Thank you all for the wonderful feedback! I just wanted to thank foxy11814 for the support and also to make it clear that she was not the source of the criticism and, in fact, completely disagreed with the idea that my stories were copying 'Noticing Adam'. We've had several conversations over PM and I've never gotten anything but support for my story from her and I am a huge fan of her works. It was a few other PM's and an anonymous review that were at the heart of the drama. That being said, I really appreciate all of the support from most everyone else. This is the last chapter of 'Making It Right' and as I've said, I leave a lot of unanswered questions and loose ends because I am planning to write a sequel in the near future. Also, yes, the end of Skeletor and his crew was very anticlimactic, but I've said before that I am more into the relational/emotional sides of the stories and am not fond of the action/battles. Sorry if this upsets anyone, but that's just the way it is. I hope you all like the way I've wrapped this up! Enjoy...
Man-at-Arms looked at his wife over the breakfast they were sharing in her rooms in Castle Grayskull and reached across to take her hand. "Want to tell me what's on your mind? You've been distracted for the last several days."
The Sorceress looked up at him and smiled softly. "I'm sorry Duncan," she said with a slight shake of her head. "I guess I just have a lot on my mind."
"Are you worried about Adam and Teela going to Etheria to join the fight against the Horde?" he asked.
"A bit," she admitted, "but only because Teela is my only child and Adam is like a son to me. It's the mother in me that worries."
Duncan nodded his head. "I understand."
"Actually, the thing that has been on my mind is a prophecy that I've never told you about," she said finally. "I never mentioned it because I believed that it was still very far in the future so I didn't think that it would affect our lives, but now I'm not so sure…"
"What prophecy?" Duncan asked her hesitantly. "The last two prophecies you told me about were the ones regarding Adam and Adora becoming He-Man and She-Ra and Teela taking your place as the next sorceress."
The Sorceress took a deep breath and looked at him. "The last time there was a sorcerer as guardian of this castle instead of a sorceress there was a great battle in which he was mortally wounded. Just before he died, he prophesied that one day another sorcerer would take up the mantle of guardian and when that day came it would herald the beginning of the end of Castle Grayskull… but not in a bad way. I'm trying to figure out how the prophecy could possibly be about Garian, though, since part of the prophecy is that he becomes the spouse of the one who is the champion, She-Ra."
Duncan raised his eyebrows in surprise at this. "Since Adora is betrothed to Captain Sea Hawk that doesn't seem likely to happen."
Teela'Na sighed. "No, it doesn't. The prophecy also says that the champions of Grayskull during the time of the second sorcerer would be instrumental in bringing down a great evil and restoring peace to the entire galaxy."
"The Horde…" Duncan said softly, eyes wide.
The Sorceress nodded. "I've always felt that the special destiny that awaited Adam and Adora was more than that of just becoming He-Man and She-Ra."
"Well, we've learned that prophecies aren't always accurate," Duncan reminded her. "You believed Teela was to become your replacement."
"That is true," she conceded, "and sometimes only part of a prophecy proves to be true. Teela did become a powerful sorceress, just not the Sorceress of Grayskull. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens."
Duncan lifted their joined hands and kissed the back of hers. "Moving on to another topic… Queen Marlena wants us to decide how we want our suite to look so that the royal architect can begin working on getting it ready for us. I've tried to tell her that anything will be fine, but she is adamant that we are fully involved in every phase of preparation."
Teela'Na laughed lightly. "She can be very determined at times."
"Stubborn would be a better word," Duncan muttered, "but since she's my queen, I'll agree with determined."
"A wise decision on your part," Teela'Na smiled. She waved her hand and a rolled parchment appeared on the table. She picked it up and handed it to him. "Unless there's something you really want to change, this is what I think I'd like as far as the layout of our suite."
Man-at-Arms unrolled it and looked it over, smiling in approval. "I think this will work perfectly," he replied. "I'll take it to the royal architect and he can get started.
The Sorceress nodded. "Are you finished with your breakfast?" she asked. When he nodded his head, she waved her hand again and the table was instantly cleared away.
