Five days, my friends!
And another tease:
One of my favorite characters:
As I stepped into the barn, the big black poked his massive head from his stall and shook his mane fancifully at me as I neared. I hoped that was his way of saying hello and not a warning for me to back off. I whispered to him, his eyes regarding me with a depth I found intimidating for an animal.
Magnus was very aware of the world around him.
I stroked his muzzle with a tentative hand, his lips chewing on my fingers for a second before he nickered and nodded his head, as if telling me to stop teasing him. I chuckled and pulled out one apple, laying it in my open hand for him to take. He took it eagerly and munched on it as I stroked along his neck, looking into his stall to see if it needed cleaning.
Perhaps it is from my days of reading Black Beauty and The Black Stallion– But Magnus, while a secondary character, and an animal at that, touches my heart and his loyalty to his master (and his master’s love) will always make me smile and even cry a little (I’m such a sap when it comes to animals!).
Perhaps he does fancy himself a prancing stallion that owns the farm:
As if to thank me, he left me a pile to clean up as he sauntered away toward the pasture.
But how can you not love such a big sweetheart? He really is just an oversized cuddle bug…
He’ll be the first to insist that he’s really the hero.
He stepped up to me, his head nuzzled into my stomach as I stroked his neck carefully.
“You have earned yourself all the oats I can sneak you, sweet boy,” I whispered and stroked him a little harder, my tears falling over his forelock as he nickered against me.
Magnus and more- coming in five days!