A few weeks later...
I blinked in the fading light, staring at the massive expanse of water that greeted me. "I have to cross this?"
Galaxy nodded. "This is as far as I go," she said, gazing across the water. "I cannot go any further."
"Why?" I asked. In the time we had spent together, she had been almost like a mother to me. No - more like a grandmother. Always offering advice, giving me gifts for no reason, that kind of thing. I didn't want her to leave me alone, in this strange place.
Her eyes turned dark, and she said softly, "I am a very, very distant relation of one of those on the Council. I am not allowed admittance to their home, as I have magical blood. Only those who are pure magic or pure normal may enter. Goodbye, Tangle, and good luck."
She licked the top of my head, and said softly, "If you return, I will see you again. If you need any creature in a fight, just find a star and shout out my name. I will hear you." She turned away, the marks on her back glowing, and she faded away into the forest.