Mara snorted in response. They were quiet for a moment. Kaze danced around them
and between them, calmer now, but still fretting over Mara. She reached down and plucked
a piece of the grass, and began toying with it idly. Then she spoke again.
"I take it that you're not human either then. So, Joshua, are you going to tell me?"
"It's rather remarkable, Mara, that you managed to wander here to this pond. You were
sleeping a good twenty miles away, and this is the only source of water in a hundred mile
radius. It's hidden between hills, but you found it unerringly, with the help of Kaze. Do you
understand why Kaze can 'speak' to you, or how he is able to look after you?" Joshua
"No, and don't change the subject Joshua."
"Alright, alright, I will start from the beginning. Mara, you accused the King of
forgetfulness, and of refusing to keep an eye on his subjects. When He graciously brought
you into His presence, you were given a punishment for your hubris, yes? The exact words
were: 'I am sending you to a new place Mara, and you will be take the role that you thought
I abandoned.' and 'You will take one of my roles, and I will guide you. When you
understand me with your mind, and soul, and inmost heart, then I will bring you home.'.
You are sitting in that new place, this infant world, and it is here that you will fulfill your
new role. I am here to guide you."
"Wait, Joshua, I remember everything about that meeting, the King said that he would
guide me. You're clearly a different person. And what does Kaze have to do with taking on
some role I don't even understand?"
Joshua stood and brushed himself clean of the clinging dirt. He looked over and down at
Mara, who was calmly meeting his gaze now. Joshua offered a hand to Mara, replying:
"Walk with me, and I will show you."