...I will stay its course and see it through, to whatever end may come...
Finally, we came to the path leading to the homesteads. The day was nearing its end, but there was much yet to be done.
...it was time to regather the things I had packed away upon my return home two months before, perhaps for one last time...
"Be patient, girl," I soothed Dandi. "One more night, and we are off again."
The landscape in which we live is, in many ways, mirrored by the landscape of our hearts. All things are connected, and the power we have within ourselves to effect or not effect change in our surroundings simply cannot be overstated.
For every terror that lurks somewhere in the deep places of the world, there also lies a fear deep in the hearts of one or many of us that keeps us from fighting it. For every evil that wages war upon the Free Peoples, there is a shadow of doubt that has shrouded the heart of one or many that keeps them still and safe.
By conquering those terrors, we not only make the world safer for others, but we also reclaim a small piece of ourselves that had been lost to us. Our hearts are that much more our own, and we take a small step closer toward becoming who we were meant to be.