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Fala and her age-mates stood before the gathered crowd. A trio of Elders spoke the opening words, then beckoned the adolescents closer. "All right, I'm assigning the first test," said Ranya, pointing his wrinkled hand in the proper direction. "You all need to go down to the sweet reed patch and bring back a reed full of sugar for each person. Meanwhile, Yoike from Itakith and Oshaluun from Itrelir have time to set up other tests. Let's go."
As soon as the Elder stopped talking, Fala stalked away. Her long legs ate up the distance, carrying her toward the marsh. A tug at her shoulder pulled her halfway around. "What?" she snapped.
"Fala, what's wrong? It's normal to feel nervous, but we'll do fine," said Inav. He rubbed a hand over the flame-shaped birthmark on his chin, still visible through the scraggle of brown beard that tried to cover it. "We all studied hard. You even passed the knitting test, before we left for the gather."
"I'm not nervous. I'm angry." Fala walked faster, not caring if she outpaced Ranya's older stride.
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Ularki, Tetefii, Tenyo, Ranya, Oshaluun, Oromaal, Marai, Komesh, Karavai, Kalitelm, Ivara, Irjan, Inav, Inama, Fala, Emeina, Elsher, Dlameda, Dareg, Birka, Beqash, Baarjan, Aretolth, Anler, Alvardu,