Most Unusual Day
Well the day started out kind of unusual. It was time to go to the stable
and work the horses. Crystal had not ridden in a couple of weeks. The last
time she rode, the horse stumbled and fell and she sprained her ankle real
bad. She knew why they named him Fire Ball. He was quite a handful.
Crystal was good with horses though and loved them very much. She
had been raised with horses and her Dad was a trainer and he broke horses
for a living. But on this particular day she was a little distracted.
The new guy Hank had came to work about 3 months ago and he was so
handsome, he was tall and dark from working outside a lot and had the most
beautiful green eyes. It was like when he looked at you and talked, you
just kind of melted into them. She knew better, she knows it
takes concentration to work a horse. Hank told her he would ride if she
wanted because the horse needed to be broken, but she wanted to show him
she could do it. She had watched him around the ranch and he was
good. He came over and was fixing the bridle and the saddle for her
and he touched her leg, "I'm sorry" he said and smiled. She
melted again. He was so nice. He asked if she wanted him to ride along
side of her and they could take them out into the open field.
"Yes" she said, "that's a good idea".
The horse was kind offast but she could handle him. Hank rode close to
her, so she thought 'I'll show him I am good at this' so she kicked the
horse and off he took, just a little faster than what she wanted. Well,
Hank took off after her, he could see the panic on her face.
He was very attracted to her also. He rode along side of her and she
reached for him and he hung onto her. The horse ran on ahead.
His arms were so strong around her waist, she was kind of glad she
had kicked the horse, but she was a little shaken. He stopped and let her
gently to the ground. Hank got off his horse and she leaned on him
for a few minutes, he kept his arms around her glad for the opportunity to
Hank had been there for only 3 months but he had watched Crystal from a
distance, had watched her handle the horses with love and was good to
people. He loved the beautiful blue eyes and blonde hair. She was
tall and slim and walked so gracefully, he knew he was falling in love
with her, but had no idea she even knew he was alive. He had sent her
flowers and candy while she was hurt but she never once acknowledge the
fact she had gotten them. She gently pushed him away embarrassed at what
she had done, she told him, " I am sorry, I never should have
kicked him not knowing him". Hank looked at her, "That's
okay" he said "I am kinda glad you did." Her face turned
red, she remembered the hold he had on her as he saved her from the
run away horse.
He said "here climb up behind me and I will take you back to the barn
and then come back and get the horse." As she climbed
behind him and placed her arms around him, she gently laid her head on his
shoulder. Hank was on top of the world now, he knew there was a chance for
him. He could feel the warmth from her being so close to him and
wished it could always be this way.
Crystal didn't really know how to handle this situation, she had
never felt this way before, Oh yes, puppy love growing up , but
never this attraction. It seemed as if her heart would beat out of her
chest and her face felt pink every time he spoke. She remembered the
flowers and candy and thought it was just a nice thing to do but now she
realized there was something else going on here, well at least she was in
hopes there was.
As they got back to the barn he helped her down, and then he looked at her
and then it happened, as he got closer to her, she knew he was going to
kiss her. She lifted her head and he placed a kiss upon her lips like she
had never felt. This was not puppy love, this was special. She
knew and Hank knew this was the beginning of a very special relationship.
As the days went on, Hank got up the nerve to ask her out. "Yes"
she said, I would love that". Well, she had never seen him
without his wranglers on and his western shirt, because that is what he
worked in. He had a sport jacket on with a cream colored pullover
and a pair of kaki pants and still of course had his cow boy boots on,
which made him very tall. His black wavy hair perfect and his eyes
had a sparkle to them. When she opened the door that night, her
heart melted. He was the most handsome fellow she had ever seen and he had
She knew this guy would never get away. This had been what she had
been waiting for and as Hank looked at her, he knew this was the
woman of his dreams. Crystal had always been in blue jeans and now
there she was in a free flowing cotton dress with little rose's on it and
her lips were so beautiful, her eyes were shinning as the moon light hit
them, he felt like heaven was at the door, he knew this was a night
neither one of them would ever forget. He reached out his hand and
they walked out the door not saying a word but knowing each others
thoughts. Wow! what an unusual day it had been at the barn.
© Harriett Dash 2001