All That Was Left

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The sound of hooves echoing throughout the canyon walls sounded in her ears. The shadow approached her like death stalking its next victim, waiting till the time is right. When the shadow comes she can't be afraid, she can't back down, or cower in fear. When the shadow comes her time is over, and suddenly she can never get it back.

Submitted: February 27, 2014

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All That Was Left

 

Prologue

The sound of hooves echoing throughout the canyon walls sounded in her ears. The shadow approached her like death stalking its next victim, waiting till the time is right. When the shadow comes she can’t be afraid, she can’t back down, or cower in fear. When the shadow comes her time is over, and suddenly she can never get it back.

 

The moonlight falls upon a young mare’s fur as she watches the shadow take down another stallion. The time of war is approaching like a panther stalking its prey. Yet as she stand there she feels happiness. For the young mare knows that she soon will feel no pain, or sadness. Just the thought makes her whinny with joy. She knows that the shadow just took her only son. How does she know? She knows because she just watched him die. “Faith?” A young muscular red stallion called softly as he approached. “Yes, Mercury what do you want?” Faith answered her voice like honey. “I just wanted to know if you were okay, since Juniper died?” She looked over at him with sunken eyes. “I’ll be okay after a while.” With that she walked away towards her home among the hills.

I’ll describe her as elegant. But don’t underestimate her so quickly. She is quite small, though not considered a pony. Faith is like moonlight, covered in sun. Her golden fur stands out grately amongst the rest of us. Her dazzling blue eyes shine brightly. They were once filled with joy and comfort, but are now filled with pain. You probably wonder how could someone who knew no end to love is suddenly lost, and left to fend for herself; could manage to continue onwards. Yet somehow she continues on persistent to find hope.

As she falls asleep she dreams of what life would be like without the shadow, evil, and death. It would be a wonderful, perfect world. “Faith… Faith. Wake up, we need to leave right now.” Mercury’s voice jolts her awake. She opens one eye groggily only to find Mercury peering into her face. “Why what’s wrong?” She stands up slowly shaking off the last of her tiredness. She looks outside only to see the sun hasn’t even risen yet. “This better be important.” She snorts impatiently. “Yes Faith it is. The shadow is moving closer, we have to abandon our home.” At once Faith’s eyes widen with fear. “Okay lets go then.” With that Faith and Mercury set out to find a new land and maybe, just maybe that land would be filled with hope too.

“Faster!” Mercury screams into the crisp morning air. The sound of hooves pound against the dew filled grass. A shrill neigh sounds from behind the two fleeing horses. The shadow is moving closer, and closer until it is nearly on top of them. Suddenly it disappears just as quickly as it appeared. The galloping ceases instantly. As they stand sweating, and shaking they can’t help but think of how close they were to their death. “We have to be more careful Faith, we barely made it.” Mercury says nervously. Faith turns around to see if the shadow was stalking them. But it wasn’t, in fact the shadow was no where to be seen. “Mercury why did the shadow just disappear like that?” She answers her eyes wide with fear. “I don’t know.” The sun shines a brilliant ember gold as the two horses begin to walk again along the fresh green grass.

Midnight. The worst time to be outside with not a tree in site. That’s when the shadow comes. That’s when it takes its next victim. Every horse knows that you don’t want to be outside when midnight comes. But it is too late for the two to turn back now. They are traveling across the plain which consists of grass. Miles, and miles of fresh green grass. Life is a game for the shadow. It always was, and always is going to be. To the shadow anything moving is its next meal. It is not under a spell, but is consisting of the spell. It can make a horse move where it wants to move to. No horse has control over what the shadow orders. Once the shadow arrives, you know that its time. As Faith and Mercury settle down for the night, a low moan fills the air. It is the earth grieving for the ones lost to the shadow, it is crying for its release from this horrid time. Faith grieves too, but only with her heart. She can’t let anyone else she is saddened by the horses lost to the shadow. They always say you can’t grieve too long or you lose yourself, and never get back. But for Faith, she has been grieving for nineteen years, and hasn’t lost herself yet. She is just about to fall asleep when it happens. The shadow rushes in on them. It is like time stops, dead to the world. Mercury doesn’t even have time to make an effort to escape when the shadow is upon him. It devours him, bones and all. Faith just stares back frozen in fear. She has never seen a death up close. But now that she has she feels as though her eyes have been torn out. She screams so loudly that it echoes for miles across the plains. But not one single soul comes to help, for they know that they will die too. The shadow advances towards Faith, like a dragon. She should run but she can’t. How could she anyway, for she just saw a horse die. One she loved too. Her world goes black, and just like that her time is over. Her pain is finally gone, ebbed away by love for others. She can now be free like the wind.


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