[about an hour earlier]
I leaned back on the couch in my sitting room and turned the runed stone over and over in my hand, trying not to worry. Ayla had confirmed the initial attack was a false alarm, but then someone had triggered the access alert at the Hub, and our call had cut out just after she had gone to see who it was. That had been ten minutes ago. I couldn’t afford to waste any of the stone’s charges just for my own impatience. Surely if there were trouble, Ayla would have called me right back. The alert had probably been Kaizyn and the others, and she just hadn’t had the chance to call me back yet.