An intake of breath seemed amplified in the breathtaking views of
Cecilia's first views of the Irish countryside. 'Begging your
pardon ma'am, but are you Ok?' The train conductor had stopped
just behind Cecilia and started her with his question. They had
reached her stop and she was so overcome with wonder, awe and the
beauty of what lay in front of her she had failed to even step
onto the platform. Cecilia started to apologize but the conductor
laughed at her, his blue eyes smiling down at her as he said
'Don't worry young miss. I seem to get a lot of people with your
reactions. Beautiful, I know. You don't ever get over the views.
Do you need any help getting your suitcase down?'
Cecilia smiled widely at him, never having encountered a stranger
that was so friendly and at ease with the passengers. 'No thank
you, the shock of the views has worn off slightly so I think I'll
be okay now. But thank you very much, and it was lovely to meet
you.' Her voice was so light, it seemed fresh and uplifting to
the conductor, so he took her suitcase off the train for her
anyway, and they both waved a heartfelt goodbye as the train flew
by. Once again she found herself being sucked into the
countryside again; her plans of hiring a car to meet Alec flew
far from her mind. A walk in the tranquil Irish countryside,
inspiration is exactly what was needed. At that moment Cecilia
couldn't think of any better to do.
As she made her way across of acres upon acres the woodland
Alec's face would not seem to leave her mind; it swam annoyingly
perfect in front of her making her wonder what his true
intentions were for this trip. Cecilia had longed for years to
experience Ireland; it had been her dream to discover the rich
culture, and to be able to wallow in the glorious beauty. And it
seemed that Alec was like her knight in shining armour, saving
her from a life of hardship and pain, desperately trying to
provide for her and her family, inviting her to the place he
called home, to the place he would constantly refuse to tell her.
If anybody knew how to antagonize her and leave her waiting, Alec
Cecilia's parents had both passed away, years ago, she could
hardly remember their faces, but she was constantly told that her
stubbornness was that of her mothers, and her patience and
kindness of her father. She took pride in hearing of them,
no-matter how much pain it caused her. Now, she lived with her
two younger brothers, and her sister, and her beloved Grandfather
and Grandmother. Without them, her and her family would not be
standing today, Cecilia would be now and forever, truly thankful.
She loved them. More than she could ever love anything
'Amazing what a few blend of colourful flowers can do to your
thoughts' Cecilia muttered to herself, chuckling slightly at her
over active emotions. She was now nearing the village that she
and Alec had set on meeting on, her pace seemed to quicken and
her heart gave a tiny flutter as the shadow of her shining knight
set before her.