Wednesday, 23 February 2011
06:56:16 AM (GMT)
Asteria had to force herself to be patient, waiting quietly in her room until
nightfall. Of course, by now all the staff were well aware of her foul-humored mood,
and thus kept well away from her chamber, making it a fairly uneventful evening, to
say the very least. But once the very last maid had sauntered off to bed, and the
very last gas lamp was put out, Asteria finally crept silently out of her bed,
slipping on her day dress and shoes, prising the door open and stepping out into the
hallway. The sharp 'tap' of her slipper on the stone floor seemed to resound
throughout the whole corridor, immediately raising her guard. Praying that she hadn't
already ruined her own plan, she tiptoed softly down the, thankfully, carpeted
stairs, swiftly reaching the door and mentally sighing with relief. No-one would stop
She froze, not answering.
"Asteria, I know you're there!"
Holly emerged from the shadows, carrying a little briefcase of her own, and her
large, honey-colored teddy bear in her arms.
Asteria glared at her in shock. "What are YOU doing here? Get back to bed, you
The little girl sniffed graciously. "No. I am running away to find Mother and
Father, and you shan't stop me!"
She shook her head, and stared at the ceiling in thought. Holly seemed determined,
and Asteria knew that it would be very difficult indeed to dissuade her from leaving.
Perhaps...she should go with her?
She sighed. "Show me what's in your suitcase. Don't just stand there, hurry up and
empty it- NOW!"
At this, Holly gave a single, quiet whimper, tipping the contents of her luggage over
the carpet. It mostly consisted of toys and dresses, and there was a severe lack
"Undergarments." she said simply. "Go and pack them. Petticoats. You know what I
Asteria made a shooing motion with her hands, and her little sister bolted up the
stairs, recieving a harsh little 'SSSH!' before finally slowing her pace, walking
soundlessly back to her chamber to fetch what she required. A few minutes later, she
returned, shoving her clothes in a very unladylike manner, into her briefcase and
shutting it. Both nodding at each other, the key was turned, and doors were thrown
open. Once they'd managed to don their coats, sneakily adjusting their stockings as
they did so, they stepped out onto the porch.
The night air was still and frozen, and they both shivered. Stars sparkled dimly,
barely visible in the heavy clouds, the crescent moon peering ominously down at them.
Since the house was isolated, the nearest city being over twenty miles away, they
were surrounded by thick, dense forest- not somewhere two young ladies should be
going at night! Holly already seemed to waver, not liking the look of the scenery
surrounding them, but Asteria was determined, trudging on ahead confidently, while
her sister pottered behind, clutching her teddy to her body tightly, as if it were
her only lifeline. After a couple of hours of straight walking, their fatigue was
clearly evident, and they collapsed into a deep sleep, their only shelter being the
canopy of bare branches above them, their only pillow the piles of rotting leaves
littering the forest floor. Not pleasant, yet they quite happily threw themselves
onto the ground, far too tired to be picky.
When dawn finally broke, a couple of lonely birds chirping in the trees, Asteria
finally allowed her eyes to flicker open, taking in her surroundings. Once she
realised where she was, she jumped to her feet, furiously brushing herself down, as
if convinced that the ground had held some sort of disgusting disease on it, promptly
pulling Holly up with her, who was still rubbing her eyes drowsily. Soon, they were
tromping through the foliage once more. Neither of them could muster the energy to
As they walked, the Sun tentatively rose higher and higher over the treetops, until
by midday it was a shining, golden coin in the very centre of the sky, which was a
watery shade of blue. Their steps gradually became more and more slowed and sluggish
as the day went on, and just when Asteria was sure that she would collapse, they
spotted a village in the distance. Their spirits suddenly replenished, both siblings
dashed towards it, not caring how ridiculous they may have looked, stopping at the
outskirts to catch their breath. A girl with carrot coloured hair was sweeping
outside a large building, and she looked up upon sighting the two.
"Och, yoo luke out of breath!"
Holly looked to Asteria. "What did she say?"
She rolled her eyes, eyeing the girl warily. "So what if we are?"
The girl looked a little taken aback. "Och, I was jus' asking. No need to be a praat,
ye know! I'm Skye."
"Hmph. I am Asteria, and this is my younger sibling, Holly. Pleased to meet you."
She clearly did not sound pleased at all, and Skye seemed to pick up on this, opening
the door to what one could only assume was the inn.
Last edited: 24 February 2011