...and one day the princess wandered away from the castle.
She'd grown up aware of the surrounding forest. She knew the birds that flew along its outskirts and, on occasion, watched a timid deer peek from among the trees.
This day, she was the one peeking across the divide between civilized and wild. Even at the boundary, while she could still hear the the servants calling to each other and smell pies baking in the kitchen, the forest tempted her with wonders she'd never imagined.
I'll only take a few steps in, she thought. I'll keep the castle in view. I won't go far--no, not far at all...