When the family awakened the next morning, Charity was dismayed to find that Pygar was gone.

"Good riddance," Brad said smugly. Janet frowned at him.

"He didn't even say good-bye," Charity said with a little sniffle. "I do hope that he's all right and that nothing bad happened to him."

On the sofa she found a single white feather. Making sure that her father wasn't looking, she picked it up and took it to her bedroom, where she secured it in the locked chest where she kept her most prized possessions.

Four years later, Charity was attending university and living in a dorm. One day her roommate had gone shopping and she was alone in the dorm when she saw Pygar crouched on the windowsill outside her window, his wings folded behind him.

"Pygar!" Charity quickly opened the window so that he could climb in. "Why did you leave without even saying good-bye?"

"I had to leave. Your father didn't want me there," Pygar told her.

"I was so worried about you!" Charity exclaimed. She rushed to her chest, unlocked it, and retrieved the feather. "You left this behind."

"You kept it all this time." Pygar was obviously touched.

"How's your wing?" asked Charity.

"It's just fine now." Pygar smiled and flapped both wings in demonstration.

"Where did you go when you left our house?" Charity wanted to know.

"I stayed with some friends until my wing healed, and then I returned to my home," Pygar told her.

"I never forgot you. I always hoped you'd come back to me some day," said Charity.

"I never forgot you either," said Pygar. "I waited until you were an adult and no longer living in your father's home, and then as soon as I saw an opportunity, I returned to you."

"Well, I'm awfully glad you did!" Charity exclaimed. "Pygar, have you ever heard of a planet called Transsexual?"

"It's a lovely world," Pygar said. "I've been there many times. Perhaps I could take you there some day. How did you learn of it?"

"Before I was born, my parents got a flat tire one night and went to a castle to ask to use their phone. The people who owned the castle were Transsexuals, and the next morning they beamed the castle back to their planet."

"Transsexual is only one of the many interesting places in the universe I've visited," Pygar said.

"What's it like?"

"The star it revolves around is a dark star, so it's always night there. However, its moon shines very brightly, much more brightly than earth's moon does, so being able to see well enough to go about your daily business is no problem. Are you free this weekend?"

"Actually, I am! Monday's a holiday so there aren't any exams to study for."

"Would you like for me to take you to Transsexual, then?"

"Oh, yes!" Charity jumped up and down clapping her hands.

"It's a date, then." Pygar grinned.

Charity heard footsteps outside the dorm. "My roommate's coming back," she said apprehensively.

"I must leave, then," Pygar said. "May I kiss you good-bye first?"

"Of course," said Charity.

Pygar kissed her lips and caressed the side of her face. "Good-bye, then. I'll return for you this weekend." He flew out the window just as Charity's roommate opened the door and entered the dorm carrying several big bags.