Radqua hurried into the hall quickly, she knew it was never wise to keep the elders waiting. As she entered the hall; she could hear one of the Elders speaking. approaching the podium she bowed and on a sign from the High Elder, took her place on the bench next to Raneld and Tor'm. “What this strange fog means and where it has come from we do not know, we know only that it appeared as if out of nowhere, roughly two hours ago. At this time I can say that two of our tribe members are missing, and as they are both children this very worrying. “When were they last seen Tockre? “Shortly after the noon meal; a few hours before the fog came in High Elder. They had gone out to fish and have not returned.” The hall fall silent, the only sound was that of the boy's mother attempting to stifle her sobs.
Ymara gradually regained consciousness. When she opened her eyes she flinched; everything seemed to have blended into one gigantic, seamless, multi-coloured blur. Confused, she shook her head as if to clear it and a wave of nausea hit. She closed her eyes and laid down again. Odd, she thought, I seem to be lying in a bed and I don't remember getting into one. Ymara winced at the pain in her head. “The last thing I remember, the balloon crashed; and a voice .. someone had found me. But no I must have dreamt it.“I don't remember getting into this bed. Come to that I don't even remember entering this room.”
She looked around the room with interest, her eyes drawn to a picture hanging on the wall opposite her. At first she could not work out what it was but then she realised it was painting of rose but close up. The picture was so beautifully painted and the detail so superb, it almost looked like a photograph. She was so fascinated by it that she did not even notice the door to the room open. “Ah you've awakened, how are you feeling?” Startled, Ymara looked around and saw the woman who had spoken. “I.. well my head still aches but other than that I feel fine thank you” she said dazedly. “That's understandable considering the bruises Radqua found. My name is Cleatha, Raneld found you unconscious in the forest and went to fetch Radqua. “Ah... so I did not dream it. You see after I crashed my balloon I came round to find myself trapped underneath it's remains. I screamed for help but no-one came. Just when I thought I would never be found I heard what I though was a voice calling to me. Before I passed out again I thought I saw someone, but I dismissed it as a dream.” Cleatha smiled “No it wasn't a dream and Radqua will be pleased to hear that you are recovering, but now tell me, what is a balloon and how did you come to be here?”
Ymara stared at her in astonishment, “well it's a type of .. transport but instead of going by like a boat, for instance, it lets you travel by air.” Cleatha gasped “You mean you can.. can FLY in it”?
“Yes, it works by heating the air inside the balloon's canopy, as long as you balance the weight correctly and don't have too much weight inside the basket. “I may be wrong but when I saw the island from above , whilst in my balloon it looked like there were cars, or for that matter roads”
Cleatha nodded slowly, “I have never heard of such things, certainly there have never been any here in my lifetime.”