Midnight the Black Stallion - Continued
Dinner was good. I stayed to help with the dishes, and Skyler went to check on the horses. Skyler yelled for me to come, so I did. I thought something happened to her. She motioned for me to stand by her, that is when I saw the wild herd of horses. There were at least 30 horses and they were so pretty!
"Gorgeous!" I whispered.
Skyler nodded. Then I saw the black stallion, he is the leader of the herd Suddenly they all took off into the woods.
"Time for bed!" Aunt Terresa called.
Skyler and I hurried to get ready for bed. I got into my PJ’s and got in bed. Aunt Terresa came in to say goodnight and give Skyler a hug. I stared at the ceiling of the room, there were glow in the dark stars on the ceiling.
The next thing I knew it was morning. The smell of bacon, eggs, and pancakes wafted into the room. It made my stomach growl and mouth water. I glanced at Skyler and we both smiled.
"Well, it looks like it is time to get up!" Said Skyler. We got up and dressed.
"Good morning girls." Aunt Terresa said.
"Good morning." We replied in unison.
I grabbed a plate and got eggs, bacon, and orange juice. It all tasted so good! I hurried to feed Sugar and take her for a morning ride. Skyler came too. Sugar greeted me with a friendly whinny and I got her oats ready. She ate and I waited a little before I saddled her up.
Skyler and I went out to the field and raced one another. I slowed Sugar to a trot and went in circles. Sugar stopped and twitched, her ears moved forward and backward. I heard a faint whinny from the woods. The black Stallion galloped from the woods. There were two men, on horses, chasing after him.
I galloped on my horse to the two men. Skyler came right behind me.
"Stop!" I yelled. The men looked at me, and as I got closer I noticed it was actually a boy and his brother. The younger smirked. Skyler nudged me.
"What?" I whispered.
"Hello! That is my brother!" She replied.
I had no idea which boy was her brother, all I knew was that they were trying to catch the Black Stallion.
"I'm Nate, and I'm Skyler's older brother." Said the one on the paint horse.
I smiled nervously, and glared at Skyler. She looked away. Nate studied me and looked at Skyler, confused.
"I'm Isabelle, your cousin." I said, trying not to raise my voice. "Why were you trying to catch the Black Stallion?" I asked.
"We were trying to catch him so we could sell him." Said the younger boy.
If they were going to sell him, I was going to buy him. I could feel my temper rising. Skyler turned her horse and left.
"Well, thanks, see you later Nate." I managed to say it sweetly.
I turned my horse and left, relieved that the Black Stallion left safely. I got to the stable and Skyler was nowhere in sight, I would talk to her later. I unsaddled Sugar and put her in her stall, making sure I gave her a treat before I left.
"Isabelle, you have a phone call!" Aunt Terresa called. I hurried to the house and Aunt Terresa handed me the cordless phone.
"Hello?" I said.
"Hi, honey, it's me, mom."
"How are you?"
"Good. I miss you guys."
"We miss you too."
"How is Alaska?"
"It's beautiful! We are really enjoying it."
"Well I gotta go, Mom."
"Okay, bye and be good Isabelle."
"Bye, mom, tell dad I said hi."
Our conversation ended and I handed back the phone. It was time for lunch so I helped set the table. Aunt Terresa called everyone in and took a seat between Nate and Skyler.
"Hey Mom, Dad, guess what." said Nate.
"What?" They asked in unison.
"Josh and I caught this beautiful black stallion in the woods today. We plan on selling him so I can pay the rent for my new apartment." He replied.
"You gonna split the money you get?" Asked my uncle in his deep gravelly voice.
At that moment I gasped, really loud. Skyler looked at me and I looked at Nate.
"Where is he?" I had to ask.
"At Honeystar Stable, where I work." He said.
"How far is it? By horse?" I asked.
"Oh, maybe 20 minutes to a half an hour."
I knew where it was, I would just need to figure out how to get there. I would need Skyler's help. I wanted to free him. If he was sold, he could be sold anywhere and to anyone. If I couldn't free him I would hopefully buy him. Plan A & B were in progress.Author's Note: Sorry I didn't write it sooner! I hope you like the story. Part 5 coming soon!
I helped clean up and wash the dishes. Aunt Terresa smiled and said I didn't have to help, but I insisted. Skyler avoided me but I got her to talk.
"What's wrong, Skyler?" I asked kindly.
"Well," she hesitated." I'm mad at my brother."
"He is always trying to be 'perfect', he left the house last year and now it seems so empty." She took a deep breath," And I miss him so much it almost hurts."
"Doesn't he visit often?" I asked.
"Mostly the holidays and birthdays, but he rarely comes to visit. He would visit once a week, he promised me, but now he doesn't seem to remember and he always has an excuse. Also, he's going to college in a few months and I really will miss him!"
"Oh," I said softly. "Well, I am here for little so lets at least have fun together."
"Okay." She replied with a small smile.
We went to the barn and I brought some stuff. Skyler grinned at me and I smiled back. Aunt Teressa smiled at both of us.
Skyler asked, "Hey, mom, can we have some sandwiches, water bottles, and some snacks?"
"Sure girls, I'll call you when it's ready." Aunt Teressa replied.
She secretly winked at me. I had no idea what my cousin was up to. Skyler grabbed my hand and ran to the barn.
Her smile vanished. The barn was a mess, everything was thrown on the floor and the horses were spooked. I ran to the house while Skyler checked the horses.
"Aunt Teressa!" I yelled. "Come quick, someone messed up the barn!"
She came and said it wasn't that big of a deal, as long as nothing was stolen. She also said that some neighbor boys would do that. Skyler dashed out the door, and I ran after her. She was chasing a younger boy! I caught up and we grabbed him, took him to the barn, and made him confess.
"Tell us, young man, did you make this mess?" Asked Aunt Terressa.
He looked at the ground, "Yes, I-I did." He looked up with guilt washed over his face. " I'll clean it up."
"Yes, you will clean it up," Aunt Teressa said sternly, "girls, stay here and watch him carefully, please."
"Sure, mom." Skyler said.
"So, what's your name?" She asked looking straight in his blue eyes.
"Tyler...Tyler Black." He replied as he picked up a saddle.
"You live close by?"
"About two miles up the road."