The flight down the side of the tower seemed to take forever. The Princess was unused to such activity and was constantly banging her knees and her elbows. The drop between the end of the bedsheet and the tree was greater than she'd thought, and she almost climbed back up.
But she didn't. She kicked herself away from the tower - she did that two more times before she let herself drop. It was only a couple of seconds, but the freefall felt wonderful to this sheltered Princess. Oh if she only had wings to fly, then none of this would have been a problem. Her arms snagged harshly against the branches and she knocked her knee again. No doubt she'd be wishing for bandaids by the time she got to the bottom of the tree.
This part of the flight went smoothly as she could remember tree climbing from the days before the Tower. At the bottom of the tree, fastidious creature that she was, she brushed the bark off her dress and wondered why she hadn't changed into pants before cllimbing out the window. Too late now.
She couldn't do anything about the few spots that were bleeding, but it wasn't too bad so she decided to let it go until she could find a creek or a well. Once she found water she would clean them.
Looking up, her heart sank. Before her lay nothing but trees. Gone were the mountains in the distance. Gone was the city skyline. She would have to go through the forest before anything else. And she had no idea how long it would take her. In a moment of doubt, she looked back up. But there was no going back - the space between the tree branches and the sheets was too great for going up.
Adjusting her dress one last time, the Princess squared her shoulders and marched off into the unknown.
more to come....