The Big Black Horse

This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a Big Black Horse. It can be a horse, a metaphor or an interpretation of KT Tunstall’s “Big Black Horse and a Cherry Tree.” Go where the prompt leads!

This is my response. It is based on a picture book manuscript I am working on at the moment, hoping to submit to a publisher soon. Fingers crossed. That story is based upon another 214-word story I wrote earlier in the year, which you can read here. All three are the same but different. I hope you like it.

The Big Black Horse

The riders considered the available horses. Fergal chose the big black, Valentina the silver. They mounted their steeds and entered the arena. Fergal cantered to one end and Valentina the other. They steadied their mounts and faced each other.

“Let the contest begin! Charge!”

The contestants galloped towards each other.

Nearing the centre of the arena, Fergal’s black steed balked, tossing him off. Valentina wheeled her horse around, dismounted and raced to Fergal’s side.

“You okay, Fergal?”

“It’s only a scratch.”

“I’ll get a plaster from Miss.”

“It’s okay. Let’s go again. Can I have silver this time?”

“Okay.”

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45 thoughts on “The Big Black Horse

  1. dgkaye

    Loved the ending Norah. Hi Ho Silver! 🙂
    P.S. I’m glad you popped over to my blog because I thought you weren’t blogging as I haven’t been receiving post notifications, so I’ve re signed up to get them as I believe Worstpress is playing games on many fronts. 🙂

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        1. Norah Post author

          I’m not sure if Query Tracker works only for US submissions. I’ll have to check it out. I did use it to track a submission to a US agent earlier in the year but eventually forgot to check back when nothing at all happened.
          I wish you success with your submissions. 💖

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            1. Norah Post author

              I’ll have another look at it. I did just check one book I submitted through Query Tracker and saw that a response had been added in May. I should have checked earlier but I’d forgotten all about it. Just as well it wasn’t an offer. 😅

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    1. Norah Post author

      Let’s pretend is such fun, isn’t it?
      Bandaid is a brand so I used plaster as a generic term. Funny, I thought it was a term from the US. Perhaps I was wrong.
      I hope I get to turn it into a book. 🙂

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