Tarron laid a hand on Moonsprite’s neck. ‘She will come with me.’
Sinead began to protest, but the elderly elf spoke: ‘The challenge is for you alone. Fear not, she will be safe.’ Tarron whispered in Moonsprite’s ear and the unicorn whinnied softly.
‘The Hound will accompany you.’ Tarron removed the great beast’s leach. The Hound stood up and shook himself.
‘The Prophesy Book!’ Sinead reached for Moonsprite’s saddlebag.
‘It will be of no help to you in the Great Maze,’ said Tarron. ‘Now go.’
The Hound at her side, Sinead stepped through the archway. The chamber lit up before them. People were feasting, there was music and laughter. Someone led her to a table and gave her meat and bread; people nodded and smiled. The Hound was given food too. Sinead ate with relish but the Hound didn’t touch his bowl. As she slipped into unconsciousness, she realised why.
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