I stirred the remaining glowing embers as the Sun crested the horizon. I felt refreshed after the best night’s sleep I had had in what felt like forever. No aches, no pains.
“Because of Gaia.”
I turned, startled. I had not heard Master Linus return, so deep was I in my contemplations.
“For a Little Sparrow, you snore like a bear.”
I giggled at his light heartedness. It was true what he said though.
“Master Linus, what happened yesterday?”
“You connected, Little Sparrow. Did it scare you?”
“I felt no fear, Master Linus. Shock. Surprise. Wonder. No fear.”
“Look at the fire, Little Sparrow. When last was it fed?”
I looked and saw it burning strong again. My stockpile of dry firewood remained as it had two days ago. Yet the campfire hadn't gone out.
My mind reeled. My heart raced. The grasses began to stir and the whispering wind grew loud once more.
“Make it stop! Please Master Linus! Make it stop!”
I couldn't hear his reply. I struggled to read his lips. The whispering grew louder and more insistent.
All of a sudden, I could make out a word within the whisper.
The word became two.
My Child. Welcome.
I squeezed my eyes closed, listening to the whisper.
My Child. Welcome home.
When I opened my eyes everything looked wrong. It was when I looked down I realised why. I was 2 feet in the air.
That's when I passed out.