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Not your enemy but not your friend

Discussion in 'Pandora, Year 1 - 7' started by Egwene Cauthon, May 9, 2018.

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    There was an entire network of hiding spots that that Forsaken had left behind. More than Egwene had a chance to find while she was busy handling other matters. Torturing employees, messing with her Warder, trying to gauge her other self's abilities. Apparently the other woman had held back her abilities in some sort of choice to down play her power. There could be a strength to that if one needed to be subtle. Something that this Egwene could understand though it was a route she was loathe to take because it meant that she had to pretend that others were somehow superior to her.

    Still there was knowledge to be found. Leftovers from Semirhage's time in Pandora and she had certainly left plenty of tidbits for Egwene to pick up on. The dark friend simply went about trying to find something to help her get an edge over the other Egwene. Or finding something that would help her break Matrim. Semirhage would have been skilled at the latter, she was sure. Which meant that she could find all the hidden little places that Semirhage had left behind hoping for something to help her.

    Egwene held a lot of faith in knowledge. There were always secrets to be discovered and some of the strongest power she had known had come from supposedly forbidden things. The path she walked was one of that sort of knowledge. Deep, dark things that would make her stronger, no matter how she scarred her soul in the process. Such a thing didn't matter to her, only power did.

    One such location was a cave deep in a cliff. A place that would have been difficult to get to even if one knew the path. Egwene had discovered it in one of the other hideouts. The dark friend simply gatewayed to the location, not wanting to waste her time on walking. She turned once she was there, trying to take in everything. Except it was dark. So she wove balls of light into the air, trying to get a good look at what the Forsaken had left behind.
     
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    Time stood still here in the dark. There was no counting of the days. At least in Kal's clutches, he could vaguely guess the hours depending upon how often the wretched man came to him, but here in this cavern where there was nobody to see, time felt endless. Or like it didn't exist at all. He was not so deprived of his magic the way he had been before being brought to this place, but he couldn't leave. He couldn't leave because he knew exactly the sort of magic responsible for keeping him in.

    Merlin didn't understand it. How there was another him out there, but then, all he really had to do was think about Kal, consider the man who had so clearly not been the one he had known. Merlin still had the scars from early on. After that, the hurt had been far less physical for him.

    It was physical now.

    He was dirty. Starved. Thirsty. He'd been here too long, he should have been dead. He knew he should have been dead, and maybe he had died. Maybe he'd died over and over, and how fitting for the place he was in, a place from his memories, a place he had come to indulge in a magic that was so unlike his own and yet so intoxicating. Semirhage. Somehow, Merlin thought he had never recalled her quite so vividly and a small part of him wished she could be here so that, at the very least, he had somebody to talk to. Even if it could only be her.

    As though on cue, there was a gateway. The magical kind, the kind conjured by saidar itself. Merlin was slumped against a wall on the far side of the vast room as he watched a shape come through it, and even in the light that she conjured across the way, she was a silhouette to his sights. "... Semirhage?" came his voice, a sound that almost surprised even him. Low and hoarse and cracked. The only relief he had was the fact that he didn't sound hopeful in speaking that name. Just tired. Weak.



     
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    The air was dank. Egwene's nose wrinkled slightly. There was something rather dirty in the area or perhaps something had rotted somewhere. Whatever the reason, it was not pleasant. The brunette was taking a look around when suddenly a voice broke out of the darkness. Semirhage? Instantly Egwene was drawing in power. The ball of light that she had been holding multiplied and shot up to the ceiling, shining light over the area so she could see everything.

    After all this was one of the Forsaken's hideouts and her name being spoken the moment she showed up was not a good sign. The dark friend's eyes narrowed when she saw a man standing there. A dirty, disheveled man that obvious had not had a good time for however long he had been in here. He had to be the reason the place smelled.

    She took another couple of steps forward but the man was not someone that she knew. Of course that could have been because he was dirty and obvious poorly treated. But he was in this place and that was odd enough. The balls of light moved so that she could get a good look at the entire situation while keeping her decently in the dark at her spot in the cave.

    "No, not Semirhage." She spoke carefully, trying to decide if this was somehow a trap or not. Semirhage could have any number of them hidden around for good measure. Egwene didn't sense anything but that didn't mean there wasn't a trap. Just that it wasn't obvious. "What are you doing here?" She frowned slightly, trying to look around the room for anything else at all.
     
