The woman's cool sweat rolled down her bare back as she tossed and turned in the small home in Mondrago. Her dreams were getting worse. She knew that it wasn't Helio's doing... Perhaps it was just her worry bleeding over into her dreams. Beryl was fine, but she wasn't Arnold. Helio was still with their child in angels knew where, and there was no set time frame for their return.
"Hello dear one. Do you know what you wish to be called now?" Maddox asked the same question every day, and when he shook his head she just smiled and called him something endearing in French. He had not been taken to see the Elders, but he was looking forward to the moment and was hopeful.
Maddox and Bookworm lead Arnold into the asylum, just as Canergak and Lisa were coming down the stairs. Lisa brightened, crying out his name, while the dwarf simply said, “It’s back, then?”
“Yes, and *he* is tired,” Maddox replied. “I will be caring for him as well.”