â€œTurn it up to eleven?â€ Lydia said. â€œHow do we do that? Actually, how do we do the confusion thing to start with?â€
â€œIt’s easy,â€ Matthias said. â€œFor us anyway. You instinctivly do it against hostiles already–â€ He broke off and turned to stare at Alsia. â€œThat’s why you won’t tell anyone where Keylaria is, isn’t it? She’s subconsciously hiding herself and you trust her subconscious’s judgement? At least I get the sense she’s not aware of herself yet.â€
Alsia gave a half-smile and nodded. â€œRight on all counts. I don’t think she even wanted me to know but something happened that gave her away.â€
Darylyan scowled. â€œThat’s why I feel like I’m missing something obvious, but I still feel like I’m blocking myself as well. Something is odd here.â€
Alsia just glared at him and he sighed.
â€œJust make sure Xantaria doesn’t find her,â€ he said softly.
Alsia’s scowl deepened but after a moment she sighed. â€œYou know Xantaria getting close to finding her is the only thing that could make me not kill you if you found out where she was.â€
â€œYou’re wrong,â€ Lydia said. â€œIt’s not the only thing.â€ She couldn’t grasp what she was seeing any more clearly than that feeling but she was sure she was right.
Alsia narrowed her eyes at Lydia and shook her head. â€œI dread to think what else could.â€ She rose to her feet. â€œI should get back. I need to check some things now the crack is mending.â€ She bowed to Alaryia and spoke quietly in draconic before embracing Elsed and disappearing.
Lydia watched her go, still trying to chase her premonition down. â€œI can’t get anything more than that,â€ she said finally.
â€œI’d guess you’re butting up against the confusion,â€ Julie said. â€œI could show you how to get around it but my gut is telling me it wouldn’t be worth the effort in this case.â€
â€œAnd might actually make the situation worse,â€ Lydia agreed.
â€œBut we’ll all know by the end of autumn anyway,â€ Marian said. â€œFor good or ill.â€ She frowned as if trying to grasp at something. â€œWe should check with Joanne if it’s safe for her but I have a sense that what we’ve achieved today is an important step forward. I mean closing the tear obviously is but removing Mitakrian as well.â€
â€œSpeaking of Mitakrian, is Lady Chaya doing okay?â€ Adrian asked. â€œWill she need any backup?â€
â€œShe probably will,â€ Indaturan said. â€œFor now, she locked out the rebels but they have her under seige. We’ll all send help to break that, won’t we?â€ He looked around at the others.
â€œOf course,â€ Alaryia said. â€œEndaria has already gone to help and Est is organising some of her own troops to take along.â€
â€œThat’s good then,â€ Adrian said. â€œWe should get back and see what’s happening. I suspect closing the tear won’t stop the emergences immediately so we need to be ready to respond.â€
â€œYes, let’s,â€ Matthias said. â€œI want to see how its disappearance is being reported.â€