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    It wasn't her. Merlin supposed he knew that even before she finally stepped close enough that the light at that angle revealed just who she was. Egwene. His heart pounding in his chest, he felt hope blooming inside of him for the first time in such an incredibly long time. Hope. An escape. A friend. "Egwene," he breathed, and this time, there was a touch of that hopefulness, faint as it may have been. He hesitated, pushing against the wall he was sat against. The journey to his feet was a tedious one, but it could have been slower.

    The truth was, Merlin felt as though he was pushing himself for the first time in a very long time.

    "What day is it?" he suddenly asked, arm outstretched as a hand pressed against the wall for balance. He needed to know. Gods, he needed to know how long he had been in here for. "How long have I been gone for?" There were other questions he, perhaps, should have been asking. Why was she here? She hadn't come looking for him, that was for certain, and-- well, he didn't know that meant at all. Only time would tell. But that was time he wanted to spend leaving.

    Her magic was welcome as well, and as he reluctantly pulled away from the wall, he inhaled deeply, taking in the familiar sensation brought on by saidar as her magic's presence tingled against his. Against the wards keeping him in, against the magic that ran through his own veins and in essence was him.



     
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    Egwene. The dirty man apparently knew her. He leaned against a wall and she could see that he was weak. Perhaps he had been trapped here for awhile without any way of getting out. Supplies had run out and he had been left in the dark. A cruel way to go. Egwene was certain she would have taken her own life before allowing herself such a degrading death. Or perhaps she would have fought until the end, who knew? Egwene wasn't stupid enough to get herself into this situation in the first place, obviously.

    What was also obvious was the fact that this man thought she was the other Egwene. The one who was sunshine and rainbows and everything good in the world or whatever the hell she thought she was. Because this conversation was already far too friendly. No groveling. She frowned slightly as he started asking her questions. As if he had the right to those answers.

    "Not a single idea. Didn't know you were missing." Egwene wasn't going to correct him but she also wasn't going to act like the other Egwene either. Her voice was colder and sharper than it normally was. No friendliness at all. Instead she turned and increased the light, trying to look into every corner of the cavern.

    "You stink, just so you know." Her nose wrinkled again and she moved to the other side, trying to see if there was anything useful in the space. Unlike the dirty man leaning against the wall so uselessly.
     
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    For a moment, he just watched her. Stared at her for reasons that, to him, were perfectly reasonable. She had no idea that he was missing. Maybe he was thinking too highly of himself, an admittedly rare occurrence for Merlin Ambrosius, the sorcerer who had always struggled to accept the praises given by the druids to their great Emrys. But it wasn't about his pride or his status in Pandora. It was about the fact that he and Egwene were friends and surely, surely, it must have been quite a lot of time. Enough time for her to notice, enough time for her to wonder.

    She had not wondered. She had not noticed.

    But that was the only difference here. She was different. The way she carried herself, the way she spoke, the way her attention seemed to be everywhere but on her friend despite the circumstances.

    "Really," he murmured. "I hadn't noticed." It was a half-hearted quip as he continued to watch her, his lower lip quivering slightly as he attempted to piece together what was happening here. "I can't stay here anymore, Egwene. I beg of you, conjure your gateway."



     
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    I can't stay here anymore, Egwene. He had an annoying voice. Perhaps it was the weakness stemming from him or the fact that he was one hard breath away from death. Or so it seemed. The brunette really didn't care. Instead she kept moving, searching the room for anything that would be useful to her. Anything that could change the circumstances she was currently in. Trying to circle and figure out how to get a leg up against the other Egwene. Maybe something to help with getting Matrim to do what she wanted and kill the other woman. Still her end game here.

    "Beg all you want." She dismissed him with a half wave of one hand, finding some books hidden along a corner. Rotting though, like they hadn't seen daylight in far too long and no one had cared for them. Her nose wrinkled again. Was there nothing useful here? The light continued to move in a search pattern but Egwene had also prepared a few other weaves just in case the man started being annoying again or moved closer to her.

