn't realized how much she needed human contact.  Vika turned instinctively and wrapped Abby in a hug as she cried into her shoulder.  Vika allowed herself to cry.  For some reason it helped her feel a little better, but it didn't change the fact that Abby was wrong.

"No - he doesn't love me anymore.  He stopped talking to me after that - only speaking to tell me I was going to Tar Valon.  He didn't say goodbye.  He didn't even continue on his trip to the Borderlands to perform in Shienar and ride with me.  He decided to go to Andor instead.  He doesn't like...people like us.  I'm nothing to him anymore."

Vika's tears were beginning to subside as she voiced her thoughts for the first time.  Vika pulled away from Abby as she finished and wiped her eyes.  She noticed the wet spot on Vika's dress from her tears. "I'm sorry," Vika said, looking down.  "I can clean that for you."

Vika stood up and paced a bit.  "You really think I did okay today?  You'll tell the Mistress of Novices - and ask her about my harp and cloak?" Vika sighed and turned to face Abby, wanting to ask her something.  The question remained in her eyes for a moment.  "Abby, I've been very lonely here.  It hurts so bad," her words were punctuated by slight hiccups from her crying. "The Aes Sedai haven't tried to understand, and the novices ignore me - thinking I'm stuck up and mean. I guess that's my fault, but..." Vika paused and looked down at the ground embarrassed. "I could really use a friend."
Vika Mathis - White Tower Novice
Luka Valindor - Lord Captain Commander of the Children of the Light
Ignis Caleum - Warder Recruit
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"You did wonderfully," the Accepted reassured the novice, with pride in her voice.  "It will only get easier from here."  

Abby wanted to make Vika's experience with her father better somehow, but she knew she couldn't.  Although her own parents had loved her and supported her, she knew that not everyone had the same life.  Her own mother's parents had tossed her away when she had become damane.  Even though Vika felt her father's abandonment, she still recovered from her tears and decided to move forward.  Abby knew she would need her help though.  There was a problem of Abby's rank, though.  The White Tower made it very clear that friendship between Accepted and novices was not allowed.  If the Mistress of Novices thought she was showing Vika favor over the others, they could both be punished.

Smiling gently, Abby took Vika's hands in hers.  "I will be your friend," she said with a surety in her voice.  "I'm seen as unusual among the Accepted as well.  But, because I am Accepted and you are a novice, we will have to be careful," she explained.  "I can offer you support and friendship, but I can't be seen as showing you too much favor.  We will still have to behave as a novice and Accepted.  With all that's happened, do you think you can do that?"  She didn't want to sound like she was giving the girl a command, but they needed to plan and come up with strategies.  Poor Vika had been under an immense amount of stress lately, and Abby wanted to make sure that they were on the same page before they moved forward.
Abby Soulane - Accepted
Torianin Soulane - Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah
Jhanic of the Serai Tomanelle - Algai d'siswai and Asha'man
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Vika beamed at Abby's praise and her decision to be friends.  It was the first time, she really felt happy since coming to the Tower. Vika sat down, Abby's hands in hers.

"I can do that.  I expect no favors from you.  If I'm to succeed here, I'm to work hard with no hand outs.  I learned that as a performer and I'll learn that as a Novice, Accepted, and..." Vika paused, the words a surprise to her as well. "An Aes Sedai."

Vika didn't know why she felt this way - or felt like saying the words she said. " I promise to you now, as a friend, that from this day forward, I dedicate myself to becoming Aes Sedai, and to perform my best in my current role as a Novice, and future roles as Accepted, and Aes Sedai."

Vika was sincere in her words and met Abby's eyes as she said them, and then wrapped the other girl in a hug.  Vika could feel tears again, but this time they dropped from her happiness. "Thank you. It's nice not to feel alone anymore.
Vika Mathis - White Tower Novice
Luka Valindor - Lord Captain Commander of the Children of the Light
Ignis Caleum - Warder Recruit
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