TITLE: A ROYAL TREASURE HUNT
GENRE: MG Fantasy Adventure
Princess Cassandra's horse thundered along the green path, easily sidestepping the budding trees in the sparse forest. With a whoop, she glanced over her shoulder. Her friends never could keep up with her. She stopped her horse. "Come on, Kylie, Vance! You're too slow!"
"It's not fair," Vance grumbled. "Our workhorse has to carry two of us." He tsked with his tongue. "Horse thief."
His sister Kylie covered her mouth as she giggled.
"I'm not a thief! I'll bring the horse back like I always do." Cassandra crossed her arms, still holding onto the reins. Since her parents refused to give her a horse due to her running off, she was forced to "steal" from the pages. "Hurry! We don't have all day."
She wished they did. Ever since the three of them had decided to see all of the creatures in her bestiary up close, they had been sneaking out of Sun Haven every chance they could. So far, they hadn't seen any of the unusual creatures from her book.
Flicking her wrist, Cassandra urged her horse forward and weaved through the trees. Abruptly, the forest ended, and she stared down at the Falls, pulling back on the reins. The teal water flowed forward as it churned, wild and desperate. Like her. Obedient with her royal duties—most of the time—yet restless for adventure.
Today was far too glorious a day to be sad. She called over her shoulder, "Let's race to see who can find a magical creature first."
"Yes," Vance shouted.