THE NAVEL

22.  THE JOURNEY

 

 

    They set out before dawn, Vio, Gora, their hosts’ son, Isak, who knew the route they had to take, and Anil, who wanted to see them on their way. The old couple, who had watched over them without sleeping, wept as they walked quickly away. The fastest way to escape from the city was by boat, but it was too dangerous with the army watching for royal survivors, so they walked out into the countryside. By the time the day grew light, they were already leaving the farmers’ fields behind, and the terrain was becoming harsh and lonely.

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MARRIAGE AND REVENGE

25.  MARRIAGE

 

Vio and Sirion were married a few days later, at the main altar in the Temple. Mamia said the marriage rite. Vio wore a simple dark blue robe Aunt Bibis had been making for her as a surprise, with a paler blue veil and chains of forest flowers round her neck, and Sirion looked magnificent in a long white tunic. Vio could hardly keep her eyes off him long enough to concentrate on the prayers.

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