    The brunette knew that there had to be something useful here. Why else create a hide out if you weren't going to hide something there, right? Her eyes cut around the room again, trying to figure out what was important when her eyes landed on the dirty man again. What if the Forsaken hadn't been hiding something. What if she had been hiding someone. "Who are you?" She was studying him further at that point. Semirhage had been gone for awhile, if she had figured out correctly from the woman's hideout in Silverwood. So how had this man actually lasted this long?
     
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    She didn't sound like her. Not at all, not the Egwene he knew, and at first, it didn't quite sink in just why that was. Maybe it should have been obvious, all things considered. He had been here for a long time, thinking about himself, about the other him that was out there, likely up to no sort of good at all. That alone should have been the answer he needed to solve the mystery before him now.

    It didn't sink in, though, until she dismissed him entirely and then finally turned her attention to him a moment later, his own eyes wide with puzzlement as though it were finally dawning on him. "You're not her," he murmured quietly. "If you were, then you wouldn't ... you wouldn't need to ask that question."

    There were a thousand different questions in his mind. Where was Egwene? Why was this imposter here? He didn't know where to start.

    "... Or are you both one in the same, just ... different ..." There was almost a bitterness to that as he trailed off, his gaze flicking away for a moment before looking back. It was hard to know that he had, in some way, put himself in here. "Is she okay?"



     
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    It didn't take long for the dirty man to make the correct connection. There were people who were already aware of this "double" issue. Since she wasn't taking care to ask her double, she doubted that it was a difficult thing to do. Anything less would mean he didn't have two brain cells to rub together. So he may have been dirty but he wasn't an entire idiot. "Oh my, is that what gave it away?" Her words were still harshly spoken, plenty of bite with a heavy dollop of disdain. What threat could a dirty man stuck in a cave be? She could snap his neck in seconds if he tried anything, so what did it matter?

    But her attention swung from the walls, looking for a hidden door or entrance, back to the man as he suddenly brought up her other self. Was that...? Did he care for her other self? Was that actual concern in his voice? A smile lit up on her lips and there was nothing about it that was warm or friendly. It was cruel and cold, with little room for different interpretation.

    "Of course not." Her smile widened with a flash of teeth. He had just become all the more interesting. If only because torturing her other self's friends was something that flipped switches Egwene hadn't known she had had. "Not as long as I'm here." Egwene was confident in that. Her other self did not act outside of her morals, holding herself to a limiting and impossible line. There was such a lack of knowledge when you would not let yourself learn everything.

    Which was part of the reason why this Egwene was starting to feel like she had the upper hand. Egwene did not have weaknesses. She did not rely on others or care for them. "She'll be dead soon enough." One way or another, it was all just a matter of how quickly she could break Matrim. "I decided to take my time fashioning her lover into the weapon that will kill her." Because that would make most people feel horror in their soul instead of the pleasure that Egwene did and she wanted to see that look across his face. Every wound on her other self's friends would be like wounding the woman herself.
     
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    He knew that look, the way her face lit up with a smile but hardly one that indicated any sort of friendless. It wasn’t the first time he had seen that look on somebody’s face and it certainly wouldn’t be the last. But on Egwene’s? How cruel was Pandora to send bring these doppelgangers into the world, wearing the faces of his friends? Then again, Pandora had never had much consideration for the innocents that were brought into the clutches of her land.

    This Egwene sent chills down the length of his spine where they were already there. From the cold and the starvation. But his own condition had never been the reason he wanted to get out of this cavern. It had been for others, for the people who didn’t know any better, the people who saw the Merlin out there and saw him. And for the people who saw this Egwene and saw her.

    “You hate her that much, do you?” he murmured, a bitterness there in his tired voice. He supposed he could relate. Another Merlin had been the one responsible for putting him in here in the first place. “She’s smart. Powerful. Resourceful. You have your work cut out for you.” He wanted to do more. He wanted to say more, he wanted to lash out with the anger he could feel in the pit of his stomach, but in his state, he felt useless. Harnessing his magic felt like an impossibility. “But then, you should know better than anybody.”



     
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    Hate her? No, Egwene didn't necessarily hate her other self. There was plenty there that she didn't understand and plenty that disgusted Egwene, but hate was not the right word. She smirked ever so slightly as the dirty man went down the list of things that her other self was. Trying to say that it would be difficult to kill her. Of course it would! Even if her other self was a true Aes Sedai, tangled up in romance and children and public service, she would be difficult to deal with. That was the entire point of being in this cave.

