“You must find having to go to school very boring,” Andrew said. “Now you have your memories, at least.”
Darlrydan chuckled and shook his head. “Not at all. I enjoy learning new things and scientific knowledge has moved on a lot. If circumstances allow, I’m going to go to University and study physics.” He gave a sigh. “But I have a feeling I might have to keep my attention on Caredale and whatever Xantaria is up to.â€
â€œThat would be a pity,â€ Sarah tutted to herself. â€œI’m sure that we can figure out some way for you to do both.â€
Darlrydan tilted his head at her. â€œThat would be nice, but I’m surprised you trust me.â€
To Andrew’s surprise Sarah just laughed at that. â€œOh, I can probably throw you further than I trust you, but I don’t think you’re malicious and I know I’d rather have you as an ally than an enemy.â€
â€œAh, I see.â€ Darlrydan looked amused. â€œThat’s wise of you. I hope one day you’ll find me worthy of trusting as well.â€
â€œMaybe,â€ Sarah said. â€œWhy don’t most of your peers trust you?â€
â€œThat’s a fair question,â€ he said. â€œI think it’s a combination of my interest in Earth and the last time I went into descent.â€ He gave a sudden shudder. â€œI wouldn’t blame them if it was that. Such a pathetic thing to go overboard about.â€
Sarah shuddered too. â€œOverenthusiastic experiments?â€
â€œThat’s one way of putting it,â€ he said. â€œAnd with much less reason than what you did at Caerdu. I was just frustrated by a puzzling shift in the mabain flows that I couldn’t pin down the reason for. Fortunately it didn’t last long because Ind came to visit and smashed me around until I snapped out of it. It’s an agreement we have.â€ He shuddered again. â€œIt’s a miracle no one died.â€
â€œOh, is that how you managed to drop half your territory and a chunk of Alaryia’s into the undersea?â€ They all turned to see Takilyan standing in the doorway. â€œThough I concur; it was a miracle no one died.â€
â€œIt wasn’t half my territory and I reformed it all,â€ Darlrydan said defensively. â€œI paid compensation to Alaryia as well.â€
â€œYes but when most of us go into descent we might kill some people. You managed to disintegrate an entire geographical region.â€ There was no venom in Takilyan’s voice. â€œThat doesn’t speak to your reliability.â€
â€œDid you ever find out what causing the mabain shifts?â€ Sarah asked curiously.
He shook his head. â€œNot really. I have a working theory but no way to test it safely.â€ He looked at Takilyan. â€œYou’ve come about my message?â€
â€œYes,â€ Takilyan said. â€œYou’re right; there were ways to deal with situations like the one with Huldre but none of them really apply directly, since they’ll need Likadrian to agree to them.â€
â€œWhich would mean waiting sixteen years and hoping he’s reformed?â€ Sarah sighed.
â€œYes,â€ Takilyan said. â€œThe best and kindest thing to do might be to keep Huldre in suspension until that happens and then decide what to do. How close is the egg to hatching?â€
â€œClose, I think,â€ Sarah said. â€œI know the egg won’t hatch here but I have a feeling he’s close.â€
â€œLet me see?â€ Takilyan said. Sarah frowned for a moment then handed over the bag. He took the egg out and looked at it. â€œYes,â€ he said finally. â€œThe next day or so by the looks of it. That’s quick.â€
â€œUgh! I wasn’t thinking it would be so soon,â€ Sarah said. â€œI’ll have to get some baby things, then.â€ She looked over at the others. â€œWe should go back soon. I need to check on Kayleigh anyway.â€
A/N: If you didn’t see I’ve started posting Haventon book 2. It will update sporadically on Thursdays as I complete chapters.