TITLE: Dragon's Treasure
GENRE: Fantasy Romance
Olivia trembled with fear.
She scurried alone through a forest shrouded in a dark cloak of shadows, carrying nothing but the tattered dress on her already bruised and scraped body. Olivia gave thanks for the cloudless sky as she glanced at the full moon above, whose beams fought through the branches, shining down on her path.
With hands wrapped around her quivering form, she was not only scared, but the chill of the night had her shaking as well. Her sky blue eyes kept darting about, searching for a safe place to hide. Every little sound the night creatures made spooked her. Even the noise of her own steps crunching the twigs and pine needles under her leather boots added to her unease.
I hope my fortune will finally change, Olivia prayed.
She had run away the previous night. At first, Olivia was glad for the rain because it concealed her tracks and scent. It would have been difficult for a search party to follow her, presuming her parents had guessed she fled towards the forest and not the city. The trickle, though, soon turned into a heavy shower, making Olivia’s nighttime escape a miserable endeavor.
The day hadn’t been any better, but she did welcome the warm sunshine. Olivia had set up a small camp where she ate and rested during the morning hours. After freshening up in a nearby stream, she returned to her makeshift camp only to be dismayed by the sight that greeted her.