What? Daniel twisted around to look down towards the hill. But he…
Oh, I don’t think he works for Xantaria, Fellaria said. Rather the opposite, actually. He feels like one of the rebels. He’s certainly been on Taloa for a very long time, anyway.
So you think he’s on our side? Andrew asked. Should we out him?
I think he probably is, she said. If he is a rebel then he certainly– She broke off as Naria interrupted.
He’s a rebel, Naria said. He just spoke to me. He says he’s on our side and he suspects what we’re planning as well. I didn’t reply. Do you want me too?
Or he says he’s a rebel at least, Daniel muttered. He could be lying. I don’t think we should out him though. He’s been arguing in our favour, we don’t need them thinking he’s an enemy.
And he might be telling the truth, Andrew said. This is complicated. We need to talk to Dad and the others, see what they think. But can we afford to wait?
No, Naria said. Not if we’re to pull off rescuing those kids as well. We need to get started if we’re to stop them. I’ll start circling around and knocking the soldiers out. Hopefully he won’t interfere. Can you send an imp to your father and tell him what we’ve found?
Yes, of course, Andrew replied.
Daniel-idan, I’m relying on you to keep us hidden. She banked down and started circling the hill. For a long moment nothing seemed to happen but then the soldiers who were getting ready to move out started slumping in their vehicles or falling over where they stood. The civil servant who had still been arguing with the brigadier also slumped to the ground but, unsurprisingly, the brigadier himself seemed unaffected. Some of the other soldiers seemed to have realised what was happening as well and shaken off the effect. One of them staggered up to the brigadier and spoke to him. As he replied to the young man the brigadier turned and quite clearly looked at Naria as Andrew sent his imp shooting towards the school, though he covered it as looking around.
He just complimented me on my control. Naria sounded surprised. He says I should go and deal with the other nests quickly because he won’t be able to stop them learning it’s resistible.
â€œThat’s odd.â€ Alexandra was once again monitoring the group who had flown out. â€œNothing seems to have gone wrong – at least Naria is knocking out the troops well enough – but Andrew just sent an imp flying in our direction. I wonder what’s happening that I can’t see?â€
â€œIt’s not far so we’ll find out soon enough.â€ Indeed even as Matthias spoke the ice imp came flying through the wall and hovered in from of him. He absorbed it and his eyebrows shot up. â€œWell, that’s unexpected.â€
â€œWhat is it, Dad?â€ Lydia asked. â€œMore trouble?â€
â€œNo… well maybe.â€ He frowned quietly. â€œI’m honestly not sure.â€ He showed everyone the imp’s message. â€œWhat do you think?â€
â€œI think we have to be cautious,â€ Alexandra said. â€œBut it looks like we have another ally.â€
â€œWe should send out someone who can look after themselves if attacked to talk to him,â€ Kane said. â€œSeems like a job for one of the Keefes to me. They’ve always been our diplomats.â€
â€œNot a bad idea,â€ Alexandra said. â€œBut what about the other part of the mission?â€
â€œWe can spare a couple of people,â€ Lucas said. â€œI’d suggest sending me and Jason, and maybe Lyrrekka and Kenna since we could do with a unicorn there…â€ He hesitated. â€œExcept we probably do need them at the rescue. Well, this is a problem.â€
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