I’m standing on a stony riverbank, looking across a wide pool of almost still water. Facing me are trees of every type, reaching and pushing through each other as they cling to the cliff-side. To one side a slender wisp of smoke curls into the bright white air and vanishes.
Eoran is next to me, blinking again and again in the overwhelming skylight, and I notice he is also looking straight across the water, his eyes widening as sounds of laughter drift from the opposite bank. There is movement: pale limbs and hair, distant figures barely clad or naked, splashing and diving.
A hand falls on my shoulder and I turn to see Merod, her face full of joy.
“Isn’t it wonderful?” she whispers.
“What do you mean?” I reply, unsure of what is happening.
“They’re just like us, except they’re not. Look at them, listen to them!”
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