Author's Note: This is fairly similar to Through the Trees. It is my initial thoughts to the preview of Season II. The only thing, I think I am going to use some of the idea about how Season II was supposed to be, according to Ed Nala and my dear friends on Distant Lands.

Chapter 1 – A Bittersweet Goodbye

"Maeve, I want you to know that I care about you deeply. But I am getting the feeling that it is not safe for you here. You know I will do anything to protect you."

Maeve looked at Sinbad with her dark brown eyes. There was a touch of sadness in her heart and apparently also in her captain's sea blue eyes. She knew he would bring this topic up sometime. She could feel the dark forces growing stronger. For a while, they just looked at each other without saying a word.

"But where could I go? There is nowhere safe from magic?" she finally spoke calmly, breaking the silence.

He pondered about what she said. "Maybe, you can stay with Caipra, or we can find the Isle of Dawn again."

Maeve chuckled at the second response. "Sinbad, the Isle of Dawn is under the sea. Turok destroyed it."

Sinbad grew silent again, cursing himself for such a foolish response.

"But," she continued, "staying with Caipra might not be a bad idea. She can teach me more magic while I'm there."

"And you'll have her to help you in a magical attack."

Maeve jumped up and was about to hug Sinbad when she stopped, realizing this may be the last time she will see him in a long, long time. "I am going to miss you," she whispered.

He smiled and pulled her into a warm hug. "I will miss you, too."

A tear rolled down her cheek. "I love you," she whispered.

Those words struck him and his heart jumped with joy as he uttered those magic words, "I love you, too."

They docked at Basra to meet Caipra. The wise lady knew that they were coming, and she met them at the dock as the Nomad approached shore.

"I will miss you lass. You have been like a sister to me." Doubar approached Maeve and gave her a big bear hug.

"I will miss you, too, Tubby. You have been like a big brother to me." She smiled as the big man let go of her and looked at her face. She glanced at Sinbad and grinned. "And make sure to keep your little brother out of trouble."

Sinbad raised an eyebrow and smirked.

Doubar chuckled at that comment. "Aye, I will. I will."

Now Maeve moved to Rongar. She had admired the silent moor and how he always acted like a true gentleman. She hugged him for the longest time, and they shared their thoughts, their tears. As she broke away, she looked at his face. "You take care of yourself and watch over the crew for me."

A tear trickled down his face as he nodded. She raised her hand and whipped away his tear before turning to Firouz.

"Now, my little scientist. Don't blow up the boat when I'm gone," she chuckled.

Firouz gave a laugh and embraced Maeve. "Don't worry, I won't."

After hugging everyone, she looked at Caipra who nodded. She gulped. Deep down inside of her, there was a part which didn't want to leave. They were her family. How could she leave them? But she knew this was the right thing.

"Well, I guess this is goodbye. I will miss you all." She closed her eyes and turned to Caipra. But before leaving, she called Dermott, who was perched on the mast. "I want you to stay here. Be my eyes while I am gone."

The bird understood and squawked a reply.

"I will miss you, too." She petted Dermott, took a deep breath, nodded at the crew, then walked down to meet Caipra.

Sinbad watched the two ladies disappear into the streets of Basra. He knew this was probably the best decision for Maeve. But deep down inside of him, he wondered if it was really the best decision.