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1

Mat was tossing and twisting on his [shindai], groaning in his [suimin].

Mat was tossing and twisting on his bed, groaning in his sleep.

2

“...deny you, deny you, deny you...”

“...deny you, deny you, deny you...”

3

It faded off into unintelligible [umekigoe].

It faded off into unintelligible moans.

4

Rand reached out to [furu] him awake, and at the [saisho] [tacchi] Mat sat up with a strangled [isaki].

Rand reached out to shake him awake, and at the first touch Mat sat up with a strangled grunt.

5

For a [bun] Mat stared around wildly, then drew a long, shuddering [iki] and dropped his [atama] into his [te].

For a minute Mat stared around wildly, then drew a long, shuddering breath and dropped his head into his hands.

6

Abruptly he twisted around, [kussaku] under his [makura], then sank back clutching the [rubī]-hilted [dagā] in both [te] on his [mune].

Abruptly he twisted around, digging under his pillow, then sank back clutching the ruby-hilted dagger in both hands on his chest.

7

He turned his [atama] to [hyōjō] at Rand, his [kao] hidden in [kage].

He turned his head to look at Rand, his face hidden in shadow.

8

“He’s back, Rand.”

“He’s back, Rand.”

9

“I know.”

“I know.”

10

Mat nodded.

Mat nodded.

11

"There were these three [sūji]..."

“There were these three figures...”

12

"I [mimashita] them, too."

“I saw them, too.”

13

“He knows who I am, Rand.

“He knows who I am, Rand.

14

I picked up the one with the [dagā], and he said, ’So that’s who you are.’ And when I looked again, the [zu] had my [kao].

I picked up the one with the dagger, and he said, ’So that’s who you are.’ And when I looked again, the figure had my face.

15

My [kao], Rand!

My face, Rand!

16

It looked like [furesshu].

It looked like flesh.

17

It [kanjita] like [furesshu].

It felt like flesh.

18

[hikari] [tasukeru] me, I could feel my own [te] gripping me, like I was the [zu]."

Light help me, I could feel my own hand gripping me, like I was the figure.”

19

Rand was silent for a [shunkan].

Rand was silent for a moment.

20

"You have to [kīpu] denying him, Mat."

“You have to keep denying him, Mat.”

21

“I did, and he laughed.

“I did, and he laughed.

22

He kept talking about some eternal [sensō], and saying we’d met like that a thousand [kai] before, and...

He kept talking about some eternal war, and saying we’d met like that a thousand times before, and...

23

[hikari], Rand, the [Kurai] One knows me."

Light, Rand, the Dark One knows me.”

24

"He said the same [koto] to me.

“He said the same thing to me.

25

I don’t think he does,”

I don’t think he does,”

26

he added slowly.

he added slowly.

27

“I don’t think he knows which of us...”

“I don’t think he knows which of us...”

28

Which of us what?

Which of us what?

29

As he levered himself up, [itami] stabbed his [te].

As he levered himself up, pain stabbed his hand.

30

[tsukuri] his [michi] to the [hyō], he managed to get the [kyandoru] lit after three tries, then spread his [te] [ōpun] in the [hikari].

Making his way to the table, he managed to get the candle lit after three tries, then spread his hand open in the light.

31

Driven into his [tenohira] was a thick [toge] of [kurai] [mokuzai], smooth and polished on one [saido].

Driven into his palm was a thick splinter of dark wood, smooth and polished on one side.

32

He stared at it, not breathing.

He stared at it, not breathing.

33

Abruptly he was panting, plucking at the [toge], [bukiyō] with [sokkō].

Abruptly he was panting, plucking at the splinter, fumbling with haste.

34

"What’s the [mondai]?"

“What’s the matter?”

35

Mat asked.

Mat asked.

36

“Nothing.”

“Nothing.”

37

Finally he had it, and a sharp [yanku] pulled it [muryō desu].

Finally he had it, and a sharp yank pulled it free.

38

With a [isaki] of [keno kan] he dropped it, [shikashi] the [isaki] froze in his [nodo].

With a grunt of disgust he dropped it, but the grunt froze in his throat.

39

As soon as the [toge] left his [yubi], it vanished.

As soon as the splinter left his fingers, it vanished.

40

The [kizu] was still there in his [te], though, bleeding.

The wound was still there in his hand, though, bleeding.

41

There was [mizu] in the stoneware [tōshu].

There was water in the stoneware pitcher.

42

He filled the [bonchi], his [te] shaking so that he splashed [mizu] onto the [hyō].

He filled the basin, his hands shaking so that he splashed water onto the table.

43

Hurriedly he washed his [te], kneading his [tenohira] till his [oyayubi] brought more [chi], then washed them again.

Hurriedly he washed his hands, kneading his palm till his thumb brought more blood, then washed them again.

44

The [shikō] of the smallest [suraibā] remaining in his [furesshu] terrified him.

The thought of the smallest sliver remaining in his flesh terrified him.

45

"[hikari],"

“Light,”

46

Mat said, “he made me feel dirty, too.”

Mat said, “he made me feel dirty, too.”

47

[shikashi] he still lay where he was, holding the [dagā] in both [te].

But he still lay where he was, holding the dagger in both hands.

48

“Yes,”

“Yes,”

49

Rand said.

Rand said.

50

“Dirty.”

“Dirty.”

51

He fumbled a [taoru] from the [sutakku] beside the [bonchi].

He fumbled a towel from the stack beside the basin.

52

There was a [nokku] at the [tobira], and he jumped.

There was a knock at the door, and he jumped.

53

It came again.

It came again.

54

“Yes?”

“Yes?”

55

he said.

he said.

56

Moiraine put her [atama] into the [heya].

Moiraine put her head into the room.

57

“You are awake already.

“You are awake already.

58

[yoi].

Good.

59

[doresu] quickly and come down.

Dress quickly and come down.

60

We must be away before [saisho] [hikari]."

We must be away before first light.”

61

“Now?”

“Now?”

62

Mat groaned.

Mat groaned.

63

"We haven’t had an [jikan]’s [suimin] yet."

“We haven’t had an hour’s sleep yet.”

64

"An [jikan]?"

“An hour?”

65

she said.

she said.

66

“You have had four.

“You have had four.

67

Now [isoi], we do not have much [jikan]."

Now hurry, we do not have much time.”

68

Rand shared a confused [hyōjō] with Mat.

Rand shared a confused look with Mat.

69

He could remember every [ni] of the [yume] clearly.

He could remember every second of the dream clearly.

70

It had begun as soon as he closed his [me], and lasted only [bun].

It had begun as soon as he closed his eyes, and lasted only minutes.

71

Something in that [kōkan] must have communicated itself to Moiraine.

Something in that exchange must have communicated itself to Moiraine.

72

She gave them a penetrating [hyōjō] and came all the [michi] in.

She gave them a penetrating look and came all the way in.

73

“What has happened?

“What has happened?

74

The dreams?”

The dreams?”

75

“He knows who I am,”

“He knows who I am,”

76

Mat said.

Mat said.

77

"The [Kurai] One knows my [kao]."

“The Dark One knows my face.”

78

Rand held up his [te] wordlessly, [tenohira] toward her.

Rand held up his hand wordlessly, palm toward her.

79

Even in the shadowed [hikari] from the one [kyandoru] the [chi] was [heiya].

Even in the shadowed light from the one candle the blood was plain.

80

The Aes Sedai stepped forward and grasped his upheld [te], her [oyayubi] across his [tenohira] covering the [kizu].

The Aes Sedai stepped forward and grasped his upheld hand, her thumb across his palm covering the wound.

81

[samui] pierced him to the [hone], so [samusa] that his [yubi] cramped and he had to [tatakai] to [kīpu] them [ōpun].

Cold pierced him to the bone, so chill that his fingers cramped and he had to fight to keep them open.

82

When she took her [yubi] away, the [samusa] went, too.

When she took her fingers away, the chill went, too.

83

He turned his [te], then, stunned, scrubbed the thin smear of [chi] away.

He turned his hand, then, stunned, scrubbed the thin smear of blood away.

84

The [kizu] was gone.

The wound was gone.

85

Slowly he raised his [me] to meet those of the Aes Sedai.

Slowly he raised his eyes to meet those of the Aes Sedai.

86

"[isoi],"

“Hurry,”

87

she said softly.

she said softly.

88

"[jikan] grows [hijō ni] short."

“Time grows very short.”

89

He knew she was not speaking of the [jikan] for their leaving anymore.

He knew she was not speaking of the time for their leaving anymore.

90

[akira] 44

Chapter 44

91

The [Kurai] Along the [hōhō]

The Dark Along the Ways

92

In the [yami] just before [yoake] Rand followed Moiraine down to the [rimen] [hōru], where [shujin] Gill and the [tanin] were waiting, Nynaeve and Egwene as anxiously as Loial, Perrin almost as calm as the [kanshu].

