The morning was a fair balance of cool and warm air. The Sun not so bright that they would swelter under its heat, and the breeze not so cold that they wished for another layer of clothing to protect them.
“If only the weather back home was always like this!” Cerys told her friends.
“I wouldn’t mind it like this as far as temperature,” Peter added, “but in the autumn, when the leaves are orange and red and yellow.”
“Like in October?” Bayani asked him.
“Of course,” Peter replied.
Most of their walk was like that, comparing the land that they had found themselves in to life back on Earth, the temperature, nature, civilization versus industry– anything that came to mind, really. The road was a lonely one for the most part. One or two wagons passed them, pulled by what looked like oxen, similar to the ones that the giant bird had been eating the day before, but not quite as massive, and clearly far more tame. Other than that, it seemed that few people had an interest in a road so far north.
“I guess it makes sense,” Cerys noted after a little while. “People on this part of the road are either on their way out of the barony, or have just entered it. There are probably a lot more travelers on other roads.”
“Maybe,” her friend said. Still, we are within the same Kingdom, so why are people not able to move so easily between the baronies? Doesn’t that seem strange to you?”
Cerys thought about it for a moment before answering. “I’m not sure, really. I guess I don’t know how it’s supposed to be with this kind civilization. How was it in medieval times really?” she wondered out loud.
“I’m not sure, either,” Himeko replied.
They went on walking.
It was well before noon when they started to become hungry, and without James there to tell them what they could and could not do, they decided to start snacking. As long as they kept walking, they were all content to eat. It did not seem like too much trouble, after all.
It took another hour at least after that before they came to the gate that separated the baronies. It turned out that there was quite a sturdy wall separating the two regions. They saved their comments about why somebody would want to keep the baronies so separate even within the same kingdom for later. There were guards at both sides of the gate, one from each barony; they wanted to check who was leaving as well as who was coming in.