The Fairy Diary Day 556 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Our forays out to search for the other strand was cut short by the return of Dunfallon and Tinadell on Rayjil. Noralei on Conjil and I on Cluyjil spotted them as they came through the rift. We left off our searches and followed them into the enclosure where Merlin and Gibley waited. 

Before we could properly greet one another, Merlin separated Tinadell from the group, asking us to stay back. There with Tinadell the focus of our attention – the wizard examined him from the crown of his head to sole of his feet and then out to his very wingtips. 

Merlin then shared the substance of my dream and asked him directly if his evil self had attempted to contact him. 

Clearly, Tinadell was struck with horror at the thought and emphatically denied it. And after a moment’s further thought he asked a question himself – having heard from Dunfallon that the search was on for the strand with which he is to repair the gap – what was the current status of that search. 

I spoke up and told him we had one end but not the other. 

He turned to Merlin and said it was imperative that we find his former stone chamber for he believes the other end of the strand would have rewound into it. 

The wizard replied that it will be exceedingly difficult to find as the topography of this world has so changed. 

Day One Thousand One Hundred Forty One #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Reuben was the one who discovered the cave. He said afterwards that it was as though he was pulled into it. And I marvel that he did, for no way was the entrance visible from the path below on which we were fleeing.

And we gained its safety none too soon for otherwise the swarm of drones would have overtaken us.

And here we have stayed put through the night and all of today.  Reuben was restless and made frequent forays to take a peek around. He reported the movement of soldiers in the distance, happily, headed in the wrong direction, but was shaken to his core the last time when he spotted Moglen standing nearby, watching in silence, alone.

Day Seven Hundred Twenty #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Tomas made a couple of jaunts to our rear to head off any surprises from that quarter. Satisfied he changed his focus to the direction ahead.

In between two such forays Elijah collared him, whispered some instructions and sent him on his way.

I guessed that the thrust of their exchange had to do with the smudge that was then open to our view off to the right of our track.

I know I was curious about it.

It was quite some time before Tomas returned from his exploratory errand.

And I was correct Elijah had indeed dispatched him to discover what lay behind that ‘smudge.’

Tomas was excited. He wanted the Captain to return with him for a look.