â€œI have no idea,â€ Indaturan said. â€œAs far as I know, my aunt had no connection to the clans that initiated the purge.â€ He put his hand over Marian’s. â€œShow me what you are sensing?
â€œOf course.â€ She closed her eyes. They stood there a moment before Indaturan pulled back with a gasp.
â€œWhat the heck! I think there’s more information under that lock than in the main content.â€ He scowled at the block. â€œWe need to find the password.â€
â€œI take it we can’t just ask her,â€ Matthias said.
â€œUnfortunately not,â€ Indaturan said. â€œMy aunt died a very long time ago in one of the internecine wars of the Kithreiri. But she would have anticipated that. She must have left a clue somewhere. She kept a sort of diary; I’ll let Marian look at that as well. Maybe she left it in there but if she did, she hid that from me, as well.â€
â€œMaybe we can hack them,â€ Lydia said.
â€œThat’s not impossible,â€ Darlryan said. â€œBut it’s more difficult than hacking a computer. I’ll take a pass at them if Ind doesn’t mind, but I don’t hold out much hope.â€
â€œI have a thought,â€ Marian said. â€œBut I’ll need help. I might be able to find out how to access it retrocognitively. â€œ
â€œYou probably could,â€ Indaturan said. â€œBut you might set your recovery back. Still, this is important and I’m not sure you’re used to working with less power yet.â€
Marian shrugged. â€œThat’s why I want Mu- why I want Julie and Adrian to help. As well as being backup they’ll be able to keep an eye on me and make sure I don’t overstress myself.â€
â€œIf you’re sure,â€ he said. â€œBut we’ll wait a couple of days see if we can’t find the access requirement some other way. It’ll give me time to repair a bit more of the damage as well.â€
â€œOkay.â€ Marian looked over at Matthias. â€œHave you decided what you’re going to do with me yet?â€
â€œNo,â€ he said. â€œYou’re a very tricky problem, Marian.â€
â€œI know,â€ she said. â€œI asked Indaturan-mirian what dragons would do in this situation and well, it would be a nice solution but it’s not an option for me.â€
â€œHmm?â€ Matthias cocked his head at Indaturan.
â€œWhat we’re doing with Savira-ida,â€ he said.
â€œAh, yes,â€ Matthias said. â€œIt’s a shame that’s not an optio–â€ He broke off as Julie cleared her throat and gave him a challenging look.
â€œThe elephant in the room would like to point out that it might be possible.â€
â€œHuh?â€ Matthias looked confused for a moment before his eyes widened. â€œOh!â€
â€œWell, she is very close,â€ Indaturan said. â€œShe could certainly train as a Tasaria if she wanted. The training would help with healing her essence as well. I didn’t think of that. But…â€ he frowned over at Darlryan. â€œWe can’t ask Gerian how to get her through transition alive. Do you know?â€
â€œI have a fair idea but I’m not one hundred percent sure,â€ Darlryan said. â€œBut I’m willing to bet Elidyr knows, so we can ask him once he’s recovered.â€
â€œSo we can do it that way?â€ Marian said.
â€œNot until we don’t need your talents any more,â€ Indaturan said. â€œAnd it’s very dangerous. At best you’ll be deathly ill for your entire childhood. â€œ
â€œI don’ care if I’m sick,â€ Marian said. â€œI deserve it. I think it’s an excellent solution. If we get through this can we do that, please?â€