This is the seventh of an 11-part short story based on the characters of author Susan K. Marlow’s Circle C Adventures and is posted on her blog https://circlecadventures.blogspot.com/
I had a wonderful day.
Ellie took Mrs. Stewart’s advice, and Saturday after lunch she donned a sturdy shirt, vest and split skirt, slapped on a hat she had “borrowed” from Jem, rented a horse from Blake’s Livery Stable, and headed out to the ranch.
She rode up to the house and dismounted. A ranch hand wandered over and took her horse. Ellie thanked him, and then stood in the yard wondering what to do.
A door slammed and Ellie was nearly run over by a figure bolting from the house. Andi stopped herself just in time. “Ellie!”
Ellie smiled brightly. “Howdy. What’s the matter?”
Andi looked beside herself with joy. “Chad said I could learn to trick ride!”
“Really?” Ellie concealed her pleasure with difficulty.
Andi grinned broadly. “Yes!” She took off running again. “I have to go tell Riley!”
Ellie watched her race to the barn in search of Riley, then turned to the house. Chad leaned against a column of the porch smiling.
“I see you kept your promise.” He called with a wave.
Ellie smiled back. “I see you kept yours.”
He jumped off the porch and came to stand beside her. “I couldn’t help it. You were right.” He ran a hand through his hair, then plopped his hat back on. “I’m glad you came.”
A little embarrassed, Ellie shrugged nonchalantly. “Thanks. I was hoping Andi would show me around the ranch, but I suspect that she’s busy, now.”
Chad started walking toward the barn. “Well, don’t just stand there!” He teased. “Come on!”