The young women did not wait to implement their plan. Kira and Ayla were about to depart the fortress and there was no time to think it over anymore than they already had. They both agreed that it was an excellent plan without flaws and so Nive climbed into the root cellar and Hope ran at full speed to the contingent at the gates.
“Kira!” She shouted. “Ayla!” She came to a halt in a cloud of dust. “It’s Nive,” she gasped. “She’s escaped!”
“What do you mean, escaped?” Kira snapped the question impatiently.
Hope looked at Kira with a blank expression. “Do I need to explain what ‘escaped’ means?”