Chapter 1: Country Roads Take Me Home.
"Do you have everything Lillian? I'm not having you going all that way and-" My mum asked looking up at me while I'm tidying up boxes on my cart. She had her blonde hair up in a neat bun a little bit of make-up on, her pale blue dress and white cotton jacket on. It was a Monday and she always went to go visit grandma on Monday and she had to dress well because grandma isn't a farmer she's a lady and doesn't approve of my mum's choice of living. I tighten up the rope that's going to keep the boxes in place while on the road and hop down so I'm at my mum's level.
"Yes mum I promise I checked it three times, you were there for two of them!" I replied with a hint of annoyance in my voice. I just want to go mama! Her face changed from stern to calm after that and she wrapped her arms around me.
"I wish you wouldn't leave so soon Lil, there are plenty of other men in town" I could hear her trying to hold back the tears. Please don't cry mum please! She let go of me and i placed my hands on her shoulders.
"That's not just why I'm leaving mum; I want the adventure you had when you came to this town, not knowing anybody, nobody knowing your past!" i trailed off. "Maybe even meeting someone better for me than James".
My mum wiped the tear that was rolling down her face and smiled the biggest smile I’ve ever seen.
"I'm so proud of you Lillian, don't forget that" She whimpered a little.
We were stood there in embrace crying for about twenty more minutes until my horse Ozzy started to get restless and basically saying 'get to it it's time to go!'. My mum let go of my arms and wiped her tears.
"This is a letter your dad wrote last night, he is so angry that he can't see you off but he needs to work at the vineyard. He said if you read it when you get there it will have more effect" She said placing the letter in my hands. I slipped it into my denim jeans pocket and patted the pocket. Thank you daddy.
"Okay mum i really need to go" i whined wiping my tears away, and giving her one last hug.
"Wait!" a male voice shouted.
"Oh crap!" me and my mum shouted in unison. I quickly i kissed her on the cheek then hopped onto Ozzy. I whipped the reigns and Ozzy started walking quickly. I turned and waved my mother goodbye with tears welling in my eyes, i could see she was crying. I love you mum, I’ll miss you!
Half way out of town i heard the male voice again shouting my name. When will he take the hint!?
"Leave me alone!" i scream to voice i assume to be James. Out of nowhere he jumps out in front of Ozzy and my poor horse had to come to an abrupt stop. "What do you think you're doing? Ozzy could of killed you!"
"I couldn't have you leaving town without one last present" he spoke calmly coming to the left side of Ozzy.
"I want nothing from you James" i didn't even look him in the eyes.
"I understand why, but understand i do love you" he started lecturing. I let out a little sarcastic laugh still not looking at him. "So just take this okay!" he shouted at me taking my hand and placing a gold necklace in my hand. I stared down at the shining wonder, it had the words 'Lillian, my love' engraved on the front. Now I was nearly in tears again so before James could see I whipped the reigns and had Ozzy running off into the early morning sun.
The ride to the top of the mountain between Bluebell and Konohana was a long one, at least six hours, the sun was getting low in the sky and the sky was starting to turn orange. I still have a few hours till nightfall. I could see both villages from where i was, both looking busy with the villagers running about.
Few more moments looking at both villages if decided to start heading for bluebell as the farm in Konohana was already taken. I'll just make friends with both villages. I whipped the reigns and got Ozzy into gear walking again.
After about half an hour of riding down the track and dodging a bear i thought i was nearly there but the track seemed to carry on forever. I stopped near a river to let Ozzy have a rest and a drink and to wet my face.
Lifting my face up after splashing several times and wiping on a towel from my satchel a noticed a dark blonde haired boy sat on the edge of the river, grey pants rolled up to his knees and his shins in the water. He was wearing a light grey shirt with a purple waist coat and lose yellow tie. He was also wearing a purple tartan pattern cap that fitted perfectly on his head. I found myself staring at him noticing how attractive and cute he was. He picked up a blue daisy that was next to him, he smelled the flower and smiled to himself or so I thought.
"Can I help you?" he asked calmly but loudly so i could hear. I could feel my cheeks burn up while i tried to figure out what to say.
Once I was composed i looked back at the boy who was now stood up trousers down properly with no wet patches and shoes on, like he had never even had his legs in the water. He calmly and smoothly walked towards me with such grace; he stopped about three steps and away from me and placed a hand on his hip.
"Um, sorry about that... i was just wondering if you knew how far away Bluebell town was from here." He looked me up and down and i suddenly felt very open even though i was in jeans and my red tartan shirt and walking boots. Within a second his composer changed and he was calmer. What's his deal?
"You must be the new farmer we have arriving, I'm sorry for making you jump before" He took my hand and kissed it. "My name is Cam, you are?" He asked. For a second i forgot who i was.
"My name is Lillian" I smiled politely like grandma always said to do when i met new people. He smiled back then put both his hands halfway into his pants side pockets.
"Would you like me to escort you and your horse to Bluebell then to the mayor?" he asked gesturing further down the track. I took this as i wasn't far and didn't need him to escort me but he did seem kind.
I politely accepted his offer and led him back to my cart where instantly Ozzy took to Cam and pushed his face into him wanting a stroke.
"That's Ozzy he can be too friendly so if you want me to make him stop I can" I stated hopping onto Ozzy's back.
"He's okay I don't mind horses" He smiled giving him a stroke. "This way" he pointed and walking ahead. I gave Ozzy a nudge and he started walking.
After a short walk and a nice brief conversation with Cam he took me to the gates of the village were an old man was stood. Cam instantly walked over and said hello to the man. When they were done Cam brought the man over and introduced me to him.
"Lillian this is Mayor Rutger, Mayor Rutger this is Lillian" The man inspected me up and down like Cam did, the only difference i didn't feel exposed.
"Miss Lillian! Welcome to our humble village!" He finally spoke "It seems you have already made a friend, which is good"
"Good evening Mr Rutger" i smiled and held my hand out. He instantly took it and shook it vigorously. I looked to the side were Cam was stood and noticed he wasn't there anymore. I looked back at the mayor with a confused face.
"Lad will have to get back home, plus he isn't one to stick around and talk. Come ill show you your farm" he gestured for me to follow him. I did making Ozzy walk again. I'm sure Ozzy and me will sleep well tonight!