For those who missed it, here is part 1:
Please give any opinions you might have on this so that I can continue to get better. Pt. 3 should be coming in another week, if you have any suggestions please don’t hesitate to let me know.
Sadie stood there as Bastian waved bye and started working his way back towards the fields to continue helping with the harvest. In these moments, she felt the true darkness of silence. She shrugged her shoulders and continued on her way. “Let’s just get this over with.”
The rest of the day passed very drearily. She basically spent the whole day feeding the animals. Sighing, she wondered if anything would ever happen in this world more than just this dreary day to day. As she passed the town center, a priest from one of the neighboring islands was out on the streets shouting something. Before she noticed, he had worked his way in front of her, saying, “Hello, miss, it’s a beautiful day today.”
She doubled back, holding her hands up, blocking him. “Whoa!” she exclaimed. “Where did you come from all of a sudden?”
“Why, I am just a traveler passing through sharing some news that has graciously reached my ears.” He looked at her with an awkward smile like he never even noticed her surprise; in fact, his eyes were smiling in much the same fashion. “Would you perhaps like to hear it as well?”
In her mind, she groaned. She didn’t really care, but he was probably going to tell her anyway. “Sure! I’ll be happy to hear this news you’re talking about!” she exclaimed with a smile and excitement that immediately fell into the pit of her stomach.
He continued on with that same smile on his face, talking about this or that, she really didn’t care. Good, he didn’t notice! But man, he could talk… So, he continued rambling on about multiple things involving other islands and their towns. After a while, she thought she heard the word “Valeon” sprinkled in and cut him off, “Hey, what did you just say?”
“Why, I was beginning to speak on how the Selection has been faring among the other towns. Most have come up with their—”
“No, before that, something about Valeon!” It was really just a story, but it had been some time since she had heard the place mentioned by someone other than Grandpa that it seemed to take a little more of a life to it.
“Aw yes, this is a special time where the Selection has timed itself with the disappearance of the great island country of Valeon. The records point to the fact that it has been 800 years since the strange fall and disappearance. Many are wondering if this will have some effect on the proceedings.” He stopped talking for a bit and stared at Sadie, maybe he was expecting a response. Before long, he looked out to the now darkening sky, turned back to her with a much more inviting smile, and said softly, “I need to get going, but if you want to hear more I will be in town for a few more days.”
With that, he turned aside and worked his way up the road to what seemed like the mayor’s house. She wondered if maybe he had some business with him. Whatever… it’s not like it’s her place to pry. On the other hand, this might at the very least be a cure for the boredom she’s been feeling the past few days. “It wouldn’t hurt just to take a look,” she said to herself, her curiosity prickling the back of her neck.
She first off walked away a bit until she felt he could no longer see her and started skulking behind him on the edge of the road. Making certain to use the trees and houses along the way to hide herself, she saw the priest knock on the mayor’s door. The mayor came out, they talked for a few moments, and they then both entered the house.
Sadie carefully made her way to the house and peered into one of the windows. They had just made their way into the room. She ducked below the windowsill when they turned towards her. She could feel her heart starting to beat against her chest. Taking a deep breath, she focused towards what they were talking about.
“You can’t possibly expect me to keep this going,” the mayor said, his voice sounding drained.
“Come now, it’s merely a little bit more before we finally reach our goal.”
“My goal is not your goal!”
A moment passed, and the sound of shattered glass blasted against Sadie’s eardrums. What could possibly be going on in there? The priest continued, “I have no need of someone who cannot see the bigger picture here. Time is extremely short, and I cannot have any delays. Do we have an understanding?” Sadie imagined him with that strange smile coming across his face.
“The price is too high! How could I possibly face my people if something were to happen to them?” The mayor’s voice was strained. That’s enough! Her curiosity got the better of her, and she looked through the window to see some blood seeping through a cut above the mayor’s eye. His breathing seemed heavy and his eyes faded.
Turning to the priest, she saw that smile once again though it now felt much heavier, darker in a way. “Very well, unfortunately I only have so much patience.” He snapped his finger and a tall man flung the door open. Sadie turned away, as the mayor began to beg for forgiveness and to be left alone and the sound of a struggle.
Once she couldn’t hear anything anymore, she turned back to see someone’s torso. Looking up, she saw the priest staring down at her. Before she knew what came next, she had already started taking back off towards the road as fast as she could.