Shirayuki was starting to feel some false pride in her sneaking and stealth skills, but something inside her said that the reason nobody caught her yet was because the place was a mess after the news of the recent attack on the Sreg fort near Willant spread like wildfire, that even guards from Larias in the far north were required to attend immediately as many there were injured and manpower was desperately needed. And since the messenger birds could not survive in colder weather because of their tropical origin it was out of question sending a telegram to the northern checkpoint and only one man whether tired and injured or not could convey the message as fast as possible.
“The Caroline Forbes, Get the Hell Off My Back and Find a Life While I Finish Finals, You’re Done with College Bucket List.”
“One, you must finish these tasks in order (no peeking!) before graduating Friday evening. Two, keep Nik with you. I already dragged him into town but I can’t give him my attention, and you’ll need the company. And make him pay for everything, he can afford it. New York’s expensive, and I need you to save your money. I’m not visiting you in a shoebox apartment. Three, take pictures so I can better visualize when you tell me all about this AFTER FINALS. Four, don’t text me, I’ll text you. I’m studying.”