‘I have been dreading this,’ said Mac, ‘but I need to ask you to carry on with your task.’
A small tear appeared.
‘I never knew such sadness as when you were lost and I know I run the risk of such sadness again but the world needs you. It needs you more than ever, Inteachán.’
Inteachán took Mac’s hand.
‘What do I need to do?’ she asked.