Here’s a flash fiction story I did a while ago and instead of sitting on my hard drive gathering pixels I thought I’d post it here for others to enjoy.
I simply must feel the connection.
As I am placed upon the beast with tender care, that familiar feeling begins. It wells up inside me as if a waking memory, for I know what will come next and it gives me great pleasure.
Then the journey begins and it is wonderful. So liberating, so rewarding.
The warmth of their bodies upon me, so reassuring, so reaffirming that it gives me purpose. I need to be given a reason, a function. To have this is my soul.
The scent of them both as they travel with me is exhilarating. Their joy is my joy. Call it symbiotic, call it whatever. I am happy.
The man and the beast are my friends, for they need me as much as I need them. That is the way it is. That is the way it has always been. For that I am thankful.
The elation I feel as I travel with them both, to go to new places or to tread a well worn path. It doesn’t matter. To be used is the salt of my existence. The kindling to my fire. The breath of my life.
I am the glue that binds them together so they can achieve their goal, fulfil their purpose, just as it is mine to have them.
The pressure of the man from above and the beast beneath gives me great joy. It opens up the possibilities of adventure instead of being confined to the dusty darkness.
Then we are away.
The rise and fall of the man upon me once we get going is like a heartbeat pounding out the rhythm of my life. The heat of the beast the warmth that satiates my spirit.
It is a simple but important thing, being the saddle.
Copyright Mark Alders 2008/2009
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