The Dragon Reborn: Chapter 28
From Tar Valon Library
Author: Val a'Shain
A Way Out
Chapter Icon: Five dice, arranged in a ring
Point of View: Mat
Setting: The White Tower
The girls give Mat a note from the Amyrlin, allowing him off the island of Tar Valon
When Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve enter Mat's room he almost immediately gets suspicious. The girls inquire after his health. Mat tells them he feels just fine and decides it is time to find out why they are visiting him. Apparently this response was anticipated by Egwene but not believed by Elayne or Nynaeve. Elayne tells he she would like him to carry a letter to her mother in Caemlyn for her (all the while smiling at him).
When Mat doesn't seem to want to cooperate, again Egwene seems to have anticipated that, the girls try to make him feel guilty. After all they cared for him while he was sick and he should be glad to get this opportunity to see something of the world. Mat decides to stop playing games and tells them the Amyrlin gave orders he was not to leave the city. If they can change that he will carry the letter to Caemlyn.
The girls retreat for a moment to discuss this among themselves and then produce the letter the Amyrlin has given them stating the barer acts at her order and should be obeyed. Mat wants to know how they got it and if it is real. The girls tell him it is real and that that should be enough. Mat agrees to take the letter to Caemlyn for them.