Espoir: A Tale of Sugar, Silence, and Secrets (part four)
Gail Marlene Schwartz, Gail Writes Copywriting Editing
December 19, 2016
One evening, Autumn snuck out her window, hopped on the subway and went downtown to the office of the kindgom’s newspaper, where she revealed the family business’ secret. What nobody else knew until that fateful day was that the sugarcane fields were tended at night by a colony of hedgehogs whose underground tunnels connected with plant roots via an elaborate steaming system. Because employing members of another species was illegal, a law written by the king himself, the company had to reconfigure and come up with a new solution to the problem of how to tend the fields quickly and cheaply.
Because of this unforgivable deed, Autumn’s parents banished her from their estate and from the royal family, forever.
Determined to create a new life for herself on her own terms, Autumn took her motorbike to the country, left a note for Renée that read, simply, “Amour,” grabbed her bucket, some peasant clothes she had borrowed from a laborer, her carving knife, a spare pair of spectacles and a pad and pen, saddled up her favorite horse, Cedar, and rode off into the uncharted wildlands.
At several moments on her journey, she stopped and dismounted, staring in awed silence at the rugged beauty of the land. She traveled across beaches of sparkling sand, precipices of granite, fields of wild yellow begonias. There in nature’s playground, Autumn had ample room to be fully herself. She did get tired and occasionally wondered if she might encounter a bed and breakfast or a small inn, but unfortunately none materialized.