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Sunday, 12 January 2020

#WeekendWritingWarriors #SnippetSunday - The Matchmaker's mare

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Hi folks, Hope you all had a good week - how are the New Year Resulutions going? (or not)

I'm continuing snippets from the draft of my current 'work in progress' unpublished fantasy romance 'The Matchmaker's Mare' which takes place in Wales. The  story is told from three p.o.vs. and two time-lines. Today's excerpt is again from Megan's P.O.V. 

Megan has inherited an old cottage and started a new life, and a new job at the veterinary surgery, Her nearest neighbour is Glyn, a single dad and his young son, Huw. A mysterious pony has appeared in Glyn's horse paddocks and even his experienced horse breaker, Evan, can't seem to handle her. Meanwhile, objects have been disappearing and reappearing at the cottage, and Megan isn't sure if she's imagining things. In the last snippet, she is surprised to see Huw riding the supposedly unmanageable pony

 (This is only a rough draft to give the gist of the novel, and is subject to change and edits - and improvement on the creative punctuation which is needed  to adhere to the ten sentence rule!) Any feedback gratefully received.


Megan shot a glance at Evan Griffiths, leaning against the fence with a bemused expression on his face. 

“She trusts him, see,” the man said in answer to her unspoken question, “that’s the only way to explain it.” He paused, “p’raps she’s one of those horses which prefer children to adults, some horses do, you know.”

“We only discovered Huw was riding the pony the other day, and I can’t get him to tell me how long he’s been riding her or how he managed to gain her confidence,” Glyn added.

“Well he seems happy,” she replied, “and so does the pony for that matter.”

The boy must have noticed her arrival, and cantered up to the fence, patting the pony’s neck, he drew her to a halt and jumped down from the saddle.

“Hello Miss Johnson, did you see me jumping -- how d’you like my new pony?”

“Your pony now, is she?” his father said, and Megan could not help noticing the twinkle in his eye.

“You seem to be doing really well with her,” she said, stepping back from the fence a little, as the pony snorted and tossed her head. She hoped Glyn Phillips hadn’t noticed

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  1. I guess Huw is some sort of horse whisperer who can do things even the trainers can't.

  2. I can see why animals might trust a child before an adult. I think Ed is right--Huw is a pony whisperer!

    1. It's certainly true that often a child can get through to an animal which is wary of adults. Thanks for comming by, Jenna.

  3. Fascinating. You have my complete thoughts after reading your snippet. Thanks, my friend.

  4. well done - is the magic in the child, or in the pony - and why does the pony act up when Megan gets close? She's hiding something...

    1. I don't think I'm giving anything away if I say there is something rather special about that pony, and it is possible Megan is trying to hide something!

  5. Intriguing - the pony is certainly skittish.

  6. Horses (and ponies) definitely do have their own opinions...I like the pace at which the story is moving and revealing secrets while providing other mysteries. Excellent excerpt!

    1. Thanks so much, Veronica, you're so right, horses and ponies are very good at deciding who they'll respond to. Glad you liked it.

  7. I'm wondering why she's concerned if Glyn saw the horse's reaction to her. Great snippet.

  8. That's what I was aiming for! :) Thanks Karen!

  9. Animals can sense emotion which is why the boy has his trust and she doesn't. Too many secrets, I wonder?

  10. That's very true, Nancy. But Megan's not a bad person, but you're right about the emotion and there are some things she'd just prefer to keep to herself at the moment.

  11. I'd prolly take a step back too. I like that the boy can ride. And I really, really wonder why him? Good snippet, Lyn! :-)


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