While Andi was in middle of thinking over the conversation with Chad, she suddenly heard a familiar whinny.
“Taffy!” She gasped, for there Taffy was, beautiful and spirited as ever. Andi jumped off Spy and ran over to greet her horse. There was a moment of silent bliss as Andi hugged her long-lost horse while Chad and the other horses looked on, and then Andi swung herself up onto her horse to ride her home. Chad smiled, and took the reins of Spy to lead the other horse home.
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When they arrived home, they were greeted warmly by Andi’s entire family, not to mention Cory and Jack with their families. There was a regular reunion! Andi was thrilled, and proposed another race, this time fair. Cory agreed, and Chad himself checked him for snakes before letting him mount the horse. Jack pulled the pistol out again, and held it in his hand, its muzzle pointed into the air. With a bang they were off.
Andi let Taffy sprint far ahead this time, changing her tactics and never let Cory within five feet. She felt Taffy’s mane sting her face, and tears of joy at having her back again run down her cheeks. She let out an Indian war whoop, even though she knew her mother wouldn’t approve.
Suddenly, she saw a horse gaining on her, but it wasn’t Cory. It was Chad, and he was riding his own horse, Sky. Andi urged Taffy faster, but to no avail. Chad won the race, only a horse’s head in front of Taffy.
Andi pulled Taffy to a stop and stared, open mouthed, at her brother. “You’re good!” was all she could manage.
Chad shrugged. “I just wanted to see if Sky could beat Taffy. You’ve been boasting that no horse could beat her, and I wanted Sky to prove you wrong.” He smiled. “You don’t mind my horse beating yours do you?” he asked.
Andi grinned. “Nope, from now on, I’ll let this be a lesson to me in boasting!” They laughed together, and then both jumped from their horses. Andi hugged her brother, and he was taken by surprise again.
“Are you going to make this a habit?” he asked.
Andi grinned mischievously. “Maybe, it all depends on you!”
Chad laughed again, and they led their horses back to the ranch. Chad was heartily congratulated by Cory and Jack, but Mitch and Justin just smiled, as if they already knew that Sky was faster than Taffy.
The busy day ended with a delicious supper at Andi’s house, and the regular Bible time. Justin opened to Andi’s favorite passage, Job 39:19-25, and read it aloud.
“Hast thou given the horse strength? Hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? The glory of his nostrils is terrible. He paweth in the valley and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men. He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth his back from the sword. The quiver rattles against him, the glittering spear and the shield. He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet. He saith among the trumpets, “Ha, ha”; and he smelleth the battle from afar off, the thunder of captains, and the shouting.”
Andi sighed blissfully, it was the perfect ending to a perfect day, and she was happy to be home, safe again.