Story #48: Samuel the Magical Horse, Chapter 2

samuel-the-magical-horseChapter 2

Ellen hopped on Samuel’s back and held onto his mane.  She held on tight because he ran very fast.  The cool wind felt good on Ellen’s face, but it did make her eyes water.  The flowers turned into streaks of color.  Ellen felt like she was riding a rainbow.

They came to a clearing in the forest.  Ellen saw a pond in the center of it.  She held her breath as Samuel ran even faster toward the water and waited for the splash.

But all she felt was wind.  She peeked out and saw nothing but blue.  What a strange pond that didn’t make you wet.  But then she opened her eyes a little more and saw that they were flying.  Ellen didn’t bother to be afraid, she was too busy looking. She could see the tops of the trees and the pond, which was now very small.  Then she started to laugh. She threw her head back and looked up at the clouds.  When she looked down, she saw the trees growing larger and the pond coming closer.  They landed on the ground with a thud.

Ellen jumped off and hugged Samuel.

“You are a magical horse,” she said.

Samuel would have blushed, but since not even magical horses can blush, he hung his head in a bashful sort of way.

“Oh, that was so much fun, Samuel.  Thank you.  Will you be my friend?  After I find my mother and father, you can come and visit us and we’ll play together and have a wonderful time.”

Samuel was so happy that he leapt high in the air and made a loud horsey sound,  After he landed, he told her, “I would like that very much.  I get lonely sometimes.  If you want, I could help you find your family.  I had a family once myself, you know.  I must have.”

Ellen took Samuel up on his offer.  They decided to start the next day.  Today they would play!

The day flew by.  They ran races, which Samuel let Ellen win.  They played hide and seek.  Samuel showed Ellen his favorite places in the forest.  Ellen wove garlands of flowers for herself and Samuel to wear.

By the time the sun went down, they were happy and tired and hungry all at once.  They snuggled down under a tree and Ellen ate one of her sandwiches.  She gave Samuel he apple, which he really liked.  Then Ellen lay down on the mossy ground to rest.  Samuel never got cold, but he knew that children did.  He gathered a pile of leaves at Ellen’s feet.  When he had enough, he blew on them.  The leaves flew up in the air, swirled around then covered Ellen like a blanket.  He lay down next to her to keep her safe in the night-time magic of the forest.  So they both slept until morning.

To be continued….

Wow!  I’m up to 48 stories!  I can’t believe it.

And I’m starting to learn photoshop–thus the above illustration which is from a photo I took on Isla Ometepe.

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A walk on the beach of Lake Nicaragua–I went swimming there, too, the water was warm and lovely

It took me an hour to figure out how to get the paint onto the canvas–turns our I wasn’t in painting mode–ha ha/AARGH!

It feels good to do some artwork again and I am surprised to find that I enjoy making computer art.

Well, I’m off now to work on the Smart Dummy Challenge.  I’m excited to say that even with my splinted right wrist, I can hold a pencil again.  Not sure if I’ll finish my dummy by the end of the month, but at least I’m working on it.  Somehow, a challenge makes it more fun.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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