I was stunned into silence- sure I had anticipated some sort of complications, but nothing had readied me for the bandits. And as I stood there, in the midst of battle, it took all my will to get me to join the fight.
After the dust settled, and we were alone again, I was the first to speak, more than happy to leave the place behind. "Shall we continue?"
Valour, who had changed into a two-headed serpent, changed back into his human form, absolutely beaming. "Let's go!'
We all got a top our horses again and set out. I'm sure my face was pale, but I couldn't help it, I was scared, and still couldn't get over the fact. Yet, I wasn't going to be the first to tell my peers. I didn't want pity from any of them, nor did I feel like giving them an excuse to call me a fragile, weak, good-for-nothing princess.
I rode ahead, hoping to get sometime alone, which worked, for a while. Until both Jevin and Valour caught up, both arguing over something.
"Princess! Jevin insists we stop before nightfall, y'know, make camp? I, on the other hand, want to continue on, cover more ground before we get more cozy." Valour waited for my answer.
I looked around and finally noticed how dark it was becoming. I must have been really out of it, because it seemed as if we had been riding for hours.
"Why don't we take a vote with everyone?" I suggested, and Valour and Jevin seemed to like the idea.
We gathered everyone around, and it was soon settled that we were to make camp. After securing all of our horses, and tying them to trees, half-heartedly I gave everyone a job, and soon I was alone, trying to find firewood.
"Odael," I turned around to find Jevin, running up to me. "Are you alright?"
I frowned. So he had noticed me acting strangely. I had hoped nobody would notice, especially not him.
"I'm fine." I kept emotion out of my voice, and turned away from him. Nothing would get me to reveal fears about battle.
"Are you sure?" He grabbed my elbow, gently enough, but I still couldn't look him in the eye.
"Just tired is all." I sighed and pulled away, going back to looking for wood.
"If you insist." Jevin turned away, going back to whatever he had been assigned.
It was going to be a long night.