Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home
Lost Scene #1: After Andi nearly gets killed by going near Chad's wild stallion, she huffs off to the barn to bury her sorrows with Taffy. Mitch follows and tries to talk some sense into her, but Andi says a few things that were not in the published book. When that scene ends, Chapter 2 begins, which is a scene not included in the book. Enjoy!
Andi gathered up the reins and pushed past her brother. "Just leave me alone, Mitch. I've been yelled at all week, and I'm tired of it. You don't understand. And when Chad gets done telling Mother, she won't understand either. Everybody else is always right and I'm always wrong." She stopped at the barn door. "Chad can't make me clean out these stupid stalls. I'm leaving, and . . ." She paused. "Maybe I won't come back."
Mitch folded his arms across his chest. "Suit yourself." He made his way around his sister and her horse, and rejoined Chad without another word.
Andi led Taffy out of the barn and into the bright morning sun. She mounted her in one smooth motion by grasping the golden mane and sliding onto her bare back. Once she left the yard she allowed herself the luxury of another heart-felt crying spell and sobbed into the wind. She forced Taffy into a full gallop, not caring where she went as long as she got there quickly.
Andi cried louder. She was relieved that not another soul could hear or see her now. She slowed Taffy to a trot and turned her toward their favorite spot---a small, clear, bubbling stream up in the north pasture. Nobody went there this time of year. It would be the perfect place to sit and think . . . and to stay out of trouble.
Chapter 2 [new scene]
Chad paused from his fence repairs long enough to watch the small figure disappear over the range. He accepted a new piece of railing from Mitch then asked, "Did you have a nice chat with our sister?" He already knew the answer.
Chad grinned and regarded his brother thoughtfully. "You know what, Mitch? You oughta give up trying to smooth things over for Andi. You know it never works. For one thing, you keep forgetting that she's as stubborn as---"
"The rest of the Carters?" Mitch supplied. He lifted the end of the railing and held it level for his brother.
"For starters,” Chad agreed with a grin.
Silence fell, except for the pounding of the hammer. Mitch glanced over toward the source of his sister's latest trouble. The stallion pranced around the corral, snorting his unhappiness. "Did you have to yell at her quite so much?" he asked quietly.
Chad’s cheerful grin vanished. "What did you expect me to do? Pat her on the head and suggest she pay more attention to my instructions?" He straightened and scowled at his brother. He had about a million things to do today, and here he was, picking up after Andi and arguing with Mitch.
"No. Of course not, but---"
"Then stay out of it." Chad whipped off his hat and wiped his forehead. It was proving to be a warm morning, in more ways than he liked.
Mitch lowered his hammer. "I can't stay out of it, Chad. She's my sister, too. And you came down on her mighty hard---in front of the men." He seemed forever caught in the unhappy position as mediator between his older brother and younger sister. They were too much alike to come to a peaceful agreement once they got started on something.
Mitch considered his next words carefully. "It wasn't right, Chad. And you know it. Family business should be conducted privately, not in the middle of the yard."
Chad replaced his hat and leaned against the corral. He looked over at the stallion, then turned slowly back to Mitch. He shrugged. "So. Okay. You're probably right. But I was so scared. She was almost killed, and I guess I lost my temper."
"You got that right, big brother." Mitch chuckled.
"Well,” Chad conceded after a moment's pause, "maybe when she gets back I'll have a little talk with her."
"Good idea,” Mitch agreed, relieved. He slapped his brother on the back, his cheerful outlook on life restored. "And Andi’ll return from her quiet spot all calmed down, too. By supper we’ll have forgotten this ever happened."
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