Alex looked at me as I ran up to my room sobbing, letting Lillian's and my own words sink in. I had always been hard on myself but more that I ever had been the last few months. Everything seemed to be coming down around me. Ten munites later Alex walked upstairs and for the millionth time she told me "Everything will be okay someday." I leaned into her warmth and we sat there coach and rider brought together to make something so happy that came out of everything so bad. And I often wonder, Why can't it always be like this?My eyes fluttered open, as I dirfted into reality. I pulled my down comforter up to my chin as I shivered. I looked out my bedroom window to see a heavy rain was falling. I jumped out of bed and ran downstairs to find Alex sitting at the kitchen table drinking a cup of coffee.
"Hey Cas." She greeted me.
"Hey, I'm going to check on Shadow." I said as I pulled on my jacket.
"Okay." She confirmed.
"Hey, umm can I do another lesson today with Kaitlyn?" I said.
"Maybe." Alex said with a smile, I knew she was joking.
"Thanks." I called as I ran out to the stable.
When I reached Shadow's stall I realized that there was a leak in the roof. I grumbled to myself and grabbed her halter to move her. I moved her down to an empty stall beside the school horses, I noticed something when I was leading her. She wasn't limping.
"Hmmm maybe I could exercise you later girl." I said cheerily to her.
I left her halter on becuase I was coming right back anyway. I sprinted to the house to tell Alex that there was a leak. When I was climbing up the deck stairs a vehicle that I had only seen once before pulled in. It was one of Alex's new lesson kids. I praticularily did not like her. She came from New York and her parents are filthy rich so she's just riding school horses until they can ship her horse here.
"Alex, the new kids here. And there's a really bad leak in Shadow's stall so I moved her!" I yelled in the door.
The girl walked into the barn and I geuss went to pick out a school horse.
"Casey, come here for second." Alex called.
"What, I have to give Shads her feed!"
"I need you." She said in a teasing tone.
I slipped of my boots but kept my jacket on. When I reached the kitchen Alex was sitting at the table still but had a wrapped gift resting infront of her.
"Here." she said cheerfully.
"Alex? For What?" I asked confused.
"Umm a very late congratz gift from the show."
"Alex." I protested.
"Open it!" she said anxiously.
I walked up to the present and tore the paper. Inside it held a soft velvet jewlery box. I lifted it up and opened it up. A beutiful necklace and matching braclet that had the letters of Shadow's name in red rhinstones shone in the light to match our show colour.
"Alex." I gasped. "It's beautiful. Thank You so much."
"I forgot I had it until I was looking at the framed picture that Kaitlyn got you."
"I love it Alex, so much." I said as I turned around so Alex could fasten the necklace behind my neck and the beautiful braclet around my wrist.
Alex stood up and I gave her a hug. I loved them so much they were so pretty. We walked out to the barn both of us soaked by the time we got there. When I walked in the barn doors what I saw made my blood boil. Shadow was standing in the asile in crossties and the girl, Ashleigh was taking her blanket off. She let out a blood curdling scream when she uncovered her cut. Shadow did a double take to make sure that she was fine and then after she analyzed what happpened she spooked in place.
"What happened to this thing?" She squealed
"She was hurt, and she's mine." I yelled angerly.
I walked up to Shadow and yanked the leadline from Ashleigh's hands. She stared at me her eyes fell onto my necklace then my braclet. She let go of the lead and I put Shadow back in her stall.
I tacked Cane up in silence as Alex helped Ashleigh pick out a school horse. When I was done Ashleigh had picked out a sun kissed palimino mare with a withe crooked blaze down her face named California Gurl. When I finished warming up Alex and Ashleigh weren't in yet so I decided to go over a few fences with Cane.
I turned him toward a vertical and we launched into the air and landed on the other side with a slight thud. Cane thundered toward a double oxer, I tried to half hault him but he galloped on.
"Cane!" I shreiked.
I pulled with all my strengh, my legs coming infornt of my seat, and I was leaning back. Cane's head was high in the air from the pressure on the reins. The four foot jump lurked infornt of us and te three foot spread was almost impossible to do sucssefully at this speed. I almost had him under control when Alex yelled "Door!"