So here's the 2nd rewritten chapter, make sure you've read the 1st one before this. Hope you enjoy

Maria's POV

I woke up in Cassie's room the next day, I had stayed in the spare bed that she had in there for when Sarah stayed over. We had stayed up late talking. I had told Cassie and her Mum that I couldn't remember anything about who I was or where I lived or if I had any family, they said that I could stay with them and that they would check to see if any girls who matched my description had been reported missing. They said it might be a little while before we heard anything.

"Morning Cassie"

"Morning, how are you feeling? It's almost time for lunch"

"Oh I must have been more tired than I thought, I feel ok"

"Well you haven't had the easiest time of it, Mum's madking pancakes would you like some? Keep you going until lunch is ready"

"Emm…sure" She walked over to the wardrobe and picked out two pieces of clothing, she chucked them onto the bed

"Here you can wear these, just come to the kitchen when you are ready. I'll go and tell Mum that you'd like some pancakes"

"Ok, I'll be down in a minute"

I climbed out of bed and changed into the clothes that Cassie had chucked out for me, they were so comfy – so different from what I was used to I mean they were boys clothes but they seemed to have been tailored for girls, I'd have to ask if this was normal around here. I looked in the mirror and I had to admit that these clothes made me look better than the dresses that I was so used to. I headed downstairs to the kitchen where Jane was at the stove, there was a plate of pancakes on the counter for me.

~ Time Skip : 2 years later ~

Cassie's POV

I was in the stables grooming Paint, Maria had left for a ride on Red once we were finished with the others, we were running late on exercising the horses because we had had to get Jet, Blackie and Star ready for some rich customer that was coming to look at horses for his son. Dad had said that they were traveling quite a distance and that they had been looking for a while but haven't found the right horse and are hoping that they will be able to leave here with one.

I heard the noise of carriage wheels and horses hooves on the gravel so I walked out to see a group of people climb out and my Dad come out of the house to greet them. I went back inside to get the halters and tack out of the tack room, I could hear them chatting as they entered the barn, my Dad was telling them about this place "...and this is my daughter Cassie" he motioned to me


There was a chorus of hellos, and then the lady who was with the group asked "Do you always wear men's clothes? It is frowned upon foe ladies to wear anything but a dress"

"I know that it is frowned upon but when you have to clean out stalls, brush and exercise 5 horses then all a dress does is get in the way so when we work we wear these" proper ladies with their backwards thinking... what does it matter what I wear.

Maria's POV

I could feel the wind in my hair as I galloped through the meadow in the middle of the forest. Nobody else knew that it was here. I can feel Red using every muscle as we gallop, I feel him slow as we reach the tree line on the other side of the meadow, I best head back to the stables I've been out here for 2 hours and some rich guy is coming to look at some of the horses to see if his son likes any of them.

It only takes me 10 minutes to get back to the yard. As I come through the gate I can see a group of people standing by the outdoor school watching a guy ride Blackie or should I say try to ride Blackie, he seemed to be having a bit of trouble with him. Blackie was bucking and rearing and broncing all over the school, one of the men who were watching was yelling at the guy, I pushed Red into a canter and halted right behind the man, so close that Red was breathing down his neck. He stopped shouting and whipped around but Red didn't even flinch

"Don't shout, all your doing is upsetting the horse more and making it worse!" the other two people turned around and stared at me in disbelief that I had spoken to the man like that. Billy was standing next to them and just said "Ria, don't talk to customers like that, it's rude"

"I don't care if it was rude Billy I won't have anyone shouting around Blackie all it's doing is scaring him. I'm surprised that you were letting him do it. You shouldn't stand for it, the guy obviously doesn't click with Blackie so your just asking for an injury by keeping him on him. Put him on Jet or Star."

