â€œWe do need to do something about her before she does anything.â€ Matthias tutted to himself. â€œAnd I’m still bothered by how easy rescuing Lyd was. She’s managed to be one step ahead of us every step of the way, so why wasn’t she expecting us?â€
â€œSomeone helped me,â€ Lydia said. â€œI don’t know who she was but she said she was a friend of Anndarian’s.â€
â€œYes, you said,â€ Matthias said. â€œBut I still don’t like it. What do you think, Sonia?â€
Sonia looked thoughtful. â€œYes, I agree,â€ she said. â€œIt is odd, but I’m not sensing any danger from it. Xantaria may not have expected Lyd to accept being turned into a dragon.â€
â€œYou mean she was hoping I’d die?â€ Lydia said. â€œAnd you’d blame yourselves? Possible, but that doesn’t feel quite right either.â€
â€œNo, it doesn’t,â€ Sonia admitted. â€œLet’s see.â€ She closed her eyes and concentrated. â€œI’m still not sensing any danger and there’s no sense of being blocked either…â€ She hesitated. â€œBut there is something but I can’t put my finger on it. I’ll work on it some more.â€ She pinched her nose. â€œI take it you’re going to work on Drew’s friends some more for the rest of the day?â€
â€œUnless something else comes up,â€ Sarah said. â€œI hope it doesn’t.â€ She rose to her feet. â€œLet’s get back to work.â€
Sonia nodded. â€œSee you later then. Call if you need us.â€
Later that day, Lydia was curled up on her bed reading. People kept telling her she needed to rest but she could only sleep so much and lying in bed awake was boring, She was a couple of chapters in when there was a tentative knock on her bedroom door.
â€œCome in,â€ she called.
A moment later the door opened and a woman she didn’t know peered in at her.
â€œUh, hi,â€ she said. â€œI’m Melissaa, I’ve been councilling Andrew. Sonia said you wanted to talk with me as well.â€
â€œWell it seems like a good idea.â€ She waved Melissa into the room. â€œI wasn’t expecting a home visit, though.â€
Melissa chuckled warmly. â€œSonia is very insistent on you getting your rest.â€ She sat down by the bed. â€œI’m not here to do a session right now, we can wait for your energy to recover so you can concentrate on your mental state. I just wanted to check how you are getting on.â€
Lyda hummed for a moment. â€œI’m not sure,â€ she said finally. â€œI think I’m okay but it’s a lot to get my head around.â€
â€œGood,â€ Melissa said.
â€œGood?â€ Lydia stared at her.
â€œIf you’d said you were fine I’d have been worried. It would have suggested that you were in denial.â€ Melissa started to smile again but then froze and looked around sharply. â€œSomeone’s watching us!â€
â€œWhat?â€ Lydia tilted her head and dropped the extra thick shielding she was using to protect he essence. As soon as she did, she realised she could sense someone watching as well. â€œWhat the hell!â€
â€œI’m calling Sonia,â€ Melissa said and headed to the door.