The song in this fic is a modified version of "Caledonia," which is on the album A New Journey, by Celtic Woman.

Disclaimer: This fic is set in the Fablehaven universe, which is not mine. However, some of the characters in this fic are mine.

This is set after Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (which I bought and read yesterday, at long last! Yay!) but in an alternate storyline. The characters in this fic will be introduced by name in a fanfiction that will be released as soon as I can find someone to beta it for me. The poetry (lyrics?) is from the POV of the distraught woman, and the words in italics are from the POV of her friend, who, incidentally, narrates the aforementioned unreleased fanfic (which will be titled Hidden in Plain Sight). No, I'm not telling you who they are and what connection they have to Fablehaven. That will be revealed in Hidden in Plain Sight.

Songs listened to during the writing of the fic: Laschia Ch'io Pianga (Hayley Westenra and Máiréad Nesbitt), Shenandoah (Máiréad Nesbitt), and The Prayer (Chloë Agnew).

I don't know if you can see
The changes that have come over me
In these last few days I've been afraid
That I might drift away
I've been telling old stories, singing songs
That make me think about where I've come from
That's the reason why I seem
So far away today

She sank to the ground, sobbing. She couldn't, wouldn't, accept it was true.

But it was.

Let me tell you that I love you
That I think about you all the time
My dear, you're calling me, now I'm going home
But if I should become a stranger
Know that it would make me more than sad
You are everything I've ever had

Her long hair obscured her face, but I knew it would be tortured, despairing.

I went over to her and put my hand on her shoulder. She twisted around, looking me in the eyes. I reeled backwards with the force of her regard.

"I should have stopped them. If I had told them, neither of them would be gone," she cried with self-loathing.

"No! That would have killed them even quicker, and left no hope at all. It's better this way. You still might find Warren. There's still a chance!" I said despairingly.

"You're right. I will find him, or die trying."

Now I have moved and I've kept on moving
Proved the points that I needed proving
Lost the friends that I needed losing
Found others on the way
I been kissed and left crying
Stolen dreams, yes, there's no denying
I have traveled hard, sometimes with conscience flying
Somewhere with the wind

I watched her as she packed. I could have tried to dissuade her, but that would have been cruel. She needed the hope this would give her. She wouldn't be able to carry on living without it.

Now I'm sitting here before the fire
The empty room, the forest choir
The flames have cooled, don't get any higher
They've withered, now they've gone
But I'm steady thinking, my way is clear
And I know what I will do tomorrow
When hands have shaken, the kisses float
Then I will disappear

She and Dale trudged off into the forest outside of Fablehaven. He had a right to go with her- Warren was his brother. Ruth, Stan, Coulter, Trask, Tanu, Mara, and Vanessa stood at a respectful distance from us. Kendra and Seth stood next to me. Kendra raised her hand in a sad salute, then let it drop. Seth stood, immobile.

You are everything I've ever had
You are everything I've ever had
You are everything I've ever had

Warren was the only person she ever truly loved, other than us, her sisters. I cannot deny her this.

I know she will find Warren one way or another. She and Dale will find him and bring him back- or die trying. If she dies, at least she'll find him, Tamara, Neil, Rosa, Lena, Dougan, and Patton at the Forest's Heart. No one can truly be dead there. I'll see my sister again, and she will find her love.

We will all be together again.

Author's note: Please review! This is the first Fablehaven fanfic I've ever completed.