Kyle and Darya were talking with Talira and her mother after Sarah had completed her comparative scans when Ystelyan summoned all of them. Hannah and Adrian were already in his throne room when they arrived, along with a blindfolded Kithreian woman. Behind him, he felt Xeria stiffen but before she could speak, Ystelyan held a finger to his lips and shook his head.
â€œWe’ll discuss this after we’ve secured Dialdra here.â€ He looked at Indaturan who was pacing around her and scowling. â€œDo you want to keep her or shall I?â€
Indaturan shrugged. â€œShe’s here and your cells are secure enough to hold her.â€
â€œVery well.â€ Ystelyan signaled to a pair of goblins who dragged Dialdra from the room. Only once the doors had shut behind her did he turn back to them. â€œI’m sorry about that. She’d come around so Xantaria was probably listening and I don’t wish her to know that Xeria-alra is here.â€
â€œWhat’s going on?â€ Xeria said. â€œThat was– well you know who she is. I don’t understand.â€
â€œShe was pretending to be Kayleigh!â€ Hannah said. â€œDamn! I’ve been hating Kay and it probably wasn’t her.â€
â€œWhat?â€ Kyle felt his stomach twist. â€œWhat happened?â€
â€œPretty much what Hannah said.â€ Adrian broadcast a replay of events to everyone.
â€œI’ll go and fetch the Seeker’s Pendant.â€ Darya reached over and squeezed Hannah’s hand. â€œDon’t worry Han, we’ll find her.â€ He turned and ran from the room.
â€œThey need you back at the meeting, Sarah,â€ Adrian said then. â€œThere’s some injuries.â€
â€œI saw,â€ Sarah said. â€œI’ll be back as soon as possible.â€ She opened a portal to Earth and vanished.
Ystelyan turned to Xeria. â€œDid you know she was doing anything like this, Xeria-alra?â€
Xeria shook her head. â€œNo, not to the humans anyway. I would have told you if I’d even suspected she was spying on them this way.â€
â€œNot to the humans?â€ he said. â€œSo she does it to other Kithreiri?â€
â€œRarely, because it’s hard to set up,â€ Xeria said. â€œAnd not at the moment as far as I know, but yes it’s not unknown. She’s been caught a few times as well, but no one has had the strength to dislodge her for it.â€
â€œDo you know how she does it?â€ Indaturan asked.
Xeria shook her head again. â€œNo, except that Adrian-alran is right that she needs the reference alive, and only Dialdra and Medarian could do it. I suspect the boy who ran was actually Medarian but that’s just my surmise. The trick he pulled with that poor girl is certainly Medarian’s style.â€ She looked thoughtful. â€œBut she can’t take humans to Kithra so she must be keeping them in a pocket on Taloa.â€
â€œProbably,â€ Darya said as he returned with the Seeker’s Pendant clutched in his hand. â€œBut wherever she’s keeping her, we’ll find her.â€ He chewed on his lip. â€œDialdra is certainly not going to cooperate with my search so I’ll need Hannah and Adrian to help me. Will you?â€
â€œYes!â€ Hannah said.
â€œOf course,â€ Adrian said simultaneously. â€œLet’s do it now before Xantaria kills her.â€