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Nobody answered. The glow intensified. Magh stepped forward and waved her wand. A bubble appeared around Danu as the light grew brighter again. The fear in the girl’s eyes was palpable.

“What are you doing?” Danu asked.

“I’m sorry,” Magh replied. “It has to happen like this. I’ll see you again someday. I promise.”

“Wait, you can’t do this!” Danu cried, and looked past her. “You have to help me! Dad, Aunt Fred, Jo, somebody. I want to go home! I—”

Green light burst from her body, held for just a moment, and then she was gone. Magh turned and buried her face in Tommy’s chest. The two of them sobbed quietly for a long while, until finally Frederica stepped forward and placed a hand on Magh’s back.

“She’s going to be okay,” Frederica said.

“I know,” Magh replied, swallowing hard. “But it still hurts. I wish I could have done more for her.”

“Then we’ll just have to be the best parents to her that we can,” Tommy said. “Make sure that she’s happy, and loved, and ready for what’s coming.”

“What if we can’t?” Magh asked.

“Then we’ll ask for help,” he replied, gesturing around the courtyard. “It’s not like we’ll be alone.”

Magh smiled weakly up at Tommy.

“I love you,” she said.

“I know,” he replied with a smirk.

She chuckled, wiping away tears. He led her to one of the chairs nearby and helped her into it.

“You knew that was going to happen,” Carmen said.

Frederica nodded.

“Dee told us,” she said. “She already lived through this. She insisted that we couldn’t tell her younger self the truth, that we couldn’t interfere. No matter how much we wanted to.”

Carmen gazed over at Magh and smiled sympathetically.

“That girl’s braver than she realizes.”

“Yeah,” Frederica replied. “She is.”