Hurdles… #9 (200 pages!)

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here.  I’ve been busy with school and work, but now I’m back!  I have some exciting news; I have five pages left till I reach 200!!  54680 words!  Below is a recent snippet from the book; ENJOY 🙂

Joe raised his ears as he turned his head towards the screen door that led outside.  Curious, Emily stood up and wandered towards the door.  The screen door squeaked as she pushed it open and stepped out onto the porch.  The night air was cool, making Em pull her robe tighter around her.  She looked towards the barn and noticed a small shape lying in the field.  Wearing just her slippers, Emily stepped off of the porch and made her way over to the barn.  Joe remained on the porch, watching the girl.  Em got to the barn and pushed open the door, waking up all of the horses.  Their ears perked up as she shuffled through the building and out into the field.  Outside, curled up in the grass, was a small colt.  His head jerked up as soon as he heard Em.  He stood up on shaky legs as the girl made her way over to him.

“What are you doing out here, little guy?” Em held out her hand.  “You need to come with me into the barn.”

She eventually reached the terrified creature and took his small face in her hands.  Em shushed him and reassured him as she gently led the colt into the barn.  His tiny legs were shaking the whole time, and he immediately collapsed into an empty stall.  Once Em got the door to the field all the way closed, she made her way out of the barn.  She patted Gypsy’s nose on her way out, and then slid the door shut.  Joe was still sitting on the porch as Emily jogged back to the house.  She shivered as she stepped inside, but the puppy shoved past her and ran into the living room.  Pulling the Black Beauty book out of her robe pocket, Em shuffled into the living room.  Noticing a figure standing in the kitchen, the girl stepped back and gasped in shock.  The figure turned around, holding a glass of water.

“It’s alright,” Jackson reassured her.  “I just came up to get a glass of water.”

“Oh,” the girl sighed, blowing a piece of hair out of her face.

“What were you doing outside?  In your pajamas?” the boy asked with a chuckle, taking a drink from his glass.

“There was a colt in the field,” Emily replied as though it was nothing.  “I led him back into the barn.”

“Oh.  Well, I guess that makes her a proper rancher,” Jackson raised his glass and winked.

“What?” Em questioned, pulling her robe tighter around her, fully aware that the majority of her legs were bare and her face was all blotchy.

“Going out into the fields in the middle of the night in your pajamas,” Jackson explained to a confused Emily.  “It makes you a proper rancher because you care more about the animals than yourself.”

“I see.”

Jackson shook his head and chuckled at the face Emily was giving him.  He emptied his glass and returned it to the counter.  The boy marched over to Em and embraced her, the warmth of his skin seeping through his thin t-shirt.  It was a quick hug because Jackson suddenly kissed the girl’s cheek and went back to the basement door.

“Goodnight, Em,” he smiled, and then disappeared downstairs.

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