I did rest before our departure. It was peaceful and calm. In some measure due I am sure to the kindness of Merlin. A shadow passed over me just prior to waking, or may even had caused me to waken.
I was confronted by a tunnel with the sound of air rushing through it – endlessly droning. And a gripping cold squeezed my heart.
I was so glad to wake up and shake it off.
Then I remembered Noralei’s concern that we guard our minds on the other side. And I donned my breastplate and took up once again my three pendants.
I shall not remove them while in the Land of Darkness.
The dragons were alert and ready, chomping at their bits in their excitement to be off.
I was the last to take my place. They all watched me as I mounted Cluyjil behind Gibley. In unison we signaled our readiness to Merlin and the High Fairy. Then, Gibley and Cluyjil led us up into the sky through the covering clouds.
There before us was a shining moon with a rainbow circled round it. Gibley pointed his dragon towards it and blew the whistle.
Rayjil and her riders to my left faded from view – then Conjil and hers on my right. And last of all us. The rainbow reached out to us and darkened the deeper we went. The rush of wind, its source to the front of us, sucked us in.
At the end we flew through our own reflection into the Land of Darkness. When we landed it was by the edge of a crater – a crater so vast, we could not see the other side.
We looked to Noralei and from its edge we followed her down into the well.