    "That is the interesting thing. I think I'm the only one in this realm that knows what she's capable of." Her other self had worked hard to keep certain things from the public. In reading about the woman she had only ever been defensive here in Pandora, at least to anyone's knowledge. And that fit with the Aes Sedai theme so it fit all together. But Egwene knew the truth. She knew what they had been through and knew what they had learned. The only difference in skill was the fact that this Egwene pursued all forms of knowledge no matter how dark and she had not been tortured or held by Semirhage.

    "She's been lying to all of you. Pulling the wool over your eyes with that smile and selflessness." Egwene laughed, suddenly deciding to have some fun with this situation. She could torture the man with real knowledge of Egwene and then leave him to die. Sounded entertaining to her, even if she was still looking for something useful in the cave. "You do know that she could burn Pandora Town to the ground all by herself if she felt like it, right?" There would be very little someone could do to stop her with the gateways and the like under her belt. It would take another channeler to stop her if she felt like it.
     
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    What Egwene, or … or this Egwene, rather, was suggesting about her other self didn’t necessarily come to surprise Merlin. He understood the woman’s power on a level he hated, a deeply intimate level. Not because he had seen Egwene practice it in such ways but because of the influence that Semirhage had once held over him, over the fact that he had been addicted to it, over the fact that when he felt that specific energy in the air around him, Merlin felt the same pull he once had. Only less, only more controlled, only more resisted.

    He remembered what it could do.

    “So can many others in Pandora,” he told her quietly, although he suspected those words would have meant more had he not looked as though he were slowly dying in this place. Merlin was not so different in his own capabilities and with over a thousand years of self searching, he was not shy about that any longer, not when he needed to be open and honest about who and what he was. “That doesn’t mean they do. Her abilities are-- are harnessed for the good of the world ...”

    Merlin paused, a frown tugging at the corners of his lips. “I can say with certainty already that yours are not. Why have you come? Here, of all places.” Because he knew where he was. He knew who had once freely roamed this cavern, tormenting her captives. It was no coincidence.



     
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    Many others in Pandora? Egwene hadn't really seen any proof of that around. There were people who thought they were better than Egwene but they had been rather wrong. She had far too many tricks up her sleeve and the only reason this world didn't know that was because her other self was too mild mannered to actually take control here. It could have been easy, what with Egwene's ability to walk through dreams. Nothing would be safe from her.

    "Harnessed for the good." Egwene laughed. That was absolutely silly. "Not if the scales tip in the right direction. There are certain buttons to press and then she would slide all too easily into the dark." Just as she had. Of course, Egwene didn't want to compete with herself. There was only room for one off the top and she wasn't about to share it. Only her... and Matrim, once he had been converted.

    "This cave once belonged to a woman from my world. Supposedly very strong." One of the Forsaken. Semirhage. Of course this dirty man wouldn't know anything about Semirhage. He was here but Semirhage hadn't been here in a long while. Over a year, if Egwene had figured the time lines correctly. "There was probably a lot of leftovers. I'm interested in seeing what she hid away." Which wasn't him. He would have been dead if he had been sealed in here this long.

    No, it was more likely that he was here for some unrelated reason. Someone had found a hole to drop their trash into and had thrown away the key as well. "How do you know my other self?" Maybe she could get information from him. Egwene wasn't as good as Nynaeve when it came to torturing people but she could manage if she needed to be. As long as he kept talking, he'd probably avoid that end of things.[/B]
     
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    There was a certain familiarity in her words, not because he believed Egwene truly did have the potential to slip down that path, although he did only because every did. Morgana had done it. At one point in his life, Merlin had as well. He still remembered his time spent with Semirhage and the influence her magic supplied, the pure addiction he had felt toward it. Staying away had been one of the hardest things he'd ever had to do in his life until he just couldn't anymore, crawling back to her. And Merlin remembered the tables turning, he remembered killing an innocent man in her presence. Not by her command because her command had been so much worse than that, but even a step as dark as that had pleased her enough. Enough to use his magic and to use his body, and all Merlin could do was be thankful that it hadn't gone further than it had.

    He wished it had gone nowhere at all.

