I followed Nadie. I loved her sense of adventure. "No," I admitted, "I never knew of this place."
As we walked I looked at the cave. Amazingly it stayed light on the inside of the cave for a while. A few jemstones had been settled around the cave and had reflected the light a ways into it. I smiled in awe.
Nadie gaped at the beauty of the place where they stood. The cave was beautifully arched in a smooth semi-circle. No random rocks stuck out from either the floor or the roof of the cave. It was the perfect place to hide. She wasn't sure if the cave flooded when the rain overflowed the river beyond the cave enterance because the floor was completely dry. The mare turned to Ansel who was also looking at the cave in amazement. "I wonder how many others have stepped into this place," she said, trying to imagine another horse standing where she stood now. There was nothing. The cave seemed like a place where no others had been before. It didn't seem like a place where many other creatures had stepped upon. Was this meant to be a secret? How come Nadie and Ansel had found it? Did this mean something? Question flittered through her clever mind. She may have been smart but she was now stumped.
I gaped at the smoothness of the cave. I turned my head to look at Nadie. A smile had overtaken my entire expression. Her question made me ponder. I scowered the floor with my eyes. No prints ruined the perfect groundwork of the floor. It looked untouched. "No," I said still in awe, "I think that we are the only ones who have ever stepped foot in here."
Nadie smiled at Ansel's grin and then at the fact that they were possibly the only horses that have ever set foot here. She turned to look deep into the cave. "Let's go and explore," she suggested. Nadie had always been a curious horse and a large cave was the perfect place to explore. She moved her head back to where Ansel was standing, his beautiful coat shimmering in the reflection of the waterfall behind him. As she entered the cave, everything became suddenly dark. She had not expected it and whisked back around into the light where Ansel still stood. "Wow," she breathed.
I nodded agreement. I wanted to explore. I wondered how it was that I found a She looked at me. I grinned like a young colt. She walked a few steps into the cave. She was back before she seemed to have gone. She let out a breath of exclamation. I pricked my ears. "Why have you come bakc," I asked playfully, "Afraid to dive into the unknown world beyond this part of the cave?" I moved closer to where the cave went dark. I felt a little worried about the darkness.
Nadie took a deep breath before replying, "No, I am not afraid," even though she was a little scared of what lay beyond the darkness. What if many horses had passed through but got swallowed up by the cave never to return back to Mystic Freedom? What if what lay beyond was a place so beautiful - like a different world - that the two horses never would want to return again. The new world sounded more interesting to the speckled mare so she decided to head back in to the cave. Darkness once again clung to her but she kept going, step after step. Once her whole body was in she turned her head to throw a whinny over her shoulder that meant something along the lines of I'm okay, come on in.