One of the hooded beings slowly walks toward the woman, and upon
seeing the remnants of womanís distress removes the hood. A woman with long, dark
hair and soft, blue eyes kneels in front of the human woman.
"My name is Valerianna. I mean you no harm...this I swear from the One Most Holy.
Are you hurt?"
The woman shakes her head. "No, no, Iím fine. Why did those creatures run from
you? And who is the bearded one?"
Valerianna looks up at her friend and companion and smiles. "The bearded one is
called Frogbert. He is a brave child of Mother Earth and a seeker of goodness."
Frogbert offers the woman a warm, gentle smile. "You are safe with us, mílady,
but I do suggest we return you safely to your home posthaste." He throws Valerianna a
meaningful look, knowing that in the night when the sun is hidden, their powers are
gravely diminished. Frogbert extends his hand to the woman to help her to her feet and
throws his cloak around her still shivering body.
The threesome walk a short distance to a lovely old apartment building, and the woman
invites them into her home. Valerianna accepts readily despite Frogbertís
apprehension. "Thank you for saving my life! I owe you so much!"
"You owe us nothing", Valerianna assures her. "We are meant to protect good
"Will you tell me who you are?"
With a nod from Frogbert, Valerianna begins, "Frogbert is a Wizard Prince born
many, many centuries ago. He lives his life dedicated to his Mother Earth and to those who
are pure of heart. He has an enduring strength, a tender heart, and an uncompromising
insight that has brought him unparalleled wisdom. Although his modesty prohibits him from
admitting it, he is the single master of illusion. He learned from the best, in the days
when the world was filled with animals who
breathed deadly fire and people who, in their darkness, begged for a vision of
"I am one of five Ancient Ones, created by The One Most High when the earth was still
bubbling from its stormy birth. We are immortals set on the path of light and truth and
the protection of the innocent. I was blessed to see the first
sunrise, and I will be present for the last s unset. From the Heavens we saw the creation
of man and woman. We watched and learned of these unique creatures, their emotions and
habits, the workings of their minds, their potential. As we grew in knowledge of those
whom we were meant to protect, we were dispatched to different corners of the earth to
begin our long journey. Frogbert and I met only a heartbeat ago, although we have been
aware of each other from the beginning. We were meant to journey together until the end
time, doing what we can to comfort and protect those we meet along the way."
The woman is awestruck, speechless.
Understanding the womanís confusion, Frogbert says, "You need to sleep,
mílady. It has been a long and tiring night for you." Frogbert takes his cape
from the womanís shoulders and with a touch to her forehead she falls into his arms.
He gently lays her on the plush couch and carefully covers her with an afghan from the
back of the couch.
"She will remember nothing. We must go now, Valerianna, before we have to fight a
battle for our own safety."
And so, for the Wizard Prince and the Ancient One, the journey continues..