They let everyone finish eating and then Khepri asked, “Is there an item you wouldn’t mind me using?”
“I do,” Adali said, “just give me a second.”
Adali got up and hurried to her and Faigi’s room. She went into the closet and pulled a box down, then opened it and lifted out a blanket. She headed back down and Khepri stood. “I hope this is okay.”
Khepri reached out and took it gently in his hands. “It’s quite beautiful.” He let his hand run over it. “Valac, this was his. Love, warmth, and…a dragon.” He looked at Chua. “You gave this to them.” Chua nodded. “I also smell rain.”
“It was raining the day Valac was born.” Adali said.
“Chua let us stay with him and helped us when Adali went into labor.” Faigi added.
Khepri smiled. “I see, that’s why there’s so much warmth coming from it. He was in it from the beginning.” He handed it back to Adali who hugged it to her chest.
“How did you do that?” Valac asked.
“You have to listen for the echo.” He gestured for the boy to stand and come to him. Valac swallowed, but stood, too curious to pass up the opportunity. “Here, let me show you.” Khepri bent down and pulled a dagger from his boot. “Hold out your hands.” Valac did as he was told and Khepri laid the dagger there. “Everything that has been used or touched, every object that has been a part of some event, has memories. Your blanket has memories of your birth, the whisper of your name, the love of your mother’s and your godfather. There is so much in that blanket. Feel for those vibrations, look past the physical to the memory.”
Valac looked down at the dagger, focusing on it. Everyone watched intently, waiting. Valac suddenly inhaled sharply. “Pain and…and blood?” He looked up at Khepri. “What happened?”
“I took this from a man who tried to kill me. He didn’t know I was a demon. It was new, unused until he used it on me, the echoes are my own.”
“What did you do to him?”
“Broke his arm and dragged him to the local authorities.”
“Oh, good.” Valac handed the dagger back.
Khepri took it and put it away. “Violence leaves a very strong imprint on things. I knew if you could, you would feel it. I’m sorry if it scared you.”
“Just surprised me.”