~Told in the POV of Chloe~
“Back off, you ugly thing! How rude, scaring her like that! Shoo! Shoo! Naughty horse!” Ellie’s fearless bravery amazed me. Why didn’t I do that?
“What?! I never said a thing like that…” Ellie trailed off.
“I’m glad you didn’t really cancel,” I smiled.
“But where does that leave Josefina?” I suddenly asked.
“She lied, and endangered you. That’s not OK. Something tells me Gingersnap was in on it too. We need to go talk to her.” Ellie decided, and we marched to our room.
Josefina’s smile grew wide. “Hey, bestie!”
And that we both had serious, no-time-for-games looks on our faces.
“Yeah, that really wasn’t cool.” I added. “And I’m not, like, holding anything against you, but that was really mean. Gingersnap could have hurt me, and while I like adventure, sure, I can’t believe you’d set us up like that. Did you purposely MEAN for me to get hurt?”
“I-I-” she started to say, but she didn’t finish.
“That was not okay what you did, and Madison needs to know,” Jasmine added. There was something about her that said she really wasn’t kidding this time.
“Yes, that’s right, she would. And she will. What you did was very disappointing.” Jasmine snatched her arm away from her and continued marching off.
Half of me felt sorry for Josefina. Okay, all of me felt sorry for her. I felt kind of bad that Madison had to know. Josefina would probably get in a lot of trouble. I laid on my bed, but I couldn’t take a nap. I just kept thinking on what would happen to her.
Soon we heard Jasmine coming in. “Madison wants you to come to her right this minute,” Jasmine told Josefina. “She’s sitting at her desk.”
She was gone for a long time, and soon, we were tired of resting and waiting for her to come back.
Josefina came in soon after, a solemn look on her face. “Mama wants to see you, Ellie,” she told her. Ellie and I shot curious looks at each other.
~Now told in POV of Ellie~
“Am I in trouble?” I asked.
“No, Ellie, but I need to talk to you. Josefina’s been sad lately, because she feels you like Chloe more than her.”
“Of course I don’t!” I spoke up.
“I know, but Josefina feels that way. She’s really sorry about what she did, and she was so miserable about it. She was apologizing over and over again through her sobs when we talked. She said she knew she shouldn’t have done it, but she was too afraid to go and talk to you about it. She was worried you wouldn’t want to listen to her anymore, or wouldn’t have time to.” Madison informed me.
“Oh,” was all I could utter. “What about Chloe? She could have gotten hurt.”
“Josefina told me that she honestly didn’t mean to put Chloe in danger in any way, and felt terrible about it when she heard Gingersnap’s neigh’s. She only wanted to distract Chloe with something and lie to her so she wouldn’t be with you so much, and that you’d have more free time with her.”
“But…was that right?”
“No, and Josefina will get punished for it. But I suppose she’s learned her lesson – she couldn’t stop crying and telling me how sorry she was. Once you come back, she has an apology for you, too.” said Madison.
“Should I spend more time with her?” I asked.
“Yes, along with everybody. Chloe will of course get lots of attention, since she’s new, but once the newness sort of wears off, things will return to normal again. Include Josefina (and anyone else who wants to join!) in everything you and Chloe play so she doesn’t feel left out, and just be fair, OK?” Madison finished.
“We are the best of friends.”
~Runaway Princess Movie, 2015~
Chloe and Josie made up as well, and they’re all good. They’re actually quite good friends, and they’re writing a story on horses together. Chloe is learning who to ride correctly, and Gingersnap actually likes Chloe now.
WELCOME TO YOUR NEW HOME, CHLOE!