As Kelsey and
Tory began their journey never did they think of the excitement there would
It 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.
As 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,
it's 2:00 now and if you arenít back by 4:00, I am coming to get you.
Colt 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, 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 help.
the girls "? he said. "Oh they decided they could go
trail riding by themselves today and I gave them a time limit to be
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 got loose from its Mom. They donít know if it's 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".
Colt 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".
Mean 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 let's 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
It was 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.
Tory 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.
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.
But as 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 it's 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.
thought, where is his mother? "Oh my goodness Tory" she said in a
low whisper, "where is its mother"?
said Tory "like 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.
They 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
About 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 stopp, he
jumped off and ran, grabbed the girls and 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".
"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.
Colt 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.
As they pulled in
to the barn, there was Mom and Dad waiting.
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.
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