The sun was rising.
It would be a warm, fine day.
Alida turned back to wave good-bye to Ruth Oakes and Gavin’s grandmother.
They smiled at her, but Alida could tell they were worried. She was scared. She didn’t want to leave Ruth’s wonderful house near the town of Ash Grove. But she had no choice.
She glanced at Gavin.
He looked a little nervous too.
Alida was so grateful that he was coming with her.
They both stopped at the edge of the woods and both waved one last time.
Then they walked into the trees.
The grayish light of dawn was even...