Rumble and I passed a miserable night waiting and hoping to see our friends again. Several times I nearly gave in to Rumble’s plea and summoned Merlin. But oddly I felt restrained from doing so by a sense that I cannot put into words.
I did, however, compose a message to the High Fairy. And at the moment I finished it Dunfallon returned.
He was disconsolate. He dismissed his eagle without a word of praise for its efforts. Something not at all like our pixie.
When we pressed him for details as to what happened, he only said that he also lost sight of Noralei soon after he started his pursuit. He followed the stream as it became a river, all the way to a large body of water into which it flowed. And he exhausted himself chasing thousands of flashes of silver churning the waters there. All to no avail.
Then at the urging of my pendant I announced that we were going to press on to that body of water.