Lukus strapped the last of their gear onto Shimmer's panniers and turned to Soraya as she finished burying the coals with sand. "You reckon it would be too much trouble to send a message globe to Mother and Grandfather to let them know that we're safe?" he said over the giggles of Daniel and Ariel as they each grabbed one of his ankles. "It's been a very long time since we fled Oilean Gairdin."
Soraya stood up and brushed the dirt from her skirts. "I'm sure they could do with one less worry," she said, looking about. "Since it'll be a while before we're ready to leave here, why don't we go find Great-Grandfather right now? I'd bet he has time.
Lukus scooped up a squirming and giggling Daniel and Ariel in each arm, blew a raspberry on each dirty little tummy and fell into stride behind the prettiest young lady in the whole wide world, off to find Neron. By the time Lukus was swinging his leg over Starfire's saddle whistling Pigeon on the Gate, the message globe was hurtling over the Great Barrier Mountains like a shot.
Ch 40, The Burgeoning
Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phipps