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Nightmare: Chapter 10

Published by • Jan 20th, 2010 • Category: Fiction, Loft Book Club Favorites

by Findabhair Blacksgote, age 14

Melora ushered Fiala up to their rooms as soon as the Nightmare was back in her stall. Together they packed some good, tough clothes for travel, warm clothes for nighttime, an extra pair of boots and a cloak, plus some extra snacks, both for Fiala and the Nightmare.

“She needs a name, Melora,” Fiala mused. “What should we name her?”

They contemplated this as they folded all the clothes tightly for space efficiency.

“What about Ava?” Melora suggested.

Fiala thought about it, and decided she liked it. “Ava the Nightmare.”

“Come with me,” Melora commanded.

Unsuspecting, Fiala followed her sister to her room across the hall, where Melora opened the closet, pursing her lips.

“You need something nice to wear at the academy,” she muttered, sifting through the closet. “Here. These should fit.” Fiala stared in horror as Melora pulled out two dresses; one dark blue and the other sable.

“I can’t wear your dresses!” she exclaimed.

“Nonsense,” Melora scoffed. “You’ve filled out and gotten taller. They’ll fit.”

“But I don’t wear dresses!” Fiala protested.

“You’ll be glad of these when you get to the academy,” Melora insisted. “You’ll see.”

That night Fiala slept as much as she could, which wasn’t much, and was the first up in the household in the morning. She skipped out to Ava’s stall and brushed her and brushed her. She stuffed the brushes into her bag for the road.

Finally Jan was up, and the ones coming with them assembled in the yard as before. They were ready to go.

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Editor’s Note: Nightmare was first published at GHC in the former Loft Book Club, and was a finalist in our monthly Judge for Yourself competition in January 2007.