    Thoughts he hadn't allowed into his mind for so many years seemed to plague him in this place, and she spoke exactly the reason why. Semirhage. There was a glint of something like recognition in his tired gaze for a moment as his eyes slipped away from her, lips pressing to a fine line. There was only one other in Pandora who had earned a hatred than he held for the woman in question. "You haven't given me much reason to tell you anything," he informed her quietly, shifting slightly against the wall as though to pull his attention away from her. As though she didn't matter. In a place like this, in the state he was in, perhaps she didn't. If he died here, nothing mattered.

    Those were the thoughts of a man losing hope, a man who had felt himself die again and again.

    Ah. Of course. He would never die here.



     
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    The dirty man didn't answer her. He didn't say anything at all and just sort of turned in to himself. Saying something about having no reason to tell her anything and he was dumb for thinking so. If he knew Egwene then he knew a bit about what she was capable of. A little more knowledgeable. He seemed as ignorant as any other man and Egwene's lips thin considerably. Leaning against the wall and trying to look away from her as if he would be perfectly fine in doing so. As if she wouldn't do something to correct his thinking.

    She lashed out with two weaves of air, slamming into the walls around him with a rush of wind hitting him. The two weaves chipped off stone from the cave wall, shredding it where it was slightly weaker. The weaves cut off two seconds later, silence falling. "I believe answering me would be a lot easier than being stubborn for no reason." He was going to die one way or the other. That much was obvious and something Egwene didn't think the dirty man had realized. Which was annoying.

    "How do you know her?" She thought it was a simple enough question. I met her at the market or some such thing. It couldn't have been earth shattering. Egwene already knew who her other self's lover and Warder was. She had those twins as well, and her two close friends from home. Those would be the important ones. The ones who had the close details of her other self's life and she already had a line on that side. Matrim couldn't protect himself from her and he would tell her plenty of things. But this man's sole worth was in how he answered her questions.

    So would he answer her question or would he continue to be foolish? Egwene waited for the answer, fully expecting him to start talking.
     
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    The reaction which followed his moment of defiance was immediate. Merlin felt the familiar presence of saidar in the area air around him and as though on cue, Egwene's weaves lashed either side of him, chips falling from the wall. The warlock had jumped, stiffened, clenched his jaw tight in response. Not from fear for he had so little to fear these days, but then, that didn't mean he had to place himself in a position to suffer more than he already was. If he couldn't leave here, then what could he do to help his friend? He was confident that there was no piece of information he had in his mind which she could use against Egwene either, and perhaps that was the only reason for the moment he succumbed to her question.

    "We had a common enemy once," he finally told her, and Merlin's blue eyes drifted away from her slowly and surveyed their surroundings for a moment as though he knew she would understand in a moment's time exactly who that enemy was. "It's easy to bond over something like that, I've found." It hadn't been easy, though, truth be told. She had been suspicious of him and for the longest time, Merlin had been certain that she had hated him even after Semirhage had left this land behind.

    He paused. "She's gone. Semirhage. If you were looking for ... for some sort of ally in her, you won't find one."



     
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    Everyone in this Light forsaken world was stupid and annoying. Egwene was certain that this world could have done with a bit of a culling. Once she had everything in order that was exactly the sort of thing she was going to start with. It seemed that this dirty man finally understood what she was talking about and thus, started to talk. He still wasn't very informative but little was better than none. As long as it w as truthful.

    We had a common enemy once. That seemed like a good enough reason for anyone to bond. Egwene had had a number of enemies over the course of her life and Nynaeve had been the only one to assist her with any of them. But that was because of who they were to each other. Egwene would have never trusted anyone else. No one else understood them in the way that they understood each other, even if they didn't always get along. There was a difference in her relationship with Nynaeve and her relationship with anyone else. Egwene used everyone else and one day she would use Nynaeve too, it would just have to be for a very good reason.

    But he was right on that end. It was easy to bond over having a common enemy and that was something that Egwene could easily accept. "I wouldn't ally with her." Semirhage wasn't the sort you made into an ally. Instead she was the sort who would try to use everyone around her. She wasn't someone who understood teams. Instead she would have tried to bend and break the younger woman. A struggle would have happened no matter the situation. "And I know she's gone. I'm merely looking for what tools or tidbits she might have left behind." Because those were the kinds of things that she could arm herself with. Something that would make Egwene more powerful than her other self.

