She smiled as he splashed her with water and she danced away from him nickering from deep within. She reared up to meet an oncoming wave and it spashed her tobiano coat drenching her from cranium to hoof. She laughed a clear cheerful sound that would melt the devil himself. She came back down into the water and arched her crest and held her banner high. She walked to Ace and touched her nares against his again and splashed him without warning. She pranced away swith her neck still arched while the water licked at her long banner trail in the water. She turned her head back toward Ace. She really liked him he was so handsome and playfull she couldn't help but melt when he looked at her.
Ace melted when Arabella laughed, as well. He wanted her to join his herd very much, but Ebony must be keeping her from doing that. He needed to talk with his lead mare, but he continued to play with Arabella, splashing her and having fun.
Ace jumped up and down over the waves, nickering and neighing as he went. He soon could not touch the sandy bottom under the water, but he could swim. He swam far out into the ocean, waiting to see if Arabella would come. He swam closer to shore just in case she didn't like deep water.
Arabella nickered and charged into the water sending the ocean spray everywhere. She swam toward Ace and nickered again. How could he be with Ebony? He was nothing like her... she was still befuddled but didn't want to ask him. She swam to him and nickered again nuzzling his cheek.
Ace nuzzled Arabella back but when he realized what he was doing he instead he pretended to get salt water in his mouth, and he spat it out in the other direction. Then he spotted a jelly fish inching closer and closer to him and Arabella.
Arabella noticed the gesture and looked at him in a hurt way. She turned away and began swimming back to shore as she to spotted the jellyfish. She was more hurt than worried about the jellyfish. Her flints touched the sand and she walked onto shore looking back to see if Ace followed. She was confused about his gesture and then his actions not understanding them.
Ace followed Arabella back onto shore and gazed into her eyes. "I'm sorry," he said. He wasn't sure what else to say. He could tell he'd hurt Arabella's feelings, and now he wished he hadn't spat the salt water out of his mouth. They would still be swimming together in the ocean. Ace tried to make it up to Arabella by going over to a small patch of grass near the hill that led down to the beach, picking up a tiny patch, and offering it to the mare.
Arabella looked at his offering and smiled as his eyes met hers. The hurt feelings vanished as her heart melted for the bay yet again. She couldn't help but take the offering he gave her munching it happily while gazing into his pools. She was so confused at her feelings toward him. Why was she acting like this ?
Ace slowly started to realize...that he liked Arabella. A lot. But he already had a lead mare, Ebony. Ace was so torn it made his wounds hurt again. He nuzzled Arabella again, this time not pretending to do something else.
Arabella smiled and returned the nuzzle. She was taken aback by his kind generosity and playfull personality. She had never known a stallion to be that way. She just looked into his eyes not bothering to hide the feelings that showed there for him.
Arabelle nickered back and stepped closer to him. Why was she doing this? What was wrong with her? She was crazy! Falling for a this bay who seemed just as sensitive and playful as her. He was taken already! " I mist be crazy.... " she thought. What was she going to do with herself now? He could never be hers ever so why pursue something that was impossible to catch? She did not know the answers to the questions she had tumbling in her head. She couldn't help herself he was so irresistable.
Ace seemed to know her question, but he really didn't, it was just an idea inside his head that needed to come out. "Let's run away and start our own herd, Arabella!" he whispered this, so Ebony could not hear him, but nuzzling Arabella at the same time. He wanted her to be his lead mare so much...but he had already made his decicion with Ebony. It was almost heartbreaking...