An hour later, Andrew flopped onto his bed and looked over at Daniel, who was making the other bed for himself.
â€œSorry to get you all messed about like this,â€ he said.
â€œNot a problem,â€ Daniel smiled at him. â€œMum explained and it sounds important. But how are you, it can’t be easy.â€
â€œI’m really tired,â€ Andrew said. â€œAnd kind of lonely. Which is ridiculous because Nari’s just next door and the bond is still there. I keep wanting to reach for her but Mum and Lucas say I shouldn’t.â€
â€œFrom what mum told me, they’re right,â€ Daniel said. â€œYou don’t want to undo your good work.â€
â€œI know,â€ Andrew said. â€œAnd that’s easy enough while we’re awake. I’m just worried we might reach for each other while we’re asleep.â€
â€œWe’ve got plan for that,â€ Sonia said from the door. â€œIf you’re okay with it, I need to slip in a nudge not to do that. Naria has already let me but I know you won’t like the idea.â€
â€œI don’t,â€ Andrew agreed. â€œBut I get the logic so I’ll let you, as long as it’s just that.â€
â€œThank you,â€ Sonia said. â€œYou can follow me to check if you want.â€
â€œNo need,â€ he said. â€œI do trust you, mum.â€
â€œGlad to hear it.â€ She sat beside him on the bed and laid one cool hand on his forehead. â€œLet me in for a moment.â€
Andrew took a breath and forced himself to relax. A moment later he felt his mother brush through his mind briefly for a second before withdrawing.
â€œThere,â€ she said. â€œAll done!â€
â€œThat was quick,â€ Andrew said.
â€œWell it’s a quick thing,â€ she said. â€œNow try to get some sleep, you’ve got a busy day tomorrow.â€
â€œYes, Mum,â€ Andrew said. â€œThanks.â€
Next morning, Andrew was tired and gritty-headed. In spite of his best efforts, he had struggled to sleep at all. Naria looked just exhausted as she came into the dining room for breakfast. Sonia took one look at the two of them and sighed.
â€œI was afraid of this. You two are in no fit state to be on a rescue team today. You can stay here and try and contact Drew’s friends on Facebook instead.â€
â€œProbably nap as well,â€ Naria said. â€œSeparately, that is.â€
â€œYes, that’s not a bad idea,â€ Sonia said. â€œNow breakfast. Eggs and toast again, I’m afraid.â€
â€œThat’s fine,â€ Naria sad. â€œAnd I got a messaage back from my mirian. He has no idea where Xantaria’s heart friend is, but he’s going to ask around the others. He’s going to ask Alsia about it as well, since she was on the idri council and might know how they hid them. He also suggests Lydia contaact Fellaria.â€
â€œSure,â€ Lydia said from the door. â€œThat’s a good idea. I’ll do it after breakfast.â€
â€œGreat!â€ Sonia put the big bowl of fluffy scrambled eggs on the table. â€œHopefully we’ll have a lead on them soon. Then maybe we can finally take the offensive.â€