â€œNot much of a plan, really,â€ Matthias said quietly. â€œDarlryan is going to the point where Emms opened the tear. We’re going with him for backup on the Earth side of the tear. The dragons will take the Void side.â€
â€œI’ll fire Andarian’s staff through the crack,â€ Darlryan said. â€œThat should calm the void storm and then the crack should close naturally over the next two or three weeks. The staff may also speed the closure but I’m not completely certain of that.â€
So the backup is because you expect this Xantaria to try and stop you, Darlryan-mirian? asked He who was Indirian.
â€œOh, I don’t think she’ll try and stop us,â€ Darlryan said. â€œI know she will. And if she doesn’t, Mitakrian will. They need the tear open for some reason, but we should have enough firepower to win the engagement. We’ll have to make sure they can’t reinstate their storm before it finishes closing.â€
â€œThat’s going to be the tough bit, I think,â€ Sonia said. â€œWe’re going to have to arrange guards. Enough guards to ensure someone will be able to get a warning to us.â€
It should be within your capabilities, He who was Indarian said. And the plan seems reasonable. No need to over-complicate things. Now, Andrew and Lydia, are you two happy to stay here, tomorrow?
â€œI wish I was well enough to fight,â€ Lydia said. â€œBut after what Joanne told us earlier it sounds like I need to be here anyway.â€
Who is Joanne and what did she tell you?
â€œOh yes, we should tell you about that.â€ Matthias explained Joanne’s unusual ability and what she’d told them.
That’s worrying. Once you’ve dealt with the crack, you need to look into why your children are so important.
â€œI intend to,â€ Matthias said. â€œThough I’ve no idea where to start.â€ He looked over at Daniel. â€œDo you understand why I didn’t sense what was happening to you, now?â€
Daniel nodded. â€œI feel completely overwhelmed here and he isn’t even my heart friend.â€ He shook his head. â€œIt’s a bit like being drunk, isn’t it.â€
â€œA bi– Wait, when did you get drunk?â€ Matthias glared at his son.
â€œHum…â€ Daniel seemed to shrink a little. â€œWhen I went to the Karate tournament in Bristol that time. A bunch of us snuck out to celebrate with fake ID.â€
â€œI’m going to kill your sensei!â€ Sonia said. â€œYou were only fifteen.â€
â€œHe didn’t know,â€ Daniel said. â€œAnd we had fun. Anyway Kaz was drinking at the reception.â€
â€œThat’s not the point!â€ She threw up her arms. â€œThe odd drink is fine but… oh never mind, we’ll talk about it later.â€ She looked back at Matthias. â€œSo next stop is Emms’s lab to find these notes about the bracelets?â€ She looked towards the column of darkness. â€œWe haven’t told you about that yet, have we? We learned something disturbing earlier.â€ She told him what Laxmi has said about the Heart Bracelets having some sort of malicious motive built into them. When she finished, there was silence for several moments.
That’s even more worrying. The bracelets were made by the dwarves. There should be no way for them to be corrupted.
â€œWe’ll find out,â€ Matthias said. â€œI’ll tell you what we learn when I drop Lyd and Drew off tomorrow.â€