Beautiful Chaos is having a share your darlings blogfest today!
Due to word count I had to delete all of Emily and Richard's travels. Here is a snippet.
Emily met Richard in the clearing about a mile south. The winds swept over her from over head and Riley stopped and raised its front legs to the air as if averting a confrontation from an unknown rival. Emily held on and dug her heals at his side leaning forward with the reigns and whispering words of comfort to the stallion which seemed to tremble under her. She looked up and felt a presence in the sky as the forest landscape erupted in wind. The stallion regained composure and headed toward the clearing. Emily saw Richard wrapped in a dark cloak. He was shadowed by the trees and she felt a surge of relief to see him. Without looking at her he reached for his own mare and gracefully climbed in the saddle just as she approached.
“We must hurry.” His voice was soft. Emily felt the tension rising from him and she trembled. She heard a loud roar in the sky and strained her eyes to see beyond the towering trees. She could see nothing. A silence consumed them. The horses shimmied in unrest.
“Emily.” Richard said harshly. “Keep your focus on me and nothing else. Keep close and we will be able to ride in the darkness.”
Emily’s heart felt as if it were going to jump through her throat at any second. She turned to look back at the way she had come and saw no sign of her village, of her people. The forest was empty except for the two. Where were the people? Why had they remained in their homes, she thought. Then another thought entered her mind, the forest was empty because there were no villagers alive to flee, they were all dead. Tears blurred her vision and she turned back to Richard who had already begun his decent down the path. She followed with a heavy heart, tears falling from her pale face.