WARNING: this is my outline for the rest of the story! I'd love to have comments about the general direction of the story, and it is probably going to be a long, long time before this is finished, given how I tend to keep starting over, but if for some reason you want to wait to find out what happens next...this would be a big spoiler!But please, read and let me know what you think!
We meet Emmaline and Amalea
Emmaline's marriage-to-be is announced
Maurinn makes a snide comment to Emma
They pack for the "conference"
It is a quick journey through the forest to the "conference"
Once there, Emmaline is shown about like an animal for sale
She attends a couple parties, and meets an overwhelming number of gentlemen, including Forge
Amalea becomes "interested" in Forge
Her mother snootily whooshes her past a group of gentlemen, and all Emma sees as one turns his head is a flash of piercing blue. ((his eyes))
She also attends some boring negotiations, but is not permitted to one.
Afterwards, her mother announces that she is engaged to one Grigory yl Ralxa.
Maurinn again shows up
Emmaline packs again to move to Ralxa.
They are journeying through the forest, and Emma wanders off and gets lost.
Amalea goes out to find her, but Jon finds her first.
Jon, Robin, and Forge agree to walk with them.
Robin is "interested" in Amalea
They emerge from the forest
Emma is shocked by the light – temporarily blinded
Maurinn lends her some support
She and Amalea are in awe of the flowers and rolling hills
Jon & co. find it very funny
Forge agrees to teach Amalea weaponry
They have to cross a river.
Emma goes on horseback, but gets very wet anyway
She almost slips off and is terrified
Jon promises to teach her to swim later
They follow the river
Emma dozes off on her horse and falls in the mud
She tears her skirt and Maurinn repairs it
They talk while she works; Maurinn reveals that she is going to be married to some Ralxan as well
Jon teaches her to swim
Amalea hurts herself during a weaponry lesson
Robin takes care of her
They leave the river and reach some mountains
Emma is not happy with mountains
Always feels like the cannot catch her breath
Gets cold and snowy
There is a rockslide/small avalanche – Jon, Amalea & several others fall
Emma is devastated – clings to Maurinn
Maurinn discovers that she feels very strongly for Emma – begins to fret
The whole party stops to try to find and rescue them
Amalea decides her feelings for Forge are extraordinarily strong when they are both stuck/hurt
They are returned safely
Emma and Jon admit love – sorta
Alicia, inspired by Emma's success, tells Forge her feelings – but is rejected.
Forge says that he loves Emma, but Amalea tells him that Emma is "taken"
Robin comforts her again.
Finally, they begin their descent.
Robin does Amalea a favor.
They camp by a lake, and Emma and Alicia decide to go swimming.
They invite Maurinn, but she turns them down out of embarrassment
Robin takes Amalea by surprise, and confesses love. Amalea runs away.
Emmaline and Jon get into a fight (Jon "snubs" Emma)
Amalea rejects Robin – "just friends"
Emmaline celebrates her birthday
Maurinn surprises her by cooking
The fight is resolved when Jon explains that he is an yn, which is why he cannot be with her
Emma agrees that she has to marry Grigory as planned.
Maurinn is very sad and confused – talks with Amalea
At last, they reach Ralxa!
Emmaline finds that she cannot stand Grigory – and he only wanted her for a housemaid.
Amalea is not allowed to stay with Emma and Grigory
Robin lets her live with him
She decides she'll give the relationship a try
Maurinn goes to her fiancé and discovers it's Jon
Maurinn says, "Any husband will do…" sadly, not looking at Emma
Jon talks with Grigory, and they agree to switch