"So when are we leaving?" she finally asked.
"Oh," said Rynth, "Not until tomorrow morning, at least!"
Tante put them to bed - and by the time morning came around, the motherly old woman had everything they needed packed up and ready for them. They shouldered their packs and began the descent down the tree.
When they reached the ground, they paused only long enough to wave back at Tante, then started down the path.
"We've got a job to do," said Rynth, "A mission to perform. Let's do it!"
Cynth wished she shared her twin's eagerness - but everything had just happened way too fast - she still wasn't quite sure to make of it all.