â€œOkay, so that’s two places in the other world which we need to visit after the meeting,â€ Matthias said. â€œBut we do need to get this done first.â€
â€œGet what done first?â€ Lydia asked.
â€œThe reason all the families are having ally meetings tonight,â€ Matthias said. â€œAnd the reason Laxmi is here. Darlryan has sent word through Kiataran while you were sleeping that he’s ready to try using the staff to close the crack tomorrow. He’s certain Xantaria will try and stop him and he wants us to be ready both to run interference and deal with any attack she might launch on Earth in an attempt to distract him.â€
â€œOur dragon allies are going to deal with the void side and we’re going to deal with guarding him on this side,â€ Sonia said. â€œWhich means we’re all going to Scotland again.â€
â€œScotland?â€ Lydia asked. â€œOh! He has to use it where Emms did the damage in the first place?â€
â€œExactly!â€ Sonia said. â€œDo you think you’re up to it?â€
â€œOh, yes!â€ Lydia said eagerly. â€œI want a piece of her hide for what she did to me.â€
â€œShe probably isn’t,â€ Lyrrekka said. â€œHer essence will still be raw from the tansformation. She should wait a few weeks at least before fighting anyone.â€
â€œYou are not leaving me here,â€ Lydia snapped. â€œFor one thing what if she comes after me again and I’m on my own? I definitely can’t fight her on my own. She has an alarming habit of outflanking us.â€
â€œShe’s right there,â€ Kiataran said. â€œShe shouldn’t fight but she does need to be with us, unless you have somewhere else safe to leave her.â€
â€œHmm.â€ Matthias looked thoughtful. â€œI think I do. We’ll see if he’ll let her stay after we finish here…â€ He trailed off and rolled his eyes to ceiling. â€œYes, Carrie, you can come in.â€ He waited while a hazy figure appeared in the corner of the room. â€œWe were just discussing our battle plan for tomorrow.â€
There was an amused snort from the hazy figure. â€œThat I picked up immediately, Matthias, but it’s not actually why I availed myself of the agreement. My daughter had a premonition and I don’t hate you enough not to warn you.â€
â€œJoanne had a premonition?â€ Adrian said. â€œThat’s not good. Her gift is so weird.â€
â€œUseful though,â€ Carrie said.
â€œWhat’s weird about it?â€ Julie asked.
â€œJoanne only has premonitions about things no one else sees,â€ Adrian said. â€œI mean sometimes they see them later but she’s always either the first or the only. The teachers said her mind works on a slightly different level or something. I didn’t really understand the explanation.â€
â€œAh,â€ Julie said. â€œYes, that happens sometimes. What did she see?â€
â€œIt wasn’t very clear to her but she thinks Xantaria will go after Andrew in particular, for some reason, and advised that you… and this is a direct quote… leave him in the same place as you’re going to leave Lydia if you want him to live through tomorrow.â€
â€œUgh.â€ Andrew said.
â€œIt’s likely wise,â€ Kiataran said. â€œWe know Xantaria might target him.â€ He hesitated. â€œBut I’m not sure the plan will work without him. Lan, could you call him and ask him to come here? We need to discuss this with him.â€
â€œIs that okay?â€ Laxmi asked. Once Matthias nodded, she fished her phone out of her bag and dialled.