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Nightmare: Chapter 3

Published by • Jan 17th, 2010 • Category: Fiction, Loft Book Club Favorites

by Findabhair Blacksgote, age 14

Fiala jerked away. It was as if she had been pulled from a snow bank, only snow banks generally weren’t blue-black and generally didn’t have demons and other creatures writhing inside them.

The horse’s eye returned to normal. She jumped to her feet and backed away, but the thing followed her, head lowered, and tucked its wings to its sides. Fiala pressed her back against a tree as she noticed that the horse-thing didn’t leave the slightest hoof prints; there were her footprints, where she crouched and backed away, so a thousand pound horse must leave an imprint of some kind. The ground was undisturbed but for where Fiala had been walking.

The horse-thing stood in front of her. It’s body language was saying that is was submissive and looking for affection. Fiala studied it with wide eyes. What if it was a trick? The horse-thing snuffled gently.

Fiala put her hand out and gingerly brushed the creatures forelock to one side of its face and rubbed its ear. The horse-thing touched Fiala’s hair with its nose. Fiala smiled. It tickled. She wondered if it could talk.

“What are you?” she asked it.

The creature didn’t answer. Had she expected it to? Not really. She scratched under its jaw. Maybe someone at the village would know what it was.

“Come on,” she coaxed, turning and taking a step toward the village. The creature followed obediently.

On the two-hour walk back to the village, Fiala studied the horse-thing some more. It seemed to be a normal horse, just with wings, sharp teeth and strange eyes. She avoided making eye contact again, hoping she had imagined the things she had seen in its eyes.

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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.