"We're going to take you back to the gathering spot where you and I are going to have a little chat", Ellen whispered. "You are holding something back and I want to know what it is."
They walked toward Ellen's air sled and Tobal suddenly remembered his package in the woods.
"Wait here", he shouted "I'll be right back" and he ran into the woods to retrieve the rest of his things.
Ellen was on the air sled waiting when he ran back up and climbed on behind her. The three air sleds sped into the night toward the gathering spot.
Several hours later the sun was coming up. There was a fire blazing in the fireplace of one of the log buildings at the gathering spot and two Masters were standing guard outside the door as Ellen finished questioning Tobal. She absent mindedly pushed his parent's things toward him and indicated that he should pick them up.
"I don't know what to do", she murmured softly. "There is no doubt in my mind that these things truly belong to you and that you should have them. If they had belonged to my parents I know I would want to have them. I am now also inclined to believe the rogues were somehow able to follow you. Perhaps they do have monitors. That would explain why we rarely see any of them. They would know when we are in the area and would hide."
She turned a puzzled expression toward Tobal, "But that would also mean they are not from the village to the west of here. That village is totally primitive and has no technology. These rogues must be coming from somewhere else and they are interested in what you found at the lake. This might be very dangerous and your life might be in danger, all our lives might be in danger and we don't know from who.
I suggest we keep this quiet for now and don't talk to anyone else about it."
"I need to talk with Rafe about it", Tobal protested. "He already knows something is out there and so does Melanie. She was with me when we first found the gathering spot at the waterfall. I don't want them to be in danger too!"
Ellen sighed, "Well, I will have to trust your judgement in this. Don't talk to anyone unless you really trust them ok?"
Tobal nodded, "I wasn't going to anyway", he chuckled. "I wasn't even going to tell you until you cornered me about it." He didn't mention the slender silvery wand that was hidden safely in his pack.