Chapter 1

Didn't that one coming.

"Stormy!" Virginia called through the dark night.

"Isn't it a little late for a ride'" a voice asked form the shadows of a tree.

"Darrow! W-what are you doing here?" Virginia said hesitantly.

"The question is what are you doing here. Not why I'm here," Darrow replied walking toward her on his black gelding, Thunder.

"I've been coming here every night for the last two years," Virginia admitted hanging her head.

"I know you've been coming here. I've been watching you for the last two years," Darrow told her unashamed.

"Why has you been watching me?" she wondered wryly.

"I'll tell once you saddle that horse up and join me for a nighttime ride," Darrow suggested nervously. Virginia thought about it before finally agreeing. Darrow smiled when she did.

Virginia then went to her hiding place, under the hay feeder, for her tack. She quickly saddled up Stormy and mounted easily. Darrow patiently waited as she did. She nodded when she was ready. They then both nudged their mounts forward at a slow walk.

"So why have you been watching me?" Virginia asked looking at him. The moonlight made his face glow.

He chuckled nervously, "well I've actually formed a crush for you after that day in the field when you said I rode like a chicken. Then seeing you sneaking out to see Stormy just caused me to like you more. My feeling have just been growing since." the only thing she could do was stare at his white Stanton. When she didn't say anything he looked up at her wryly. After a few minutes she started to come back to earth. ' I didn't see that one coming' Virginia thought to herself