A Horse of Course

It is a beautiful summer day, the height of August in a small medieval town. Two lovers build themselves a home in the middle of a river. The base is made of fresh cut bamboo arranged in a spiral pattern to allow the small cottage to sit above the waterline, while appearing to “float” atop the current. The walls were put together with soft green moss and smelled damp and crisp. The roof was hardened clay, but all over the outer walls flowers of every hue were blooming, giving the house the appearance of a fairy castle. The boy had beautiful, curly, golden hair. A huge iron-clad man from a nearby town came to take the girl away to marry, but the two couldn’t be parted, so they transformed into horses one black, one chestnut, and ran off escaping the man.

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