The next morning I woke with the sun to the smell of bacon cooked over the fire. Yum.
Tas was the first to greet me, "Good morning, Any!" she said with a cheerful smile. "Did you sleep well?"
"I did, thanks for asking. And you?"
"It was alright, but I do miss my bed."
"You should try sleeping in a tree sometime, it's very comfortable."
"I don't know, I would probably fall out, maybe you can show me how tonight."
"I would be happy to." I said, giving her the most dashing grin I could muster.
"Breakfast is ready!" Nhyoni called, needless to say, I hurried over to the fire pretty quick.
"Where are we going today?" I asked Polo
"We're going to keep following the road west until we come to Brimo." He replied
"Sounds like a plan, how far is it to Brimo?"
"Oh, a good ways yet, I don't know exactly how far, I've only been there once, when I was young."
Soon we had the family's small handcart packed up and we were on the road. Through the day, we took turn pushing the cart, the boys took a turn, then Polo and Nyhoni, and then Tas and I. It was getting close to noon when Tas and I took our turn. It was warm, but not hot. The road was smooth and well kept, so pushing was not so great of a chore. Almost immediately, we started talking. We talked about a lot of things, from her life in Tor-azia to the way that birds fly. When I asked her about her friends, she told me that they had lived on a farm, some miles from the nearest village, and that she had only really had one friend, Sara, who lived near them. But her family had left about a year before Tas' family fled, and she had no idea what had happened to them after they left.
"I hope you find her again." I said
"So do I. But you'll have to do until then Any" she said, giving me another smile. "Did you like my song last night?"
"I loved it, you sing beautifully."I returned her smile
"I think you could sing well too." she said, her smile growing
"Alright, I'll give it a try, just for you."
When we started, my voice sounded rough and coarse compared to hers, but it didn't matter, sounding silly was a small price to pay in order to listen to her singing. After a little bit, my voice blended with hers better, and soon we had the whole family singing as we walked off into the west.