River stirred slightly, clutching the coat more tightly against her. The expression of peace that overtook her face as she settled and lost herself in deep slumber again warmed my spirit more than the griffin’s body ever could.
My heart sank a little in my chest. He wasn’t able to enter the barrier.But why not? I was accompanying him. Don’t I still have permission to enter the island?
I drew in a deep breath. It wasn’t the end of the world. We just had to fly around the boundary and make enough noise until somebody noticed and came to collect us.This idea seemed to occur to my trusty guardian before I even suggested it. Quickly recovering from the sudden stop, he launched us high into the sky—high enough to begin soaring over the island itself. He dipped down occasionally, as if testing the magical boundary that covered the island like a canopy.Hello! I began to bellow as loudly as I could. It’s River! Let me in!
Since it was early morning, I guessed that many would be asleep, but the island was filled with supernatural creatures with supernatural hearing and I doubted that it would take long for somebody to notice me and come to my aid. Besides, many of them didn’t sleep regular hours anyway, since it was always night in The Shade.I froze as a voice called out from beneath us.
It was a male voice, with a thick, Scottish accent.
I see you through the boundary, River! the voice called up to us again. This is Cameron!You need to. I’m sure you’re eager to assume control of your new holdings, but we really must determine if she’s carrying. Furthermore, if she is pregnant, a member of our committee will need to be present at the birth.
Michael felt his face go slack. I beg your pardon? he somehow managed to say.Baby switching, Lord Winston said grimly. There have been instances-
For God’s sake-It’s for your protection as much as anyone’s, Lord Winston cut in. If her ladyship gives birth to a girl, and there is no one present to witness it, what is to stop her from switching the babe with a boy?