“Darling, I have some shopping I have to do, and I want your help.”
“Anything for you, my love. What are we shopping for?” Kelandros’ voice had an indulgent tone, knowing Mabon’s penchant for shopping. “More new dresses?”
“No, darling. I need a horse,” Mabon said grinning.
“May, that’s wonderful! Congratulations on gaining your 40th season! You certainly have been working hard.” His pride in Mabon had him beaming. “Where shall we go to look?”
As they approached the stables in Menethil Harbor, one of the hands was putting a Chestnut mare through her paces. “Oh, Kel! I like that one! She’s beautiful!” Mabon watched the horse for a few minutes. “There’s a black one in the barn I like, too.”
Kel pointed at the black stallion. “He’s a fine horse, and you do look good in black.”
“But the other one matches my hair…”
Chuckling, Kel said, “I was just thinking that.”
Mabon went back and forth between the two horses. Then she spied a white one in the corner. “Oh, I wonder if he’s for sale!”
Kel walked over to the breeder to speak with him, but came back, shaking his head. “Sorry, my love.”
Shrugging, Mabon looked again at the Chestnut. “That one. I want her.” She mounted, and instantly the horse reared up. “Whoa!” she cried. “Steady, girl!” Mabon loosed the reins a bit, giving the horse her head. The mare settled, nickering quietly. Mabon spoke quietly to her, calming her. After a few minutes, they seemed to adjust to each other. “Ok, girl, let’s see what you can do!” Mabon gave the mare a light kick in the flanks, and urged her towards the fence. The mare cleared the rails easily, and Mabon laughed with giddiness. Kel smiled, watching her enjoying the new sensations. Mabon took the horse around again, laughing the entire time.
“What will you name her?” Kel asked.
“Oh, I don’t know… it will take me some time to think up a name. I had Mouse for two weeks before I named him.” The mare reared a few more times. “She certainly is feisty!”
“Careful, love. I wouldn’t want you to get thrown.”
Sighing in exasperation, Mabon said, “I’ll be fine, my darling.” Then she smiled when he laughed at her.