Rednuth then let Parker sleep in the cabin. The egg was put back where he found it, on the counter where it was. Rednuth did not sleep with pillows, blankets, or even a bed. He slept on elevated wooden parts of the cabin, and thus so did Parker.
When Parker’s mother had woken up the next day only to see that her son had been missing, she became frantic. She called his name everywhere in the house and even called his name a little in the woods, but he was nowhere to be found. Having not found him, she resorted to putting up posters around the neighborhood and hoping they would find Parker.
She became depressed and wanted to find Parker and apologized for anything she would’ve done wrong enough to make Parker run away, as if the air would answer. But the air was silent, and Parker’s mother sighed.
It felt as if her world was lost and she had to find it in the midst of the endless universe. Parker’s mother went to sleep, too fazed and depressed to even eat or move anymore.
The next day, Parker’s mother awoke to a knocking on the door and was instantly grateful; she suspected someone had found Parker. When she opened the door, she was greeted by a friendly looking man wearing dark purple robes and held a small jar.
“Well, hello,” the man said.
“Good morning, have you seen my son?”
“No, but I have a hunch. Your son has probably been taken by an evil soul, a mage. Mages tend to do evil stuff like kidnapping, and I’ll teach you how to defeat one.”
“I don’t believe in fairy tales. Goodbye.”
Just as Parker’s mother was about to shut the door, the mage paralyzed her with a spell.
“Do you believe that you are now unable to move? I am a mage and I can teach you magic. I can sense that you have a lineage of magic, a descendant of a powerful mage. You have great potential and it is possible for you to rescue your son. Even more, mages of other qualities are threatening the world; you can save your own life and help rid the world of dragons, phoenixes, gryphons, and all that is dangerous to the world. You just have to cooperate.”