“It is good to see you again, Lexa. Would you do me a favor?”
“Certainly Carena, what is it?”
“Please contact Clar and let her know we are on our way back to Tana.”
“I cannot contact Clar until we are in open water,” she replied calmly.
“I do not understand. What does that have to do with your ability to contact other Celie?”
“As you know, the Assiral Plains border much of the western shore of Meena. We Celie and Echo cannot use our gifts when any part of the Assiral Plains stand between us and the one we wish to contact. Somehow the Plains prevent communication. No one knows why.”
I was surprised. “I was not aware of that.” At that moment my thoughts flashed back to part of our journey through Meena. “If that is true, then it was you who contacted Flora?” I asked thoughtfully.
“Do you speak of the gypsy?”
“Yes. She said she was visited in a dream by a woman with a hooded robe and gold wristbands and matching neckband who told her to help us. I thought it was Clar, but Clar was in Tana. That leaves you or another Celie. Since no one else but we few knew of this journey, it just occurred to me that it had to be you.”
“It was I. I used my gift to contact receptive creatures in this land in hopes that they would provide you with assistance should you encounter them. It was all I could think to do to help you and Fiera once you both left Palu,” Lexa offered serenely. “I entered the dreams of others as well, but it appears this gypsy was the only one you encountered on your journey.”
“Clar did say many would be willing to help us. I simply did not understand to what extent others would go to assist us. You have my thanks.” I was grateful and humbled by the new knowledge.
“I am glad I could be of service. I only wish I had Clar’s level of ability with entering the dreams of non-telepaths. Others may have been able to...” Lexa trailed off as Vee reappeared.
“Excuse me Healer, our evening meal is ready.” said Vee as she motioned for us to follow her.
“What a heavenly smell. Is that Captain Leky’s famous seafood stew?” I asked.
“That it is.”
We moved toward the center of the ship as the others joined us. We sat together and once again enjoyed each other’s company. The conversation turned serious as the moons began their rise in the sky. Our focus would now be on the Grotto of Aludat and the sculpture created in recognition of Laree’s great love for Mother Earth’s creatures. Fiera reported that she and Vee had created makeshift stalls for the horses. They would be collected from the stables early in the morning and once they were aboard we would set off for the western shore of Tana.
The evening was clear with a light breeze. Lexa once again graced us with the music the Celie were known for and Jada joined in with lyrics and dance. It was a perfect evening and my night ended with thanks to the grey winds for the blessings in my life.
The next morning the clip-clap of the horses’ hooves woke me as they were led aboard the ship. I dressed quickly and made my way to the stern of the ship where the horses were being boarded. The air was crisp, the first sun just cresting the horizon. What a magnificent image I witnessed as the sky went from deep reds to oranges. Then the sun tore away from the horizon and the bright yellow and green ball now floated on a soft blue background.
(This was the last peaceful day for many moon cycles. The Land of Fire lay ahead—an unknown land with unknown perils...)