I actually woke up pleasantly for a change. No people stood watching me. I was alone. It was nice, sort of. It did remind me that most of what I cared from was back home, far from here. But I would be going home soon. My task was almost done. I dressed slowly, feeling my muscles slide over each other, I’ve always loved that feeling when you first wake up and stretch yourself out. My stomach rumbled in protest at the lack of food it had received in the very busy last few days. Sadly, I couldn’t eat this early in the day. I felt slightly sick just thinking about it. Midday would be fine; I didn’t feel weak from hunger just yet.
I walked down the hall to the stairs adjusting my sword’s harness; it hung ever so slightly off balance that took a bit of settling.
I found Brendon seated in the chair at the end of the hall, not doing anything as far as I could see, he didn’t even notice me. His burning eyes were fixed on something beyond my sight.
I didn’t push it, he could be doing anything in the strange places in his head, sharing mind and body with a god has to do odd things to a man.
I carried on down to the main hall; I really needed to pick a name for it. I pushed that aside with a small mental shrug.
Orb and Telsan were discussing something, but both stopped when I reached the desk.
“Morning Tristan I trust you slept well?”
“I did, there was clearly nothing that needed my attention. Did you sleep well?”
“I didn’t sleep; there was too much that needed organising for our departure.”
“All the current needs are accounted for; I have been formulating plans for growth and development. The stone in this area is perfect for enchantment and warding. It is a valuable resource that we can transport between the duchies, depending on the infrastructure. My knowledge of current development plans throughout the duchies is incomplete; I will request an update once my connection is solid. It will be another mark or so.”
“Thank you Orb, do you have a designation yet? I feel uncomfortable just addressing you as Orb, I knew another and I would like you to have a name if possible.”
“I’m the Nelar Orb, any further designation will be granted by my master.”
“Alright, orb it is for now.”
“Telsan, what has been done in my absence?” I asked.
I was told in excruciating detail everything that had been done, with interjections and updates from orb where relevant.
The sun slanting through the windows crawled down the walls, shifting the few shadows. I found my gaze drawn again and again to the changing light marking the movement of time. It crawled by.
“My connection is firm, I can reach for the Westhaven orb now if you wish.”
“Please. I need to speak to Jase.”
“Give me a moment.”
The ball of light flickered through most of the colours of the rainbow before settling on a yellow that was nearly golden.
“Tristan are you there? I can’t see you.” Jase’s voice sounded worried.
“I’m here; Nelar is a part of the duchies now.”
Jase’s chuckle echoed through the room. “Of course you succeeded, never doubted you for an instant. Well in that case come home as soon as you can, I have two very concerned redheads and a stone boy waiting for you. Bring the others if you can.”
“We need to leave someone in charge here, this orb needs a master apparently.”
“That is correct master Jase.”
“Right you are, well Telsan do you want the job, raising to senior? I will confirm it with Velar but I doubt he will have any issues.”
“Jase, I don’t want the job but I will take it as a short term post. But only until someone more qualified can be sent.”
“Very well. That should be fine.”
“Jase, how can I come home? Rysan sent me here to die, it was an exile.”
“It was, but a funny thing happened while you were away. I had a word with a friend of mine, he checked out your story about Selac Freant, he had been abusing the people for a long time, and Rysan was in on it. Rysan is no longer in Westhaven; he has been recalled to Greenlaw to answer charges in front of the wizards. You are free to come home.”
I was speechless, grateful beyond words that Jase had risked his position and possibly his life to bring Rysan to justice. I finally found my voice.
“I will be home once my duty is done.”
“Good man. Is there anything you want passing to the girls and Airis?”
“Just tell them… tell them I love them and will be home soon.”
“I will. Telsan you are in command. Nelar Orb Mage Telsan is your master until he is relieved. Is that understood?”
“Then farewell all. May the heart bless you.”
Jase’s voice faded away then, the connection severed.
I was going home.