Saccharine Secrets

We were travelling down the only road.

The sugary stars twinkled down from above like blinking eyes. Other than the sound of the donkey's hooves hitting the earth or the creaking of the wooden wheels... The serene sound of silence echoed across for miles and miles.

I sat at the back of a wagon with Thorn and Francis driving up at the front. The night wasn't cold, but it wasn't hot either. No other person was traveling down the path we were going down on, but Thorn had said that at the end of it was a village.

Gavin was curled up into a fetal position, and he was using my lap as pillow. His head was buried into my stomach, and his hand clinging onto the fabric. His torso gently moved up and down in sync with his soft breaths. I stroked his hair while staring ahead at the winding route that vanished into the distance.

There was nowhere else to go. Surrounding us was nothing but miles and miles of rolling hills with no trees that offered protection.

The wagon bobbed up and down, up and down, but not enough to disturb the deep sleep that Gavin was lost in. I continued running my fingers through his soft hair, brushing it away and out from his eyes. His lashes fluttered the slightest, but his face was so still. As if it was frozen, enchanted by a spell of some sort.

Even though I knew that beyond the horizon was a new village full of new people, I couldn't help but wonder if there never was one. I couldn't help but wonder what would happen if things stayed like this forever. Gavin sleeping in my lap, Thorn and Francis driving up front fighting off their drowsiness... Staring up at the stars...

There was nowhere to look now except ahead. Ahead where the winding, dirt path always disappeared behind the hills. Always. There was probably an end to the road somewhere far away, but that wasn't where we were heading.

I didn't dare turn my head to look back. I didn't dare to turn around and look at the sweet land that flowed of endless sugar and sprinkles. I didn't dare face the seemingly serene land.

I didn't dare, because I knew that buried underneath its saccharine exterior were bloody secrets.

*Author's note:
Thank you for all your support. This was my very first book, and I understand more than anyone else that it's not perfect in the slightest bit. There are a lot of errors, but having so many of you like and comment on my work has really pushed my ambitions to become a better writer. I hope that my next book will surpass this one, and I'm afraid that I won't be posting anything for a while since I'll be concentrating on creating a solid story with a solid plot and solid characters. I plan to make my next story an adventure one with romance(of course), and I hope that it will receive as much love and support as this one. It's gonna be about pirates! Yay! Anyways, I thank you all once again for sticking around and cheering me on until the end. You guys really rock and you have no idea how much your comments mean to me