Obsi started with a recounting of her meeting with Chelonoth and the shark. Maira chuckled.
“Sharks do not come close to shore when Chelonoth is near. That was most likely Kamohoalii, the shark god and keeper of the water of life.”
“I think you are the keeper of the water of life,” Leilani mused as she sipped her wine.
Maiara pretended to glare at Leilani, then smiled as she continued. “Kamohoalii is one of the brothers of Namaka. He can take the form of any fish, but his favorite is a shark. He was most likely playing a joke on you and Chelonoth, most likely because the piece of coral you received is key to whatever Namaka’s plan for you is.”
"So he knows what Namaka wants me to do?" Obsi asked.
Maiara nodded. "Most likely he does, but he would not tell you or anyone else. No one defies Namaka willingly."
Obsi nodded and took a large sip of her wine. "I honestly have no idea why she would want me to do anything. I mean...I'm just...me."
"And you are special, Obsidian Wraith," Maiara scolded. "You understand dragons. That is not a common ability even where you come from. You were able to confirm the creatures that live around the islands and protect us are dragons. That, my dear, will become a legend that we tell generations from now. As will what you do for Namaka." The elderly woman rose and reached down to touch Obsi's cheek. "You have left your mark here. That is something to be proud of, my dear. The islands will change after tomorrow, that much I know. How they change is up to you." She returned to her seat and motioned for the story to continue. As Leilani recounted the emergence of Meglok from the ocean, Maiara squealed with excitement. Obsi helped Leilani remember exactly what he had said to them, and they made Maiara laugh as they tried to imitate his gruff voice. Tears filled her eyes as she listened and she began to weep as they finished the tale.
"I am sorry," she sobbed, "I have dreamed of seeing Meglok for my entire life. I am so happy for you that you did, but I so wish I was there!"
Obsi and Leilani simultaneously went to hug her, which made her laugh. "I am fine," she said as she wiped her eyes. "I still have quite a bit of life left in me. There is still time!" The three of them laughed and drank wine and told stories well into the night. Obsi and Leilani only got a few hours of sleep before the sun rose. They dressed silently and headed out of the hut. Most of the village was still asleep. They quietly headed into the jungle in search of Namaka's shrine. Obsi looked back over her shoulder and wondered if it would be the last time she saw the village and shuddered.
"What is it?" Leilani asked softly.
Obsi shook her head. "Nothing, I hope."