In the darkness just before dawn Rand followed Moiraine down to the back hall, where Master Gill and the others were waiting, Nynaeve and Egwene as anxiously as Loial, Perrin almost as calm as the Warder.

93

Mat stayed on Rand’s [kakato] as [baai] he were afraid to be even a little alone now, even as much as a few [ashi] away.

Mat stayed on Rand’s heels as if he were afraid to be even a little alone now, even as much as a few feet away.

94

The [ryōri jin] and her [herupā] straightened, staring as the [pātī] passed silently into the [kicchin], already brightly lit and [atsui] with [junbi] for [chōshoku].

The cook and her helpers straightened, staring as the party passed silently into the kitchen, already brightly lit and hot with preparations for breakfast.

95

It was not usual for [jōren kyaku] of the [in] to be up and out at that [jikan].

It was not usual for patrons of the inn to be up and out at that hour.

96

At [shujin] Gill’s soothing [kotoba], the [ryōri jin] gave a loud [sunifu] and slapped her dough down hard.

At Master Gill’s soothing words, the cook gave a loud sniff and slapped her dough down hard.

97

They were all back to tending [guridoru] and kneading dough before Rand reached the stableyard [tobira].

They were all back to tending griddles and kneading dough before Rand reached the stableyard door.

98

[soto ni], the [yoru, kishi_knt] was still [picchi]-[kuro].

Outside, the night was still pitch-black.

99

To Rand, everyone else was only a [kurai]er [kage] at best.

To Rand, everyone else was only a darker shadow at best.

100

He followed the [yadoya no shujin] and Lan blindly, blind in [shinjitsu], hoping [shujin] Gill’s [chishiki] of his own stableyard and the [kanshu]’s [honnō] would get them across it without [dare-ka] breaking a [ashi].

He followed the innkeeper and Lan blindly, blind in truth, hoping Master Gill’s knowledge of his own stableyard and the Warder’s instincts would get them across it without someone breaking a leg.

101

Loial stumbled more than once.

Loial stumbled more than once.

102

"I don’t see why we can’t have just one [hikari],"

“I don’t see why we can’t have just one light,”

103

the Ogier grumbled.

the Ogier grumbled.

104

"We don’t go running about in the [kurai] in the stedding.

“We don’t go running about in the dark in the stedding.

105

I’m an Ogier, not a [neko]."

I’m an Ogier, not a cat.”

106

Rand had a sudden [gazō] of Loial’s tufted [mimi] twitching irritably.

Rand had a sudden image of Loial’s tufted ears twitching irritably.

107

The [antei shita] loomed up suddenly out of the [yoru, kishi_knt], a threatening [masu] until the [antei shita] [tobira] creaked [ōpun], spilling a [semai] [sutorīmu] of [hikari] into the [niwa].

The stable loomed up suddenly out of the night, a threatening mass until the stable door creaked open, spilling a narrow stream of light into the yard.

108

The [yadoya no shujin] only opened it wide enough for them to go in one at a [jikan], and hastily pulled it to behind Perrin, almost clipping his [kakato].

The innkeeper only opened it wide enough for them to go in one at a time, and hastily pulled it to behind Perrin, almost clipping his heels.

109

Rand blinked in the sudden [hikari] [uchigawa].

Rand blinked in the sudden light inside.

110

The stablemen were not surprised by their [gaikan], as the [ryōri jin] had been.

The stablemen were not surprised by their appearance, as the cook had been.

111

Their [uma] were saddled and waiting.

Their horses were saddled and waiting.

112

Mandarb stood arrogantly, ignoring everyone [shikashi] Lan, [shikashi] Aldieb stretched her [hana] out to [hana o kosuritsukeru] Moiraine’s [te].

Mandarb stood arrogantly, ignoring everyone but Lan, but Aldieb stretched her nose out to nuzzle Moiraine’s hand.

113

There was a [niuma], bulky with [tō] [pania], and a huge [dōbutsu] with hairy fetlocks, taller even than the [kanshu]’s [taneuma], for Loial.

There was a packhorse, bulky with wicker panniers, and a huge animal with hairy fetlocks, taller even than the Warder’s stallion, for Loial.

114

It looked big enough to [puru] a loaded haywain by itself, [shikashi] compared with the Ogier it seemed a [ponī].

It looked big enough to pull a loaded haywain by itself, but compared with the Ogier it seemed a pony.

115

Loial eyed the big [uma] and muttered doubtfully, "My own [ashi] have always been [yoi] enough."

Loial eyed the big horse and muttered doubtfully, “My own feet have always been good enough.”

116

[shujin] Gill motioned to Rand.

Master Gill motioned to Rand.

117

The [yadoya no shujin] was lending him a [bei] almost the [iro] of his own [kami], tall and [fukai] of [mune], [shikashi] with none of the [kasai] in his [suteppu] that [kumo] had had, Rand was glad to see.

The innkeeper was lending him a bay almost the color of his own hair, tall and deep of chest, but with none of the fire in his step that Cloud had had, Rand was glad to see.

118

[shujin] Gill said his [namae] was [akai].

Master Gill said his name was Red.

119

Egwene went straight to Bela, and Nynaeve to her long-legged [māre].

Egwene went straight to Bela, and Nynaeve to her long-legged mare.

120

Mat brought his dun-colored [uma] over by Rand.

Mat brought his dun-colored horse over by Rand.

121

"Perrin’s [tsukuri] me nervous,"

“Perrin’s making me nervous,”

122

he muttered.

he muttered.

123

Rand looked at him sharply.

Rand looked at him sharply.

124

"[yoku], he’s acting strange.

“Well, he’s acting strange.

125

don’t you see it, too?

Don’t you see it, too?

126

I swear it’s not my [sōzō ryoku], or...

I swear it’s not my imagination, or...

127

or...”

or...”

128

Rand nodded.

Rand nodded.

129

Not the [dagā] taking hold of him again, thank the [hikari].

Not the dagger taking hold of him again, thank the Light.

130

"He is, Mat, [shikashi] just be easy.

“He is, Mat, but just be easy.

131

Moiraine knows about...

Moiraine knows about...

132

whatever it is.

whatever it is.

133

Perrin’s [bakkin]."

Perrin’s fine.”

134

He wished he could [shinjiru] it, [shikashi] it seemed to satisfy Mat, a little at least.

He wished he could believe it, but it seemed to satisfy Mat, a little at least.

135

"Of [mochiron],"

“Of course,”

136

Mat said hastily, still watching Perrin out of the [kōnā] of his [me].

Mat said hastily, still watching Perrin out of the corner of his eye.

137

“I never said he wasn’t.”

“I never said he wasn’t.”

138

[shujin] Gill conferred with the [atama] [shinrō].

Master Gill conferred with the head groom.

139

That [kawa]-skinned [otoko], with a [kao] like one of the [uma], knuckled his [gaku] and hurried to the [rimen] of the [antei shita].

That leathery-skinned man, with a face like one of the horses, knuckled his forehead and hurried to the back of the stable.

140

The [yadoya no shujin] turned to Moiraine with a satisfied [egao] on his round [kao].

The innkeeper turned to Moiraine with a satisfied smile on his round face.

141

"Ramey says the [michi] is clear, Aes Sedai."

“Ramey says the way is clear, Aes Sedai.”

142

The [ria] [kabe] of the [antei shita] appeared [kotai] and stout, lined with heavy [rakku] of [tsūru].

The rear wall of the stable appeared solid and stout, lined with heavy racks of tools.

143

Ramey and another [umaya tsutomu in] cleared away the hayforks, [kumade], and [shaberu], then reached behind the [rakku] to manipulate hidden [racchi].

Ramey and another stableman cleared away the hayforks, rakes, and shovels, then reached behind the racks to manipulate hidden latches.

144

Abruptly a [sekushon] of the [kabe] swung inward on [hinji] so [yoku] concealed that Rand was not sure he could find them even with the disguised [tobira] standing [ōpun].

Abruptly a section of the wall swung inward on hinges so well concealed that Rand was not sure he could find them even with the disguised door standing open.

145

[hikari] from the [antei shita] illuminated a [renga] [kabe] only a few [ashi] away.

Light from the stable illuminated a brick wall only a few feet away.

146

"It’s only a [semai] [jikkō] between [tatemono],"

“It’s only a narrow run between buildings,”

147

the [yadoya no shujin] said, "[shikashi] nobody [soto ni] this [antei shita] knows there’s a [michi] into it from here.

the innkeeper said, “but nobody outside this stable knows there’s a way into it from here.

148

Whitecloaks or [shiroi] cockades, there’ll not be any [wocchā] to see where you come out."

Whitecloaks or white cockades, there’ll not be any watchers to see where you come out.”

149

The Aes Sedai nodded.

The Aes Sedai nodded.

150

"Remember, [yoi] [yadoya no shujin], [baai] you [kyōfu] any [meiwaku] from this, [kakikomi] to Sheriam Sedai, of the [aoi] Ajah, in [tāru] Valon, and she will [tasukeru].

