old do tend to ramble on a bit, you know!”
“Well, well! So, you do possess a tongue in your head after all then! I came from a place unreachable to most; however, all, including the Dynols, will know of it eventually. Nevertheless, this knowledge will not be commonplace until the third millennium, as time is measured here. When that period comes, we will be able to mingle freely with the Dynols of the Human race without fear, as they begin to realise the truths that you will understand at this time. … Be patient. All your questions will be answered long before theirs. They will have to wait until the end of the second millennium to start receiving answers. However, for our folk, that time is now.”
Nomis felt even more confused by the being’s reply. He began to blush, suddenly aware, that he’d blurted his question out very rudely, without even greeting the stranger politely. “I … I’m s… sorry,” he stammered. He then decided that by starting again and introducing himself properly, it might help him to understand the stranger better, as he presumably would reciprocate. He drew himself up. “My name’s Nomis from the Elfin branch of the Tylwyth Teg. I live in the walls and foundations of the Great Tower of Trefdraeth Castle. This is the Elfin Quarter here behind us.”
“Yes, yes. I already know all of that and that you are twenty-five years old, and that you will not come of age for eight more years. The last two years you have spent as apprentice to Master Hiral, the most eminent of the herb masters and physicians.” The stranger smiled impatiently. “I have been travelling for a long time. I have come to this very place especially to meet you, young Nomis.”
Nomis was startled by how much he appeared to know and even more so when Pelydryn looked him up and down and then finally he had to meet the gaze of those remarkable luminous eyes. Nomis had the uncomfortable feeling that Pelydryn was looking right to the very core of his inner being trying to assess him. He didn’t have any idea why.
“Well, I think he is about ready now … Hmm, I wonder…” Pelydryn muttered to himself.
“Please sir? … Ready for what, and how exactly did you travel here, and why have you come to see me?” Nomis asked nervously all at