Harper? Gemma said and poked her head in her sisters room.
Hey, Charles, said Joseph Sani, once the best friend he had in the world. I was thinking of you today. You and your new bride.Not so new, Charles said, not fighting the happiness rising up. Joseph affected everyone that way. Its been three years—a few months more than that. How are you?
Three years and I havent met her yet, Joseph said, his tone asking, Why not?Years slipping away without notice, Charles thought. And the last time I saw you, you were an old man. I dont want you to be old. It makes my heart hurt.I couldnt come to your wedding, Joseph was saying, but you didnt make mine, either. Were even.
I didnt know about yours, Charles told him dryly.You didnt have an address or a telephone that I knew about, Joseph said. You were a hard man to find. I admit you sent me an invitation to yours, but it was through Maggie—and I didnt get it until the day before.
Yes, hed rather thought that Maggie wouldnt pass it on. Im surprised you got it before the wedding at all, he said, acknowledging his own culpability. But we didnt send out invitations through the mail. Just called. I tried three times and got Maggie twice. The second time I just left the message.
Joseph laughed, and then coughed.Desensitize him to the kinds of things that could make a horse spook, Charles said. They used to take feed sacks and rub them all over the horse until it quit being frightened. The sacks were handy—and scary because they were light-colored and noisy. Showing exposes horses to all sorts of situations, and they learn not to be afraid every time they run into something new.
Most of them do, said Kage. Eventually. But hes honest and brave. Mackies riding him in the show, and I wouldnt trust my girl to just any horse.Well keep him on our likely candidate list, said Charles.
Anna slid off reluctantly. Dont I get a say in it?The big grin on your face already said a mouthful, Charles told her. Mere words are not necessary.