Sesskia’s Diary, part 163

15 Nevrine We were a little more organized today. Had the mages practice their pouvrin as a warm-up before breaking into groups for more theory. My group is moving along quickly, though not as quickly as Jeddan’s. I think their understanding of pouvrin, that sense of being shaped by the magic, is easier to comprehend…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 163

Sesskia’s Diary, part 162

14 Nevrine (continued) So we sat everyone down, and I talked about pouvrin, and asked people to explain what they felt when they used their magic. It’s remarkable how easy it is to see the connections when you have enough mages in one place, all talking their way through the process of manifesting pouvrin. Where…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 162

Sesskia’s Diary, part 161

14 Nevrine (continued) So I said, “Norsselen, how long have you been a mage?” “A magicker,” he said. “Almost exactly a month, isn’t it?” I said, ignoring him. “And yet you are awfully quick to say what is and isn’t possible.” I took a step back and raised my voice. “I’ve been a mage—” I…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 161

Sesskia’s Diary, part 160

14 Nevrine (continued) Norsselen wanted us to be impressed, so we made appropriate noises. Then he said, “You’ve seen which groups you’ll work with. They’ll explain the techniques we’re studying, though of course everyone’s equal and you’re free to make comments of your own.” The look on his face said he didn’t consider himself anyone’s…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 160

Monday morning reading

Monday. I don’t actually dread Mondays. They’re like resetting the switch for the week, getting a fresh start. I like to start Monday with a new book, though this week it’s actually an old book called Ripley Under Water. I found the book The Talented Mr. Ripley in New Orleans and gradually became addicted to…Continue reading Monday morning reading

Sesskia’s Diary, part 159

14 Nevrine (continued) “How did you do that?” said a dark-haired man who entered just as I struck my target. “I’ve never seen anything like that kind of control.” “Um,” I said. I could see my plan start to fray at the edges. “It was just a lucky stroke, I guess. I’m Sesskia. What’s your…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 159

Sesskia’s Diary, part 158

14 Nevrine I feel as if I begin a lot of these entries with variations on “I wonder if I made the right choice.” I used to pride myself on being decisive. Not rash or reckless, but when your actions can potentially get you killed, waffling about them is a big mistake. So I always…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 158

Sesskia’s Diary, part 157

13 Nevrine, after curfew (hah!) (continued) “Of course he leaves it to us to handle the details,” muttered Lenssar, then in a louder voice he said, “You are indeed favored highly among your class. I hope you will show proper appreciation for his Majesty’s condescension.” “Yes, Honored,” Jeddan said. “Where should we go?” Batekessar rose…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 157