I rose to my feet and studied her for a moment.
"Why did he tell you these things?" I asked.
She drew in a deep breath and released it before replying, "I think he just wanted us to remember that why we act can be as important, and even moreso, than the acts themselves."
She lay her hand on my arm, saying softly, "We act to change the future, not the past."
I smiled at her, putting my hand over hers.
"I know we do."
For the rest of the evening, before we saw to our rest, we took in some of the beauty that we endeavored to save. And we wished for ourselves wise discretion, to know how best to serve in that role...
We awoke early the next morning and gathered our things for the journey ahead. We consulted with Dilath over the best path to take through the wetlands.
"There is drier land to the east than on this side of the marsh," she said. "But there are more creatures that way as well. There are even some trolls rumored to live in the caves near the glade to the southeast.
I looked over the map for a moment. "I am not sure we will be able to take the western side without swimming, though. I think we had best head eastward."
Deverell agreed, so we made ready for the journey and said our farewells to the everyone in the refuge.
It was not easy to leave, but the time had come.
We headed eastward, skirting the northern edge of the water, with the hope of finding passage southward on the other side.
We came across more solid footing as we crossed over, and trees began to mingle with the marsh grasses and flora.