The Shadows of Wildberry Lane
Perfection of Suffering
The Southern Aristocracy brought together by one woman - Dahlia Aldridge.
I had lived here most of my life in a blissful state of ignorance, surrounded by a loving family and the other Wildberry residents. Specifically, their sons - the heirs to some of the largest fortunes in the country. I had grown used to them acting as my shadows, protecting me and surrounding me with enough affection that I never questioned if their words were in fact the truth.
Then the Brooks twins came to town. Suddenly, everything I had known about myself was being shattered as they dug up my worst insecurities and exploited them to the world. I began questioning everything.
Kingston Ross. Stratton Lee. Yates Carter. Lincoln & Sterling Gates.
They have been able to protect me from everything... but myself. My boys carry a darkness inside of them that has never scared me. The shadows of deeds done at night, away from the limelight of being who we are within society. They think I'm afraid of that, but they couldn't be farther from the truth.
I wasn't afraid of their darkness.
I wasn't afraid of my feelings for them, ones that had grown from friendship into so much more.
I wasn't even afraid of expressing that to them... eventually.
What I was afraid of? That I would hurt those around me with my shame and pain.
I would just have to perfect the art of suffering in silence.
Wildberry Lane - home to the extremely wealthy and powerful Southern elite.