Katie followed her instincts through the dreamscape until she climbed the last rocks and saw Rhyn curled in a ball just on the other side of a small ridge on the Sanctuary. Her heart leapt, and she hurried to him. In her last dream, he'd been there one moment then disappeared, just when she reached out for him. She couldn't help wondering if these dreams were more than dreams. This wouldn't be the first time she lived out reality in a dream.
At the same time, she knew whatever Rhyn faced outside the dreamscape was as bad as what awaited her, if not worse.
Rhyn awoke from the island dreamscape in the shadow world. He rose, uncertain what happened but recalling his urgency. He crossed through the glowing black portal into the one place he'd hoped never to see again: Hell. Unwilling to get stuck in the cell where he'd spent many lifetimes, he chose to open the portal into the office of the Council's betrayer, Sasha. The office was as he remembered it, down to the black flames in the hearth.