"I have something wonderful to tell you, Vinklo."
Her silver eyes shone brightly in his face. A drop of her sweat fell from her nose and onto his as he lay in the grass, panting, his legs entwined with Thebiel's. He opened his eyes from his dreamy euphoria.
"The last time," she continued, "we made a baby."
His heart swelled. "Are you sure?"
Thebiel nodded. "Now they can't keep us from marrying. You don't have to leave for Moonglade." She rested her head on his chest. "I want many children, Vinklo. And I want them all from you."
Vinklo woke up with salt and sand in his mouth. He felt sick. His body hurt all over. His hand still stiffly grasped the wooden plank that bore him above the waves.
Eventually he opened his eyes and looked about at his surroundings. Tall pine forest stretched back from the beach. Kaldorei ruins poked out from the misty gloom like bleached bones.
He saw no one else for ten years, but he dreamed of Thebiel every day. He wondered if she bore him a son or a daughter.
"Elune be praised!"
Vinklo walked off the pier to see the same fishmonger his crew had supplied ten years back. She would have been his sister-in-law.
The weathered woman laughed and cried as she launched herself at him. "We all thought you were dead!"
Vinklo had only one thing on his mind. "Was it a boy or a girl?
Lalei's face darkened. "We have to talk."
"Are they all right?"
She steered him into her office. "Sit down. Yes. Thebiel had a healthy girl. But...she moved on. She married and her husband took the oath to be the baby's father in your stead."
Vinklo's head swam. "I still have to see them. I deserve to meet my daughter."
"No. They are at peace. I will send word to her that you live, but that girl will be confused if you come into her life. She has a father, Vinklo. Do her the honor of letting her be."
They will still take you at the grove.
Not, we are sorry for your hardship and loss.
No one would tell him where Thebiel and his daughter had moved to. They would not even tell him if she resembled him. They refused to say whom Thebiel married. She has moved on. Now it was his turn to move on.
Vinklo was not afraid to board another ship, this one to bear him past the Maelstrom to Lordaeron.