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Nightmare: Chapter 4

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

by Findabhair Blacksgote, age 14

After some deliberation, Fiala placed her hand on it’s neck and led it though the village, keeping a wary eye on it for any unexpected move it might make.

The horse-thing raised its wings in alarm as a horse bugled at the inn’s hitching post. Fiala patted the thing’s neck reassuringly and kept walking. The creature was always stopping to look around; she supposed it had never been in a village before, and their progress was slow.

Eventually they made it to the largest house in the village; its two floors towered above the smaller single floor homes of the others. Windows were everywhere, their shutters opened to allow the sun and fresh air in. Fiala smiled. She liked her house.

Unwilling to leave the creature on its own, she called to an open window until her older sister, Melora, looked out, thick golden hair falling over her shoulders. At the sight of the strange horse, Melora gasped.

“Fiala!” she exclaimed, apparently at a loss for words.

“Are you busy?” Fiala called up.

“No, thankfully,” Melora answered dryly. “What is that?”

“That’s what I was wondering,” Fiala confessed. “I was hoping someone here would know what it is. It’s very friendly, though,” she added, catching her sister’s skeptical look.

“I’ll get Papa and why don’t you go ask Enya? She knows more about these things than we do,” Melora suggested. Fiala could tell by Melora’s tone that ‘these things’ were not normal and were rather frightening. She wondered if Melora meant the horse-thing itself or odd things in general.

Fiala dutifully set off down the street toward Enya’s house, ignoring all the gasps and looks passing her way. A few times she caught sight of people gesturing the sign against evil, and stroked the creature’s neck uneasily.

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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.