“Remember, good innkeeper, if you fear any trouble from this, write to Sheriam Sedai, of the Blue Ajah, in Tar Valon, and she will help.

151

I [kyōfu] my [shimai] and I have a [yoi] [keiyaku] to put [migi] already for those who have helped me."

I fear my sisters and I have a good deal to put right already for those who have helped me.”

152

[shujin] Gill laughed; not the [warai] of a worried [otoko].

Master Gill laughed; not the laugh of a worried man.

153

"Why, Aes Sedai, you’ve already given me the only [in] in all of Caemlyn without any [ratto].

“Why, Aes Sedai, you’ve already given me the only inn in all of Caemlyn without any rats.

154

What more could I ask for?

What more could I ask for?

155

I can [daburu] my [kasutamu] on that alone."

I can double my custom on that alone.”

156

His grin faded into [shinkoku].

His grin faded into seriousness.

157

"Whatever you’re up to, the [joō] holds with [tāru] Valon, and I hold with the [joō], so I [negai] you [yoku].

“Whatever you’re up to, the Queen holds with Tar Valon, and I hold with the Queen, so I wish you well.

158

The [hikari] illumine you, Aes Sedai.

The Light illumine you, Aes Sedai.

159

The [hikari] illumine you all."

The Light illumine you all.”

160

"The [hikari] illumine you, also, [shujin] Gill,"

“The Light illumine you, also, Master Gill,”

161

Moiraine replied with a [bou] of her [atama].

Moiraine replied with a bow of her head.

162

"[shikashi] [baai] the [hikari] is to shine on any of us, we must be quick."

“But if the Light is to shine on any of us, we must be quick.”

163

Briskly she turned to Loial.

Briskly she turned to Loial.

164

“Are you ready?”

“Are you ready?”

165

With a wary [hyōjō] at its [ha], the Ogier took the [tazuna] of the big [uma].

With a wary look at its teeth, the Ogier took the reins of the big horse.

166

Trying to [kīpu] that [kuchi no naka] the [nagasa] of the [tazuna] from his [te], he led the [dōbutsu] to the [ōpuningu] at the [rimen] of the [antei shita].

Trying to keep that mouth the length of the reins from his hand, he led the animal to the opening at the back of the stable.

167

Ramey hopped from one [ashi] to the [sonota], impatient to [tojiru] it again.

Ramey hopped from one foot to the other, impatient to close it again.

168

For a [shunkan] Loial paused with his [atama] cocked as [baai] [kanji] a [soyokaze] on his [hō].

For a moment Loial paused with his head cocked as if feeling a breeze on his cheek.

169

"This [michi],"

“This way,”

170

he said, and turned down the [semai] [roji].

he said, and turned down the narrow alley.

171

Moiraine followed [migi] behind Loial’s [uma], then Rand, and Mat.

Moiraine followed right behind Loial’s horse, then Rand, and Mat.

172

Rand had the [saisho] [tān] leading the [niuma].

Rand had the first turn leading the packhorse.

173

Nynaeve and Egwene made the [mannaka] of the [koramu], with Perrin behind them, and Lan bringing up the [ria].

Nynaeve and Egwene made the middle of the column, with Perrin behind them, and Lan bringing up the rear.

174

The hidden [tobira] swung hastily shut as soon as Mandarb stepped into the [yogore] alleyway.

The hidden door swung hastily shut as soon as Mandarb stepped into the dirt alleyway.

175

The snick-snick of [racchi] locking, shutting them off, sounded unnaturally loud to Rand.

The snick-snick of latches locking, shutting them off, sounded unnaturally loud to Rand.

176

The [jikkō], as [shujin] Gill had called it, was [hijō ni] [semai] indeed, and even [kurai]er than the stableyard, [baai] that was possible.

The run, as Master Gill had called it, was very narrow indeed, and even darker than the stableyard, if that was possible.

177

Tall, blank [kabe] of [renga] or [mokuzai] lined both [sokumen], with only a [semai] [sutorippu] of [kuro] [sora] overhead.

Tall, blank walls of brick or wood lined both sides, with only a narrow strip of black sky overhead.

178

The big, woven [basuketto] slung on the [niuma] scraped the [tatemono] on both [sokumen].

The big, woven baskets slung on the packhorse scraped the buildings on both sides.

179

The [pania] bulged with supplies for the [tabi], most of it [nendo] [bin] filled with [abura].

The panniers bulged with supplies for the journey, most of it clay jars filled with oil.

180

A [bandoru] of [pōru] was lashed lengthwise down the [uma]’s back, and each had a [rantan] swinging at the [owari] of it.

A bundle of poles was lashed lengthwise down the horse’s back, and each had a lantern swinging at the end of it.

181

In the [hōhō], Loial said, it was [kurai]er than the [kurai]est [yoru, kishi_knt].

In the Ways, Loial said, it was darker than the darkest night.

182

The partially filled [rantan] sloshed with the [undō] of the [uma], and clinked against each [sonota] with a [yasuppoi] [saundo].

The partially filled lanterns sloshed with the motion of the horse, and clinked against each other with a tinny sound.

183

It was not a [hijō ni] loud [noizu], [shikashi] in the [jikan] before [yoake] Caemlyn was [shizuka].

It was not a very loud noise, but in the hour before dawn Caemlyn was quiet.

184

Silent.

Silent.

185

The [nibui] metallic clinks sounded as [baai] they could be heard a [mairu] away.

The dull metallic clinks sounded as if they could be heard a mile away.

186

When the [jikkō] let out into a [sutorīto], Loial chose his [hōkō] without a [ichiji teishi].

When the run let out into a street, Loial chose his direction without a pause.

187

He seemed to know exactly where he was going, now, as [baai] the [rūto] he needed to follow was becoming clearer.

He seemed to know exactly where he was going, now, as if the route he needed to follow was becoming clearer.

188

Rand did not understand how the Ogier could find the Waygate, and Loial had not been able to explain [hijō ni] [yoku].

Rand did not understand how the Ogier could find the Waygate, and Loial had not been able to explain very well.

189

He just knew, he said; he could feel it.

He just knew, he said; he could feel it.

190

Loial claimed it was like trying to explain how to breathe.

Loial claimed it was like trying to explain how to breathe.

191

As they hurried up the [sutorīto] Rand looked back toward the [kōnā] where The [joō]’s [shukufuku] lay.

As they hurried up the street Rand looked back toward the corner where The Queen’s Blessing lay.

192

According to Lamgwin, there were still [hanbun] a dozen Whitecloaks not far down from that [kōnā].

According to Lamgwin, there were still half a dozen Whitecloaks not far down from that corner.

193

Their [intaresuto] was all on the [in], [shikashi] a [noizu] would surely bring them.

Their interest was all on the inn, but a noise would surely bring them.

194

No one was out at this [jikan] for a reputable [riyū].

No one was out at this hour for a reputable reason.

195

The [teitetsu] seemed to [ringu] on the paving [ishi] like [kane]; the [rantan] clattered as [baai] the [niuma] were shaking them deliberately.

The horseshoes seemed to ring on the paving stones like bells; the lanterns clattered as if the packhorse were shaking them deliberately.

196

Not until they had rounded another [kōnā] did he [teishi] looking over his [kata].

Not until they had rounded another corner did he stop looking over his shoulder.

197

He heard relieved [tameiki] from the [sonota] Emond’s Fielders as they came round it, too.

He heard relieved sighs from the other Emond’s Fielders as they came round it, too.

198

Loial appeared to be following the most direct [michisuji] to the Waygate, wherever it took them.

Loial appeared to be following the most direct path to the Waygate, wherever it took them.

199

Sometimes they trotted down broad [michi], empty [hozon shimasu] for an occasional [inu] skulking in the [kurai].

Sometimes they trotted down broad avenues, empty save for an occasional dog skulking in the dark.

200

Sometimes they hurried along [roji] as [semai] as the [antei shita] [jikkō], where [monogoto] squished under an unwary [suteppu].

Sometimes they hurried along alleys as narrow as the stable run, where things squished under an unwary step.

201

Nynaeve complained softly about the resulting smells, [shikashi] no one slowed down.

Nynaeve complained softly about the resulting smells, but no one slowed down.

202

The [yami] began to lessen, fading toward a [kurai] [gurē].

The darkness began to lessen, fading toward a dark gray.

203

Faint glimmers of [yoake] pearled the [sora] above the eastern [yane].

Faint glimmers of dawn pearled the sky above the eastern rooftops.

204

A few [hitobito] appeared on the [machi], bundled up against the early [samui], [heddo] down [dōjini, tsutsu, issun] they yet dreamed of their [shindai].

A few people appeared on the streets, bundled up against the early cold, heads down while they yet dreamed of their beds.

205

Most paid no [kokoro] to anyone else.

Most paid no mind to anyone else.

206

Only a [ichi nigiri] even glanced at the [rain] of [hitobito] and [uma] with Loial at its [atama], and only one of those truly [mimashita] them.

Only a handful even glanced at the line of people and horses with Loial at its head, and only one of those truly saw them.

