-before Gwendolyn met Katherine, while she was stuck in the sewers with Vand, Snickers, and Roland-
Gwendolyn heard the guards coming, and she began to panic again. "Oh god, what are we going to do what are we going to do what are we going to do-"
"High-strung, isn't she?" Roland asked, looking at Vand.
"It started ever since we got to town... I guess she doesn't like magisters that much... or commoners... or just about anybody..."
"Did you get rotten fruit and vegetables thrown at you? Followed by rocks? Huh?" Gwendolyn answered defensively. "I've been living in a forest with a bobcat to get away from worse, what did you do?"
"Look, now is not the time to have a nervous breakdown." Vand responded.
"You have powers over water, why don't you sweep us to the magister's estate with a current?" Gwendolyn asked desperately.
"We... could do that, but this is sewer water, and the odds of us getting separated are-"
"It's either that or we get executed!" Gwendolyn pleaded.
"HEY, DON'T I GET A SAY IN THIS?!" Roland asked, not wanting to get washed away in a flood of human waste.
When Gwendolyn woke up, she was alone, laying on the ground, covered in filth. She deeply regretted being so hasty... especially now that she was alone again. She looked around for her friends. "Vand? Snickers?" She paused for a moment. "Scary guy who threatened to slit my throat?"
No answer. She sighed. "I'm alone again..."
"Hello, ma'am? Do you need help?" A voice came from behind her. She turned and saw a woman with dark brown hair and lovely green eyes. She stepped back afraid at first, but then noticed that she seemed friendly, so she smiled back.
"My name is Gwendolyn..." she looked away from the new woman, not wanting to give away her last name. How far had the rumor of the Forest Witch gone? Where was she anyway?
"Where are you from? I haven't seen you anywhere before... somewhere far from here?" She asked. Gwendolyn nodded.
"Come with me back into the castle. You'll be safe there." She grabbed Gwendolyn's hand gingerly and lead her to the castle. Gwendolyn looked back only once.
"Vand, Snickers... scary guy. Hope you got to the magister's safely." She said in a whisper that the woman didn't hear.