Copyright Mark Christopher Garrett 2022
“Nice shot!, but can you do it again”
“Of course I can”
“$5bucks says you cannnn’ . . . .t”
“Too late pay up”
“Dang, I should of known better then to bet against you Nora”
“Let that be a lesson you won’t soon forget, but I tell ya what, let’s say I get us some lunch with this 5 spot”
Just then an announcer comes over the loudspeaker, informing all that the horse show is about to start
“Better make that lunch after I get done with the show, wish me luck”
Nora then kisses her boyfriend on the cheek and runs off as fast as she can towards the stables
Once there she walks calmly to the stall and starts to put on her riding hat
“Not today Nora”
“But dad, I’m better than he is and not only that this horse responds to me better, don’t you want to win”
“Oh Nora, one day you will have your chance, but that day is not today, now come help your brother get ready, he is up next”
After watching her brother come in 2nd, she congratulates him, and tells him he didn’t do half bad, she then watches as her parents are overly proud of the young mans achievement so she decides to go get that lunch she had promised some one
She finds her man flirting with the rollercoaster operator, and flags him over to her
“Are you ready to eat or what?”
“Sure I could eat”
They both got steak and cheese subs and sat at the outdoor tables
“I just love the fair, don’t you?”
“Ya, but I would of came in first”
“Oh here we go, give it a rest, I told you your father was never going to let you ride today, and besides your brother has been working really hard and from what I hear he didn’t do that bad”
“Oh please, you didn’t hear nothing you were too busy talking to the roller coaster girl”
“And this is why I love the fair, thanks for lunch but I’m out of here, I just realized I need to be somewhere else”
He gets up and walks over by some buddies from work, then they get on one of those super spin ya rides
Nora sighs, and realizes she has probably been a little selfish today, maybe everyone was right and she shouldn’t make everything about herself, but at the same time if she didn’t stand up for herself how would she ever get what she wanted
After all she was very smart and independent, and she really had no patience what so ever, but one thing she was not lacking was confidence, she had so much confidence it made up for everything else
For the next several months she decided next time would be her time, after all it was her turn to compete and she knew the horse better than anyone else, for she would spend time with it every day, morning & night.
She spent less and less time with her boyfriend as she was devoting everything into riding
When she wasnt riding she would spend her time out in the gardens, it soothed and comforted her and she loved the smell of all the aromas.
She would pick the freshest vegetables while in her head planning out supper.
Next she would glide through the herbs and again add to the nights sup
Once her basket was full she only had one stop left to make
Most of what she gathered she feeds to the horses, then she takes the remainder up to the house where she begins dinner
“Oh, what’s this, Nora’s cooking?!? Said a voice
“That’s right she is riding tomorrow isnt she?” said another
“Perfect” said the last voice, “if she’s cooking that means I’m doing dishes”
The next morning Nora gets up early, she is very restless and she can’t seem to sleep
She showers and then rushes out to the stable with a couple of apples
When she gets there she finds her father combing the beast
“Wow, what time did you get here?”
“I couldn’t sleep” he responded
The rest of that morning they both tended to the stables and worked in silence, the whole time watching the sunrise up over the valley horizon
Just then a rooster sounded off
“Either he’s real late or we’ve already been out here to long, come on little girl lets go get some breakfast”
Nora nodded and the two of them headed towards the house
After breakfast, which mom already had made as she also got up early, they loaded up the horse and everyone headed down the road.
“Where to this time” pipes in Nora from the back seat
“We are headed to a Town 3 cities north of us, you know that one by the lake”
“Oh good, I like that one and I am familiar with the grounds”
2 hours later they pull into the back entrance of the event and what an event it is,
There are more people and horses than ever before
Nora makes her way to her stable leading her horse the entire way.
She talks to him and gives him words of inspiration
Her father and brother are getting the gear ready, and mom is doing what she always does, getting everyone drinks and food
Nora puts on her riding hat and nods at her father to which he nods back, she then mounts her stallion.
Nora confident as ever rides out on that show stage with poise and strength
She masterfully, while effortlessly commands her beast, she gallantly and gracefully executes every obstacle with precision and ease.
She smiles, she reacts to the crowd, the music is the perfect choice
Nora is on top of the world, she knows she has put on a solid performance, furthermore her steed has even our performed her, she is super proud of him and promises him an extra carrot tonight
Nora struts her horse back to the stables riding on seventh heaven, she hops down gives her dad a hug and then hugs her horse.
She then commands her brother to unsaddle the horse while she precedes to tell her dad how she maneuvered the path so expertely, all the while he was rolling his eyes while her mom starts to hand out drinks to everyone.
After listening for what seemed like an eternity of Nora talking about her riding prowess the announcer announces the winners, after revealing the grand prize winner Nora begins to take a bowel, then realizes it was not her name that was called.
Furthermore her name was never called for second or third place either
At that moment Nora turned red and became extremely embarrassed, before she could apologize for her cocky actions her brother speaks up
“I put everything up nice and secure like you asked Nora, so now that the work is all done is everybody ready to go celebrate?”
Her mother and father cheer on and they all head out to the car
After a short 10 minute ride they pull into a really cool restaurant situated on a boardwalk on the lake
When they make their way inside the restaurant Nora notices a big banner over a table that reads congratulations, and she notices a bunch of her friends from work sitting there as well as her boyfriend.
She begins to tear up as she feels like she has let everybody down
Her dad ask, “What’s the matter, why are you sad”
“I don’t deserve this, I did not win, worse yet I treated everyone really mean especially my brother, and at least he came in second”
“What are you talking about, you win some you lose some who cares, we do that for fun, we are here today to celebrate your 21st birthday, or did you forget”
Just then everyone at the table yells