Gathering Storm - Part 1
by by Abbie (call me Reese)
Silverdust, Reese's mare
It began one dark, silent night. Arriving late from the stables where Reese had boarded her mare, Silverdust, she clumped up the stairwell in her jodhpurs. Tears streamed down her face. She recently just put down Silverdust from a bout of colic. Her intestines had twisted, and there was no way for the vet to rush her to the animal operational clinic several hundred miles away. Or save her.
Reese closed her eyes and stood still, clutching the hand rail to her right. An image of the prancing, lively dapple gray Arabian flooded her mind. She would never love another horse again. Never. The young mare was only four years old, but had been there for Reese when ever she had needed her. Like her mom's death. Reese sighed and slipped up into the gloomy atmosphere of her room. Not even bothering to undress, she flipped onto her bed and fell into a troubled sleep. Her dreams haunted her with visions of her mare falling into a deep crevice of water. In her dream she struggled to pull her horse out, but Silverdust was drowning in the blackness. She awoke later to a commotion down stairs. Her father was yelling at her grandmother, talking about his daughter's "dangerous mare."
"Why did you give it to her?!?!" Her grandmother listened quietly, as it never was her style to argue. Then she replied calmly, which was difficult in her son-in-law's presence, "Silverdust did not kill Reese's mother. The fall was just a bit of bad luck. I think we should get her another horse. She was so attached to the mare! She loved her!"
Her father angrily replied back, "Bad luck! Bah! It landed on my wife!" Reese turned over angrily, flinching at the words. He had always hated Silverdust. Soon, the yells turned to murmurs, and she fell asleep again. She awoke when the house was completely dark. Then Reese heard a tap outside her window.
What do you think of part one? It is going to get exciting in part two! Look for it! If you don't want me to continue, though, let me know what was wrong! You can visit my site about horses at http://thehorseloverswiki.pbworks.com, if you want.
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