When Darkness Sets In - Part 5
 By Madeirey   •   14th Aug 2012   •   2,564 views   •   5 comments
When Darkness Sets In

A hour or so later I heard a knocking on my window. I shot up and felt around for my window. There! I slid it open and let in John, my kidnapper for the day.

“You ready?” he asked me, taking my arm. I nodded excitedly in the prospect of seeing Midnight again.

“Ok then, I sure hope we don’t get caught then,” he told me quietly and walked me to the window side. I heard him land outside and take my hand. “Ok, jump,” he said, “I’m right here.”

I hesitated, I didn’t know how far the drop was. I turned my head from side to side, like trying to shake a blindfold from my eyes. “John,” I paused nervously.

“It’s ok, Anna. I’ve got you,” he said soothingly.

I squeezed my eyes closed and slipped off the side of the window. The drop wasn’t as far as I thought so when I landed I felt slightly embarrassed. I laughed quietly at my nervousness and we started off toward his car a couple of blocks away. The noises seemed louder to me as we hurriedly walked down the sidewalk. The twittering of the birds was clearer and the footsteps against the concrete was much louder than normal. I cocked my head at the new noises in wonder.

“What is it?” John asked me and I felt his stare on my face.

“Nothing,” I smiled and relaxed a bit more.

He laughed, “Ok then, lets go see this big horse of yours,” he said. We must have been at his car because he halted and I heard the passenger side door open. I reached out my hand and felt where the edges were on the frame and then slipped in and shut the door. I couldn’t stop the smile that was plastered on my face. John got in the drivers side and started up the car.

“And here we go,” he said. I could sense the happiness in his voice as he went on to talk about all the things that had been happening at the barn, Red Oak Stables, while I was in the hospital. My friends Sue Anderson and Kailee Austin apparently freaked when I fell off at the show. I began to feel guilty, why hadn’t I called them as well? I mentally kicked myself. I was such a idiot sometimes. I felt the familiar path of the road as we drove along, a right turn here, a left turn here. I was amazed that I was able to tell when to turn or not. Just a few more minutes now, Midnight. I thought privately.

This was it, the turn just up here. The turning of the car was agonizingly slow as John turned into the driveway of the stable. I quickly unbuckled and went to edge of my seat. The sight never came though. The large, natural colored, cider barn never came into sight; or the shiny black fencing of the pastures and the horses eating the green, luscious grass. My heart cracked as I realized I would never see it again. Ever. John must have seen the pain in my face and slowed down the car a little more.

“Are you ok, Anna?” he asked me worriedly.

I shook my head, this was to much. I couldn’t do this anymore. John parked the car by the barn quickly. “Hey, if you want to leave, we can,” he said. I could hear the pain in his voice of seeing me like this as he spoke. I didn’t now what to do. I turned my face toward where the barn was and heard the neighing of the horses. My heart longed to be in there.

“No, I can do this,” I whispered and wiped the tears from my eyes. I had to do this, for Midnight. I jerked open the car door nervously and stepped out. Oh, the smell of the horse. Fresh tears made their way down my face as John took my hand and led me slowly into the barn and sweet nickers rebounded around inside of it making music to my ears.

“Stall 13, stall 13,” I repeated to myself, remembering Midnight’s stall number. Just a few more steps.

The loudest whinny in the barn erupted in my ears. I began to cry and stumbled toward the stall door. Midnight! It was him. His velvety nose shoved his way at my chest and I sobbed into his bushy forelock. I imagined him to my minds eye, his black coat glistening like black water across his body, the perfect white star on his chest like a light at the end of a tunnel. I needed that light.

John stayed back as I fumbled with the latch on Midnight’s stall door, I was happy he didn’t, I needed to do this by myself. I slowly made my way in and ran my hands across Midnight’s soft body. Little sparks shot up my hand in familiarity. “I missed you, boy,” I whispered sadly to him as I closed my eyes and leaned my head on his shoulder. He let out a low nicker and started nudging me with his nose. I laughed sadly and cupped it in my hands and kissed it softly, “Sorry, no treats on me,” I told him weakly. My head was starting to spin faster, I don’t know how much longer I could stand. I closed my eyes gently and leaned on Midnight, breathing his warm sent. I stood there for a few minutes and then I slowly fell to the ground. The last thing I felt were John’s arms wrapping around me.
Love Forever  
I love this!
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Foxchase Farm  
So great!!
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Sapphire Flames  
*grabs tissue*

great story Mads...keep writing. fast!!!!!! lol
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