|Episode #24: Discussions
An Aes Sedai calls upon the Creator.
"Great and mighty Creator, source of the all-pervasive Light, thy humble servant beseeches thee to hear her prayer..."
If only. Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that. This particular Aes Sedai has a more informal relationship with her maker.
The only response is silence. Not just any silence, though. Connoisseurs make careful distinctions between, for instance, the silence of an empty room, the silence of blissful peace after conflict, and the silence that comes after someone has just said something shocking. In this case, it was the pointed silence of someone who is determinedly ignoring someone else in the hope that that person will go away.
Alas, it doesn't work like that either.
"Raina!" A pause. "Raina? Are you listening to me? Hey, Raina!" Another pause. "I'm not going to go away any time soon, you know. You should know, anyway. After all, you created me."
Somewhere in another time and space, a motion sends quivers through the threads of the Pattern - the motion of someone giving up and slamming a book shut. A voice echoes from the sky.
"To my eternal annoyance! What do you want, Shani?"
"What do you think? Do you know how long it's been since the last episode?"
"So? I'm busy."
"No you're not. You just can't think of a plot for the next one."
A bolt of lightning flashes down at Shani, who neatly sidesteps.
"Temper, temper. You're going to have to move Sycho anyway, you know. Mat already met Tuon in Winters Heart."
"I know! I'll get around to it."
"You don't have to make it a proper plot, you know. Just grab him and get writing. The readers don't have the sense to notice."
"Why do you say that?"
"They're putting up with you passing off this argument as Episode #24, aren't they?"
"Oh, go away." Raina opens her book again.
"You'll have to write it eventually, you know."
"Will you stop saying 'you know'?!"
"But you're supposed to know everything, Creator."
Another lightning bolt zigzags down from the sky. Shani laughs and disappears.
Raina sighs. And starts writing.