After he had taken his leave of Robyn, who began walking back with Lawnslod, Nomis turned to say goodbye to Gludog. He was surprised to feel a great sense of loss at the parting. After all, he had barely become acquainted with this likeable young Coblyn, and he could not understand why he should suddenly feel so. Clearly, Gludog felt the same way. Their eyes met with the puzzled question that remained unspoken.
“We do all hope you’ll come back and see us again soon,” Gludog managed in a relatively normal voice that hid what Nomis could sense he was really feeling.
“I’ll most certainly try,” Nomis replied in a similar fashion, but first checking that Lawnslod and Robyn had moved back towards the entrance, added in a quieter voice for Gludog’s benefit alone: “I’m as puzzled as you, my friend. Nevertheless, I have a strong feeling that our destinies are linked together in some way. You also have the power of Gallael and that’ll unite us wherever we are. Think of me, as I will of you.” Nomis gave the startled Gludog a quick handshake and left without turning to look back.
Gludog just stood and stared after him. Neither one understood what had happened, but knew that a close bond had developed quite unexpectedly, and that it would endure, even if they never saw each other again. Gludog turned to follow his retreating companions once Nomis was lost in the undergrowth by the inside curtain wall of the castle. There were no Dynols around and Gludog sensed that there were no castle cats about, so his new friend should be quite safe for some time.
Nomis did not trust himself to wave a last farewell. His practical good sense seemed to have deserted him. Why on earth should he feel so sad at this particular parting?
His thoughts turned to the events of the last three-quarters of a day. So much had happened since his peculiar experiences with Pelydryn. Was it really his father in the dream or whatever it was he had had? … Or had he simply imagined the whole thing after all? He had visualised many different events that could have happened to his parents, yet never one so detailed before, particularly during periods of uncertainty in his life.