"We already tried Star and the lad couldn't get anywhere near her without her freaking out on him and rearing up"

"Then get Jet out and try him.." I looked at the guy "Look get off Blackie, it's obviously not working" he nodded at me ad dismounted. I let a whistle come from my lips and Blackie came galloping over jumping the post and rail fencing stopping next to me on Red, I leaned down and grabbed onto his reins

"Good boy Blackie, come on now let's get you to Aidan. I'll be back in a minute with Jet for you" I walk the horses into the barn

"Hey Aidan, could you cool off Blackie for me? I'm gonna take Jet out for this guy to try"

"Sure can"

"Thanks, I'll just put Red in his stall"

"I'll start to untack him if I'm back before you"


I walk back out of the barn with Jet, I head towards the guy and hand him the reins. He gives me a funny look and then just tries to mount but I stop him "Stop, go to his head show him you are no threat that you want to be his friend, show him you want to work with him, not control him. Horses are free animals by nature, they don't take well to being told what to do but if you ask them to help you in your task they will, if they have been trained properly." He did as I said and Jet started to nuzzle him looking for a treat "Here give him this" I said passing him a carrot, he fed him the carrot "now you can get on"


Once he was on I said "Now walk him around twice on each rein then ask for a trot on both reins and then you can ask for a canter, that's hie normal routine and then if it's going well then you can have a gallop and a jump. If you want to you can even take him out for a hack, see what he's like out of an enclosed area"

"How can I take him for a hack? I don't know any of the trails"

"Well I had to finish my hack early and Red is still tacked up, I was going to go back out after you guys had left so you can always just tag along with me, I'm sure your father and his friends can go inside with Billy and get something to eat"

"Ok, I didn't catch your name?"

"Maria" he gave me another funny look before saying


"Ok well why don't you start I'm going to go get Red"

I walked out of the arena and headed back into the barn where Aidan was just about to go into Red's stall

"Aidan, leave him I'm taking him back out"

"Ok Maria"

I went into Red's stall, he whinnied and came over to me

"Hey boy," I stroked him between his eyes "you ready to go back out"

I take the reins and open the stall door, once I'm outside I mount up and head over to the arena where Robin is cantering Jet , I shout out to him

"You mind if I come in and do some work with Red?"

"Na, come on in"


Billy opens the gate and I thank him, I warm Red up. After 5 minutes I ask for a canter, he immediately drops his head into an outline as we round the corner leading onto the straight I push Red on asking him to extend and then when I reach the top I ask him to collect again. I change the rein across the diagonal and do the same on the other side.

"Good boy Red" I pat his neck "Robin you want to pop over some jumps before we head off ? There's a couple of logs on the trails"

"Sure" Billy walks in and puts up some jumps. Robin and I both pop over a few then I ask

"Wanna do a round?"

"Sure bet ya I can beat ya"

"Challenge Accepted!" I hear laughing and Billy calling Cassie

"Cas get out here"

"Yeh Dad" I hear Cassie's reply

"Ria and Robin are going to have a bit of a competition thought that you would like to watch. Also do you have your watch? They're going to go around a round of jumps the fastest with no knock downs wins"

"Dad I always have my watch, and with Ria on Red there ain't no competition, those two are bloody dare devils"

I turn to Robin "So you want to go first or shall I?"

"I'll go" I watched Robin go, Jet jumped clear and fast just like he was taught to. Now it was my turn. I asked Red for a canter and pointed him in the direction of the first jump, we sailed over it. We zoomed through the grid and down the double, as we jumped out of the double I asked Red to do a tight turn, cutting inside the fence that Robin had went round, and pointed Red at the jump, we weren't straight but I knew that Red would jump it after all I trained him to. He cleared it and when he landed I pushed him on, since the last jump was at the other end of the arena. The last jump was a meter thirty, straight triple bar and I had to be dead straight and Red would actually have to jump. I could hear rustling but I blocked it all out and it was just me Red and the fence. I turned onto the line and let Red do the rest, he knew his job, we sailed over it and when we landed I could hear nothing, it was as if my ears blocked everything I looked back seeing if the pole had dropped, it hadn't. Red and I were both panting hard. I hugged him around the neck, I looked up when I heard Cassie saying

"Told you there was no competition against Ria and Red"

I laughed

"Cas there is always someone who is better than you are. You just have to find them, and never get stuck up if you always win, That's when you start to lose. Remember what Tommy always says 'Compete for yourself and no one else, go for you're personal best' he's right its not about beating someone its about doing the best that you can"

"I know Maria, you really are starting to sound like Tommy!"

I laughed "And that's a bad thing?"

We all burst out laughing.

"Well Robin still want to go for a hack?"