Before settling in last night I wrote out a new message to the High Fairy, asking his advice in this situation. I felt so uneasy about those who will not return to their farms. Yet who am I to oppose them? Nimrood had not included a command to do so in his proclamation. Just a notice that all was now safe to return.
I must resolve this soon for as Merlin has been so clear our presence is required elsewhere.
I was so glad and relieved to receive an answer from his excellency this morning.
He stated that since we are not their rulers we are safe to allow them to choose their course. Yet he cryptically added that I must warn them that there will be consequences in the near future and they will be forced to return.
I was on my way to relay this message to Cawthrup when an uproar broke out among the humans.
As their agitation died down I was able to learn that someone or something had rounded up all their livestock and took them away.
I felt thwarted all over again as I felt I could not give them the other message in this instance. Instead I offered to help them recover their animals.