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SEVENTEEN YEARS LATER
THE SUN LIT the fields in a way that said it was showing off. There wasn’t
a cloud in the sky, just that dazzling sun. I pulled my flat-brim hat lower to
shade my eyes as I scanned the pasture, looking for a telltale speckled coat.
There were a number of horses that I rode on my family’s ranch, nestled
in the mountains of eastern Oregon. Far more that I trained myself. I tried to
give them all love and attention—long rides as often as possible and plenty
of treats. But only one was truly mine.
She was the first horse I’d bought with the money I’d made working the
ranch. It was a little piece of independence when every sliver was hardwon. I didn’t take any for granted: each first and bit of freedom. Paycheck.
Bank account. Post office box. My apartment over the barn.
They wouldn’t seem like much to most people, but most people didn’t
have a family who had been through what mine had. It was impossible not
to hold on too tightly when you almost lost someone. So, I’d had to fight for
each little freedom. And every one represented a carefully fought battle.
I unlatched the gate to the pasture, my gaze moving across the dips and
rolls of the field. It caught on that familiar coat. The mare’s markings had
called me to her ten years ago. She’d been just two years old, and I knew it
was meant to be.
Most of her coloring was that of dark bay, but the pattern across her
hind end revealed her true heritage: Appaloosa, through and through. That
white with dark spots had been a sucker punch to the gut. A reminder of the
darkest moments of my life. But more than that, a remembrance of the one
piece of hope I’d had.
That fractured sky. The rain that had given me the water I’d so
desperately needed. After I’d been rescued and was in the hospital, I’d
overheard the doctor talking to my parents. She’d said that she didn’t think I
would’ve made it another twenty-four hours. And that was when I knew the
truth: The sky had saved me.
And Everly. The daughter of the man who had taken me. She’d snuck
out and ridden through the night to the sheriff’s station to help me make my
way home. I’d never be able to repay her for what they’d given me—her or
the sky. But now, Ev was a part of our family, something that would be
official in a matter of months when she married Hayes.
I did what I could to show my gratitude. Helped her at the animal
sanctuary she’d built on the land that had once been her family’s. Tried to
say yes when she and Hayes invited me for dinner. It wasn’t much, but it
was what I could give.
I had no way of repaying the sky. I tipped my face up to it, letting the
sun warm my skin.
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