Epilogue

Neil and Christy were married on May 2, 1914 at the mission house gazebo. The wedding was very much like Christy's dream, right down to the crystal horse gift and piano!

They had three children. Rebecca Fairlight, the oldest, was born on October 16, 1917. A beautiful tow-headed little girl, Rebecca had the special gift known as "The Confidence of Horses." Even as a very young girl, she was able to tame the wildest of horses. The other two children, twin brothers, were born on December 9, 1919. Neil and Christy named them Delwin Thomas and Levi Joshua. Both little rascals, they knew every trick and practical joke in the book. They had a good teacher, though, Creed Allen.

Hannah and Lance both reluctantly left the Cove after Christmas. However, wild horses couldn't have dragged and kept them away forever. After Lance finished ministry school, he moved perma­nently to the Cove, where he married Keri on December 31, 1921. Lance put his ministry education to work and became the preacher in Low Gap, and later, Cutter Gap. Keri was sadly unable to have any children, but she and Lance focused their lives on God.

They also played a big part in developing the modern Tennessee Walking Horse breed. Giovanni, the American Saddlebred stud, stood at Wartrace, Tennessee in 1914 and greatly refined the looks of the Tennessee Walkers with his blood. Keri's horse, Dream, was bred to Giovanni and the foal was the first modern Walker. Giovanni's Dreamer, as the foal was called, became very successful and gave the new, refined Walkers a boost in their popularity.

Hannah and David married, also. Though they did not remain in the Cove permanently, their life in Asheville, where they later moved, was a happy one. Their only daughter, Trinity, was blessed with a beautiful voice, just like her mother. Hannah and David did frequently visit the Cove, and the whole family was well loved by everyone.

Lindsey also fell in love and married. Justin Davis, a mountain horseman from Cataleechie, had lived up in an isolated valley his whole life, where he'd raised a breed of horse that was unlike any other. Even Lindsey, who'd researched every horse on earth, had never seen such horses. Justin had inbred the horses, but so carefully that only the finest and purest horses were elected into the herd. Lindsey had stumbled one day upon Justin Davis and his horses, and had gradually opened up the shy young man to the world. Though Justin's breed was never officially recognized, it played a large part in the development of the Rocky Mountain Horse breed.

Lindsey and Sassy also had great successes. In many local horse races, and some not so local, Lindsey masqueraded as a man and raced her horse. They won many races, before Lindsey finally retired Sassy to be a broodmare. Lindsey bred Sassy strictly to Quarter Horses, and the result was a foal by the name of Gossip Avenue, the grand­mother of Three Bars, one of the foundation Quarter Horse studs of the modern breed.

Lindsey and Justin had one child, a boy by the name of Real. He was a very talented artist, and traveled the world when he was older.

Dan and Cecile married in Cutter Gap, and spent a few years doctoring and teaching the people, before they headed back to their only true home, Freedom, Kentucky. They were sorely missed, and even Bird's-Eye expressed his regrets at their departure. Dan and Bird's-Eye, though never friends, had been in situations together where their blind trust in each other was all they had.

As for Ruby Mae and George, they never did marry. Both sadly grew apart from each other. Perhaps the different worlds they came from prevented them from ever sharing a life together, but they always remained good friends.

However, Ruby Mae did marry Rob Allen, and they had two daughters, Sondra Lee and Danielle Eve.

Also, with the money Neil received from the Scotland Stock Market, he built a large clinic at the mission, where he was easily able to treat his patients and perform operations. He also built a smaller building near his and Christy's cabin. This was his laboratory, where he continued to research trachoma, with great success.

The Cove was put through wars, diseases, and politicians, but it never lost its soul: its people and their heritage.

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