Infuriated, Rea jumps onto Kicker's back and spurs him out of the castle barn. She clatters
across the drawbridge and past the startled guards. bending low over her horse's streaming
mane, Rea closes her eyes, letting the tears run freely. She felt that what she had done was the
wrong thing to do, but she couldn't have helped herself. It had all happened so fast; it all seemed
like a terrible dream and she was just waking up to find that the dream was all true. She knew
that the things she said had been biting and hurtful and even now, she regretted them. The look
of utter horror and dismay on Alix's face, followed by the look of deep sadness and hurt. She
shut her eyes tighter, trying to get rid of the image. Kicker's rate slowed and she looked up.
Realizing that they were nearing the edge of the forest, she turned once more to look back at the
castle's towers and ramparts, surrounded with men busily rebuilding the broken and breached
parts. She hesitated only for a moment before abruptly turning her back on everything she had
once loved and rides into the welcoming darkness and quiet of the woods.