Nevirha kneeled before the Amyrlin, head bowed in respect. This was not a conversation she relished having. Negotiations with Tear had broken down, ending with Nevirha’s own life being taken from her by one of the Defenders. Nevirha suspected the woman might be a darkfriend. Who else but a darkfriend would attack an Aes Sedai behind a locked door under pretense of negotiation? Still, it remained that she had been rewoven. The Creator still had work for her to do.
Cadsuane nodded at Nevirha, and the Aes Sedai rose. “Mother, negotiations with Tear…” She trailed off at a knock at the door. Cadsuane made an irritated noise but opened the door. The Keeper stood on the other side, arms struggling around a heavy silver box. “Mother, this came from Tear,” Lelaine stated, handing over the box. Nevirha looked at it curiously. Surely the Tairen were not sending a gift after the way things had ended…
The Amyrlin walked to her desk and set the box down upon it then threw the lid open. The room filled with the scent of decay and embalming fluid. “I see negotiations with Tear did not go as planned,” the woman stated, pulling Nevirha’s head from the ornate box. Nevirha met the lifeless gaze, straight-backed and unflinching. “It is what I came here to speak to you about, Mother.” Cadsuane returned the head to its container, closing the lid. It did little to improve the smell in the room.
“The Creator has found fit to weave me back into the Pattern, Mother, and I see there is still work to be done. The world has grown hostile towards the Tower, likely the work of Darkfriends and the Children alike. The Hall has laid out a plan for dealings with Tear…” Nevirha’s voice dropped to a whisper as she continued to outline the details to the Amyrlin. Even as she spoke, her mind drifted, imagining Defender Yasmin’s self-satisfied smile. The girl was probably making up all manner of stories about how she had defeated the Aes Sedai. No doubt, she pictured the Amyrlin weeping and rending her garments at this loss. If her game was war, she had much to learn about the Aes Sedai.