4. November, 2013
"This horse. This horse is incredible, okay?"
The wind blew strongly and thick clouds were covering the sky, when Daniel stepped outside. As soon as he reached the stable door, a gust of wind hit him like a fist punch and he shuddered, quickly turning up his collar. Anne, his sister, was directly behind him.
"She's like an angel, and not just because she's an Enochiari. Sometimes I wonder when she'll suddenly grow wings and just fly away like a bird, a free soul. She's too good for these grounds."
There was no doubt - they were talking about Sasha, his long-legged, graceful mare.
"Whoa, I hear new music from you", Anne said with a slight grin. "You were always so negative, so... anti-everything, how comes that you run around and praise the day before it has ended?"
"As if I did that." Both had reached the stable and Daniel pulled the big, wooden door open. Air, warmed by horses' bodies, welcomed them, the smell of wet animals, sounds like munching and quiet grumbling. When Sachiel recognised her owner, she nickered and kicked her stable's walls - but that was more of a bad habit.
"She's just... different. And - as pathetic as it sounds - she made my life different", Daniel said when they had reached her box.
He usually wasn't the type of person who would easily shout out their feelings - but his sister had grown to a dear companion for him throughout the last months; so he felt a little urge to tell her about such things. "Thank you for her.", he said then silently and frowned slightly.
Anne smiled and nodded.
"Dan..", she added then, "maybe it's time for you to come out of your snail shell, hm? You're always on your own, barely talking with another person than me..."
"It's okay. I like being alone." He turned away from her, took a halter from a holder and opened Sasha's stable door. "Why are you following me anyway?"
"Well..." The smile returned. "I wanted to talk to you about a... let's call it... Dressage competition."
"With Pu?" Daniel unimpressedly slipped the halter over Sachiel's ears.
"Nah. With your girl here. Maybe you heard of the Angelum Custodem Event - maybe not - as a representative of her breed, she almost has to take part."
"With Sasha? A Dressage competition?"
"Yep. Now get your army ready, till then!"
Step, step, step. We're flying. Or... rather levitating.
Careful steps which carried him around the grassy square. Moments of grace.
Only a few watchers were standing at the fence, while Dan rode some easy dressage movements with his mare. His riding looked stiff, almost overly correct - as it wouldn't fit to the horses' smooth, loose gaits. The Enochian mare carried head and tail high and trotted with high knees on a circle. Her trot was the very best, Daniel thought. It was energetic, almost bouncy, though it was a pain to sit.
"Not bad!", Anne cried from a distance. "Has she learned the passage already?"
Daniel pulled his horse to a walk and answered: "Not yet, but she's a fast learner. No ordinary dressage horse, though. She loves to show off and boast with her beauty."
Anne laughed, said "Well, that's what you need for the Angelum Custodem", wished him luck, and disappeared.
Rahel was the only one left at the fence. Sometimes she was like a unremarkable litte bird, and Daniel didn't notice her until he was finished with his lesson and dismounted.
"That was really good", she said.
Daniel nodded instead of giving an answer or a thankyou.
"Ehm... do you need help with anything? I could..."
"No, thank you. I'm fine."
It's time for you to come out of your snail shell, she had said...
Event: Angelum Custodem hosted by Enochiari
Discipline: Dressage Kür
Horse: WTS Sachiel, age 7
Rider: Daniel Richter, age 22
Stable: Waving Tree Stud, Germany
Music: Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells / In Dulci Jubilo
Horse's Level: Squire (see refsheet for EP counting)
Starting Number: #007
Work of the last two weeks. (: now school starts again (after one wonderful week of holidays ._.), so I'll be a little bit more inactive again. D:
You wanted to see Sasha competing again (because of the poll I posted when I still had PM xD) and I thought... why not?
Long story, yeah, but still a little bit boring xD something new is coming!
I'm currently writing Dan's full story, from the very beginning (before he came to WTS, before WTS even existed in the way we know it today °A°) and I don't want to spoil that and I still haven't planned yet what happens exactly after his first meeting with Sasha, soo... xD
hope you like it!
Art, characters (c) by me, no ref used
Sachiel's design and the Enochiari belong to noblestallion