“It was my pleasure,” she responds. “After all, it is not every day I can see a human, much less up close, much less with the opportunity to help.”
At that, you look down.
“I believe I told you I would give this back. Where do you want it? I haven’t seen another blue stone this size since I came to this world.”
The map had turned back into a stone once the humans had been released. Anne accepts the beautiful stone.
“I will take it for the moment. I do not believe I said the twin stones are the same color, though I can understand how I confused you; the other stone is red; you have not seen it. Farewell. I hope to see you again soon.”
You travel down the path, keeping a firm hold on each creature. Once you reach your world you walk quickly through the crowd, hoping that the sight of your friends will be erased by the magic which has (hopefully) not yet worn off. You climb onto your bike and ride home, the lion-creatures flying beside you keeping up easily.
Once you put your bike away your first act is to reach an agreement with your telepathic friends, resulting in your tying a ribbon loosely around either’s tail. This way, should either accidently wander back into the fairy world a link to the human world would remain, allowing the return to the human world.