River River River Part 1
River River River 
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Part 2 coming next week! (probably)

River River River Part 1

Pallas had heard of the shadows in this forest.

Pallas had heard of the shadows in this forest. How they crept closer than they should and were still strong even under the noon sun.

Pallas had heard of the shadows in this forest. How they crept closer than they should and were still strong even under the noon sun.

What she hadn't expected was how- sentient they seemed.

She checked herself when she held her map close to her chest, subconsciously hiding it from devious eyes.

The shadows weren't really alive.

The shadows weren't really alive. The shadows aren't really alive.

Even so, Pallas scanned the trees on either side of the path she was traveling and then reverted her eyes to the ink illustrations on her map.

To get to the next town, she needed to pass through this forest, the Three River Woods.

So aptly named because of the three rivers that forked the only pass through the trees.

Really they were tributaries of the Great River, which allowed the nearby towns and villages to prosper, but they were allowed a higher status because of the myths surrounding them.

Pallas paid these myths no heed because they were wildly inconsistent and fantastical.

These stories told of everything from healing water to unicorns drinking at the banks.

However, one story that every traveler was warned of was that these rivers were dangerous.

However, one story that every traveler was warned of was that these rivers were dangerous. Several people had drowned at these rivers.

However, one story that every traveler was warned of was that these rivers were dangerous. Several people had drowned at these rivers. Some of the bodies were recovered.

Pallas clenched her jaw and put away her map with shaking hands as she heard the distant sound of rushing water echo off the trees.

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