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“Possibly.” Sonia frowned quietly. “It strikes me that those times were likely very brutal.”
Darlydan gave her an amused look. “And you don’t think the modern world is brutal? Take it from me, there may be less blood but in other ways it’s just as bad, if not worse.”
Sonia gave him an obviously skeptical look but didn’t challenge him. He chuckled and shook his head.
“Don’t worry, I do recall it was something to avoid executing the innocent party so I doubt it will offend your scruples.
Sonia frowned at him a moment before finally nodding. “Okay, I’ll accept that. It can’t do any harm to hear what it is.”
“I thought you’d say that.” He created an imp and sent it flying off. “How’s the boy you were bringing here?”
“Recovering, but it will be slow,” Adrian said.
“You know about that?” Sonia asked simultaneously.
“Of course.” He gave a warm smile. “I was with Ind when Adrian-alran’s message arrived.â€
â€œAh,â€ Sonia said. â€œI see.â€ She hesitated noticeably. â€œSince you live in Caredale, I should probably warn you that we’re sending Hannah and her father to there to see what’s happening. Kayleigh too, but she’ll be convalescing. He’ll be teaching at the school.â€
Dalrydan gave an half smile. â€œThat’s probably not a bad idea, for Kayleigh especially. And I do get the feeling something is going to happen there. But tell me, was it Sophie Ashbourne’s idea?â€
â€œYou know about her?â€ Sonia asked.
â€œI’m aware of her, yes,â€ he said. â€œHer daughter is a couple of years younger than me. It was her idea, wasn’t it?â€
â€œIt was,â€ Sonia confirmed. â€œHannah will be in the Sixth Form.â€
â€œSame as me then, though I suspect I’m a year ahead of her as well.â€ Dalrydan said. â€œI’ll be doing A-levels next summer. Is it true the school will be re-opening a week early?â€
â€œYeah, the government thinks it will help settle things down.â€ Sonia said.
â€œAh, I’ll have to stop spending so much time here then,â€ he said. â€œI’m not sure that’s going to work though.â€
â€œProbably not, but it’s worth a try,â€ Sonia said.
â€œIt is.â€ He turned and bowed politely as Sarah entered the cavern. â€œSarah-alra.â€
â€œDalrydan-mirian.â€ Sarah inclined her head.
â€œHow’s Alison?â€ Sonia asked.
â€œShe’s doing really well and her heart friend is nearly healed. They’ve even got her out of stasis and conscious.â€ She gave Dalrydan a look. â€œShe says she’s one of your renegades?â€
â€œReally?â€ His eyebrows shot up. â€œIt’s possible. There were several raids while I was in transition that might have captured her. I’ll check with Arilya; she’s my second and will have the names of the lost.â€ He scowled. â€œI really need to give Shalriya a good kicking to put her off doing that again. It won’t do to be worrying about next time I need to transition.â€
â€œOoh, can I help with that?â€ Sarah said. Then, when he gave her an odd look, she grinned at him. â€œI realy hate that yellow bitch for what she did at Caerdu.â€
â€œAh,â€ he said. â€œUnderstandable. And if you don’t mind the risk, I’d be happy for the help. It’ll need to be in the next few days, though. Apparently I need to go back to school next week.â€