Hidden Truths, Hidden Hearts

The first in the Hidden Truths trilogy.
Maria always knew she was different. From when she was a child she could do things she couldn't explain and had a power she couldn't understand. Then she meets Zac who changes her life forever. Together they embark on a journey that presents dangers, reveals long forgotten truths and brings them together in ways they could never imagine.

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3. Accident

The instructor got them to do some flatwork to start off. So far everything was going fine. Until they started jumping...

Maria urged Rosie into a smooth canter when she heart started pounding in her breast. It was not excitement, it was terror. Something was wrong. But she couldn't stop now.

They sailed over the jump but just as Maria thought they were about to clear it, Rosie clipped the top pole with her hind leg and stumbled before falling on her side with a frightened whinny. Maria felt herself being thrown from the saddle and cried out in pain and terror as her head slammed a lone jump post then she hit the ground. Something hot and sticky ran down the left side of her face. She caught a glimpse of Rosie staggering to her feet and walking towards her. She felt her soft muzzle against her neck and could hear her heavy breathing as Rosie tried to nudge her to get up. She could see the fear in Rosie's soft, brown eyes. Fear for her. But she couldn't get up. She couldn't move. Her head ached. She could hear running then saw her instructor's face peering down at her.
"Leave me. I'm fine. Please..." she tried to say but the words were stuck. She felt paralysed. Out of the corner of her eye she could see one of the helpers trying to soothe Rosie who was snorting and stamping. She wanted to go to her, reassure her, tell her everything would be ok. But deep down she knew it wouldn't

"Maria, can you hear me?" Maria could barely make out Jessica's (her instructor) voice.

"What happened?" she murmured barely able to speak.

Jessica smiled relieved that Maria was conscious.

"You fell off and hit your head." Jessica explained, "I've rang for an ambulance. You need to stay awake. Ok?"

"Rosie." she murmured again trying to sit up.

"Don't try to move. Rosie's fine. It's you we need to worry about."
Maria could now feel herself slipping in and out of consciousness. She heard Rosie whinnying as the helpers led her away, refusing to move, looking back at her.

"It's ok, girl." one of the helpers soothed, "She'll be ok. Let's get you untacked. You can play in the field for a while."

An ambulance siren wailed and people were rushing about. Riders were being told to halt and wait. The last thing Maria saw was two men walking towards her wearing fluorescent jackets. Then everything faded to black.

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