207

That one [otoko] flicked his [me] at them, just like the [tanin], already sinking back into his own [shikō] when suddenly he stumbled and almost fell, turning himself back around to [gyōshi].

That one man flicked his eyes at them, just like the others, already sinking back into his own thoughts when suddenly he stumbled and almost fell, turning himself back around to stare.

208

There was only [hikari] enough to see shapes, [shikashi] that was too much.

There was only light enough to see shapes, but that was too much.

209

Seen at a [kyori] by himself, the Ogier could have passed for a tall [otoko] leading an ordinary [uma], or for an ordinary [otoko] leading an under-sized [uma].

Seen at a distance by himself, the Ogier could have passed for a tall man leading an ordinary horse, or for an ordinary man leading an under-sized horse.

210

With the [tanin] in a [rain] behind him to give [shiten], Loial looked exactly as big as he was, [hanbun] again as tall as any [otoko] should be.

With the others in a line behind him to give perspective, Loial looked exactly as big as he was, half again as tall as any man should be.

211

The [otoko] took one [hyōjō] and, with a strangled [sakebi], set off running, his [gaitō] flapping behind him.

The man took one look and, with a strangled cry, set off running, his cloak flapping behind him.

212

There would be more [hitobito] in the [machi] soon – [hijō ni] soon.

There would be more people in the streets soon – very soon.

213

Rand eyed a [onna] hurrying past on the [sonota] [saido] of the [sutorīto], [mite] nothing [shikashi] the [hosō] in [furonto] of her [ashi].

Rand eyed a woman hurrying past on the other side of the street, seeing nothing but the pavement in front of her feet.

214

More [hitobito] to [chūi shite kudasai] soon.

More people to notice soon.

215

The eastern [sora] grew lighter.

The eastern sky grew lighter.

216

“There,”

“There,”

217

Loial announced at [saigo].

Loial announced at last.

218

“It is under there.”

“It is under there.”

219

It was a [o-mise] he pointed to, still closed for the [yoru, kishi_knt].

It was a shop he pointed to, still closed for the night.

220

The [hyō] out [furonto] were bare, the [hi yo ke] over them rolled up tight, the [tobira] stoutly shuttered.

The tables out front were bare, the awnings over them rolled up tight, the door stoutly shuttered.

221

The windows above, where the [tenshu] lived, were still [kurai].

The windows above, where the shopkeeper lived, were still dark.

222

“Under?”

“Under?”

223

Mat exclaimed incredulously.

Mat exclaimed incredulously.

224

"How in the [hikari] can we—?"

“How in the Light can we—?”

225

Moiraine raised a [te] that cut him off, and motioned for them to follow her into the [roji] beside the [o-mise].

Moiraine raised a hand that cut him off, and motioned for them to follow her into the alley beside the shop.

226

[uma] and [hitobito] together, they crowded the [ōpuningu] between the two [tatemono].

Horses and people together, they crowded the opening between the two buildings.

227

Shaded by the [kabe], it was [kurai]er there than on the [sutorīto], near to full [yoru, kishi_knt] again.

Shaded by the walls, it was darker there than on the street, near to full night again.

228

"There must be a [serā] [tobira],"

“There must be a cellar door,”

229

Moiraine muttered.

Moiraine muttered.

230

“Ah, yes.”

“Ah, yes.”

231

Abruptly [hikari] blossomed.

Abruptly light blossomed.

232

A coolly glowing [utsuwa-bw, tama-bl] the [saizu] of a [otoko]’s [kobushi] hung suspended over the Aes Sedai’s [tenohira], moving as she moved her [te].

A coolly glowing ball the size of a man’s fist hung suspended over the Aes Sedai’s palm, moving as she moved her hand.

233

Rand [shikō] that it was a [taisaku] of what they had been through that everyone seemed to take it as a [mondai] of [mochiron].

Rand thought that it was a measure of what they had been through that everyone seemed to take it as a matter of course.

234

She put it [tojiru] to the [tobira] she had found, slanted almost [furatto] to the [gurando], with a hasp held by thick [boruto] and an [tetsu] [rokku] bigger than Rand’s [te] and thick with old [sabi].

She put it close to the doors she had found, slanted almost flat to the ground, with a hasp held by thick bolts and an iron lock bigger than Rand’s hand and thick with old rust.

235

Loial gave the [rokku] a tug.

Loial gave the lock a tug.

236

"I can [puru] it off, hasp and all, [shikashi] it will make enough [noizu] to [mōningu] the whole [kinjo]."

“I can pull it off, hasp and all, but it will make enough noise to wake the whole neighborhood.”

237

"Let us not [damēji] the [guddoman]’s [zaisan] [baai] we can avoid it."

“Let us not damage the goodman’s property if we can avoid it.”

238

Moiraine studied the [rokku] intently for a [shunkan].

Moiraine studied the lock intently for a moment.

239

Suddenly she gave the rusty [tetsu] a [tappu] with her [sutaffu], and the [rokku] fell [ōpun] neatly.

Suddenly she gave the rusty iron a tap with her staff, and the lock fell open neatly.

240

Hastily Loial undid the [rokku] and swung the [tobira] up, propping them back.

Hastily Loial undid the lock and swung the doors up, propping them back.

241

Moiraine went down the [ranpu] thus revealed, lighting her [michi] with the glowing [utsuwa-bw, tama-bl].

Moiraine went down the ramp thus revealed, lighting her way with the glowing ball.

242

Aldieb stepped delicately behind her.

Aldieb stepped delicately behind her.

243

"[hikari] the [rantan] and come down,"

“Light the lanterns and come down,”

244

she called softly.

she called softly.

245

"There is [takusan] of [heya].

“There is plenty of room.

246

[isoi].

Hurry.

247

It will be [hikari] out soon."

It will be light out soon.”

248

Rand hurriedly untied the poled [rantan] off the [niuma], [shikashi] even before the [saisho] was lit he realized he could see Mat’s [tokuchō].

Rand hurriedly untied the poled lanterns off the packhorse, but even before the first was lit he realized he could see Mat’s features.

249

[hitobito] would be filling the [machi] in [bun], and the [tenshu] would be coming down to [ōpun] up for [bijinesu], all wondering why the alleyway was crammed full of [uma].

People would be filling the streets in minutes, and the shopkeeper would be coming down to open up for business, all wondering why the alleyway was crammed full of horses.

250

Mat muttered something nervously about taking [uma] [okunai de], [shikashi] Rand was glad to [rīdo] his down the [ranpu].

Mat muttered something nervously about taking horses indoors, but Rand was glad to lead his down the ramp.

251

Mat followed, grumbling [shikashi] no less quickly.

Mat followed, grumbling but no less quickly.

252

Rand’s [rantan] swung on the [owari] of its [pōru], bumping the [tenjō] [baai] he was not careful, and neither [akai] nor the [niuma] liked the [ranpu].

Rand’s lantern swung on the end of its pole, bumping the ceiling if he was not careful, and neither Red nor the packhorse liked the ramp.

253

Then he was down and getting out of Mat’s [michi].

Then he was down and getting out of Mat’s way.

254

Moiraine let her floating [hikari] [dai], [shikashi] as the [nokori] joined them, the added [rantan] lit the [ōpun] [supēsu].

Moiraine let her floating light die, but as the rest joined them, the added lanterns lit the open space.

255

The [serā] was as long and as wide as the [tatemono] above, much of the [supēsu] taken up by [renga] [retsu], flaring up from [semai] bases to five [kai] as big at the [tenjō].

The cellar was as long and as wide as the building above, much of the space taken up by brick columns, flaring up from narrow bases to five times as big at the ceiling.

256

The [basho] seemed made up from a [shirīzu] of [āchi].

The place seemed made up from a series of arches.

257

There was [takusan] of [heya], [shikashi] Rand still [kanjita] crowded.

There was plenty of room, but Rand still felt crowded.

258

Loial’s [atama] brushed the [tenjō].

Loial’s head brushed the ceiling.

259

As the rusted [rokku] had foretold, the [serā] had not been used in a long [jikan].

As the rusted lock had foretold, the cellar had not been used in a long time.

260

The [yuka] was bare except for a few broken [bareru] filled with [ozzu] and [shūryō], and a thick [sō] of [hokori].

The floor was bare except for a few broken barrels filled with odds and ends, and a thick layer of dust.

261

[mōto], stirred up by so many [ashi], sparkled in the [rantan] [hikari].

Motes, stirred up by so many feet, sparkled in the lantern light.

262

Lan was [saigo] in, and as soon as he had Mandarb down the [ranpu] he climbed back to [puru] the [tobira] shut.

Lan was last in, and as soon as he had Mandarb down the ramp he climbed back to pull the doors shut.

263

"[chi] and [hai],"

“Blood and ashes,”

264

Mat growled, "why would they build one of these [mon] in a [basho] like this?"

Mat growled, “why would they build one of these gates in a place like this?”

265

“It was not always like this,”

“It was not always like this,”

266

Loial said.

