“What do you mean she’s gone?! How? Who?” the woman’s voice sounded panicked beneath her heavy veils.
The venthyr raised a placating hand, “She wished it and she knew the man who came for her. She assured us she would be safe.” he glanced at his companion, bidding her to confirm his statement.
The female nodded, “The woman was not happy here Sunshine, she was beginning to resemble the wraiths in the Desiccation. We could not, in good conscience, hold her against her will.” She looked pointedly at the woman, “And you were not here to say nay.”
The male spoke again, his tone matter of fact, “You knew he would come, you had been warned of such. Besides, this is no place for a living, breathing mortal. Though it crawls with Maw walkers they are not meant to reside here. We agreed to hide her for a time, that time is up.”
The woman nodded, reaching up to drag the veils from her golden hair, her blue eyes swimming with unshed tears, “I know. I just wanted to keep her here, safe from those evil people.” she swallowed back the lump in her throat, taking a deep breath and nodding, “And I will keep her safe, I will continue to watch until her enemies are dead.”
“This is not your sin Sunny, you cannot atone for something you had no hand in.”
The woman turned to look at the pair, a smile on her face, “Ah, but I have a hand in it now.”
Niviene followed Erik, content to let him lead her until she discovered that he intended to take her through Iron Forge. She stopped, hands on her hips, her chin tipped up so she could look him in the eye, “Are you daft? What makes you think the Lancasters won’t have people watching the flight masters of every major city? And what was your plan next? Take me to Duskwood?”
The sheepish look he turned away from her left her gaping, “You planned to take me on to Duskwood.” she shook her head and dropped onto a bench in the tiny inn they had stopped at. “I know this wasn’t Bragh’s plan. What about the children? Are they safe? If so, how will they remain safe if I’m there? This is insane. I refuse to put them in harm's way.” she crossed her arms over her chest and squared her shoulders, “You’d better come up with another plan. I am not going to Duskwood.”
Erik sighed and turned, muttering over his shoulder, “I’ll see what I can do.”
She nodded, and called after him, “And I want my children too!”