Chapter 7

Chapter 7

So, there you have it, no-one killed Rock it was an accident and yes, everyone was knew it and was in on the cover up, even Ruby.

Things have changed a lot here in the valley since that awful day, five years ago. Rock was buried up by the waterfall, his favourite place and, although Tim and Ruby mourned for him they soon found so much love in their grandson Joel and his little sister, Serena. Lumina left for Switzerland before the funeral for an expensive finishing school and Flora went with her as her companion. There was the obvious holiday before she could take up her place at the school though. She's due back home soon and Romana has been getting everything ready. I don't think she'll stay long but I hope long enough for the two old ones. Flora won't be returning with her though. She married a hunky skiing instructor in Switzerland. They're opening up a skiing school and she's happy there with her husband and their adopted daughter. The valley is full of children now and growing with every year. It has a real future now, gaining a reputation as a wonderful place to live. Gustafa and Nami no longer live in the yurt, though they still keep it for holidays. They live in a smart new house that Gotz built for them in its place and Gustafa is making quite a mark on the music scene. They have two children now, boys, and Nami is hoping for a girl this time. Celia surprised us all by producing first twin girls and then a boy soon after. Muffy finally strong armed Griffin into marrying her and has a wonderful little boy of her own. She tells me that she doesn't plan to leave it there. In fact there are so many children in the valley now that Samantha has decided to open up a school. Gotz is building it right where Van used to hold his market stall. Van has gone into partnership with the supermarket in Mineral Town and he's opened up a branch in the valley attached to Vesta's farm.

Takakura finally retired and moved in with Tim and Ruby. I was going to give them some of the insurance money but they wouldn't take it telling me I'd need it for the children. Still the backers of the dig felt their excavation had been in some way to blame for the fall and, in order to stave of a law suit that no one had dreamt of making, paid up compensation money. I couldn't take it so I gave it to them. They were able to expand and now their inn is becoming a tourist magnet.

As for me, the farm is doing very well and we're getting quite a reputation for exotic fruit and veg. Serena and Joel grow more wonderful as each day passes. Joel looks so like father but has none of his character thank god and Serena is a little version of myself. Carter was my saviour after Rock's death; I depended on him so much and the love between us deepened with every day. We were married last year and everyone in the valley was happy for us. He moved out of that tent at last though he still carries on his work there. Not so much digging now as he is putting together his findings. I'm about to give birth to our first child any day now, the first of many I hope and so does Jon. I'm finally content Father; your farm will never be deserted again. All your hopes have come to pass and the Valley will always be there for us all.