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A Different Short Story: Robin and the Wild Horse

An Air Warrior who has published over a100 short stories and 8 books on fiction.

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Today was riding day for Robin as he and a few enthusiasts from the school were taken to the police lines to practice horse riding. He was a student of the ninth standard of the John Henry Dally College at Indore. He was a boarder because his father being in the Air Force was most of the time at frontline bases.

Robin and his friends were excited and led by their housemaster Mr. Trevor John they all got into the school van, six of them, and set course for the police lines. On reaching there the head constable in charge of the riding squad took them to the stables.

“ Look boys,” he said,” the horses are ready and saddled and you will have 40 minutes of riding time along with our chief instructor inspector Balwant Singh. Obey him and all aspects and don’t get yourself injured. Before that change into your riding gear with helmets.”

Inspector Balwant soon came and marshaled the boys and told them,” boys let’s go we shall be riding in the hills of Mhow”

The boys nodded their heads. They had finished the first two phases of the riding course and we’re now in the third face which allowed them to ride horses in the countryside.

The instructor looked at the boys and said,” boys you’ll ride in pairs and nobody will ride alone, away from the group. Is that clear? Anybody disobeying my orders will not be allowed to ride the next time.”


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The adventure and rescue

Robin teamed up with his friend Gurmeet and the two of them rode out into the countryside. Robin looked at his friend and said,” Gurmeet, we have just 40 minutes' time so let’s make the most of it.”

Both the boys pressed the spurs and the horses began to move forward. After about 15 minutes of riding, they pulled up under a tree. Just then Robbin's eagle eye observed a girl on a horse, galloping at breakneck speed. He wondered who that person could be. In another few moments, he could make out that it was a young girl and she was clinging to the horse for dear life.

“What are we going to do?” Gurmeet asked,” that horse seems to have gone wild”

Robin did not reply as he took in the entire picture. He could make out the horse was frothing at the mouth and was obviously very frightened. It was galloping and bucking at full speed. There was a good chance the girl would fall off the horse and probably break her neck. He realized he had to act fast. He was reminded how the famous Superman star Christopher Reeves had broken his neck while riding a horse. He observed the horse heading towards a chasm. This was dangerous because the horse would try to leap over the chasm and then anything could happen. Gurmeet just sat stunned, wondering what to do.

Robin dug in his spurs and the beast moved forward. He began to ride around a small trail, which would take him to the other side of the chasm. He patted the horse and sensing the mood, the animal began to gallop forward.

Robin rode fast and soon he had come to the other side of the Chisholm and now he was going to do the impossible he was going to jump over the chasm with his horse and then he would come face to face with the wild beast and the girl.

"Come, boy," he told the horse," don’t let me down; jump"

The horse now moved forward and jumped over the chasm. Robin was running right towards the horse with the girl. The girl saw the boy and she was wondering what to do. Robin rode towards the horse. The horse seeing Robin slowed down, more by instinct than anything and that was the time when Robin reached the girl and pulled her from the saddle. It was a split-second moment and something which only Robin could do. He held the girl and brought the horse to a halt. He put her down and immediately turned and rode towards the runaway horse.

Needless to say, he reached the horse and calmed him; after that, he took the girl on his horse and it was a great surprise to Balwant to see Robin riding back with a girl in front.” Holy smoke,” he said,” you saved the Inspector General’s daughter. Bravo lad you have done us proud.”

Comments

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on January 20, 2021:

Thanks Peggy, for commenting. We share a common lover for horses.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 20, 2021:

Nice ending to this story that could have ended badly! I once fell off of a horse and fortunately did not break anything. It is a memory that I will never forget.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on January 20, 2021:

Bill, you are the top gun of the site. Thank you for your comment.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on January 20, 2021:

Chitra, so nice of you to have commented.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 20, 2021:

Full of action, easy to read, a very nice distraction from the day. Thank you sir!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 20, 2021:

Nice and enjoyable story. The clever and heroic act of Robin, can be the beginning of a movie script.

Thank you for sharing this.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on January 20, 2021:

Thank you Sankhajit, for sparing time with your comment.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on January 20, 2021:

it's an interesting piece of work...

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on January 20, 2021:

Thanks, John, for commenting and pointing out the bloomer, It's great that you spared time to comment.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on January 20, 2021:

Pamela, so sweet of you to have commented.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 20, 2021:

An enjoyable short story, MG. Good for Robin, saving the Inspector General's daughter. (Oh it was Christopher Reeve, the Superman star who was paralysed after being thrown from a horse, not Steve Reeves. He was the one from the early TV series.)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 20, 2021:

This is a good, short story with a happy ending, and I enjoyed reading it, MG. I found it interesting as I pictured the events unfolding.