Mirkwood Ranch: Mystery of a Ghost Horse
Mikaela and her friends decide to go camping during the last week of summer; they end up stumbling upon an abandoned town. The town is rumored to be haunted by a ghost horse that was killed many years ago.

"Mikaela!"

I rolled my eyes and looked over at my cousin. "Yes Cassie?" I asked, grooming Mysterious Darkness. He is a 16 hand jet black Quarter horse gelding. I bought him three months ago, and it turning out to be one of my best horses.

"Why can't I ride Bullet?" She asked, crossing her arms over her chest.

"Because Bullet is injured." A new voice said.

I knew very well who that voice belonged to. "Bullet got injured because you were riding him carelessly." I said, looking at Cassie. I don't know why she always has to ride Bullet. I would prefer that she just leaves Bullet alone, since she's a bit of bad luck for the blue roan gelding. He's spent more time in a stall recovering from injures then any other horse at mirkwood ranch. I feel bad for him, He's a really good horse and tolerates just about everyone. I wish I could let him out in the pastures, so that he can rejoin the herd but not until he's fully healed.

"Sure blame me." Cassie said.

I glanced over towards her. "Ty?" I asked. I know we're not on the best of terms since we broke up, but we're better than what we were before. My mother was the cause of our break up, she was telling Ty lies and when I'd question her she'd tell me that she never said that, and that Ty was twisting the truth.

"Cassie your riding Brego." Ty said, pointing towards a 15.2 hand bay appaloosa gelding.

"No!"

"Yes. Otherwise you're not coming with." I said, glaring at her. I was getting fed up with her stubborn attitude.

Cassie groaned and walked towards Brego. "He's slow." She said.

"No he's not. I've ridden Brego many times. He can move when he wants to, maybe it's just because you're not as experienced as you claim." I stated. I was practically raised in the saddle, I used to ride with my father all the time. I'm now twenty-four years old, so I've been riding for twenty-two years. No one wants an infant riding horses, but I did start riding when I was like two years old. Cassie has been riding for eight years, and she claims that she's a better rider then me. (I'm rolling my eyes.)

"Whatever." Cassie said, starting to groom Brego.

Ty led a tall chestnut varnish roan appaloosa gelding out of his stall, "Who's that?" Cassie asked.

"Locksley." Ty said, stroking the gelding's neck. There has a been a few times when I had to talk Ty out of trying to sell Locksley. I know that he'd never actually go through with it, he loves that horse way to much.

"Can I ride him?" Cassie asked. I knew she was going to ask that. Every time she sees a horse that is pretty then the one she's riding, she has to ask if she can ride that horse instead.

"Cassie." I said, with a warning in my tone.

She glared at me. "Brego is boring! There's nothing unique about him. He's bay with a few spots on his hindquarters." She said.

I sighed. "So what? No horse is the same, Brego has a funky head marking." I said. Brego had a star/strip/snip that kind of went off to the side of his face, he also had black out lining his marking. I thought that was really cool.

Ty smirked. "Cassie give it a rest. We have like an hour to get ready, we're suppose to meet the others at 6. Gotta remember it's an hour and a half drive." He said, running a hand through his shaggy hair. He did cut his year like a year ago, but that clearly didn't stick since his hair is right back to being the same length it was a few years ago. I had just recently got my hair cut, chomped off my long hair so it's now barely below my shoulders.

"Fine!" Cassie said, going back to grooming Brego. I looked at Ty and smiled a little, he just shook his head. "What are you two doing?"

I led Mysterious out of the barn. "Nothing." I said, tying him to a hitching post. His black coat shined in the sunlight. "I'm gonna get the camping supplies. Mysterious's equipment is already in the trailer." I said, walking towards the house. I walked into the house, my mother moved out over a year ago. I was still trying to adjust to living here by myself. My father was dead a few years ago, he was attacked by a cougar and found out that he's been fighting cancer. He never bothered to tell anyone, since he wanted to keep doing what he was doing. I know I have often told him that this ranch was going to be the death of him, because of how hard he worked. I never thought that those words would actually be true. I easily spotted the camping gear and supplies. Everything was packed up and ready to go.

