Merlin arrived this morning- just before Dunfallon, Noralei and Herblas touched down on Conjil. The wizard was all business. He breezed on past for a minute inspection of the repository. (Feeling snubbed I wondered if I should have sent an apology to him also).
Dunfallon and Noralei kept my attention off of those thoughts by filling me in about what the pixie had learned from Willie. The Wisp was not agitated as originally described, but gleefully boastful about being released soon. He crowed that his master was coming. And that soon we all would be dead or in thrall to the Dark One.
(Thus I do believe I misread Merlin’s attitude – he was not snubbing me but motivated by a sense of urgency).
And so it proved when he gathered us together. He thanked me for making it possible for us to respond sooner to the pending danger. He announced that of those present – Noralei, Dunfallon, Gibley, Herblas and myself will go.
All three dragons are to go also. He and the High Fairy will guard the Crack of Doom, as soon as his excellency returns from Laguayil with Navril, who will be the sixth member of our party.
In the meantime we went about what preparations we could.