people. He was both stunned and delighted to be able to meet his real father. With those mixed emotions many questions crowded into his mind, as usual.
“I’d been told that no-one knew anything about either of my parents, only that I’d been left as a foundling at the northern entrance of the Great Tower. I’m so glad to have finally found you, Father. This is a lovely place. I’m sure I’ll get used to being so different in size.” Aurwyn and Pelydryn exchanged a silent worried look, which Nomis didn’t notice as he happily continued.
“Anyway, the Elfins took me in to the Orphanage in the heart of the Elfin Quarter, and looked after me. Other than the clothes I was wrapped in, the only things I possessed were this golden talisman around my neck and a parchment scroll, explaining my circumstances. The scroll contained details of my date and time of birth, and the name that I was to be known by. I’d been told that there was a small pouch of golden coins such as the Tylwyth Teg used of old, left with me. This was supposed to purchase an apprenticeship with the herbmaster, Master Hiral, when I was twenty-three years old. Was that really your wish, Father? The parchment said that both of my parents had met with an unfortunate set of accidents and had passed from this world. I’d been left in the care of my father’s … your … old nurse, but that she felt too frail to look after me properly. Was she really your nurse, Father?”
“That she was. Ah! My son, it was a sad time for us all. Please forgive us for that which we were forced to do to thee.” Aurwyn seemed to have caught Nomis’ muddled feelings about the circumstances surrounding his early months.
“Does that mean that my mother is really dead too?” Nomis said with a tremble in his voice but he managed to continue bravely. “Somehow I’ve always had the feeling that she wasn’t, and that she would come for me one day, despite what the parchment attached to me said.” Nomis’ world had just been turned upside down; yet, he still clung to the one reassuring hope that had always been with him.