"Are you ready to go?" Jason asked Rachel.

She looked at him and smiled. "Ready as I'll ever be, but…" She trailed off.

"What?" He said.

"I was just wondering if by chance Lasmer could help escort us to Trensicourt."

"Lasmer?" He exclaimed. "As in that farm boy who rode with you here?"

"He's always wanted to be a knight. Maybe you could give him a chance." Rachel pleaded.

Jason sighed. "I guess it couldn't hurt anything." He summoned one of his many servants and ordered him to tell Lasmer of the change in plans.

"Thank you." Rachel said.

"You're welcome, but I hope he can handle it. There have been many rumors of bandits" He told her.

"I'm sure he can."

"I hope you're right."

The gate opened wide and the party set out. Along with Lasmer, Jason, and Rachel, accompanied five more guards whom Jason had said were the best of the best. The trip was expected to take only a few days riding, but that was if they didn't have any trouble.

"Thank you Lady Rachel." Lasmer rode up next to her.

"What for?" Rachel tried to pretend she didn't know.

"For giving me this chance. One of the other guards told me it was you who convinced Lord Jason to bring me."

"Think nothing of it Lasmer. It was the least I could do to repay your kindness in bringing me here." She smiled. He nodded and fell back.

The ride wasn't anything exciting for the first day or so. They passed through lots of country side and avoided any towns trying to prevent any commotion or word of their travels.

Rachel started to get bored with all the traveling and took opportunities to practice her rusty Endomic skills. She spooked a few of the guards when she moved rocks, but for the most part nobody seemed to mind.

Suddenly Jason turned to her. "You might not want to practice too much here Rachel."

"Why?" She looked at him.

"This is bandit territory and those with Endomic gifts are highly prized." He explained.

"Oh. Right." She said mildly embarrassed. He turned back around and they continued their journey in silence. Rachel sighed and thought of the long days ahead.