She pulled the reins gently, but Mathilde was already slowing. Perhaps the mare knew where to stop. Perhaps she understood Elana’s shift in the saddle.
The horse tensed under her thighs.
“I know you want to gallop,” Elana patted Mathilde’s sable neck. “We’ll just stop here a minute.”
Mathilde snorted, then lowered her head to nibble on a cluster of dandelions by the gatepost.
“It’s been too long,” Elana whispered. To herself. To the plaque the ancestor she was named after had placed at the property’s threshold. A crest. A warning. A gateway.
Elana reached and Mathilde pranced sideways, bringing them flush with the square of gray granite. “Thank you, Em,” Elana breathed.
Her fingers traced the carvings and rested on the wheel of time.
The air around them shimmered. Bent. Restored.
The pasture rippled in the sun and she heard a clash of swords. Laughter.
“Let’s go visit Great-Grandam!”
For Crispina’s Crimson’s Creative Challenge
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