The entire Grey Tower, from the Amyrlin Seat down to the scullery maids, have been granted a free day to celebrate Sunday. Hama Valon is hosting a traditional Two Rivers observance of the holiday with various competitions, feasting, and merriment, and a traveling show has set up camp just outside the city walls in hopes that the revelers will be free with their coin.
Students are reminded that even though it is a free day, they are expected to adhere to all rules, particularly those regarding proper conduct, and to tidy up after themselves lest they find their usual chores doubled on the morrow. Novices, Soldiers, and drin'far'ji may attend the celebration, in uniform, but may not stray into the city, enter the traveling show without permission, or otherwise evade supervision.
Amayani walked over the festival field, her hands idly fiddling with the dress she was wearing. That morning she had had quite the problem deciding what to wear. She had pondered back and forth with wearing the formal uniform, but since they were allowed to be out of their uniforms this day, it didn't appeal that much to her. She wanted to wear something comfortable, though not too fancy. Maybe a pair of breeches, and a nice-looking shirt, or something similar. Something she would feel comfortable in.
So how she'd ended up in a dress, still eluded her.
It wasn't a particularly fancy dress, nothing like the ones her mother had forced on her from time to time. It was a simple linen dress, blue-green in the color - not unlike her eyes - with creamy white down the sides from her hips. It had laces down both sides, under her arms, tightened so her figure showed without clinging too tight. The arms were a bit too long for her liking, but at least they weren't too wide. If she tightened a leather band around them, maybe they wouldn't get in the way of her bow.
She sighed to herself. What had she been thinking? Unwillingly, a thought that it had been to impress Thoia crept through her head, but she brushed it aside. She had tried to find Thoia, though, before coming here, but the younger Ji'dar had already left her room when she got there. She wished she'd talked to her earlier, and made some arrangements; she'd really looked forward to spend the day with her once roommate and hopefully still best friend.
Now she kept her eyes out for the familiar read-head as she walked around the field, trying to locate the Archery competition sign up. One hand raised up and checked the quiver on her back, containing her arrows. The other had the bow in it, unstrung as it always was when she thought she wouldn't need it; carrying a strung bow would only ruin it. She intended to put both bow and quiver at the archery range, so she wouldn't need to carry them around until it begun.
A short while later, she'd signed up, and was eyeing the lanes, each containing two targets, one further down then the rest. The first wouldn't be too hard, but the second would be a bit more challenging. She would probably miss quite a few times, but hopefully not too many. She didn't think she'd win, by far, especially since she thought she'd seen Storm Sedai's name on the list.
Still thinking about the competition, she turned to go elsewhere and check out more of the fair, when something caught her eye. Still a bit off in the crowd, she thought she recognized a familiar read head, and as she looked she got certain. A smile appeared on her face as she recognized Thoia, and she started towards her. From what she could see, the girl was wearing a beautiful red dress, which only increased her own beauty.
Yani wove her way through a small crowd, trying to get closer to her friend, and stopped dead. Thankfully not looking her way, Thoia was walking with two others, a soldier and a drin by their clothes. And she was holding the soldier's hand, laughing and smiling.
Yani couldn't help the pang of jealousy she felt. She didn't recognize the boy, but it was clear that they were friends. And maybe more then friends. With a strange feeling of betrayal, she walked the other way before Thoia could spot her.
OOC: Feel free to ignore this, it is just to get Yani in the right mood *grin* Or you could spot her, it's all up to you.