"Do you…I mean did you…." Flint ran a nervous hand through his hair. He was facing Lady Jaye across the table at one of the coffee shops she had recommended in Edinborough. "Did you want to stay in that world? What was it like?"
She gave him a gentle smile and reached across the table, capturing his hand. "No," she answered. "It was different and life might have been easier but," she shrugged, taking a moment to take a sip of the hot tea she had ordered, "when have I ever asked for an easier life?"
He returned her smile. "I missed you."
"I missed you, too." She hesitated, then leaned forward. "I'd be interested to know if the dreamwalking was only because we were in two different worlds."
"What are you thinking?"
She gave him a sly smile. "Oh, nothing much. It's a way we could, um, keep in touch while we're apart, you know?"
He caught her meaning and chuckled. "Maybe," he answered. His smile faded. "What's to happen to Shipwreck?"
"I asked him about it. He said that he serves his time here and he'll get probation, whatever that means. Apparently, Roland has punished him before and he's survived. Guess he will this time, too."
He shook his head. "I guess if we had put two and two together…."
She shook her head. "No, even I wouldn't have guessed what he was. Although, strangely, it seems to fit."
"If you believe all the legends," he said with a smile. "Scotland sure is full of them."
"So many, we tend to forget what's real and what's not," she answered cryptically. It would be a shame that Flint wouldn't remember anything about this mission by the time they headed back to base. It would fade from his mind so that when he woke, their time together would have been part of a vacation they had been taking.
Shipwreck or rather, Puck, had explained it to her. To keep the human world safe and essentially clueless, they couldn't know about the other realms. So, without the amulet to remind him, this whole time would fade from his mind like a dream. While Lady Jaye and most likely Snake Eyes would remember, his being a ninja having its own spirituality, the rest of it would simply be put down to Destro causing a ruckus by once again battling for leadership within Cobra on his home territory. Lady Jaye would have been captured by her father with Flint's team of himself, Shipwreck, and Snake Eyes rescuing her.
She pushed the crumbs from the scone she had eaten around on her plate. It really didn't bother her as much. Still, it had taught her she shouldn't let her powers lie dormant for so long. Knowing now what she did about her roots, she'd have to be more cautious of others using her. Maybe someday, she and her brother could come to terms. It would be a long time before she'd visit him in his realm, though. She much preferred her home base in the human world and letting her power out in little ways, such as growing the herb garden back on base, or helping along Scarlett's potted plants. She couldn't let it build to what it had been.
"Penny for your thoughts," Flint said softly when he realized he had lost her. She looked up and smiled.
"It's nothing," she lied. "Just tired, I guess."
"I booked us a room in the hotel you mentioned," he said, giving her a lopsided smile. "We don't have to be back on base until Monday."
"Sounds good," she said, answering his smile and produced two suitcases next to them. "Let's go."