Caden passes Kails over to Ayers and then comes back for me. He reaches up and I reach down. Once he has a grip on me I slide sideways off Firelights back and he catches me easily. I blush as I press up against his front, face inches from mine. He seems just as embarrassed as me and looks away.
Once again, I’m saddle sore. The blanket helped. I don’t have as many open wounds as I did this morning. Just a couple but I do have tender patches of skin and more aching muscles than this morning by far.
“True love really is a marvel, isn’t it?” a voice says behind me. I jump and whirl around, startled. The woman is standing behind me, grinning broadly, looking at Caden and me.
I feel myself blush scarlet and risk a glance sideways. Caden is rubbing the back of his neck and his face is turned away. But not far enough away that I can’t see the blush staining his cheek and neck.
“Now could you hold onto Firelight’s halter while I get him a room please?” the woman asks of Caden. He looks confused but he nods, stepping forward and taking the halter from her hands.
“How did you know his name?” Caden asked, putting a gentle hand on Firelight’s soft nose.
“He told me, of course.” The woman says, matter-of-factly, walking over to a large door. She opens it and I see a dining room on the other side.
“Hold on…” she murmurs. She closes the door and taps the handle twice with her fingers before opening it again. I’m shocked to see a completely different room on the other side; a kitchen.
The woman closes the door and repeats the process, tapping the handle and opening the door. This time it’s what looks like an alchemist’s work room.
“Darn it!” she exclaims. She slams the door a little harder than necessary, startling a small cry from Emma behind me. I quickly turn around and rush to her, murmuring soothing words to her and patting her hair and shoulders.
“Ah-ha!” the woman cries out behind me. I turn around and see that the door now opens into a horses stable.
“Alright, come on then, Firelight.” The woman says, turning around and holding the door open. Without any further prompting, Firelight turns and walks through the door, ducking his head elegantly at the woman as he passes.
Caden steps forward and follows Firelight through the door. The rest of us stand patiently in the hallway waiting while Caden gets his horse prepared for the night.