Patchfeather walked as fast as she could without looking suspicious, until she and Lakefir were a safe distance away from Snow Herd, and broke in to a canter.
Usually pegasi flew to their destinations, but because Smokeleaf had headed of in the direction of "Legend Grove" the secret head courters of "Legends in the making". So Patchfeather had decided it was safer to go on hoof.
"What do you thinks happening?" asked Lakefir.
"I don't know, but I hope nothing bad has happened." said Patchfeather.
The two walked in silence until they caught up to Smokeleaf. He was waiting a few wing lengths from the huge tangle of prickle bushes that marked to entrance to Legend Grove.
"Beanwind has an assignment for you two." said Smokeleaf. "He wants you to go right in."
Patchfeather and Lakefir dipped their heads to steel gray stallion and pushed their way into the bushes. Patchfeather gasped, every time she came here it took her breath away, the grove was surrounded with some of the tallest spruce in the forest, pine needles littered the floor, ground making it springy, and a small brook wound though the center.
Beanwind stood beside the brook talking to Aspenflight, Icewing, and a smoky black stallion that Patchfeather recognized as Stormender, the leader of legends in the making.
When Beanwind spotted the two young pegasi he nodded, "Ah, here they are."
Patchfeather and Lakefir lowered their heads and stepped forward. Patchfeather suddenly grew nervous, had she done something wrong? Had Beanwind decided she wasn't good enough for Legends on the making?
Icewing stepped forward, "Beanwind has been keeping me up to date on your training, and we both think your ready for another mission."
Patchfeather let out a sigh of relief. I wonder what the mission is, thought Patchfeather.
"I'm not as young as I once was," continued Icewing, "And as you know I don't have an heir living in the herd. But I do have two foals living in other herds, Frostfire, is a captain in Mountain Herd's army, even though he is my first born I have decided not to clam him because his closeness to Rockwing. My other foal, Lightfeather, lives in Sun Herd. I will be leading a small team to retrieve my filly Lightfeather, I would like you two, to come with me."
Patchfeather and Lakefir exchanged excided looks, this was a important mission that the over-stallion had just assigned to them.
"When do we leave?" asked Lakefir.
"Dawn tomorrow." answered Icewing.
Patchfeather glanced over at Stormender, he was watching her with his ice blue eyes, like she was a piece in his never ending game.