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Blackened Butterflies

Summary:
Emme Foster hasn't had the best time growing up. And since the age of nine, it has taken a turn for the better. With a new Foster family every so often, and a passion for horses, Emme learns to hide her past and secret passion from others as to be considered normal. What happens when there are some new kids in town, with some very interesting habits, and while off in Columbus, Ohio; yet another mysterious figure wanders their way in to her life. Now to protect the life she holds so dear, Emme must choose who to tell what, and how to keep her dark past, and bright passion away from her enemies, and even her closest friends.


Notes:
Yet another fan fiction, not too many recognizable characters though... sorry about that.


8. Chapter 8

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"So," Angie stared. "There have been some things running around town lately."

We were seated in Martha's living room, me and Lexi on the couch, and Angie sitting in the loveseat.

"Like what?" I asked.

"Well, for one thing, your father, but we've already figured that out. Also, well, I've been getting a few calls from some possible couples looking to adopt. Or take in another foster child, meaning you two might be separated. Good news though, all of these couples are willing to keep up with your hobbies because they know it helps you get over what happened in the past."

I glanced at Lexi, who looked just as terrified by the idea of being separated as I was. This wasn't going to end well.

"But-" Lexi started, but Angie raised her hand.

"There're no buts on this one, girls. You've got until the end of the year, I think, that is if anyone's really serious about this and know what they're getting themselves into. Otherwise, you'll stick together."

We looked at her, the same pleading expression on both of our faces. We didn't want to leave the other, we weren't blood related, but we knew each other well enough that we might as well be.

"Girls," Angie said stiff and business like, "I'm trying to help you two out here, I'm trying to find a way out of this for you, I don't know how much longer Martha's and Josh's budgets will allow for your hobbies, I'm trying to find people who can help you for a long time."

"Martha and Josh have been fine!" I nearly shouted.

"We can't leave each other!" Lexi said at the same time.

Angie raised her hands, her brow furrowed, thinking, or she was just really annoyed. "Girls, I'm trying to make it so the two of you can stay together, but I'm not sure if the people I've found are willing to take the both of you, and there's still the fact that we have to talk to Sandra about this too."

We frowned. Sandra was Lexi's agent, and neither of us liked her. She was no where near as fun as Angie was.

I sighed and sat back down, "When are the interviews?"

"Not until November, so you'll be back from your show and have time to prepare for them. I'll let you know when exactly when we get things into place. Also, there're about three couples I'm looking at for you Emme right now. They're all really nice. If you'd like to meet them before you leave that can be arranged too. The same goes to you too Lexi."

We nodded, still not happy, but I think we can deal.

"Alright, that's all I have for you guys."

I stood, "I'm going to ride."

"Alright, be back by seven, or call if you're staying the night." Martha called after me.

I nodded as I grabbed the car keys, "Will do, Lexi?"

"I'm right behind you." She said and we headed out.

* * *

"I hate this, I hate this; I hate this!" I ranted as we sped down the long road that led to Ana's place, "How could they just spring that on us? And right before Congress too! Man."

Lexi placed her hand on my shoulder as I realized my knuckles were white on the steering wheel, "It's alright. At least we've got some time to think about it and take a step away from this." She finished waving her free hand around the car for emphasis.

I sighed, trying to keep my head, "I guess, it's just, well, man." I couldn't think of an explanation so settled for random and incomplete phrases.

I pulled into the parking lot a few minutes later, calmer than before, but still mad about the situation. We walked to our stalls and tacked up in silence. I guess Lexi might have been afraid of saying something that would make me more upset than I already was.

Around five we were out and jumping courses. It felt good to be up in the air after today's events. It was more exhilarating than it usually was. The cool autumn air flew past Sky and me as we headed for our last fence of our third go at the course. It was a sharp, hairpin turn and then over a four foot cross-rail, something we've needed to work on for a while now.

Sky was over ready for the jump, but I went to ride it anyways, without trying to stop him. I was up, and he was ready, but all of a sudden he refused and I flew off, landing flat on my back. Great.

"Are you okay?" I heard Lexi shout, and then Ana was right next to me.

"You alright?"

I looked up and nodded slightly, I thought I was alright anyways. I moved to sit and it was fine, and Ana helped me to my feet, nothing felt sprained or broken, so I was fine. I climbed back onto Sky and we went to run the course again.

We ran it smoothly once, our seventh try. The others I ended up on the ground at the last jump every single time.

"Run it one more time just to make sure we've got this down." Ana called from the rail.

I nodded and went to do the course again, but, as usual, our last jump died. I ended up being flung over Sky's neck and crashing into the cross rail itself. I would definitely have bruises tomorrow.

I saw Lexi hop off of Macy and catch Sky for me. I shook myself and stood, brushing off dirt. I sighed heavily, this was getting annoying. Just one more go and I should have this.

I climbed back on, and ran it again and again, falling each time.

"Come on Emme," Lexi complained an hour later when she came back from un-tacking Macy to check on me. "It's been over two hours since we started, don't you think Sky deserves a rest?"

"Just one more try." I called as I started the course over again. My back, arms, and legs hurt like crazy, but there was no way I was going to let Sky get away with refusing and dumping me most of the night. I wouldn't give in that easily.

We made it through the course, me screaming the entire courtesy circle afterwards, and Lexi yelling. I cooled out after that, too happy to try again. It was seven fifteen by the time I had finished un-tacking and doing my chores. Martha wouldn't be happy that we were home late, but she'd understand after I told her that we had issues today.

Erick caught us on our way out, "Hey!"

I smiled as he ran after us, "Yeah?"

"You two ready for Friday?"

"Psyched!" Lexi called as she climbed into the car.

"Neither of us can wait to be on the road!" I said at the same time, "We'll see you tomorrow!"