The Dragon Reborn: Chapter 26
From Tar Valon Library
Author: Val a'Shain
Behind a Lock
Point of View: Egwene
Setting: The White Tower
The girls find possessions of the Black Ajah who fled indicating Tear as their destination
Still not understanding how she could have lost Else, Egwene searches some rooms she dismissed earlier. When Elayne and Nynaeve catch up with her she still has not found a trace though. Egwene tells the other two girls about meeting a lady in white. Maybe an Aes Sedai? They decide to find Else later to make sure she does not talk and go to the library to look at the possessions the thirteen Black sisters left behind.
The library of the Tower is housed in a building apart from the Tower itself. It holds the largest collection of books in the lands gathered by the White Tower in three thousand years. The three take the entrance that leads directly to the storerooms. The room they are looking for is in one of the lower levels. It does not look like this part of the building is visited frequently. Egwene feels uncomfortable in this quite dark place and thinks the other two do as well.
Nynaeve finds the room they are looking for. The door is locked. Egwene experiments with the One Power to see if she can open it but Nynaeve does not have the patience for that. The only room they have come across in this building to be locked is the one they need to be in. This thought makes her angry enough to channel. Nynaeve breaks the chain with the One Power.
Inside they find a bag of personal possessions for each of the thirteen sisters. Most of it consists of old clothes but each sister had something in their possession that is related to Tear. A book, a note, a picture. It is obvious where the thirteen are headed. Too obvious even. Nynaeve fears it is a trap. They have no idea what to do next but Egwene will try to find an answer in Tel'aran'rhiod, the World of Dreams, that night. First there is there is work in the kitchens waiting for them though.