~told in the POV of Chloe~
I breathed in the fresh air as I stepped outside our screened-in verenda thing. The door slammed behind me, and I felt free to be outdoors. This misty, cool weather was a pleasant change compared the humid, sticky air we’d had all year. I didn’t want to waste this glorious morning, so I decided to bring Gingersnap out for a ride.
“Just feel how pretty the weather is this morning, Gingersnap!” I exclaimed to her. Gingersnap and I had a rough start, but we soon bonded, and I could ride her as well as anybody else.
“Ready to ride, girl?” I asked her, closing my eyes and relishing the morning. Maybe it’s what Madison would call, “Texas weather”. Her and all the other dolls never really liked Florida, because they were all used to Texas. But I had been bought here, and I love it. I couldn’t imagine Texas being better than here.
And even the sight of that huge tree that got struck my lightning and fell over in our backyard. That had been a blessing in disguise, because now, more pretty Florida sunshine shines in our backyard! We just have to find a way to remove it…
When I turned my attention to where I was going, my heart nearly stopped. I stifled a gasp, not wanting to startle Gingersnap – we were riding right where Madison had clearly stated was OFF-LIMITS. Unless the grass had been mowed short, we were not to go over here – there’s a black racer snake hiding in our backyard!
Frightened, she started rearing. I lost grip of the reins and nearly fell off. I let out a peircing scream – I was half terrified and half astonished. Another amazing adventure! I wrote in my mind. We’ve encountered a snake! I’m about to be thrown off my horse! What ever shall I do…
I soon came to my senses. I had to calm this freaked-out horse!
The snake slithered under the fence, at least from what I could tell in the midst of the long grass, and I grabbed a hold of the reins and desperately tried to calm Gingersnap down. “Whoa!” I called. “WHOA, Gingersnap!”
“Wow, Gingersnap, what an amazing adventure,” I breathed.
You ask why I’m not scared and shaken up about everything?
On the contrary, I’m delighted and couldn’t be happier that I experienced that! How awesome! More amazing material for my life autobiography!
Until the next adventure,
P.S. Later, when I told my friends/roommates what happened, they said I was silly for freaking out! Josefina told me that the snake is completely harmless – it’s not poisionous, it doesn’t even have fangs. It’s actually helpful because it eats other snakes and rodents.