Satori ran as fast as she could through the stone passageway. It was dark and she had to feel along the lichen covered wall to tell where she was going. The air was stale and smelled of mildew. She knew she had to get out of the village, and away to a safe hiding place. Somewhere where no one would follow if she got spotted.
"The Black Forest. That's where I shall find refuge," the thought made her stomach uneasy.
The black forest was avoided by everyone in the village and the outside lands. Any poor unlucky soul who ventured in never returned. It was a dark place, where all the tree trunks were black as coal. Rumor told that the forest was haunted. Only the gods knew what kind of frightening creatures lurked within the dense vegetation.
"if I am to venture into that dreadful place then I must get back to my home for previsions, but what if the bad men see me?."
That is a chance she just had to take, she would not be able to journey far without