I salute the light within your eyes
where the whole universe dwells.
For when you are at that center within you
and I am at that place within me,
we shall be one.
~ Crazy Horse
The third book of the Two Ponies Trilogy, From the Darkness, picks up four years later with Katherine pursueing her dream of qualifying for the 2000 US Equestrain Team. Meanwhile, her family and friends have become emotionally fractured and spread
out across the continent.
A loss to the family brings each
member back home monentarily,
into motion a
a chain of events that
challenges and questions
each of their paths.
Meanwhile, Katherine conceals
a threat against her and her horse.
Can the most unexpected
When tragedy strikes
the Walkers again,
a darkness hangs
Will they heal
or be divided
Josephine's story continues as extradinary success is blindsided by unimaginable tragedy. Will she find the courage and strength to move past her anger and self pity to not only accept her life-changing affliction, but challenge it. Can the love of one special horse and the forgiveness of the man she abandoned, pull her from the darkness and ignite the light of hope and dreams within her once again?
Josephine arrived at the fairgrounds in Browning late. Her father received an emergency call right before she planned to leave and her mother already had her truck hooked up to the trailer, packed and ready to depart for Winnipeg. The cheers from the crowd let her know a race was in progress. She worked her way through the crowd and up the bleacher stairs to get a view of the track. The competing teams were about to make an exchange in front of the grandstand, the next leg of horses waited while the riders raced their mounts around the track jockeying for position. A young woman stood beside her with some sort of program in her hand.
“What race is this? Who’s racing?”
The woman nearly threw the sheet at her, not taking her eyes off the track while screaming for her favorite team. Josephine quickly glanced at her watch then to the schedule, her finger running down the list of heats and team members, finally resting on the current race and the name, TJ Black Feather, rider for team Piegan Pride. This was their race!
Josephine studied the teams on the track. Immediately, she recognized Talon holding a flea bitten gray in line with the other horses and handlers preparing for the next exchange. Matt stood beside Talon, most likely ready to catch the horse TJ was riding in on. Four of the horses, out of a field of six, came out of the far turn in a tight group racing down the back stretch. They were so tight; she couldn’t identify TJ right away, but just before the pack approached the switch line, she recognized him riding a dark bay. In one fluid motion, TJ slipped from the bareback of the bay, ran a few strides and hoped onto the gray bareback, effortlessly, and charged for the rail. Other transfers didn’t go as smoothly; one horse rearing in anticipation and spooking another. The spectators, mostly of American Indian decent, erupted as all the teams eventually made a clean switch of horses. The six-horse field spread out around the clubhouse turn but three of the horse-and-rider teams began to put some distance between them and the others down the backstretch.
Josephine leaned over the rail straining to follow TJ as the three raced in a tight pack going into the far turn. With another light-colored horse in the group, she had to look for the Piegan Pride team colors of red and black to identify TJ. He was positioned just to the outside of the lead horse, a black running on the rail. A chestnut ran just behind him and to the outside. As they came out of the far turn, he gave his horse his head, pushing for what was left of the big gray. Then the chestnut made a move on the outside pressing TJ and his gray tight between it and black horse, the three running neck-to-neck toward the finish!
Caught up in the excitement, Josephine screamed, “Go TJ!”
Josephine froze as TJ glanced toward the grandstands, his eyes locking with hers. The rest seemed to play out in slow motion...
Excerpt - Chapter 5: Hide and Seek