was familiar to Fiona. She’d been there twice before. She knew how to get
into the palace and who to use her charm on. Before she knew it she was
standing in front of Anisa. “Oh, it’s you,” Anisa said. “I thought you’d
“Anisa, I want you to come
with me,” Fiona said.
“What? I’ve got a good job
here. I’ve got a place to sleep, food to eat and people who treat me nice.”
Anisa looked out the window.
“I know, but where I am
taking you, you’ll have better food to eat, people who treat you nicer, a
wonderful place to sleep and you’ll be servant to nobody. Please, trust me,
Anisa. I know you’ll be happy.” Fiona saw that Anisa was having doubts.
“Anisa, I have something to
tell you. I’m from the future and I’ve got magical powers.” Fiona did a few
tricks for her, including turning herself invisible. “King Kegan, his wife
and all of his children are in my time. I live in the 21st
century. You’ll love it there. I came all the way back in time just to get
you.” Fiona pleaded.
“I’ll go with you, Fiona,
but if I don’t like it, I want you to send me back here. Do you give your
word?” Anisa smiled.
“Of course, but you’ll like
it,” Fiona said. “Take my hand.” She led Anisa from the castle, through the
streets and out of the city. “Wait,” Fiona said. “We need to go back into
Burill. I am looking for someone named Qahtan. Have you heard of him?”
“Qahtan. Yes, he is a wise
man and one of King Kegan’s most trusted advisors. He doesn’t live in the
castle. He refuses, but I know where he lives,” Anisa said.
“Take me to him,” Fiona
said. They walked down the streets of Burill. “It is so clean and nice here.
Everyone looks healthy and the buildings are pretty. I went to Zanaad and it
is so horrible there.”
“Zanaad? Why would you go
“I had to rescue two girls.
They are safe now with their mother and father.” Fiona grinned.
Anisa stopped in front of a
shop. “There is Qahtan.”
Fiona stepped inside. The
man sat on a carpet, legs folded in front of him. He looked up at her. “I
have been expecting you, Fiona.”
“How did he know you name?”
Anisa whispered to Fiona.
Fiona sat across from him.
“Qahtan, I bring you greetings from your descendant, Temani. He lives in
Burill during my time. It is not called Burill then, but San’a, and it is
now known as the country Yemen. He told me a story about you.”
“Yes, I know,” Qahtan said.
“I know what is to come.”
“Have peace and prepare.
Temani thanks you for being his ancestor.”
“Take this, Fiona,” Qahtan
said, handing her a coin.
“What is it?”
“It belonged to my ancestor,
who came to Burill with King Rolfin. It is a coin from Hadremutem. It is
rare. Keep it with you. Do not sell it ever.”
Fiona’s eyes sparkled.
“Thank you, Qahtan. Thank you. I’m sorry, but I have to go.”
“I know. Peace be with you.”
Qahtan closed his eyes and Fiona left with Anisa.
“That’s odd, Fiona,” Anisa
said. “There is so much about life that I do not understand.”
“We’re ready. Follow me.”
When they came through the time portal and she saw Queen Sarmantha, she knew
she was going to be all right. “I told you to trust me. All right. I’ve got
one more place to go.”
* * *
“Funny, but I feel like I
was just here. Well, what do you know? I was, only centuries in the future.
I’m getting jet lag with all this time travel. I’m glad this is the last
place. Now, to gather the wives and children.”
Three hours later Fiona,
King Rolfin’s twelve wives and all 150 children came through the time portal
into Angus’s croft.
Fiona sighed. “That’s it,
Mum. I’m done for now.”
“Fiona, what have you done?
Why are all these people here?” Mairi looked around the room.
“Yes, why?” Angus shook his
head. “There’s too many of them.”
“For your wedding, Mum.”
“My wedding?” Mairi looked
“Mum, you and Johnny are
getting married, while all these people are here. Think of how cool it will
be to have King Kegan or King Rolfin marry you. Think about it, Mum.” Fiona
smiled and kissed her mum on the cheek.
A few minutes later the door
opened. King Rolfin, King Kegan, Johnny and the twelve men stepped inside.
“What’s all this?” King Rolfin grinned when he saw his wives and children.
“My angels are all here.”
King Kegan saw Queen
Sarmantha and his little ones and ran to them. Someone tapped him on the
shoulder and he turned around. “Who are you, little boy?”
“Hello grandfather. My name
is Kenneth McAlpin Ferguson.”
“Grandfather?” He saw Anna
and Isabella. “My sweet girls. You’re alive.” He sobbed into their shoulders
as he held them. “You’ve got sons, both of you?”
“Yes, father.” Isabella
pulled her husband up. Anna pulled her husband up. “These are our husbands,
Colin and Robert Ferguson. They are brothers. You’ve met Kenneth and this is
Jorbi, Anna’s boy.”
“You’ve brought so much joy
into my life, Fiona,” King Kegan said. He took Fiona’s hand. “My family is
reunited. I see my servants are here and my twelve friends, and Anisa,” he
looked surprised, “and Johnny. You are my hero, Fiona McAllister.
“Let’s send these soldiers
back in time. I can’t have half a million men in my croft. It’s just too
crowded.” Angus moved to the orb. “Off you go,” he said, directing the
armies into the time portal. It took several hours before they were all
through. “Well now, we can relax a bit. We’re down to two hundred people
instead of several hundred thousand smelly men.”