Before It's too Late

Dragonlots aka Dana Bell

Chapter 26 – Lost

Her father had been here just a moment ago. Frightened, Delenn glanced around the crowded roadway, not seeing his loving face anywhere. He was all she had left since her mother had gone to serve in the temple. She couldn't lose him, too!

She darted between the adults, brushing against their robes, causing them to stare at her with reproach. Delenn didn't care. Her father had to be here somewhere!

A warm hand suddenly reached down and rested on her shoulder. Her young eyes stared up at the tall Minbari, who seemed to be of the religious caste.

"My father," she began.

"I'll help you," the man reassured her. Gently he guided her back through the throng and into the cool and quiet interior of the temple.

She sat down the cool marble and he sat beside her. "You mustn't be frightened."

Ashamed she glanced at the stone floor. She'd forgotten all the careful lessons she'd already been taught.

The man's finger gently lifted her chin and his warm eyes met hers. "You have done nothing wrong, Delenn."

How had he known her name?

"Stay in the temple. Your father will find you here." He got up to leave. She grabbed his hand.

"Don't leave."

He squeezed her hand. "You will be fine. I will see you again at the appointed time."

Delenn let go and stared at him. She felt like she should know him.

"You do and will." He glided out and was gone before she could think of a reply.

She sat in the temple all day until her father found her. He hugged her to him as if he thought he'd never see her again.

"Why did you come here?" he asked.

"Someone brought me here."

"I would like to thank them. Who was it?"

With a shake of her head she answered, "I don't know."

"Then we must thank Valen for your safety and ask him to do a kindness in return for theirs."

They took a moment to make their request known before her father took her hand to leave. As they passed through the door she thought she briefly saw her rescuer before his face vanished. Perhaps Valen had sent one of his messengers to look after her.

With a happy smile, she clung to the thought.