Kelsey and Tory began their journey never did they think of the excitement
there would be.
started out like any other day, they decided to ride their ponies around
the trail, a trail where they had always rode on pretty days. They had
their small saddle bags full of cookies and crackers and cold water. So
thinking they were prepared they rode off.
Colt took their picture they laughed and giggled and as they touched hands
decided they could do this on their own. Colt asked if he should go along
but "No, they said we can do it. Colt said okay its 2:00 now and if
you arenít back by 4:00, I am coming to get you.
was nervous he had never let his cousin or his sister go anywhere without
his protection. They were going to be out of his sight. He decided to stay
right at the barn till they returned. He watched them ride off but he was
kind of nervous about it but thought it was good they wanted to do this,
and after all they would only be a couple of miles or so up in the
mountains. He got the feed buckets and rake and wheel barrow and started
to clean stalls and feed and water the horses. It was such a pretty day he
thought heíd wash the horses and let them out to run in the ring for an
hour or so. He got quite busy and then to his surprise he heard someone
yelling for him, it was Zack his cousin. "Hey he called back in here,
he came out of the stall. You are just in time he said how about helping
me do some clean up here. Of course Zack loved horses and was glad to
are the girls he said? "Oh they decided they could go trail riding by
themselves today and I gave them a time limit to be back.
did they go Zack asked? The usual place Colt answered up the old riding
trail the easy one .
said Zack, didnít you hear?
said Colt, hear what? There is a mountain lion in the woods, one of the
guys saw it the other day when they were riding, its a young one that has
got loose from it s Mom. They donít know if its dangerous or not but
they said no trail riding on the old trail that's where they had seen it,
it was on the local channels last night.
dropped the rake and ran for his horse to saddle it up and Zack said
"Hey Man Iím going with you. They rushed around to get ready and
Colt was really scared. he told Zack just a minute, he went into the
supply house and strapped on his big hunting knife. He said, Zack pray
like youíve never prayed before, that's my baby sister and cousin out
there and Iím responsible for them. You know I had a terrible feeling
but they insisted on doing this.
while the girls are riding along singing and doing all the funny things
they always do together. Kelsey said, lets race a little and see who can
get to the end of the trail first, they kicked their ponies a little, just
enough to boost them up. Tory said "hey" Kelsey lets eat when we
get there. All right she yelled back. Well there it was the top and end of
the long trail. Kelsey looked at her watch and smiled, she said, Itís
just 2:30 so we have plenty of time. They got off their ponies and sat
down on a tree that had fallen in the clearing.
beautiful out and they talked and ate some crackers. Then they were just
looking around, the girls had never been without Colt before and the
thought came to them, it was kind of scary but they both wanted to do this
and they would never admit they wished he was there.
laid back her head on the fallen log and they sang a song and heard
themselves in the mountains. They got real quiet, all of a sudden they
heard a noise like a cat whining or something. They both sat up and looked
at each other, they could see fear in each others eyes.
was that Kelsey said? "Oh my goodness I donít know said Tory. All
of a sudden there it was the baby mountain lion. It was small but still
the girls knew it was a mountain lion. At first they didnít know what to
do but they remembered, Colt had told them when they were telling stories
one time, never run, just get up and stay calm, animals can smell fear.
the girls looked something was wrong, he was limping on one foot and
coming toward them, they didnít move they just stared. The baby mountain
lion came up to them and whined and laid down at Kelseyís feet, she just
looked down at it. Tory, said Kelsey there's something wrong look at his
paw. Tory looked at it and there was blood, her eyes filled with tears, oh
my goodness Kelsey its hurt. Tory went to the saddle bags and got the
water out and the handkerchief from around her neck. They both sat down
and put cool water on it and wrapped it up, the baby mountain lion
didnít move he just laid there so sad.
Kelsey thought, where is his mother? Oh my goodness Tory she said in a low
whisper, where is its mother?
said Tory liked Iíd know that. Tory, said Kelsey this is no time for
being funny, what if she shows up and thinks we are hurting her baby. A
look of fear filled their eyes. Where is Colt when we need him they said
at the same time?
sat down and held the baby in their arms and fed him what they had he was
hungry. As they sat there and heard him purr the fear left them and they
just said a prayer over him that he would get well and his Mommy would
show up after they left.
that time they heard the gallop of horses and around the corner came Zack
and Colt all sweaty and red faced. Colt didnít even wait for his horse
to stopped he jumped off and ran grabbed the girls, he hugged them are you
okay? He was so scared. Yes, Kelsey said but this baby isnít. His paw is
hurt real bad and heís needs a doctor.
said girls, his Mom will find him and heíll be okay, she is loose up
here too, now come on saddle up and lets go. Kelsey noticed right off, her
brother had his hunting knife strapped to his side, he was ready for
battle, to protect his sister and his cousin if necessary.
looked at the baby mountain lion to make sure he was OK. The wound was
small and the girls had cleaned it good. He put them back up on their
horses and they all took off down the mountain.
they pulled in to the barn, there was Mom and Dad waiting.
where have you been , out riding and left all this stuff laid out? What
were you thinking? Zack looked at Colt and wondered what he would say, he
had let the girls go off alone and he knew better. The girls also knew
better than to go trail riding alone.
The girls looked at
Colt with fear in their eyes and he smiled, yes, he said I just decided to
ride up the trail with Zack and the girls but weíll finish it up right
now, Iím sorry it wonít happen again. Colt put his hands on Kelseyís
shoulder and shook her , she turned, kicked at him and off they ran to
look for adventure on another day.
by Harriett Dash