Everything was settled. Mabon was glad Bjorke was so good at planning. She even had arranged a boat for them. She would meet her momma and the twins in Menethil, and they would leave from there. There was just one more stop she needed to make, one last person to say goodbye to.
As she made her way through Ironforge, she kept thinking over what was happening. It was like a nightmare come true. By the time she reached the Inn where Ander was staying, she was sobbing. She raced up to his room and pounded on the door.
“Mabon! What’s wrong?” He gently pulled her in the room and closed the door.
She took a few gulps to try to catch her breath, but was unsuccessful. She flung herself at him, wrapping her arms around his neck, sobbing on his chest. He held her close, stroking her hair, waiting for her to tell him.
“They.. they… “ she stammered, “They want to take my babies! They are too young to train.. and he says they have to go… and they just learned how to walk… and he says they have a destiny… and it’s just so horrible!”
Ander was hopelessly confused by the jumble of words. “Who wants to take your babies?”
Mabon looked up at him, her face wet with tears. “The Keepers of Time. They want the twins to start training with them.”
Still confused, Ander wiped a tear from her cheek. “Slow down, Mabon. Start at the beginning.”
She took a deep breath, and let it out slowly. “The twins, Arminas and Finnall, have a Destiny to fulfill. The Keepers of Time want to take them to start training for it. Kel says they have to go, that it’s what’s for the best.”
“How old are they?”
“They just started walking! They are just babies!”
“And he says they should go? They should be with their mother.”
Mabon nodded. “That’s what I told him! But he says they have to go!”
“What are you going to do?”
“I’m taking them away. I won’t let my babies go. I’m leaving today.” She looked up at him. “I didn’t want to leave without seeing you.”
“I’ll come with you. I’ll do everything I can to keep you all safe.” He smiled at her.
“I can’t ask you to give up your life for us!” she protested, still in his arms.
“Haven’t you figured it out yet? I came back for you. I love you, Mabon. I always have.”
Mabon tilted her head, trying to figure him out. “You’ve never said that to me before.”
“I was young and foolish when I left. I didn’t realize how I felt until it was too late. But I’m not losing you again. When do we leave?”