“Good luck, Celestia. Work hard, make some new friends, and achieve your goals.”
“I will, Master Magnor. May you remain safe until we return,” I replied.
“Bru-REE!” Arielle agreed, fluttering her wings.
“Be off then. Keep in touch.” He stepped aside, allowing me to walk out the entrance and away from his property.
I took a few steps, before looking back to see his sad smile. One last time.
I left my luggage where it was, running back to give him a final hug. He looked pleased, giving me a tight squeeze.
“I love you,” I whispered into his white shirt.
“I love you more, Celestia. Now get going. You don’t want to be late,” he reminded.
I nodded against his shoulder, taking one last whiff of his meadow scent and pulled away. We shared a smile; both of us knew this wouldn’t be the last time we’d see each other.
“Bye,” I waved, running off to where my luggage sat.
I paused mid-stride, looking back over my shoulder to see Magnor’s glossy eyes.
“No boys,” he called out, a wide grin on his face while a tear rolled down his cheek.
I giggled, letting my tears flow freely. “No promises! I’ll make sure I bring home six of the finest men,” I called out, giving him a final wave.
He shook his head in amusement, waving back.
I took a deep breath and began to walk away. This won’t be the end. I’ll make you proud, Master Magnor. I promise.