"Are you going to miss that?" he asked her softly.
"Miss what?" she asked with a confused frown.
"Being able to do things with magic," he clarified. "You've been a sorceress for most of your life; can you be happy living as a normal mortal woman?"
Teela'Na gave him a mysterious smile. "It won't be quite as difficult an adjustment as you might think."
Before he could ask her what she meant by that, there was a polite knock on the door to the sitting room and Teela'Na called for the person to enter.
Garian tentatively opened the door and peered inside, smiling at his uncle and his aunt. "I'm sorry if I'm interrupting."
"Not at all," the Sorceress smiled at him. "Please come in."
Garian stepped into the room and took the seat she indicated that suddenly appeared at the table. "Prince Adam contacted me telepathically a short time ago to let me know that he and Princess Teela plan to leave for Etheria first thing tomorrow morning and he asked me to let you both know. His parents are aware of their plans and, while they're not happy about it, they understand why they feel they need to go."
The Sorceress sighed and nodded her understanding. "Did you contact Princess Adora and let her know what the plans are?"
"I did," he replied. "She said that she will make sure that their quarters are arranged for them before they arrive and that she will let the other leaders of the rebellion know to expect them. She also said that their spies inside the Horde have gotten word to them that Hordak has gone to Horde World and is expected to be gone for at least two weeks."
"Which will either mean that they'll have two weeks of peace and quiet or Hordak's minions will get it into their heads to try to prove to Horde Prime that they're better suited for Hordak's job and will attack to try and take over Etheria completely," Duncan said shaking his head.
"Let's hope that they look upon this time as a time to relax," the Sorceress said with a small, worried frown.
"Light Hope is going to keep us informed of what is happening on Etheria and I've already told Adam and Teela that they and Adora can contact either of us telepathically at any time," Garian told her. "If the situation requires it, we can inform Uncle Duncan and King Randor and they can send in troops as backup."
"But only as a last resort," Duncan reminded him. "Both Adam and Adora have agreed that the Etherian people need to fight for themselves as much as possible."
Garian nodded in agreement. "I was just getting ready to leave for my morning flight when Adam contacted me," he told them. "I will see you both later."
"Enjoy your flight," the Sorceress said with a smile.
After he was gone, Duncan looked at her. "You aren't going to join him?"
She shook her head slowly. "I won't be able to turn into a falcon anymore when I am no longer the guardian of this castle," she told him. "It is better that I get used to not being able to do some things now, so that it will make the transition easier later."
"I suppose that does make sense," he agreed, taking her hand and kissing the top of it. Deep inside, he wondered if his wife could truly be happy living as a mortal woman.
At the palace, Adam and Teela were preparing for their departure the next morning. Teela was packing the few belongings they planned to take and Adam was working to make sure the latest shipment of supplies was ready.
Several of the Masters had offered to go to Etheria with them to help the rebellion, so Adam had suggested that they work out a schedule so that some of them would be on Etheria and others would remain on Eternia to help protect their home planet. Every six weeks they would rotate and those on Etheria would return to Eternia while another trio of Masters would join the rebellion on Etheria.
The royal family had been issued an invitation to dinner at Castle Grayskull so Adam and Teela dressed for dinner and met his parents in the hangar bay where they would take and Attack Trak to the castle.
When they arrived at Castle Grayskull the drawbridge lowered for them and they walked across into the dimly lit interior. Adam and Teela confidently led the king and queen towards the throne room where the Sorceress, Man-at-Arms and the new Sorcerer were waiting for them.
"Welcome to Castle Grayskull," the Sorceress said with a smile. "I am very glad that you accepted our invitation to dinner."
"We are honored that you have invited us," King Randor said returning her smile.
"Shall we head to the dining hall?" the Sorceress asked with a smile at the surprised looks on Teela's and Adam's faces. "Our meal is ready."
Garian led the way and Duncan held out his arm to his wife before following behind him. King Randor held his arm out for Queen Marlena and they followed after Man-at-Arms and the Sorceress.
