April's Summer

April Summers is bored out of her mind. She's stuck at a weird holiday place for a month. A month! Her parents enjoy it for some mad reason, but April hates it. Where's the internet? Where's the nearest clothes shop? Where is her phone?? Like a lost bird, April wanders around looking for something to do. Then comes the mysterious Nate who takes her under his wing. He shows her a magical world hidden away on the beach. The people are calling to April and have been for some time. She learns of an old legend, one that Nate says is important. April finds herself drawn to the sea, trying to work out the legend's meaning. The legend takes over her mind and soon it could become dangerous. This story is told in April's letters to her friend Madeline that she never sends.

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3. A Ridiculously Early Walk

House Twenty

Rathmullan

Do places in the middle of nowhere have postcodes?

Mads,

This is more like a diary now than a letter. Hmm...I've never kept a diary before. This should be fun.

I saw Nate again today. It was really early, about five in the morning. I couldn't get back to sleep after waking up, which annoyed me because I was having a really nice dream. I won't tell you about it, you'll laugh and say I'm obsessed.

I went over to the window and looked out, hoping to see a fox or something. I didn't. But I saw Nate, which made up for it. And he was riding a beautiful golden horse.

Fangirling a lot I wrote a note for my parents, saying I'd gone out for a ridiculously early walk, pulled on a t-shirt and jeans over my pyjamas and attempted to get my shoes on. In my excitement, I put them on the wrong feet and had to do it all over again.

When I eventually got outside, I ran for the stables, wanting to talk to Nate. He spotted me before I reached him and jumped off the horse. "Hey," he said, "Want to say hello?"

Smiling, I walked to the horse and stroked it's mane. "Is this Sandy?" I asked, giggling as the horse turned it's head to look at me, breathing on my face.

"Yep," Nate grinned, "I've had her since she was a tiny little foal." He brought a shiny red apple out of his pocket and offered it to Sandy. She happily ate it.

"Would she not, like, bite your hand or something?" I said, looking warily at Sandy's teeth. Which are huge btw. Wow, text talk really looks wrong on paper.

Nate shook his head. “She wouldn’t dare,” he laughed, “But it tickles though.” He looked at me, his green eyes seeming to look right through me. “Want to ride her?”

“Yes!” I giggled, “Yes yes yes! But I’ve never ridden a horse before.”

“Doesn’t matter,” Nate grinned, “I’ve been riding practically since I was born. I won’t let you fall off.”

“I’m more worried about freaking out the horse,” I said quietly, “Animals don’t like me.”

Nate laughed and suddenly picked me up and put me on Sandy’s back. He’s so tall and I’m so small, it must have been easy. He climbed up behind me. “Don’t tell anyone about where I’m taking you,” he whispered in my ear, “Not even your pen-friend.”

And so Maddy, I’ve had to stop. I can’t tell you where Nate took me. Sorry.

April Summers.

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