Girls Horse Club Blog

Nightmare: Chapter 7

Published by • Jan 19th, 2010 • Category: Fiction, Loft Book Club Favorites

by Findabhair Blacksgote, age 14

Fiala shrugged. She’d worry about that later.

There was a knock on the door.

“Come in,” Enya called.

Jan Jaegger stomped in, black hair mussed from working in the fields. He squinted in the gloom, then swore loudly. The Nightmare jumped and turned her head anxiously.

“I think you should call a village meeting,” Enya stated. “And don’t let the stupid ones come.”

A smile twitched around Jan’s mouth. “It would be a small meeting, then.”

“All the better,” said Enya mildly.

“Papa can she stay in the stables?” Fiala asked.

“In the stables?” Jan repeated incredulously.

“She can’t fly and give people bad dreams then,” argued Fiala stubbornly.

Jan frowned. “What’s all this got to do with dreams?”

Oops. Fiala let Enya explain. In the meantime she untangled the Nightmare’s tail and pulled out the burrs.

“Not on the floor, girl,” Jan snapped. Fiala apologized and hastily picked up the burrs littering the floor.

After Enya’s explanation, Jan sat quietly. Fiala watched her father. He was head of the village, and good at making decisions. She trusted his judgment completely.

“If this is a wild horse, why does it it follow Fiala around like she raised it?” he asked.

Enya shrugged. “That I couldn’t tell you.” she admitted.

Jan frowned. “Pity. Fiala, go back to the house and stay with Melora.”

Fiala obediently led the Nightmare out and surreptitiously crept back down to their house. The Nightmare seemed glad to be out of Enya’s dark and gloomy house. She arched her neck as they walked along and flicked her tail to chase away the flies.

At home, Fiala settled the Nightmare into the stables in a large stall with a window, then ran to get Melora.

« Previous Chapter Next Chapter »

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.