Smiling, Adam also held his arm out for Teela and they trailed behind the rest of the group. "Dining hall?" he whispered to Teela as they walked, "I wasn't aware the castle had one."
"Neither was I," she murmured softly. "I've only ever seen the kitchen."
Both of them stopped and stared in astonishment as they entered the dining hall and saw how beautiful it was. A huge fireplace at the far end of the room was lit with a roaring fire that provided warmth against the slightly chill air of fall. An enormous chandelier hung from the center of the room sparkling with light and there were beautiful tapestries and paintings hung around the room. A long table was in the center of the hall set with the finest dishes with a delicious looking meal spread out upon it.
"Sorceress, you didn't have to go to all of this trouble for us," King Randor said as he turned to face her. "But I thank you."
"It was no trouble at all Your Majesty," she assured him. "Please, everyone, be seated and we'll get started."
They talked companionably while they ate, taking their time to enjoy the meal and the company. When it was finally time for the royal family to head back to the palace they thanked the Sorcerer and Sorceress for their hospitality, said their farewells to Man-at-Arms and made their way out to the Attack Trak.
"That was very nice," Queen Marlena stated as they made their way back to the palace. "I am looking forward to your mother coming to live at the palace," she told Teela. "I think she and I will get along quite famously."
Teela smiled at the queen. "I'm glad you feel that way."
"Just one thing mother," Adam said with a raised eyebrow. "Is there a particular reason you're placing them in the same wing with me and Teela?"
"I thought that Teela would like to be close to her mother since they have missed so much time together," Marlena answered. "This will give them a good opportunity to catch up."
Suitably chastised, Adam hugged Teela closer to him with his right arm and kissed her temple. "I guess I never really considered that," he admitted. "I'm happy that they'll have a chance to spend time together, too."
Teela smiled warmly up at him and sighed happily. "Thank you, Your Majesty," she said to the queen.
"Teela, dear, how many times do I have to remind you that when we're alone you can call me Marlena or Mom," she asked with a smile.
"I guess old habits are hard to break," Teela smiled back.
Adam chuckled and shook his head.
When they arrived back at the palace, King Randor and Queen Marlena said goodnight to Adam and Teela before making their way to their own suite to turn in for the night.
Just after breakfast the next morning, the king and queen joined those who were waiting to see Adam and Teela off. They each took a turn hugging them tightly.
"Be safe," King Randor said as he hugged his son while his wife hugged Teela.
"Make sure you keep in touch and come to visit us," Queen Marlena said as they traded places.
"We will Mother," Adam promised.
"I'll look after him," Teela told her in-laws with a smile.
"Look after each other," King Randor replied. "We love you both."
As the Attack Trak left the hangar bay Marlena wiped her eyes and moved into her husband's comforting embrace. "I wish we'd never heard of the Horde," she said softly.
Randor kissed her temple and murmured his agreement before leading her back into the palace.
After the last of the supplies had been carried through the portal to Etheria Adam and Teela stood in front of Garian, the Sorceress and Man-at-Arms to say their goodbyes to them. Teela hugged her parents and Garian before Adam shook the new Sorcerer's hand and accepted warm hugs from his in-laws.
"I'll be sure to contact you at least once a week to let you know how things are going," Adam told Garian.
"I would appreciate that," he said with a smile. "I will be able to inform Man-at-Arms so that he, in turn, can inform your parents. I think it will set all of our minds at ease to know that you are all doing well."
"We'll be back in two months for my and Adora's birthday celebration," Adam told them.
"And Hawk and Adora will be getting married a month after that," Teela reminded him.
Adam gave Garian a sympathetic smile when he saw the look that quickly passed over his features.
They said their final goodbyes and then Adam placed his arm around Teela's waist and they followed Cringer through the portal into Etheria.
Duncan placed his arm around his wife's waist as she sighed softly. "They'll be fine."
The Sorceress looked up at her husband and gave him a tight smile as she nodded, but Garian saw the look in her eyes and knew that she wasn't as certain of that fact as her husband appeared to be.
Truth be told, he wasn't, either…