An Unexpected Adventure

My entry for the ' An Unexpected Adventure' competition! Still a work in progress at this point!

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2. Closing

As we walk, until midnight, along the valley floor, we are accompanied all the way by the rushing sound of water. Many  tiny streams follow me as I clamber blindly through the rocks, thankful that, so far, I seem to be without injury.I try not be annoyed at Grandpa: he will have a reason for making us journey in the dark. I just don't dare to ask him for it.I wonder briefly  - he hasn't even told me why we have come to begin with.He claims he wants me to see he lands, but I can see precious little in the darkness.He must have a different purpose, it's just a shame that he is hiding it.

"Juniper," says Grandpa softly," I think we can stop now." 

He is looking back at me with amusement playing on his lips. I try not to smile.He knows I am struggling but I am no longer ashamed. Just pleased, happy that soon I can sleep.He picks out a spot on the bank of a larger stream, and tells me to make myself comfortable admist the cluster of slightly less jagged rocks.They form a support around me and I sink down gratefully. Grandpa is sitting among a similar crowd of stone, humming as he unpacks the blankets from the bag I had been carrying.The ground isn't hard or wet - it is just right. I sigh. Perhaps when day breaks I will know more about what we are doing. A tree pushes its spindly branches over our little space and the leaves give us the gift of a canopy. I fall asleep easily.

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