"Why are we going in this direction? The Palace is that way."
"We're going on a roundabout way because we can't get caught."
"Why can't we get caught?"
"Because, I'm wanted for breaking out of jail and she's a natural."
Brand pauses a bit and thinks.
"Have you met other naturals on your travels?"
"Only one other than ourselves. Her name was Avanta. She was a character."
"So, why didn't she come along?"
"She felt like the forest was her home. She couldn't bring herself to leave it."
"Ah, I see." There was a few precious moments of silence. "Why don't we go back and try to convince her?"
"Because, she lives there and that's that."
"Ah, I see."
Then Jorden spoke. "You're a real character yourself."
"Yeah, and quite talkative."
"Well, I have nothing to hold my concentration on. I need stimulation."
"We should teach him how to be quiet." I say to Jorden.
"Why should I be quiet?"
And then, we all heard the drawing back of bowstrings. I looked around and saw several archers with their arrows pointed at the three of us.
"You should be quiet, because it irritates the wood."