“The birth is not long off, then.” She sighed, and looked down at Zarrek, then back to Elezar. “We cannot carry both him and your k’haarana.”
“How are we going to get out of here?” Elezar grumbled. “This crypt is dozens of levels deep underground.”
“I can get us out,” she assured him. “Come to me.”
Elezar began to protest, but when Sallah double over in pain and told him to give her a chance, he pulled her up and took her over to Starshine’s side. Their little boy followed close to his father’s heels. Once everyone was gathered around her, the young Starr let the expanses of her wings envelope them. She began to glow once again, chanting words in her own language all the while.
The glow spread into a sphere of light that soon surrounded them, and then brightened. It seemed to twinkle now and then, as though starlight sparkled right there in the crypt. Eventually the light was too bright for them to be able to see, and they felt as though they were floating. When the sense of weightlessness subsided, and the light began to fade, Elezar was surprise by the first of his surroundings that he was able to see.
“We… How did we get outside?” He stared down at the gravel beneath his feet, and the grass that grew alongside it. “I recognize this road… it’s the one that leads to my village.”
Starshine gave him a weak smile. “I could not get us any closer than this, I am afraid.”
She looked down at Zarrek, who now trembled on the ground, still bleeding and unable to stand, let alone walk to the village. Bazalus was gone now; she had been unable to carry him along with the others, and she only hoped that he was safely back in the Abyss and not lost to her prince. It was just as well, as Zarrek did not seem to be strong enough to send him off properly.
“Do not sound so disappointed,” Elezar told her. It was incredible that you got us this far. How can you do that?”
“I am Starr,” was all that she could answer him.
There was shouting then, from further up the road. Several men with torches were running towards them. Elezar straightened and called out to them, and the first one stopped and waved to the others.
“It’s the chief!?” he called out. “Hurry up, Elezar is back!”
Hearing that his villagers had recognized him, Elezar gave a long sigh of relief. He looked down at Starshine, too lost for words to say anything to her, yet wanting to say a great deal. Instead, he remained silent, and let Sallah brace herself against him as a contraction overcame her. He had a baby to think about now everything else would have to wait.