Horse Laugh

True love, we are told, can withstand anything, barring necrophilia, unsavory aromas and serial infidelity. My first venture into the slippery arena of amor, however, ended in a puddle of aromatic foam.

Cloudcroft, NM, is a mountain community whose revenue source at the time of this story, was largely from skiing and winter games. My family, dad Ken, mom Muriel,  sister Shirley, and I were on our way to Hobbs, also in NM, to begin a new life. Mom suffered from respiratory problems and her doctor recommended she move to a dry desert locale, away from Iowa’s winters.

We arrived in Cloudcroft after supper one evening in early mid-September and took a room in a cheap motel. Two rooms down another family was unpacking their car and carrying their suitcases into their room. I was outside staying out of the way while my parents set up a sleeping arrangement on the floor for my sister and me when a girl about my age emerged from her room. From inside, her mother’s voice counseled, “Don’t go too far, Millie.”

“Okay, mom,” the girl answered.

Millie had reddish-blond hair, whose attractive tint captured my attention, and she seemed at loose ends like me. Her gaze turned ninety degrees and spotted me. She walked toward me with a kind of natural boldness, then stopped by a 4×4 post supporting the overhang. “Hi,” she said leaning against the post.

“Hi,” I answered. She was close enough for me to see that she had light blue eyes and a pale skin dotted with freckles.

She regarded me, then said, “I’m Millie. What’s your name?”

After I answered, she regarded me some more, gnawing on her lower lip. Then she cast a glance back at the door to her room and said, “Let’s go for a walk.”

She had already left the post and started away from the row of connected rooms, so I gigged myself into action. As I caught up with her she stuck out her hand. It felt strange to catch hold of her hand and walk along as if we were old friends. Along with my usual self-consciousness I began to feel some odd stirrings inside. It occurred to me that maybe we were going somewhere where we couldn’t be seen, and that maybe Millie had something in mind, like maybe messing around.

We were heading toward a large fenced-in pasture in which three horses were foraging. About forty yards from the motel, she stopped next to a mare that was cropping at grass clumps about ten feet inside the fence.

“I just love horses,” said Millie dreamily. “Don’t you?”

“Yeah, I like horses. I like to draw ‘em.”

She apparently wasn’t impressed by this. “Did you ever ride on one?”

“No, I never did. Did you?”

She shook her head. “I hope to soon. When we visit my uncle’s ranch in California.”

She reached towards the mare, who stopped cropping grass and raised her head. A big black stallion that had been nosing for grass some fifty feet away in the center of the pasture saw this and must have concluded that treats were being handed out because he came on a trot. He stopped a few feet from the fence in front of us and studied Millie’s hands. Seeing that the mare hadn’t taken anything, he gave a snort and shook his massive head. My head barely came to the lower part of his mane. I was impressed by his size and the suggestion of powerful grace as he stood looking at the ground some feet away as if musing.

“Oh,” Millie said rapturously. “Isn’t he beautiful? Oh, he’s so gorgeous, so noble looking. I wish I had a camera.”

Then time and volition seemed suspended. Before our softened gazes a purplish-black organ the diameter of a baseball bat began to slide from the stallion’s penile sheath, growing close to two feet in length. A tiny squawk issued from Millie’s lips. She edged tensely away from the fence. From the nodding tip of the stallion’s penis shot a garden hose stream of urine that spattered against the churned up soil of the corral behind his front hooves and quickly formed a puddle the color of egg yolk.

Between the spatter noisily lashing the widening pool into crenellated spires of foam rising from its perimeter, like egg whites beaten until the frothy stuff stood, romance had been sending out tendrils of hopeful longing. Then blunt reality interposed itself in the form of the stallion’s preposterously enormous dick sticking out so far as to sweep our wispy sentiments into oblivion.

The forceful hiss of urine plunging into the foaming pool, now glinting an unwholesome off-greenish tinge, must have gone on for twenty seconds or more, its rank, steamy aroma enveloping us in an invisible cloud. Several feet away from me, Millie made an “Ulkk-k,” sound.

I had been so distracted by this engrossing event that I had forgotten about Millie standing stiffly away from the fence. I watched as she panted a few times and seemed to be struggling to swallow. My attention drawn back to the stallion, I was wondering where that lengthy organ reposed between waterings when Millie said, “I think my mama’s calling me. I better go.”

I watched her jog and walk by turns toward the motel. I shrugged, somewhat disappointed in her faintheartedness, then turned my attention to the horse reeling his member splotched with pink back inside his abdomen. He had bitched up what was to have been my first taste of a girl’s lips. I studied him wondering if his timing at uncoiling his colossal member had been deliberate. Maybe he was getting even with us for teasing him with nonexistent treats. His upper lips folded back revealing his big uneven teeth. Then he whinnied, clearly laughing at me.

Actually that didn’t happen. What did happen was that Millie and I almost met next morning, but when she saw us leaving our room, she kept to the far side of her parents car

so she wouldn’t have to exchange glances with him who had witnessed her moment of personal embarrassment.

Offended that I no longer met her criteria for whatever it was she’d had in mind the day before, I whinnied.

Well, actually that didn’t happen either.

About Steve Smith

Lived in: Waterloo, IA; Hobbs, NM; El Paso, TX (Austin Hi, TWC); Kitzingen, GY (Army); Grand Rapids, MI; Sierra Vista, AZ (Current). Family: Wife Peggy (aka Margaret Jean); Son Erick; Daughter Maj (aka Keli Mai); Kittens Sophie (above) and Squeaker; Sherm, a tarantula . Interests: Reading (Fic and Non-fic); Writing (finished novel, memoir, novellette, short stories, sports articles for local press); Slow-pitch softball; Music (Classical, Jazz, New Age; playing trumpet). Memberships: CochiseWriters critique group; Horse'n Around Horse Rescue of Southern Cochise County, AZ. Work History; Steelcase, Inc, Grand Rapids, MI (Computer programmer); Kent County Library System, at East Grand Rapids Library, MI (clerk). Capsule: A lover of the desert and all things western as a result of growing up in Hobbs, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, Steve Smith moved back to Southeast Arizona after forty years in the humid summers and cold winters of Michigan. He lives on a “ranchette” surrounded by mountains with wife Peggy, three horses, several cats, and assorted tarantulas and vinegarones. He and Peggy are volunteers at the Horse’n Around Horse Rescue located at the Single Star Ranch just up the road.
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