Loial said.

267

His rumbling [koe] echoed in the cavernous [supēsu].

His rumbling voice echoed in the cavernous space.

268

“Not always.

“Not always.

269

No!”

No!”

270

The Ogier was angry, Rand realized with a [shokku].

The Ogier was angry, Rand realized with a shock.

271

"Once [kigi] stood here.

“Once trees stood here.

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Every [shinsetsu] of [tsurī] that would grow in this [basho], every [shinsetsu] of [tsurī] that Ogier could coax to grow here.

Every kind of tree that would grow in this place, every kind of tree that Ogier could coax to grow here.

273

The Great [kigi], a hundred [supan] high.

The Great Trees, a hundred spans high.

274

[hikage] of [eda], and cool breezes to [kyacchi] the [nioi] of [rīfu] and [hana] and hold the [memori] of the [heiwa] of the stedding.

Shade of branch, and cool breezes to catch the smell of leaf and flower and hold the memory of the peace of the stedding.

275

All that, murdered for this!”

All that, murdered for this!”

276

His [kobushi] thumped a [koramu].

His fist thumped a column.

277

The [koramu] seemed to [furu] under that [dageki].

The column seemed to shake under that blow.

278

Rand was certain he heard [renga] [kiretsu].

Rand was certain he heard bricks crack.

279

Waterfalls of [dorai] [morutaru] slid down the [koramu].

Waterfalls of dry mortar slid down the column.

280

“What is already woven cannot be undone,”

“What is already woven cannot be undone,”

281

Moiraine said gently.

Moiraine said gently.

282

"It will not make the [kigi] grow again for you to bring the [tatemono] down on our [heddo]."

“It will not make the trees grow again for you to bring the building down on our heads.”

283

Loial’s drooping [mayuge] made him [hyōjō] more abashed than a [ningen] [kao] could have managed.

Loial’s drooping eyebrows made him look more abashed than a human face could have managed.

284

"With your [tasukeru], Loial, perhaps we can [kīpu] the [kodachi] that still stand from falling under the [kage].

“With your help, Loial, perhaps we can keep the groves that still stand from falling under the Shadow.

285

You have brought us to what we seek.”

You have brought us to what we seek.”

286

As she moved to one of the [kabe], Rand realized that that [kabe] was different from the [tanin].

As she moved to one of the walls, Rand realized that that wall was different from the others.

287

They were ordinary [renga]; this was intricately worked [ishi], fanciful [uzumaki] of leaves and [budō], pale even under its [kōto] of [hokori].

They were ordinary brick; this was intricately worked stone, fanciful swirls of leaves and vines, pale even under its coat of dust.

288

The [renga] and [morutaru] were old, [shikashi] something about the [ishi] said it had stood there long, long before the [renga] was [kaiko shita].

The brick and mortar were old, but something about the stone said it had stood there long, long before the brick was fired.

289

Later [birudā], themselves [nani seiki] gone, had incorporated what already stood, and still later [dansei] had made it [ichibu] of a [serā].

Later builders, themselves centuries gone, had incorporated what already stood, and still later men had made it part of a cellar.

290

One [ichibu] of the carved [ishi] [kabe], [migi] in the [sentā], was more elaborate than the [nokori].

One part of the carved stone wall, right in the center, was more elaborate than the rest.

291

As [yoku] done as the [nokori] was, it appeared a crude [kopī] in [hikaku].

As well done as the rest was, it appeared a crude copy in comparison.

292

Worked in hard [ishi], those leaves seemed soft, caught in one frozen [shunkan] as a gentle [natsu] [soyokaze] stirred them.

Worked in hard stone, those leaves seemed soft, caught in one frozen moment as a gentle summer breeze stirred them.

293

For all of that, they had the feel of [jidai], as much greater than the [nokori] of the [ishi] as the [nokori] was older than the [renga].

For all of that, they had the feel of age, as much greater than the rest of the stone as the rest was older than the brick.

294

That old and more.

That old and more.

295

Loial looked at them as [baai] he would rather be anywhere else [shikashi] there, even out in the [machi] with another mob.

Loial looked at them as if he would rather be anywhere else but there, even out in the streets with another mob.

296

“Avendesora,”

“Avendesora,”

297

Moiraine murmured, resting her [te] on a trefoil [rīfu] in the [sekizō butsu].

Moiraine murmured, resting her hand on a trefoil leaf in the stonework.

298

Rand scanned the carving; that was the only [rīfu] of its [shinsetsu] he could find.

Rand scanned the carving; that was the only leaf of its kind he could find.

299

"The [rīfu] of the [tsurī] of [jinsei] is the [kī o oshimasu],"

“The leaf of the Tree of Life is the key,”

300

the Aes Sedai said, and the [rīfu] came away in her [te].

the Aes Sedai said, and the leaf came away in her hand.

301

Rand blinked; from behind him he heard [aegi].

Rand blinked; from behind him he heard gasps.

302

That [rīfu] had seemed no less a [ichibu] of the [kabe] than any [sonota].

That leaf had seemed no less a part of the wall than any other.

303

Just as simply, the Aes Sedai set it against the [moyō] a handspan lower.

Just as simply, the Aes Sedai set it against the pattern a handspan lower.

304

The three-pointed [rīfu] fit there as [baai] the [supēsu] had been intended for it, and once more it was a [ichibu] of the whole.

The three-pointed leaf fit there as if the space had been intended for it, and once more it was a part of the whole.

305

As soon as it was in [basho] the entire [shizen] of the central [sekizō butsu] changed.

As soon as it was in place the entire nature of the central stonework changed.

306

He was sure now that he could see the leaves ruffled by some unfelt [soyokaze]; he almost [shikō] they were verdant under the [hokori], a [tapesutorī] of thick [haru, haneagaru] [midori ni] there in the [rantan]-lit [serā].

He was sure now that he could see the leaves ruffled by some unfelt breeze; he almost thought they were verdant under the dust, a tapestry of thick spring greenery there in the lantern-lit cellar.

307

Almost imperceptibly at [saisho], a split opened up in the [mannaka] of the [kodai] carving, widening as the two [hanbun] slowly swung into the [serā] until they stood straight out.

Almost imperceptibly at first, a split opened up in the middle of the ancient carving, widening as the two halves slowly swung into the cellar until they stood straight out.

308

The [bakkuappu shimasu] of the [mon] were worked as the fronts, the same [hōfu] of [budō] and leaves, almost alive.

The backs of the gates were worked as the fronts, the same profusion of vines and leaves, almost alive.

309

Behind, where should have been [yogore] or the [serā] of the next [tatemono], a [nibui], reflective shimmering faintly caught their [gazō].

Behind, where should have been dirt or the cellar of the next building, a dull, reflective shimmering faintly caught their images.

310

“I have heard,”

“I have heard,”

311

Loial said, [hanbun] [mo], [hanbun] fearful, "that once the Waygates shone like [mirā].

Loial said, half mourning, half fearful, “that once the Waygates shone like mirrors.

312

Once, who entered the [hōhō] walked through the [nichi] and the [sora].

Once, who entered the Ways walked through the sun and the sky.

313

Once.”

Once.”

314

"We have no [jikan] for waiting,"

“We have no time for waiting,”

315

Moiraine said.

Moiraine said.

316

Lan went past her, leading Mandarb, poled [rantan] in [te].

Lan went past her, leading Mandarb, poled lantern in hand.

317

His shadowy [rifurekushon] approached him, leading a shadowy [uma].

His shadowy reflection approached him, leading a shadowy horse.

318

[otoko] and [rifurekushon] seemed to [suteppu] into each [sonota] at the shimmering [hyōmen], and both were gone.

Man and reflection seemed to step into each other at the shimmering surface, and both were gone.

319

For a [shunkan] the [kuro] [taneuma] balked, an apparently continuous [tazuna] connecting him to the dim [keijō] of his own [gazō].

For a moment the black stallion balked, an apparently continuous rein connecting him to the dim shape of his own image.

320

The [tazuna] tightened, and the [gunba], too, vanished.

The rein tightened, and the warhorse, too, vanished.

321

For a [bun] everyone in the [serā] stood staring at the Waygate.

For a minute everyone in the cellar stood staring at the Waygate.

322

"[isoi],"

“Hurry,”

323

Moiraine urged.

Moiraine urged.

324

"I must be the [saigo] through.

“I must be the last through.

325

We cannot [kyūka] this [ōpun] for anyone to find by [kikai].

We cannot leave this open for anyone to find by chance.

326

[isoi]."

Hurry.”

327

With a heavy [tameiki] Loial strode into the [kirameki].

With a heavy sigh Loial strode into the shimmer.

328

Tossing its [atama], his big [uma] tried to hold back from the [hyōmen] and was hauled through.

Tossing its head, his big horse tried to hold back from the surface and was hauled through.

329

They were gone as completely as the [kanshu] and Mandarb.

They were gone as completely as the Warder and Mandarb.

330

Hesitantly, Rand poked his [rantan] at the Waygate.

