TITLE: Tie-Dyed Blue
GENRE: Middle Grade
“Blue! Get your butt over here!” I shout into the darkening sky. Darn horse, running off like that. “Come on! It’s gonna rain.” Why didn’t he stay down in the valley? Safe.
Thunder rumbles through my West Virginia Mountains. My horse trembles. I lean over his neck. “Easy, Neon,” I whisper and watch his ears swivel back to me, listening.
Lightning crackles and zigzags above us. One long bolt breaks into a zillion splinters lighting the whole sky. I see Blue up on the ridge and watch in horror as he glows like a jewel in the brilliant flash. His long mane and tail stand out straight from his body. Then his legs buckle. He’s down!
The heck with safety, everything, except Big Blue. I push Neon into a gallop and we charge up the ridge.
Blue’s sprawled in the dirt not moving, head twisted. Odors of burnt hair and flesh fill my nose.
I jump to the ground and wrap my arms around his neck. “Blue, wake up! Wake up!” Raindrops mingle with my tears. More rain falls, buckets of it. I hunch over his head to keep the water from his nostrils
Finally, the storm rolls away, but rain still spits from the black sky. Blue blinks. His eyes flutter open. Way deep in the black of his eyes a weird yellow light flickers. I look closer. They’re glowing like a fourth-of-July sparkler.
“Blue, what’s that lightning done to you?”