The accident. The day that changed just about everything including my love of horses. But she stood with me. Stood to the very end. Never letting go. Staying beside me. Loving. Obeying. Forever.
"Star, I love you. Thanks for staying with me. Even when I'm not in the best mood." I said to my horse, White Star. She nickered in return.
I named my horse White Star because she is the star of my life, well, after Mom died a year earlier. And she is white, well, technically gray but she looks white. She is just a beautiful horse - an Arabian.
Arabians are my favorite breed. So she is my dream horse.
"Mia! We've got to get going now!" Emily, my sister, called from the truck. I said bye to Star and hopped into the truck.
"Dad wasn't going to wait much longer... you're welcome." Emily whispered to me after I buckled my seat belt. I smiled and stared out the window seeing all the farms flying past.
I looked out closely and saw a horse and rider. They weren't doing so good. I cringed as I saw the rider kick the horse real hard. The horse galloped away so fast. I just wanted to give that rider a piece of my mind! That is not how you treat a horse! Then the sight was gone. But I could never get my mind off of it. Any horse being treated that way was wrong.
Disturbing my thoughts, Emily jumped up and said, "We're here!"
Emily is the exact opposite of me. She was eager and ready for anything. Not that I wasn't ready for anything but I was ALWAYS ready for horses. Just not anything. She is a year younger than me, she has shoulder length wavy hair, and I have long, straight hair. And she is more of a girly girl than I am. I don't really care about the way I look for the most part. Only sometimes I REALLY care.
I looked out the window and saw the animal shelter. We were going to get a new dog! Although I wanted a horse, we had to compromise, and a dog was my only other choice. It looked as if Emily was going to burst with excitement. As for me? Well, I'm not as excited as her, that's for sure.
"Lets go find a dog!" Dad said with enthusiasm. I shrugged as we walked in. The only thing I thought of was horses. And my family knew it. They would talk about something, I would relate it to horses. Kind of like what Mom did. Only she understood me.
I tell Dad all the time that we have the space for a horse and that I could take care of him, but he still says no. We just recently got rid of our horses. Mom used to gentle horses. I helped her do it. I miss those days...
"Ooh...Mia! Look at this pretty girl!" Emily said and pointed to a young chocolate lab.
"I guess he'll do." I said with a shrug.
"So can we get him dad? Please?!" Emily pleaded.
"Okay. We'll get this one. But what will you name him?" Dad said.
I scanned through my favorite horse names... "How about Nutmeg?" I suggested.
"Nah. That's too much of a horse name." Emily put that name to the side.
"Not really.." I thought when Emily found the perfect name for him.
"I got it! Hershey! That will be his name!" Emily said without asking if I liked the name.
"Okay. I like it!" I said in agreement. Now back to horses...
If you have ever read the series, "Winnie The Horse Gentler", you will like this story!
As we drove home, I didn't really pay attention to Hershey at all, although he kept trying to get up onto me. I just stared out the window until we came up to the horse and rider again.
They were doing even worse than before. The rider had taken out a whip and started whipping the horse. I cringed every time he whipped that poor horse. Then I thought, "What would Mom do if she saw that?" I knew what she'd do. She would pull over and walk over to that person and tell him what he shouldn't be doing, instead, telling him what he should be doing. She would demonstrate what not to do then what to do.
I wanted to do that so bad but dad was in a good mood and I didn't want to risk it. He said he that I reminded him of Mom, but then again, Emily reminds him of Mom too.
After a while, we pulled into the driveway. By now I had totally forgotten about Hershey. Emily picked him up and brought him inside.
"Emily, wait! He's an outside dog, he doesn't come in with us." Dad said before Emily reached the door.
"But Dad!!" Emily said. "He'll get lonely!"
Dad looked at me, then back to Emily. "Mia's out here all the time!" He said.
"But she's always with her horse! I want an animal!" Emily complained.
"Well then stay outside more." Dad said. You could tell in his voice that this was decided.
Then I ran to the pasture. I saw Star trot over to me. She's the only horse we kept after getting rid of the rest. "Hey girl! It's nice to see you! Too bad I won't be able to stay with you as long. School's starting tomorrow!" I said. She was just staring at my hand in my pocket.
"I don't have any treats now girl! Sorry!"
Just then, the horse and rider that we drove by rode by. I looked and saw a beautiful Bay Morgan. There was a guy around my age riding. He struggled to keep going. Soon, he was out of sight.
