Just because we were set at liberty did not mean that we were free to leave. Our guards were dismissed to other duties which meant that instead of being under their sole observation we had the attention of the entire army wherever we turned.
The Supreme Commander had decided for reasons of security that we would not be allowed to depart from the camp. And orders were issued accordingly.
I was surprised at Elijah’s complaisance in the face of these strictures. However, Tomas and the Captain were unperturbed and welcomed the opportunity to take it easy.
Finally I realized I had my sights too attuned to the end goal and was not directing my immediate focus where it should be.