“Alright, I’ll put a few herbs in my pack and head out,” I said turning towards the pantry.
“Not so fast,” Xander said stopping me in my tracks.
“What?” I asked turning around.
“Turin is going with you,” he replied.
“Why, it’s not like I need assistance. This cat trusts me. I don’t need an escort,” I retaliated.
“I agree, you don’t need an escort, but you will need assistance.” My mouth opened to dispute his words, but Xander held up his hand, “Hear me out Daeris. You are an accomplished woman who can best most men, no one will argue that, but just like you have your gift of communicating with animals deeper than anyone else, Turin can communicate with plants in ways I’ve never seen before. He is able to extract the plant particles and coax them to where they are most needed. This cat is very ill or she wouldn’t have reached out to me. You two,” Xander turned his head looking at Turin then back to me, “need to put your differences aside and work as a team. You’re both being trained in diplomacy. Take this opportunity to practice what you’ve learned; understood?”
“Yes, Xander,” Turin and I replied at the same time.
“Good, now gather your supplies and find that cat,” were Xander’s last words before walking out the door.