We arrived at what we believe to be the passage through this endless barrier of islands and shallow water. All indications – the voice from Dunfallon’s ring – my pendants- and the seers stone – agreed that this is the way we are to go.
This time Gibley took Conjil up and scouted ahead. Upon his return the goblin pronounced the middle of the channel adequate for the passage of our vessel. He also reported a strange reflection on the face of the water – a series of rungs on a ladder that continued up the expanse of the sky.
Merlin sprang up at this news and called for Conjil to be harnessed to the ship. And said simply, “We are going up!”
Gibley and Noralei saw to that task. And Dunfallon went to check on his “army.”
I do believe that Conjil divined what was expected of her, and submitted readily.
Captain Goff pointed the ship into the channel with the help of Rumble and me. Gibley atop Conjil went over the side and they swam to the front. And like the time before with the wagons, the wizard waved his staff and the dragon and the ship slipped from the water and rose into the sky on the ethereal ladder which we could then see was a flow of water cascading down from above.
A cry came from behind us, “Wait ! Take me too!”
It was Nora the water horse. And Merlin with Noralei’s help roped him along side.
We passed through some rain, then a cloud, and then an absolute deluge before surfacing upon another vast ocean.