"Don't worry, Star. I would never do that to you!" I said to Star, who was looking right at me.
"Mia!! Time for dinner!!" Emily yelled.
I sighed and walked towards the house. When I came in, she had dinner all cooked and served.
"Yum! I'm starving!" I said as I sat down.
Emily soon started a conversation with Dad. I just sat there listening. I thought about the Morgan. I wanted to help that horse so bad!
"Right Mia?" Emily said and looked at me.
"What? Oh. Yeah." I said. Then she turned back to Dad and kept going.
Soon, everyone was done so I went up to my room. Me and Emily shared a room. We both had a loft bed. My side was all cluttered beneath my bed. Her's was all neat and tidy. I'm not the cleaning type so mine was always like this.
"Mia! What are you wearing for the first day of school tomorrow?!" Emily asked excitedly.
I shrugged and said, "I don't know."
"Then I'll pick out what you're wearing!" Emily replied. She then started digging through my clothes to find "the perfect thing".
I looked out my window and saw Star peacefully grazing. I stared for a while, until Emily suddenly said, "I found the perfect thing, Mia!" She picked up a pair of skinny jeans and a T-shirt with a horse on it.
"Only this once, alright?!" I said. I hated skinny jeans. But I'll make an acceptation this once. Skinny jeans are uncomfortable to ride in which is the main reason I don't like them.
After a while, I fell asleep, not knowing how it'll go tomorrow. First day in a new school? Not my kind of thing. Emily is so excited. Not me.
I woke up the next morning and fed Star. She nickered when she saw me coming.
"Hey girl! I'll be leaving soon but I'll see you in a while! We can ride right when I get back, alright?" I said.
Then Dad called me in, "Mia! Breakfast is ready!"
I went inside and smelled bacon. "Mmm!" I said and sat down. I stabbed some pancakes with my fork and set them on my plate. I tried to start a conversation, but Emily already had.
"I am so excited for school today! I'm gonna make some new friends, and learn new things!" Emily said to Dad.
"Mia... I saw that you were wearing skinny jeans?" Dad said surprised.
"Yes. I'm only doing it this once. Emily picked it out." I answered, then stuffed a big bite of pancakes in my mouth, not wanting to talk.
Once everyone was done, me and Emily rode our bikes to school together.
"Bye Dad! See you after school!" Emily called.
"Yeah! Bye Dad!" I called after. Dad waved and drove off.
Soon, we made it to the school. I got off my bike and locked it then walked inside.
"At least you're not late on the first day of school!" Emily said.
"Yeah. Bye. See you after school." I said while walking off.
I walked into the 7th grade English room, which was my first subject.
"Okay class! Listen up!" Our teacher said. "I'm your English teacher, Mrs. Hartford. And it looks like we have a few new students this year! I would like all the new students to introduce themselves. Who will be first?" Mrs. Hartford said.
A girl in the back that I never noticed before raised her hand. "Say your name and.. your birthday." Mrs. Hartford said.
"I'm Ally and my birthday is May 10th." Ally said.
Then I guess I was the only other one so I raised my hand. "I'm Mia and my birthday is April 4th." I said.
"Is that all?" Mrs. Hartford said. Then some guy in the second row raised his hand.
Then I started thinking about that horse. "That beautiful Morgan..." I thought. I looked back and thought I recognized someone... it was him! The guy that was riding that beautiful horse!
"Note to self, Talk to that guy." I thought.
Soon, English was just about over. I haven't even talked to one single person by lunch. I saw Emily talking with a group of friends. Wait. She WAS part of that group of friends.
As I waited in the lunch line, someone behind me said, "Hi! So you're new here too?" I knew who it was. It was Ally.
I turned around and said, "Yeah, I am."
"I couldn't help but noticing.. do you like horses? I saw your shirt in English." Ally said.
"Yes! I love horses!"I almost squealed.
"I do too! I haven't found anybody yet that likes or loves horses yet. It's good to know I'm not the only one!" She said.
After we made it through the lunch line, we sat down together.
"I used to gentle horses with my mom but.. she died in a car accident." I said looking down.
"Oh, I'm so sorry!" Ally said.
"Anyway, do you own any horses?" I asked.
"No, sadly. But I do love them anyway. I ride at Horse Haven Stables." She explained.
"I have one horse named White Star and I took lessons when I was young with my mom." I said.
Soon lunch was over and we went to two different classes. CONTINUED IN COMMENTS SECTION