THE CALLISON STABLES
course, this all happened way before I was born," Trevor
began as he and Grace
slowly walked along leading the horses behind them. "In fact, Father
was still just a boy. He had an older brother named Landon. Father
worshiped him. Uncle Landon liked to come out her and take the horses out.
Father often tagged along right behind him." He laughed as he tried
to picture his father as a child.
"W-what happened?" Grace asked as she listened attentively.
"One day, Father and Landon were out here and Landon took off on one of
his rides." He had no trouble retelling the story; it was one that
had been repeated to him over and over by his father. "Something
happened. Something scared the horse and he bucked. Landon was
thrown off and hit his head. He died because of that fall. Father
"Oh, my god! How horrible!"
"You see, Landon was the favored son. He was the one who was
supposed to take over the family business. My father always felt like
second best to Landon." Trevor paused for a moment as he thought
about his own relationship with his brother Reginald.
"Anyway, after Landon died, Father was forced to take over his spot as heir
to the Callison name. He's spent his entire life trying to live up to
"I never realized that your father felt such pressure." Grace
held on to Trevor's arm as they walked. She was beginning to enjoy their
deep, personal talks more and more.
"After Landon's death, my grandfather forbid my father from ever coming
to the stables. Likewise, my father has continued that ban. He'd be
very upset if he knew I came here."
"Oh, I won't tell!" Grace assured him. "But, if your
father forbids you from coming out here, why do you?"
"Because it gives me a chance to be alone and think." Trevor
stopped at the edge of Spring Lake and began to watch the ripples form in the
water. "Here, no one bothers me and I can get away from
"So, when you're out here, what do you think about?"
"You, Grace," he confessed as he turned to look into her eyes.
"For the past few months, the only thing I can think about is you."
Grace swallowed hard as she looked back into his eyes. She didn't have
a clue what to say next.