"Julie?" I asked, wondering where my aunt is. She's going to be running the ranch while I'm gone.

"Kitchen!"

I walked into the kitchen and smiled. "Hey. We're almost done, so we'll be leaving soon." I said, running a hand through my short hair. I was still trying to get use to the sudden different in length.

"You'll be careful, right?"

"Yes."

"And you'll call every night."

"Of course."

"I'm gonna hold your word on that."

I smiled and rolled my eyes. "Jodie, I'm twenty four. I think I can take care of myself." I said.

"That's what your father said." She said, looking at me.

I closed my eyes and then nodded. "I know. I still can't believe that he never told us that he had cancer." I said.

Jodie walked over towards me and gave me a hug. "I know sweetie. I know. So have you heard from your mother lately? I know she tried to sell the ranch, but I guess she was haunted by the memories of your father." She said. So my parents never told her that they were on the verge of getting a divorce because they weren't seeing eye to eye anymore. My mom wanted to sell the ranch and get a place less remote, as she liked to call it. My dad never wanted to sell the ranch, that's why he left it in my name.

"Mikaela. We're ready to go."

I looked over my shoulder to find Ty standing in the door way. "I'll be right there. Hey can you start loading up the camping supplies and gear?" I asked, smiling a little.

Ty smirked. "Yeah." He said, grabbing a couple of the bags.

"Thank you." I looked at my aunt. "I'll see you in a week. Might be a little longer, haven't decided yet. I'll call every night, and let you know how it's been going." I said, giving her a hug. I grabbed what was left of the camping gear and out of the house, it was gonna be weird not being here for a week or so.

"Good to go?" Ty asked, taking a bag from me and setting it in the box of the pick up truck.

"Yep. Keys." I said, smiling.

Ty sighed and handed me the keys. "I get to drive on the way back." He said.

"Kay." I said, climbing into the truck and starting it. I love this truck. Ty climbed in on the passengar's side, I glanced towards the back and saw that Cassie was laying down, taking a nap. "Seriously?

Ty looked in the back and laughed. "She sleeps to much." He said.

I nodded. "Alright, well here we go." I said, putting the truck in drive. I was really looking forward to this vacation. "Hey you think we'll get to see the abandoned town?" I asked.

"Maybe."

"You don't believe that it's haunted?" I asked, glancing at him.

"I don't believe in ghosts."

I totally forgot about that. "I think it's interesting. It's like one of the greatest local mystery." I said. There's been mysteries bigger then this one, but it's the biggest that is close to Mirkwood Ranch.

"Sure."

I glanced back at Cassie again. "Listen Ty, about what happen a few years ago."

"We are not going to talk about this." He said, looking at me.

I nodded. "Fine." I said. I've been trying to talk to him about what happen, but that is always his answer. I can't believe that he actually believed the lies my own mother told him. That hurt, like really hurt. I was in love with him, but I don't know anymore. He kind of lost my trust, and it's gonna take a while before I fully trust him again.

I wasn't in the mood to be chatty, so I turned on the radio. 'Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone. I'll be waiting; all that's left to do is run.' I groaned and quickly changed the channel. "Who changed the channel?" I asked.

"Probably Stephen. No wait, Cassie did." Ty said.

I don't mind country music, but I can't stand Taylor Swift. "Gotcha." I said. This was going to be a long drive, I could hear Cassie lightly snoring in the back seat. Must be nice. There wasn't much I envied when it came to my cousin, but I felt like I could use a nap right now. "Stevie and the others already at the camp site?" I asked.

"I think so." Ty said.

"Am I only going to get short answers from you?" I asked.

"Probably." Great. This really was going to be a long drive. I turned up the radio a little more. 'So can we push push push rewind, Go go back in time.' Well at least it was better then Love Story. I actually liked the song playing. I glanced at Ty, wishing that we could go back in time. I think before we ever even dated. Do I regret it no, but I think he might.