All three adult Silvers were waiting for them when they jumped into Waldhafen. Arran in particular looked tired and worn like he hadn’t been sleeping well.
â€œHow are your foster daughter and her heart friend?â€ Lydia asked.
He gave her a weary smile. â€œMuch better. The healers here are remarkably skilled. They’ve already let her heart friend out of stasis and said that soon she’ll be out of bed. And as they heal her, Ali seems to be healing spontaneously. At least she’s more and more like the girl I remember from before Melissa was killed.â€
â€œCouncillor Weide says they’ve never seen injuries like them though,â€ Faith said. â€œNot that someone survived anyway.â€ She frowned at Lydia. â€œYour eyes changed colour and you feel different. What happened to you?â€
â€œThat’s a rather long story,â€ Lydia said. â€œBut the short version is I got kidnapped, partly transformed into a Kithreia, rescued and turned into a dragon to save my life.â€
Faith’s eyebrows shot up. â€œI think I need to hear the long version if we have time.â€
â€œWell it relates to why we are here,â€ Matthias said. â€œSo yes, we have time.â€ He turned to Saeaera who was waiting near by. â€œMay we borrow a room to discuss this more comfortably, Councillor?â€
â€œOf course,â€ she said. â€œYou can use any of them.â€ She eyed Lydia curiously. â€œYou don’t feel like a normal dragon. May I hear what happened as well?â€
â€œOf course,â€ Matthias said. â€œYou do have an interest in learning this.â€
â€œThank you.â€ She led them to a small side chamber and ordered refreshments for them. â€œSo tell us what happened.â€
Sonia took a deep breath before telling them about their trip into the void and Lydia being dragged into the tear and kidnapped by Xantaria.
â€œSweet heaven,â€ Faith said. â€œYou must have been scared, girl!â€
â€œI was,â€ Lydia said. â€œBut I was rescued.â€
â€œI’m glad to see it,â€ Faith said. â€œSo they had to turn you into a dragon to save you? Why were you in danger? And you don’t quite feel like the other dragons we’ve met… Not that we’ve met many of course.â€
â€œI wasn’t a full Kithreia and there was no way for me to return to Kithra to complete the transformation without being captured. The inbetween state isn’t sustainable.â€
Faith looked at her thoughtfully. â€œI see, I think. You feel different because you started out different.â€
â€œYes, and the dragons are excited because I’m not hungry all the time,â€ Lydia said.
â€œInteresting,â€ Arran said. â€œSo they hope you may be the key to a cure for their problem? Are you still a psychevore?â€
Lydia nodded. â€œYes, but I know when I’ve fed enough.â€
â€œHow do you feel about dragons in general?â€ Sonia asked.
â€œThey’re just people, really, from what I can tell from the ones I’ve met.â€ Faith shrugged. â€œThey have an unusual problem and some of them are evil but that’s true of humans too. Why?â€
â€œWe have a bit of a problem and we were hoping you would help us,â€ Matthias said. â€œWe think you’d be good at it.â€ He explained the situation with Savira including what she’d done and what they wanted to do.
â€œYou want us to raise her?â€ Faith hummed to herself. â€œYou think she’s capable of reforming?â€
â€œProbably,â€ Sonia said. â€œI mean her experiments were apparently so horrible that no one wants to descibe them to us but people also say she had ethics of sorts.â€
â€œI see.â€ Faith closed her eyes for a moment. â€œAnd there is her heart friend too consider, isn’t there. She’s guilty of nothing. Okay, we’ll do it.â€ She looked over at Arran. â€œDo you and Mari want to do it or shall I?â€
â€œI’ve got my hands full with Logan and Ali,â€ he said. â€œYou do it.â€
â€œShe’d like to meet you first,â€ Matthias said.
â€œThat’s not a bad idea,â€ Faith said. â€œThat way I can judge if she is likely to reform.â€
A/N: Thanks to the readers who volunteered to read the Haventon edit. I sent you the manuscript over the weekend so please confirm you received it.
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