Ace slowed to a walk as he saw a dark looking cave before him. It looked empty, and the perfect place to hide from all his troubles. He knew everyone he met would say 'running away is not the answer,' but he didn't care at that moment. He did know that someone would smell him if he went in there, so he rolled around good in the grass and bushes, and even dirt and then walked into the cave, his smell covered. Then he walked even farther into it where it was hard to see, and settled down behind a rock where no one would find him.
Ebony saw Ace's tail come round the corner of the cave. Running away isn't the answer She snorted kindly. She trotted slowly up to him. Is it true what she said, you were going to leave me and the foal? I want the truth now Ace, the lies are over.
Ace stared at Ebony. "I would never have left you and our foal, Ebony," he said, "I was just in a sort of...trance, it was? That was then, this is now, I would have never left you." That was the truth. Arabella's fiery personality had sent him into different thoughts, not true thoughts. She had made him think of someone else he'd known far back when he was only a foal, and he tried not to show his sadness by smiling at Ebony.
Ace's mouth dropped, but he quickly closed it again. "But you are my mare," he said, "and I would never leave you. Arabella just reminded me of someone I knew a very long time ago." He wasn't sure if Ebony wanted to hear his story, so he waited for her to reply.
"Well, a long time ago," Ace began, "I was living in another herd, and was at least 4 years old when I was asked to babysit the lead mare's filly for the day. It was a very special job," Ace snorted, "but I was not meant for it. We were having a great time, I took the filly out to the fields and we chased each other and had fun, until the wolves...the wolves..." Ace choked. He couldn't go on, but he knew he had to. "when the wolves came. They just pounced on us without warning. I was a scaredy cat, and I ran without even helping the filly. She was screaming her ears off, but soon, the screams stopped. I knew what happened, and a few hours later, I was banished from the herd..." Ace paused, the he told Ebony, "I don't blame you if you want to leave me and find another stallion. A braver one, for that matter." His head drooped.