"But we can't go there without food. I'm afraid we must go back to the occupied villages. Starving to death in the wilds is at least as unpleasant as being killed by the soldiers".

"No", exclaimed Midar in despair.

"They would kill us at once".

"That isn't certain", she said.

"However, if we go south I think we will come to a large cultivated area where we haven't been before and the soldiers there will probably not recognize us. Furthermore, the boundary to Videnien lies in the south and that of course is where we want to go".


Then Midar suddenly noticed a rowing boat coming out from behind a tree covered point and imperial soldiers were sitting in it.

"Look", he whispered.

"They are on their way here. Hurry up Luna, we must hide at once".


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