“Thank you,” I gasp after swallowing the last of the tea.
“You are welcome,” she says with a smile. “Now relax and focus your thoughts on the here and now. We need to talk about what to do next and I cannot very well have you being at peace with the universe while we do it.” Her laughter reminds me of the ringing bells. “I am all for peace, but a war is brewing and you have a role to play in it. Maybe when it is all done you will be allowed to regain your current state of grace.”