Hesitantly, Rand poked his lantern at the Waygate.

331

The [rantan] sank into its [rifurekushon], the two merging until both were gone.

The lantern sank into its reflection, the two merging until both were gone.

332

He made himself [kīpu] on walking forward, watching the [pōru] disappear into itself [inchi] by [inchi], and then he was stepping into himself, entering the [mon].

He made himself keep on walking forward, watching the pole disappear into itself inch by inch, and then he was stepping into himself, entering the gate.

333

His [kuchi no naka] fell [ōpun].

His mouth fell open.

334

Something icy slid along his [hada], as [baai] he were passing through a [kabe] of [samui] [mizu].

Something icy slid along his skin, as if he were passing through a wall of cold water.

335

[jikan] stretched out; the [samui] enveloped one [kami] at a [jikan], shivered over his [fuku] [sureddo] by [sureddo].

Time stretched out; the cold enveloped one hair at a time, shivered over his clothes thread by thread.

336

Abruptly the [samusa] [bāsuto] like a [baburu], and he paused to [kyacchi] his [iki].

Abruptly the chill burst like a bubble, and he paused to catch his breath.

337

He was [uchigawa] the [hōhō].

He was inside the Ways.

338

Just ahead Lan and Loial waited patiently by their [uma].

Just ahead Lan and Loial waited patiently by their horses.

339

All around them was [kurosa] that seemed to [sutorecchi] on forever.

All around them was blackness that seemed to stretch on forever.

340

Their [rantan] made a small [pūru] of [hikari] around them, too small, as [baai] something pressed back the [hikari], or ate it.

Their lanterns made a small pool of light around them, too small, as if something pressed back the light, or ate it.

341

Of a sudden anxious, he jerked at his [tazuna].

Of a sudden anxious, he jerked at his reins.

342

[akai] and the [niuma] came leaping through, nearly knocking him down.

Red and the packhorse came leaping through, nearly knocking him down.

343

Stumbling, he caught himself and hurried to the [kanshu] and the Ogier, pulling the nervous [uma] behind him.

Stumbling, he caught himself and hurried to the Warder and the Ogier, pulling the nervous horses behind him.

344

The [dōbutsu] whickered softly.

The animals whickered softly.

345

Even Mandarb appeared to take some [nagusame] from the [sonzai kan] of [sonota] [uma].

Even Mandarb appeared to take some comfort from the presence of other horses.

346

“go easy when you pass through a Waygate, Rand,”

“Go easy when you pass through a Waygate, Rand,”

347

Loial cautioned.

Loial cautioned.

348

"[monogoto] are...

“Things are...

349

different [uchigawa] the [hōhō] than out.

different inside the Ways than out.

350

[hyōjō]."

Look.”

351

He looked back the [michi] the Ogier pointed, thinking to see the same [nibui] [kirameki].

He looked back the way the Ogier pointed, thinking to see the same dull shimmer.

352

Instead he could see into the [serā], as [baai] through a large [ichi mai] of smoked [garasu] set in the [kurosa].

Instead he could see into the cellar, as if through a large piece of smoked glass set in the blackness.

353

Disturbingly the [yami] around the [windō] into the [serā] gave a [kankaku] of [fukasa], as though the [ōpuningu] stood alone with nothing around or behind it [shikashi] the [kurai].

Disturbingly the darkness around the window into the cellar gave a sense of depth, as though the opening stood alone with nothing around or behind it but the dark.

354

He said as much with a shaky [warai], [shikashi] Loial took him seriously.

He said as much with a shaky laugh, but Loial took him seriously.

355

"You could [sanpo] all the [michi] around it, and you would not see a [koto] from the [sonota] [saido].

“You could walk all the way around it, and you would not see a thing from the other side.

356

I would not advise it, though.

I would not advise it, though.

357

The [bukku] aren’t [hijō ni] clear about what lies behind the Waygates.

The books aren’t very clear about what lies behind the Waygates.

358

I think you could become lost there, and never find your [michi] out."

I think you could become lost there, and never find your way out.”

359

Rand shook his [atama] and tried to concentrate on the Waygate itself rather than what lay behind it, [shikashi] that was just as disturbing in its own [fasshon].

Rand shook his head and tried to concentrate on the Waygate itself rather than what lay behind it, but that was just as disturbing in its own fashion.

360

[baai] there had been anything to [hyōjō] at in the [yami] besides the Waygate, he would have looked at it.

If there had been anything to look at in the darkness besides the Waygate, he would have looked at it.

361

In the [serā], through the smoky [usugura], Moiraine and the [tanin] were [heiya] enough, [shikashi] they moved as [baai] in a [yume].

In the cellar, through the smoky dimness, Moiraine and the others were plain enough, but they moved as if in a dream.

362

Every blink of an [me] seemed a deliberate, exaggerated [jesuchā].

Every blink of an eye seemed a deliberate, exaggerated gesture.

363

Mat was [tsukuri] his [michi] to the Waygate as though walking through clear [zerī], his [ashi] seeming to swim forward.

Mat was making his way to the Waygate as though walking through clear jelly, his legs seeming to swim forward.

364

"The [hoīru] [tān] faster in the [hōhō],"

“The Wheel turns faster in the Ways,”

365

Loial explained.

Loial explained.

366

He looked at the [yami] [shūi] them, and his [atama] sunk in between his [kata].

He looked at the darkness surrounding them, and his head sunk in between his shoulders.

367

"None alive know more than [danpen].

“None alive know more than fragments.

368

I [kyōfu] what I don’t know about the [hōhō], Rand."

I fear what I don’t know about the Ways, Rand.”

369

"The [Kurai] One,"

“The Dark One,”

370

Lan said, "cannot be defeated without chancing [risuku].

Lan said, “cannot be defeated without chancing risks.

371

[shikashi] we are alive at this [shunkan], and before us is the [kibō] of remaining alive.

But we are alive at this moment, and before us is the hope of remaining alive.

372

Do not surrender before you are beaten, Ogier.”

Do not surrender before you are beaten, Ogier.”

373

"You would not speak so confidently [baai] you had ever been in the [hōhō]."

“You would not speak so confidently if you had ever been in the Ways.”

374

The normal distant [kaminari] of Loial’s [koe] was muted.

The normal distant thunder of Loial’s voice was muted.

375

He stared at the [kurosa] as [baai] he [mimashita] [monogoto] there.

He stared at the blackness as if he saw things there.

376

"I never have before, either, [shikashi] I’ve seen Ogier who have been through a Waygate and come out again.

“I never have before, either, but I’ve seen Ogier who have been through a Waygate and come out again.

377

You would not speak so [baai] you had."

You would not speak so if you had.”

378

Mat stepped through the [mon] and regained normal [supīdo].

Mat stepped through the gate and regained normal speed.

379

For an instant he stared at the seemingly endless [yami], then came running to [sanka shimasu] them, his [rantan] bobbing on its [pōru], his [uma] leaping behind him, almost sending him sprawling.

For an instant he stared at the seemingly endless darkness, then came running to join them, his lantern bobbing on its pole, his horse leaping behind him, almost sending him sprawling.

380

One by one the [tanin] passed through, Perrin and Egwene and Nynaeve, each pausing in shocked [chinmoku] before hurrying to [sanka shimasu] the [nokori].

One by one the others passed through, Perrin and Egwene and Nynaeve, each pausing in shocked silence before hurrying to join the rest.

381

Each [rantan] enlarged the [pūru] of [hikari], [shikashi] not as much as it should have.

Each lantern enlarged the pool of light, but not as much as it should have.

382

It was as [baai] the [kurai] became [yori mitsudo no takai] the more [hikari] there was, thickening as it fought against [kōfuku] diminished.

It was as if the dark became denser the more light there was, thickening as it fought against being diminished.

383

That was not a [rain] of reasoning Rand wanted to follow.

That was not a line of reasoning Rand wanted to follow.

384

It was bad enough just [kōfuku] there without giving the [yami] a will of its own.

It was bad enough just being there without giving the darkness a will of its own.

385

Everyone seemed to feel the [iatsu suru], though.

Everyone seemed to feel the oppressiveness, though.

386

There were no [hiniku] [komento] from Mat here, and Egwene looked as [baai] she wished she could rethink her [ketsudan] to come.

There were no wry comments from Mat here, and Egwene looked as if she wished she could rethink her decision to come.

387

They all silently watched the Waygate, that [saigo] [windō] into the [sekai] they knew.

They all silently watched the Waygate, that last window into the world they knew.

388

Finally only Moiraine was left in the [serā], dimly lit by the [rantan] she had taken.

Finally only Moiraine was left in the cellar, dimly lit by the lantern she had taken.

389

The Aes Sedai still moved in that dreamlike [michi].

The Aes Sedai still moved in that dreamlike way.

390

Her [te] crept as it found the [rīfu] of Avendesora.

Her hand crept as it found the leaf of Avendesora.

