A Horse Called Creek - Part 2: "Finding and Bonding with Creek"
A few hours later, Ashley finally came out of her room and walked outside. She walked along a trail beside their house, looking down at her feet, kicking rocks and muttering things under her breath.
After a little while, she saw the creek she went to almost everyday. She muttered a few words under her breath and sat down at the water's edge. She took a stick and drew figures in the sand, then threw it out in the water. It made a small splash.
She muttered something under her breath and picked up another one and threw it in, then looked away. She heard a huge splash this time. "The stick wasn't that-" She was cut off when she looked over at the other side of the creek. A chestnut horse stood at the other side, pawing the water. It saw Ashley and nickered. Ashley stared at it.
"Wow. That's weird. I find a horse at the creek beside my house." She slowly walked over to the horse. It bobbed its head and nickered. "Who do you belong to?" Ashley asked it, as if it were going to reply.
The horse snorted and shook its head. "You don't belong to anyone?" The horse shook its head again. "Your pretty smart." Ashley stroked the horse's neck. The horse, a chestnut gelding, nickered and lowered his head in relaxation. "You like that?" Ashley chuckled and continued stroking. The gelding bobbed his head in a nod.
"You know what?" Ashley told the horse. "I think I'll keep you. My parents don't have to know." She gave a sly grin to the horse. "I'll call you... Creek! It fits you. I found you at the creek."
Creek bobbed his head and nickered. "Now what breed are you.. I'll say, from looking up pictures and reading books, that you're a chestnut Hanoverian!" Creek nickered and bobbed his head in a nod again.
"A Hanoverian.. you usually don't find fancy horses like that in a place like this." She gave a peppermint to Creek. He pricked his ears and ate it in no time. "You seem hungry!" She chuckled and searched in her pocket. She found a coiled up hay twine. "
I could use this for a rope!" She put the hay twine around Creek's neck and led him away towards her home.