The girl was shivering, she was so very cold. She was shivering even though the sun was shining brightly and the air was warm. Warmth was not to be found inside of her. She shivered from the chill in her soul. She had wandered for so long, wasn’t sure who she was anymore. What was really inside her heart? Where had the little girl gone?
At times her heart felt as solid as steel, there as no way anyone could get in. Other times life caught her unaware and cracks would start to appear. The light would shine through the cracks for a bit letting warmth creep in. She couldn’t keep it that way though, it was too risky. She believed that she needed to patch up the cracks and so she would. Sealing them tight to shut out the light.
Oh, but the chill was wearing her thin. How much more could she take? The sun was beating down on her as she laid in a meadow, but still inside her body did shake. She was oblivious to the warmth of the sun, feeling the sunshine was something she had long forgotten.
Her eyes blinked, what was she seeing? Was it just a mirage? How could she trust it? She had learned that trust was so easily broken. No one was going to betray her trust again, not when her heart was protected, by being sealed up like a tomb.
She couldn’t quit staring as the mirage moved closer to her. It was almost like she was under a spell. It looked directly in her eyes as it kept plodding forward. Its beauty couldn’t be missed! It was the most magnificent horse she had ever seen!
It’s long honey brown mane flowed with each gentle step that it took. The white heart seemed to dazzle against its dark brown skin.
The girl couldn’t move, she was glued to her spot. All she could do was watch as the horse kept coming towards her. She was mesmerized by the horse’s eyes, it was almost as if he was trying to send her a message.
At last the horse made it to her. The magnificent horse was standing right in front of her. She could feel its breath on her face, but she wasn’t afraid. It stood there patiently waiting. Timidly she put her hand forward and stroked his side and the horse stood perfectly still. She kept stroking him and then after awhile she moved to his face. The horse nuzzled her hand and the girl let out a little laugh. It startled her, what was that sound? She didn’t recognize it anymore. It had been so long since she had let that sound emanate from her. Was the little girl inside of her waking up?
Time had passed, but yet to the girl and the horse it was like time was standing still. They were lost in each other’s eyes, feeling each other’s hearts.
The girl fell asleep in the meadow after the wonderful encounter, she didn’t even realize that she had stopped shivering.
The next day and the next the magnificent horse would show up. Day after day he would stay longer. One day he was still there when she awoke in the middle of the night. He was standing right by her and he bent his head down to her when she sat up. A smile once again crossed the girl’s face.
More and more she started to smile, as the cracks of her heart were starting to break apart. More and more the warmth started to seep through her weary body and give her a strength that she didn’t know she had. Until one day she felt that she was ready. Ready to trust again.
She had been stroking the horse, who she had come to love and she looked into his eyes and said, ” I’m ready!”
The horse stared back as he nuzzled her hand and neighed shaking his head. Again the music of laughter echoed from the girl She climbed on his back and gave his neck a pat and off he went. He galloped as she hung on, enjoying the breeze that blew her honey brown hair. The breeze felt good, not one shiver did she feel.
They galloped across the meadow and her soul felt free. She laid her face against his neck as his mane tickled her cheek. They galloped and trotted and raced with the wind. They would stop for a drink at the creek and rest for awhile and then be on their way again.
The sun started to go down and the air started to get cooler. The air may have been cooler, but the girl didn’t notice it at all. Her body was filled with the powerful warmth of love. She was alive, no longer was her heart sealed like a tomb. The horse neighed and the girl laughed, love had found her again.