“Stormlake!” Goldsun called out.“
The palomino mare flew side by side to Starbeam. Goldsun relaxed when her filly’s side bumped into her own, but only slightly. At least I still have Starbeam, she comfited herself, but it was no use.
Where was Stormlake? Her filly had gone out with Mintleaf that morning, then the other yearling had come back, saying she was going to catch up later. But it was dark now, and she still hadn’t returned. Like last time, she thought. Tears welled in her eyes as her mate’s determined face appeared in her mind.
“Agghhh!” Goldsun looked down to see her foal falling to her death.
No!” She shot down and caught a silver wing in her mouth. Goldsun realized how tired Starbeam must be, and her own muscles began to ache. “We need rest,” she said reluctantly.
They landed in the meadow as a white mare came down. “Any luck?” she asked the mare, whose name was Sunpetal. A glimmer of hope shimmed inside her.
“Sorry, but no.” Goldsun’s hope disappeared like Stormlake had.
“Okay. Could you keep looking for her?”
Thanks.” Goldsun and Starbeam walked through the meadow and laid down. She closed her eyes, remembering the last time this happened.
“Where’s Starbeam?” Goldsun asked Redheart. Her filly had been gone for a while, and she was starting to get worried. “I don’t know,” her mate replied. Suddenly, Goldsun heard wingbeats. She turned around to see three Mountain Herd steeds. “What are you doing here?” Redheart snarled, shielding Goldsun and a younger Stormlake. One spoke. “We have your filly. We will trade her for the warrior. He nodded towards Redheart. Her mate turned towards her and they exchanged breaths. She plucked a red feather out of his wing and tied it into her mane. Redheart did the same thing to Stormlake, then turned to the steeds. “Okay.” He flew off with the foreign pegasi. It was the last time she ever saw him.
Goldsun finally fell into a restless sleep, hoping that history wasn’t about to repeat itself...
Thunderwing- dark bay stallion with vibrant crimson feathers, black mane and tail, two hind white socks
Silvercloud- light gray mare with silver feathers, white mane and tail, four white socks
Sweetroot- old chestnut pinto with dark pink feathers, chestnut mane and tail, white star on forehead
Redheart- large dark gray warrior with dark red feathers, black mane and tail. Stormlake’s sire. Deceased
Goldsun- palomino mare with gold feathers, two hind white socks. Stormlake’s dam
Sunpetal- white mare with yellow feathers, flaxen mane and tail
Mintleaf- brown filly with green feathers, light brown mane and tail, pale scar on chest, green eyes
Ashfeather- brown filly with maroon feathers, brown mane and tail
Thunderblaze- gray colt with vibrant orange feathers, gray mane and tail
Starbeam- palomino filly with silver feathers, four white socks, thin blaze. Stormlake’s sister
Stormlake- large gray filly with dark blue feathers, silver mane and tail, two hind white socks
Pinewing- brown stallion with yellowish-green feathers, brown mane and tail, two hind white socks
Elmcloud- chestnut mare with light green feathers tipped in white, white mane and tail, four white socks
Nightfire- Captain. Large piebald stallion with white feathers tipped in black, black mane and tail.
Constructive criticism welcome.