391

It was located lower in the [sekizō butsu] on this [saido], Rand [mimashita], just where she had placed it on the [sonota].

It was located lower in the stonework on this side, Rand saw, just where she had placed it on the other.

392

Plucking it [muryō desu], she put it back in the original [ichi].

Plucking it free, she put it back in the original position.

393

He wondered suddenly [baai] the [rīfu] on the [sonota] [saido] had moved back, too.

He wondered suddenly if the leaf on the other side had moved back, too.

394

The Aes Sedai came through, leading Aldieb, as the [ishi] [mon] slowly, slowly began closing behind her.

The Aes Sedai came through, leading Aldieb, as the stone gates slowly, slowly began closing behind her.

395

She came to [sanka shimasu] them, the [hikari] of her [rantan] leaving the [mon] before they were shut.

She came to join them, the light of her lantern leaving the gates before they were shut.

396

[kurosa] swallowed the narrowing [iken] of the [serā].

Blackness swallowed the narrowing view of the cellar.

397

In the constrained [hikari] of their [rantan], [kurosa] surrounded them totally.

In the constrained light of their lanterns, blackness surrounded them totally.

398

Suddenly it seemed as [baai] the [rantan] were the only [hikari] left in the [sekai].

Suddenly it seemed as if the lanterns were the only light left in the world.

399

Rand realized that he was jammed [kata o] in between Perrin and Egwene.

Rand realized that he was jammed shoulder-to-shoulder in between Perrin and Egwene.

400

Egwene gave him a wide-eyed [hyōjō] and pressed closer, and Perrin made no [ugokasu] to give him [heya].

Egwene gave him a wide-eyed look and pressed closer, and Perrin made no move to give him room.

401

There was something comforting about touching another [ningen] [kōfuku] when the whole [sekai] had just been swallowed up by [kurai].

There was something comforting about touching another human being when the whole world had just been swallowed up by dark.

402

Even the [uma] seemed to feel the [hōhō] pushing them into a tighter and tighter [musubime].

Even the horses seemed to feel the Ways pushing them into a tighter and tighter knot.

403

Outwardly unconcerned, Moiraine and Lan swung into their [sadoru], and the Aes Sedai leaned forward, [ude] resting on her carved [sutaffu] across the high [tsukagashira] of her [sadoru].

Outwardly unconcerned, Moiraine and Lan swung into their saddles, and the Aes Sedai leaned forward, arms resting on her carved staff across the high pommel of her saddle.

404

"We must be on our [michi], Loial."

“We must be on our way, Loial.”

405

Loial gave a [kaishi, hajimeru], and nodded vigorously.

Loial gave a start, and nodded vigorously.

406

“Yes.

“Yes.

407

Yes, Aes Sedai, you are [migi].

Yes, Aes Sedai, you are right.

408

Not a [bun] longer than must be."

Not a minute longer than need be.”

409

He pointed to a broad [sutorippu] of [shiroi] running under their [ashi], and Rand stepped away from it hastily.

He pointed to a broad strip of white running under their feet, and Rand stepped away from it hastily.

410

All the Two [kawa] [fōku] did.

All the Two Rivers folk did.

411

Rand [shikō] the [yuka] had been smooth once, [shikashi] the [namerakasa] was pitted now, as [baai] the [ishi] had the pox.

Rand thought the floor had been smooth once, but the smoothness was pitted now, as if the stone had the pox.

412

The [shiroi] [rain] was broken in several [basho].

The white line was broken in several places.

413

"This leads from the Waygate to the [saisho] [gaido].

“This leads from the Waygate to the first Guiding.

414

From there...”

From there...

415

Loial looked around anxiously, then scrambled onto his [uma] with none of the [fu honi] he had shown earlier.

“ Loial looked around anxiously, then scrambled onto his horse with none of the reluctance he had shown earlier.

416

The [uma] wore the biggest [sadoru] the [atama] [shinrō] had been able to find, [shikashi] Loial filled it from [tsukagashira] to [sumi].

The horse wore the biggest saddle the head groom had been able to find, but Loial filled it from pommel to cantle.

417

His [ashi] hung down on either [saido] almost to the [dōbutsu]’s [hiza].

His feet hung down on either side almost to the animal’s knees.

418

"Not a [bun] longer than must be,"

“Not a minute longer than need be,”

419

he muttered.

he muttered.

420

Reluctantly the [tanin] mounted.

Reluctantly the others mounted.

421

Moiraine and Lan rode on either [saido] of the Ogier, following the [shiroi] [rain] through the [kurai].

Moiraine and Lan rode on either side of the Ogier, following the white line through the dark.

422

Everyone else crowded in behind as [tojiru] as they could get, the [rantan] bobbing over their [heddo].

Everyone else crowded in behind as close as they could get, the lanterns bobbing over their heads.

423

The [rantan] should have given enough [hikari] to [nuritsubushi] a [hausu], [shikashi] ten [ashi] away from them it stopped.

The lanterns should have given enough light to fill a house, but ten feet away from them it stopped.

424

The [kurosa] stopped it as [baai] it had struck a [kabe].

The blackness stopped it as if it had struck a wall.

425

The creak of [sadoru] and [kurikku] of [teitetsu] on [ishi] seemed to [ryokō] only to the [hashi] of [hikari].

The creak of saddles and click of horseshoes on stone seemed to travel only to the edge of light.

426

Rand’s [te] kept drifting to his [ken].

Rand’s hand kept drifting to his sword.

427

It was not that he [shikō] there was anything out there against which he could [shiyō] the [ken] to defend himself; it did not seem as [baai] there was anywhere for something to be.

It was not that he thought there was anything out there against which he could use the sword to defend himself; it did not seem as if there was anywhere for something to be.

428

The [baburu] of [hikari] around them could as [yoku] have been a [dōkutsu] surrounded by [ishi], completely surrounded, with no [michi] out.

The bubble of light around them could as well have been a cave surrounded by stone, completely surrounded, with no way out.

429

The [uma] might have been walking a [toreddomiru] for the [henkō] around them.

The horses might have been walking a treadmill for the change around them.

430

He gripped the [moyō] as [baai] the [atsuryoku] of his [te] there could [o-oshimasu] away the [ishi] he [kanjita] weighing down on him.

He gripped the hilt as if the pressure of his hand there could press away the stone he felt weighing down on him.

431

Touching the [ken], he could remember Tam’s [shidō].

Touching the sword, he could remember Tam’s teaching.

432

For a little [dōjini, tsutsu, issun] he could find the calm of the void.

For a little while he could find the calm of the void.

433

[shikashi] the [omosa] always returned, compressing the void until it was only a [dōkutsu] [uchigawa] his [kokoro], and he had to [kaishi, hajimeru] over again, touching Tam’s [ken] to remember.

But the weight always returned, compressing the void until it was only a cavern inside his mind, and he had to start over again, touching Tam’s sword to remember.

434

It was a [ando] when something did [henkō], even [baai] it was only a tall [surabu] of [ishi], standing on [owari], that appeared out of the [kurai] before them, the broad [shiroi] [rain] stopping at its [bēsu].

It was a relief when something did change, even if it was only a tall slab of stone, standing on end, that appeared out of the dark before them, the broad white line stopping at its base.

435

Sinuous [kābu] of [kinzoku] inlaid the wide [hyōmen], graceful [rain] that vaguely reminded Rand of [budō] and leaves.

Sinuous curves of metal inlaid the wide surface, graceful lines that vaguely reminded Rand of vines and leaves.

436

Discolored pocks marked [ishi] and [kinzoku] alike.

Discolored pocks marked stone and metal alike.

437

"The [gaido],"

“The Guiding,”

438

Loial said, and leaned out of his [sadoru] to [shikame men] at the cursive [kinzoku] inlays.

Loial said, and leaned out of his saddle to frown at the cursive metal inlays.

439

"Ogier [sukuriputo],"

“Ogier script,”

440

Moiraine said, "[shikashi] so broken I can barely make out what it says."

Moiraine said, “but so broken I can barely make out what it says.”

441

“I hardly can, either,”

“I hardly can, either,”

442

Loial said, "[shikashi] enough to know we go this [michi]."

Loial said, “but enough to know we go this way.”

443

He turned his [uma] aside from the [gaido].

He turned his horse aside from the Guiding.

444

The [hashi] of their [hikari] caught [sonota] stoneworks, what appeared to be [ishi]-walled [hashi] arcing off into the [yami], and gently sloping [ranpu], without [tesuri] of any [shinsetsu], leading up and down.

The edges of their light caught other stoneworks, what appeared to be stone-walled bridges arcing off into the darkness, and gently sloping ramps, without railings of any kind, leading up and down.

445

Between the [hashi] and the [ranpu] hashitta a [mune]-high [tesuri], however, as though falling was a [kiken] there at any [ritsu].

Between the bridges and the ramps ran a chest-high balustrade, however, as though falling was a danger there at any rate.

446

[heiya] [shiroi] [ishi] made the [tesuri], in simple [kābu] and round fitted together in [fukuzatsu] [patān].

