"Come on Noah, this is no time to start grazing! We have to get to the village before dawn. I refuse to sleep in a tree," Rue muttered as she tugged on the rope, forcing Noah's head away from the delicious treat below. He snorted but dutifully followed Finn's lead. The princess smiled briefly then sent Finn into a brisk trot. If her calculations were right, and they nearly always were, their destination wasn't far off.
‘It’ll be good to rest. I should have napped before leaving.’ Well, it was too late to go back and get a few extra winks now.
The running away part had actually been the easiest so far. It was surviving with the guilt she had troubles with. She didn't know why, but the thought of her parents coming home to find her missing was bothering her more than she expected. It didn’t help that she couldn’t sleep to try and forget just yet. Reality, unfortunately, was far crueler that she anticipated. The daylight hours held some distraction. Still, si