This may be a simple question and, if it's painfully obvious, I apologize.
I was curious as how you can actually move during a Spring Attack. Particularly can you move up and to the side prior to moving backward? Like, you're 5 feet away from your target, can you take the initial move forward and then one square to the side prior to moving backwards? Basically, satisfying the 10 foot minimum movement by moving up and then taking a sidestep.
Cinematically I would see this as stepping up, deftly sidestepping to avoid the AOO, attacking and then jumping back. I know that this interpretation may be a stretch but I have been told several different things by several different people.
I really appreciate any and all input.
Note that you can't spring attack if you start adjacent to your target.
You cannot use this ability to attack a foe that is adjacent to you at the start of your turn.