    "You knew Semirhage as well. Perhaps she was your common enemy?" Again, if Semirhage had been in Pandora at the same time as Egwene, then trouble would have been brewing. So perhaps this man knew things about Semirhage that Egwene wouldn't have been able to find out. He was becoming more interesting as the minutes ticked by.
     
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    From what he understood of Semirhage, he thought it was just as fair to assume that she wouldn't ally herself with Egwene either, even one whose mind had been twisted into something else, something darker, the way that this one had been. She wouldn't ally herself with her in any sense that would make her consider what they had anything akin to a partnership. Semirhage didn't do partnerships, she used people, be it for her own curiosities or to reach a very specific goal she had for herself. Once her own interest and convenience were gone, you were dead to her. Likely on a very literal level.

    Her assumption couldn't have been more right, but the discomfort in Merlin was clear. He had no intention of having an extended conversation about one of the two women in Pandora who had changed everything for him. Who had destroyed everything. Semirhage was the reason he still struggled with an addiction even today, an addiction to an energy that the woman standing in front of him right now possessed. It was easier to manage now, easier to separate himself from, but Semirhage had both created and exploited that addiction, poured it into him so that he couldn't stop coming back for more.

    Merlin was silent, but it was a silence that was perfectly telling as far as anybody else would have been concerned.



     
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    The man said nothing and Egwene knew that she had struck true. Her other self had bonded with this man over Semirhage. Over fighting her and defeating her. That was something the brunette could understand. It was the sort of thing she might have grown somewhat fond towards someone over, before deciding she was done using them and stabbing them in the back. Perhaps some might have thought her a little cold but why make lasting relationships with people you couldn't control?

    She'd be able to control Matrim and her other self never would. She wasn't strong enough to survive. She wasn't cold enough to survive. Egwene would make sure that she understood that lesson before she died. Before Matrim killed her. It was going to be beautiful and Egwene was going to enjoy it. She would break the man, make him kill her other self, and then twist him to the dark. To herself.

    Egwene had it all set in her mind but the silence that Merlin lapsed into did nothing to bother her. She quickly decided that this was done. All of this was done and there was no point taking mercy on the dirty man. Not now that he knew some truth to her. Of course she didn't actually have to do anything to kill him off either. He was trapped in this cave and it was obvious he was a short ways away from actually dying.

    So she stared at him for a second, watching him to see if she could read the set of his shoulders or not. To see that defeat there. She didn't say anything at all to the man but she did weave together a gateway where she stood. No, Egwene would leave him in the cave. But she felt like being cruel all the same, so she opened a gateway to a beautiful sight. A cliff over looking the edge of the ocean, seagulls wheeling past the opening and the spray of the ocean kicked up over the cliff edge and came into the cave through the gateway.

    Egwene picked up the edge of her skirts and moved through the gateway before letting them drop all over again. The petite brunette then turned and looked back at the dirty man, staring at him as if she were daring him to do something. Daring him to move. The moment he tried, she would drop the weave to leave him stranded in that cave.
     
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    Silence lingered between the pair of them, the sort of silence that felt eerie but incredibly familiar to Merlin's ears. He was used to this sort of thing now, but what he wasn't used to was the figure that was stood there across from him, studying him, trying to read him. But Merlin didn't want to talk. He didn't want to talk, but he wanted just about everything else. Food. Water. His freedom.

    As though on cue, there was that familiar sensation in the air as a gateway was conjured. He felt his shoulders tighten as his blue eyes lingered on the beautiful view that was such a brilliant and bright contrast to his current surroundings. And it was a familiar view as well, a spot that he thought he may have stood before. But then, the world that was Pandora had always been such a small place that Merlin had stood most places over the years.

    He knew this game. He knew people like her, even if she looked like Egwene, and he knew exactly what this was. But Merlin was weak and he was desperate and he couldn't possibly sit there to stubbornly let this opportunity pass him by.

    So he moved. He pushed against the wall, practically stumbling to his feet. He hadn't moved so quickly in a long time and his legs hadn't been prepared for it, but it didn't stop him. It didn't stop him from throwing himself at that gateway, desperate for his freedom.

    Desperate and anticipating the worst.



     
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