Robb rode closer. You are doing well, Bran.
I want to go faster, Bran replied.
Robb smiled. As you will. He sent his gelding into a trot. The wolves raced after him.
Bran snapped the reins sharply, and Dancer picked up her pace. He heard a shout from Theon Greyjoy, and the hoofbeats of the other horses behind him.
Bran's cloak billowed out, rippling in the wind, and the snow seemed to rush at his face.
Robb was well ahead, glancing back over his shoulder from time to time to make sure Bran and the others were following.
He snapped the reins again. Smooth as silk, Dancer slid into a gallop.
The distance closed. By the time he caught Robb on the edge of the wolfswood, two miles beyond the winter town, they had left the others well behind.
I can ride! Bran shouted, grinning. It felt almost as good as flying.
I'd race you, but I fear you'd win. Robb's tone was light and joking, yet Bran could tell that something was troubling his brother underneath the smile.
I don't want to race. Bran looked around for the direwolves. Both had vanished into the wood. Did you hear Summer howling last night?
Grey Wind was restless too, Robb said. His auburn hair had grown shaggy and unkempt, and a reddish stubble covered his jaw, making him look older than his fifteen years.
Sometimes I think they know things...sense things...Robb sighed. I never know how much to tell you, Bran. I wish you were older.
I'm eight now! Bran said. Eight isn't so much younger than fifteen, and I'm the heir to Winterfell, after you.
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