A tall, thin man sat at the edge of a cliff. It was a steep, high cliff, very rugged, and very wet, too, at the base where the sea beat against it. The man was dangling his feet over the edge. He was enjoying it greatly. It gave him pleasure to think of himself as dangling his feet over the End of Wales.
"For," he thought, "I am sitting where Wales ends, and the Great Sea begins. And also, I am about to leave Wales, having lived here for most of my life. Wales is Ending for me now."
His preparations were complete. Weeks before, he had sent his books and papers ahead of him, with Daffyd and Catrin, and their family - sailing out in their little boat, over the Great Sea to Normandy. Yesterday he had paid his farewell visit to Guinevra, his Parens, on the Summer Islet, where he had once served his apprenticeship. Today he had completed the last of the Leaving Ceremonies in the cave that had been his home.
All that remained now was to wait for the Wind.
There was a great Wind coming, he knew - he felt it in the Tide of the Inspiratio. Already yesterday the waves had begun to roll in higher and stronger against the shore. All last night, as he slept in his cave, the sound of them had grown, crashing and rumbling. Now they were breaking against the Rocks with such force that the whole Air, even as high as the cliff-top, was damp with spray. These were all Signs - Signs that the Wind was coming.
When it came, he would fling himself from the cliff and join it. He, too, would become the Wind. Together, he and the Wind would blow far from his home in Wales - far across the Great Sea, and then across much of Normandy, too - to Mount Beauvray.
Tonight the Wind would tumble him all the way to Bibracte.