As she approached, the Wizard of Crystonia smiled down at her, causing the wrinkles at the sides of his penetrating blue eyes to deepen.
“I have been waiting for you to return,” Carling said quietly.
“I know you have, my dear. But I wanted you to continue with your training.”
Carling nodded. “Am I ready for my next quest?”
“Yes. I think you are.” As he said this the Wizard smiled and rubbed his beard. Carling scratched her head. She was sure his beard had been long and gray the first time she met him. She also noticed that his cheeks became even more prominent when he smiled. He was very handsome in a fatherly sort of way, a fact not lost on Carling.
Suddenly his face froze and he looked beyond her in the direction that the Centaurs had gone. “Step inside the cave. Quickly!” With a swish of his cape, Vidente disappeared and darkness returned to the interior of the cavern.
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