Valeria entered the gym with the young woman who was taking her and Salia to where the non-combatants were going to hide in time to hear the discussion they were having. She reached out and laid a hand on her guide’s shoulder.
“You need a unicorn?” she asked.
“Yes,” Matthias said. “But both Dan and Lyr are needed at the rescue, so we can’t use Ebona or Kenna.”
“It’s a problem for you but not an insurmountable one,” Valeria said. “I can find a unicorn who’ll be willing to help if you’ll gate us to the Storm Palace. Several if you want but you probably only need one.”
“Oh, would you, Val? That’d be wonderful of you.”
“Of course I will,” she said. “I want to help.â€ She paused. â€œI’ll take Salia with me as well.”
“Well the Storm Palace is probably even safer than Scilly and you have been gone a while,” Matthias agreed. “You probably should get back.”
“I left Rai and Tonara in charge – they know what they are doing and Dariad’s been keeping an eye out for things they can’t handle for me,” she replied. “My people don’t need micromanaging.â€ She looked over at Salia who was already hugging Amy goodbye. â€œGood girl.â€
â€œI’ll come and see you soon, Amy,â€ Salia said. â€œI’m sure mummy will let me.â€ She hugged Amy again then ran over to Valeria and took her hand.
â€œWe don’t have much time,â€ Matthias said. â€œSo let’s go.â€ He opened a gate to the Storm Palace and led them through it.
Valeria immediately headed to the throne and lifted the lockdown before calling for one of her Unicorn subjects to attend her. Only moments later a beautiful golden mare with a horn of crackling lightning galloped up and bowed her head.
â€œHow may I serve you, my Queen?â€
â€œAh! Procella,â€ Valeria said. â€œHow do you feel about humans? Because I have a task for you but it involves going to Gaia and helping Matthias for a day or so.â€
â€œI don’t mind humans.â€ Procella turned to Matthias. â€œWhat do you need me to do?â€
â€œJust tell us if a potential ally is dealing honestly with us and reassure him we are with him,â€ Matthias said. â€œIt should be only for this evening. Kenna and Ebona should be back after that.â€
â€œAh,â€ Procella said. â€œYes, I can do that. It’ll be interesting to see what Gaia is like at least. I’m sensing some urgency as well. We need to leave immediately?â€
â€œWe do,â€ Matthias said. â€œIs that okay?â€
â€œIt is,â€ she said. â€œI don’t have a foal at the moment.â€
â€œThank you.â€ Matthias turned to Valeria. â€œLook after yourself, Val, and call us if you need us.â€ He re-opened the gate back to the school and he and Procella vanished through it.
Valeria watched him go before calling Tonara and Rai to tell her what had been happening while she was gone.
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