Do you remember how you returned from the other world?
"No. Frost said...Frost said that we were named heroes. That we saved --"
Collin swallowed his unspoken words. He tried to muster up surprise, or protest, but he couldn't. Numb resignation sat like a weight on his tongue.
"...I know," he replied. He always knew. He just chose to believe what was easiest to hear.
Let me show you the truth, Collin. Let me set you free of this cage of secrets.
"What if I -" Collin swallowed nervously, his mouth dry. "What if I don't want to know?"
Trust me, Collin.
Collin bowed his head, and memory rose up to meet him.
When the portal opened, it was a moment of revelation.
Akin to a ray of sun lancing through the curtains, a beam of warmth and golden light filled with potential. With possibility.
Somehow, his blood-bonds had entered The World. Oberon's realm of petty squabbles -- quaint little