New Spring: Chapter 2
From Tar Valon Library
Author: Atarah al'Norahn
A Wish Fulfilled
Chapter Icon: Wheel and Serpent
Point of View: Moiraine
Setting: The White Tower
Moiraine and Siuan are standing in the Amyrlin's office where Tamra and Gitara are working, in case the Amyrlin or the Keeper needs to send them for a message. As Moiraine waits in the cold office, she thinks about the Aiel War, about the two Aes Sedai in the room, about why they seemed to be worried, and about her closest friend, Siuan. As she thinks specifically about how Gitara has the Talent of Foretelling, she wishes that she could be present during one of Gitara's Foretellings.
Suddenly, outside, trumpets begin to blare. Tamra sends Moiraine to see if there is a message from the battlefield, and tells Siuan to make some tea. Moiraine exits the room into the anteroom, and speaks to Elin Warrel, the novice on duty. There have been no messages. When Moiraine returns, she joins Siuan where the other girl is preparing the tea, and takes a cup to Gitara. When Tamra sees her, she asks if there was any news. Before Moiraine can reply, Gitara jumps to her feet, her eyes wide with terror.
"He is born again!" she says. "I feel him! The Dragon takes his first breath on the slope of Dragonmount! He is coming! He is coming! Light help us! Light help the world! He lies in the snow and cries like the thunder! He burns like the sun!" As she finishes speaking, Gitara falls forward into Moiraine's arms. Tamra is there in an instant, using the One Power to Delve and find out what is wrong with Gitara; she is dead.
Tamra orders a horrified Moiraine and Siuan not to tell anyone that Gitara has just Foretold the birth of the Dragon Reborn, though she does not mention the word "Dragon". She then orders for Elin to be sent in to her, so that Tamra can tell her where to find Gitara's serving woman.
As Moiraine and Siuan leave the room, Moiraine thinks to herself, "I wished to hear a Foretelling, and what I received was a Foretelling of doom."