Thanks to Dylan for the challenge this week:
Your line for this week is:
The horse came back alone.
Toby had seen both horse and rider vanish over the hill less than an hour ago, and now the horse had returned to the stable.
It simply ambled in through the gate, took a drink from the trough, and headed for the nearest bale of hay.
Should he go tell his father?
Or saddle up and go looking for the rider in case there had been an accident?
He decided on the latter, and rather than ride the same horse, took one of the chestnut mares instead.
He told his mother he was going for a ride and that he would be back for dinner.
As he neared the ridge, he heard laughter and singing.
Clearing the brow, he saw his sister wrapped in the arms of Aiden, their neighbour.
He dismounted as he approached.
‘Emily, are you all right?’ he asked.
She blinked and said ‘Sure! What brings you here?’
He jerked a thumb at his mount, saying Ash had come home without her and he was worried.
Her eyes opened wide in surprise.
‘Oh lord! I didn’t even know he was missing! Does father know?’
‘No,’ Toby replied, then grinned.
‘So this is where you go every afternoon.’
Turning his attention to his friend, he held out his hand.
‘Hi Aiden. Don’t look so worried. I won’t tell, but Emily had better come back with me unless you wanted to see our Dad for some reason?’