Plain white stone made the balustrade, in simple curves and rounds fitted together in complex patterns.

447

Something about all of it seemed almost familiar to Rand, [shikashi] he knew it had to be his [sōzō ryoku] groping for anything familiar where everything was strange.

Something about all of it seemed almost familiar to Rand, but he knew it had to be his imagination groping for anything familiar where everything was strange.

448

At the [ashi] of one of the [hashi] Loial paused to read the [shinguru] [rain] on the [semai] [koramu] [ishi] there.

At the foot of one of the bridges Loial paused to read the single line on the narrow column stone there.

449

Nodding, he rode up onto the [hashi].

Nodding, he rode up onto the bridge.

450

"This is the [saisho] [hashi] of our [michisuji],"

“This is the first bridge of our path,”

451

he said over his [kata].

he said over his shoulder.

452

Rand wondered what held the [hashi] up.

Rand wondered what held the bridge up.

453

The [uma]’ hooves made a gritty [saundo], as [baai] [bitto] of [ishi] flaked off at every [suteppu].

The horses’ hooves made a gritty sound, as if bits of stone flaked off at every step.

454

Everything he could see was covered with shallow [ana], some tiny pinpricks, [tanin] shallow, rough-edged [kurētā] a [sutoraido] across, as [baai] there had been a [ame] of acid, or the [ishi] was rotting.

Everything he could see was covered with shallow holes, some tiny pinpricks, others shallow, rough-edged craters a stride across, as if there had been a rain of acid, or the stone was rotting.

455

The guardwall showed [kiretsu] and [ana], too.

The guardwall showed cracks and holes, too.

456

In [basho] it was gone altogether for as much as a [supan].

In places it was gone altogether for as much as a span.

457

For all he knew the [hashi] could be [kotai] [ishi] all the [michi] to the [sentā] of the [chikyū], [shikashi] what he [mimashita] made him [kibō] it would stand long enough for them to [rīchi] the [sonota] [owari].

For all he knew the bridge could be solid stone all the way to the center of the earth, but what he saw made him hope it would stand long enough for them to reach the other end.

458

Wherever that is.

Wherever that is.

459

The [hashi] did [owari], eventually, in a [basho] that looked no different from its [hajime].

The bridge did end, eventually, in a place that looked no different from its beginning.

460

All Rand could see was what their little [pūru] of [hikari] touched, [shikashi] he had the [inshō] that it was a large [supēsu], like a [furatto]-topped [oka], with [hashi] and [ranpu] leaving all around it.

All Rand could see was what their little pool of light touched, but he had the impression that it was a large space, like a flat-topped hill, with bridges and ramps leaving all around it.

461

An [shima], Loial called it.

An Island, Loial called it.

462

There was another [sukuriputo]-covered [gaido] – Rand placed it in the [mannaka] of the [shima], with no [michi] of knowing [baai] he was [migi] or not.

There was another script-covered Guiding – Rand placed it in the middle of the Island, with no way of knowing if he was right or not.

463

Loial read, then took them up one of the [ranpu], curving up and up.

Loial read, then took them up one of the ramps, curving up and up.

464

After an interminable [noboru], curving continuously, the [ranpu] let off onto another [shima] just like the one where it had begun.

After an interminable climb, curving continuously, the ramp let off onto another Island just like the one where it had begun.

465

Rand tried to imagine the [kābu] of the [ranpu] and gave up.

Rand tried to imagine the curve of the ramp and gave up.

466

This [shima] can’t be [migi] [no ue ni] the [sonota] one.

This Island can’t be right on top of the other one.

467

It can’t be.

It can’t be.

468

Loial consulted yet another [surabu] filled with Ogier [sukuriputo], found another [michishirube] [koramu], led them onto another [hashi].

Loial consulted yet another slab filled with Ogier script, found another signpost column, led them onto another bridge.

469

Rand no longer had any [kangae] in what [hōkō] they were traveling.

Rand no longer had any idea in what direction they were traveling.

470

In their [mitsudan] of [hikari] in the [kurai], one [hashi] was exactly like another, except that some had breaks in the guardwalls and some did not.

In their huddle of light in the dark, one bridge was exactly like another, except that some had breaks in the guardwalls and some did not.

471

Only the [teido] of [damēji] to the Guidings gave any [chigai] to the [shotō].

Only the degree of damage to the Guidings gave any difference to the Islands.

472

Rand lost [torakku] of [jikan]; he was not even sure how many [hashi] they had crossed or how many [ranpu] they had traveled.

Rand lost track of time; he was not even sure how many bridges they had crossed or how many ramps they had traveled.

473

The [kanshu] must have had a [kurokku] in his [atama], though.

The Warder must have had a clock in his head, though.

474

Just when Rand [kanjita] the [saisho] [kakimazeru] of [kiga], Lan announced quietly that it was [shōgo] and dismounted to [kozutsumi] out [pan] and [chīzu] and dried [niku] from the [niuma].

Just when Rand felt the first stir of hunger, Lan announced quietly that it was midday and dismounted to parcel out bread and cheese and dried meat from the packhorse.

475

Perrin was leading the [dōbutsu] by that [jikan].

Perrin was leading the animal by that time.

476

They were on an [shima], and Loial was busily deciphering the [hōkō] on the [gaido].

They were on an Island, and Loial was busily deciphering the directions on the Guiding.

477

Mat started to [noboru] down from his [sadoru], [shikashi] Moiraine said, "[jikan] is too [kichō] in the [hōhō] to [muda].

Mat started to climb down from his saddle, but Moiraine said, “Time is too valuable in the Ways to waste.

478

For us, much too [kichō].

For us, much too valuable.

479

We will [teishi] when it is [jikan] to [suimin]."

We will stop when it is time to sleep.”

480

Lan was already back on Mandarb.

Lan was already back on Mandarb.

481

Rand’s [shokuyoku] slipped at the [shikō] of sleeping in the [hōhō].

Rand’s appetite slipped at the thought of sleeping in the Ways.

482

It was always [yoru, kishi_knt] there, [shikashi] not the [shinsetsu] of [yoru, kishi_knt] for sleeping.

It was always night there, but not the kind of night for sleeping.

483

He ate [dōjini, tsutsu, issun] he rode, though, like everyone else.

He ate while he rode, though, like everyone else.

484

It was an awkward [jiken], trying to [jaguringu] his [tabemono], the [rantan] [pōru], and his [tazuna], [shikashi] for all of his imagined [fusoku] of [shokuyoku] he licked the [saigo] [panko] of [pan] and [chīzu] off his [te] when he was done, and [shikō] fondly of more.

It was an awkward affair, trying to juggle his food, the lantern pole, and his reins, but for all of his imagined lack of appetite he licked the last crumbs of bread and cheese off his hands when he was done, and thought fondly of more.

485

He even began to think the [hōhō] were not so bad, not nearly as bad as Loial made out.

He even began to think the Ways were not so bad, not nearly as bad as Loial made out.

486

They might have the heavy feel of the [jikan] before a [arashi], [shikashi] nothing changed.

They might have the heavy feel of the hour before a storm, but nothing changed.

487

Nothing happened.

Nothing happened.

488

The [hōhō] were almost boring.

The Ways were almost boring.

489

Then the [chinmoku] was broken by a startled [isaki] from Loial.

Then the silence was broken by a startled grunt from Loial.

490

Rand stood in his [abumi] to [pia] past the Ogier, and swallowed hard at what he [mimashita].

Rand stood in his stirrups to peer past the Ogier, and swallowed hard at what he saw.

491

They were in the [mannaka] of a [hashi], and only a few [ashi] ahead of Loial the [hashi] ended in a jagged [kangeki].

They were in the middle of a bridge, and only a few feet ahead of Loial the bridge ended in a jagged gap.

492

[akira] 45

Chapter 45

493

What Follows in [kage]

What Follows in Shadow

494

The [hikari] of their [rantan] stretched just far enough to [tacchi] the [sonota] [saido], thrusting out of the [kurai] like a [kyojin]’s broken [ha].

The light of their lanterns stretched just far enough to touch the other side, thrusting out of the dark like a giant’s broken teeth.

495

Loial’s [uma] stamped a [hizume] nervously, and a loose [ishi] fell away into the [shin da] [kuro] below.

Loial’s horse stamped a hoof nervously, and a loose stone fell away into the dead black below.

496

[baai] there was any [saundo] of it striking [ichiban-ka], Rand never heard it.

If there was any sound of it striking bottom, Rand never heard it.

497

He edged [akai] closer to the [kangeki].

He edged Red closer to the gap.

498

As far down as he could [suiryoku] his [rantan] on its [pōru], there was nothing.

As far down as he could thrust his lantern on its pole, there was nothing.

499

[kurosa] below as [kurosa] above, shearing off the [hikari].

Blackness below as blackness above, shearing off the light.

500

[baai] there was a [ichiban-ka], it could be a thousand [ashi] down.

If there was a bottom, it could be a thousand feet down.