Duchess had disappeared forever- she was cremated at the vet’s and Bonnie didn’t get her ashes. Nothing of her smart, controversial dog remained except a couple of leashes and her empty bowl. It was odd- when she was sixteen, when she still had her dog and before she sought out a horse, she’d nearly lost
Duchess’s breathing was shallow, mechanical. Tiny puffs. Her eyes were glazed. When the black-and-tan dog was laid on the examination table at Bonnie’s waist level, she suddenly saw with fresh eyes how beautiful her dog was, how impressive in size. Duchess. Her dog. The dog she had begged for, the dog she’d carried home in
Sometime between New Years and Valentine’s Day, Dean’s suitcases reappeared in the house on Portview Place.
It was December, but Bonnie’s Dad had disappeared.
The whole time Hogan the horse was living it up as a pampered pet at the boarding stable, Bonnie did not ride him.
Bonnie and her horse were spending less time together. It made her sad to think of harming him by riding him. She had to find a solution to the hoof problem, but it was almost unbearable to think about. She was nearing the age of eighteen now, but she couldn’t face the dilemma she was
Callum slumped in a dark chair in the study. He didn’t want to be in this weird town, without friends. Again, his mother had pulled a crazy.
After the high school graduation, there was no university as Bonnie had dreamed. The family bills seemed to be piling up, Bonnie’s father seemed to be getting into more trouble, and the newspapers ran frequent articles about university grads who couldn’t find their dream jobs. She didn’t mind settling in to working. Even though her
The dress Ava made for her daughter’s high school Grad was beautiful.
Bonnie was graduating. Formally, she was about to graduate from high school, and informally, she had just passed another course in the School of Hard Knocks. After bringing down the horse, not only was she struggling to force herself to concentrate on her end-of-the- line schoolwork, but she had to work several days a week,