It took about a day and a half to get there because the river stalled me a bit until I found a rickety old bridge going over it.
The forest was cool and damp when I entered it. I could hear the sounds of what seemed like all the animals in the universe. So full of life, I thought, now this is a place I could get used to! I continued on through the forest for about half a day, not caring where I was going and stopping occasionally to sleep or just sit and rest. I stopped for lunch and sat on a rock to eat an apple and studying Efrum's map out of sheer boredom, then found out that someone had been following me. I heard undecipherable speech from the bushes just to my right. You can imagine, I was startled enough to jump into a pose I'd seen the army learn for hand-to-hand combat. The voice spoke again, still in that different language. I narrowed my eyes. "Who's there?" I finally asked.
A boy slowly drew himself