"I’m fine, I’m fine," Ari grunted and she let her cousin pull her up. She felt herself go slightly pink. "I think I did something wrong."
Melody breathed out a sigh of relief hearing that she was alright, extending her hand to help her up. She let out a small giggle as she inquired about doing something wrong, “Yeah just a bit. I think you might have just over shot it a bit. With more practice you’ll get the hang of it. Maybe just not today though.”
It’s named after food? She wondered if they ate horses here. “Don’t worry. I can do it,” Arianna said. “I just need a second.” Ari hopped up so her foot caught the rest and she tried to pull herself onto the horse. It was more difficult than she’d thought. Maybe the way to get on was like Melody did, by swinging herself right over. Arianna took her foot from the saddle and braced herself. She took and step forwards and tried to leap onto the horse. She made it. Or she did before she swung herself off the other side and into the dust.
Melody was just about to protest again, begging Arianna to not get on the horse but it was too late. She watched as she attempted to get on the horse, her hands shooting up when she saw that she began to fall. Melody ran to the other side of the horse and bent down towards her. “Oh my gosh are you alright?” She knew that it wasn’t going to be a good idea for her to try, but maybe falling off would make her realize that it was more difficult than she had anticipated.
"They are not dumb. They allow you to see." He sighed with a smile running his hand through her hair. "It does but because people have the ability to mimic handwriting the seal is added security since only one is made and it rarely if not never leaves the sight of the owner so it is impossible to recreate. Hence why mine has a variation from my father’s." Ben explained hoping he was doing the topic justice and not boring his girlfriend.
"Yes, but they’re still dumb." Melody laughed out as he ran his hand through her hair. "I mean why do I have to wear them, why couldn’t I have been graced with good vision?" She half joked. Yes it was a pain that everything seemed blurry most of the time, but at the same time she had just gotten so used to it that it almost seemed silly for her to even wear them anymore. "Oh I see, that makes sense. Wouldn’t want someone to fake being you after all." She poked him in the side lightly. "Are you and your father the only one’s who have the ring?" Melody asked, growing more and more interested in the topic.
Arianna twisted her lips, well that certainly was easier for her. If Melody could do it then surely Ari could as well. A stable boy brought out a white horse, Arianna pet it lightly. It made a strange noise she’d never heard before. The stable boy said his name was Marshmallow and put a saddle on him. She turned to Melody. “What’s a Marshmallow?”
Melody looked to her with worried eyes. She wasn’t seriously going to try and get on now was she? “Um maybe you should wait a bit, you know, just until you have a better understanding of what you’re supposed to do. I don’t want to see you get hurt.” If anything she could always read a few books on riding in the library, but she definitely did not want to be the one there to teach her how to ride, especially since she was a little weary herself. “A marshmallow is this little candy sweet type thing. It’s sort of spongey feeling but it tastes really good. They’re white which is why I’m guess he’s named Marshmallow.”
"Alright then. Let’s see you try."
"Well, alright." Melody called over one of the stable boys, asking him to get Ace ready for her. When he returned with the horse outside of the stable, Melody stepped into one of the stirrups, swinging her other leg over the side of the horse. Melody looked down to her cousin with a smile. "There, easy as pie. But then again, I’ve been riding for a while now." Melody stepped off of the horse handing the reigns back to the stable boy, thanking him for letting her borrow the horse quickly. She wanted to go riding, but she knew that since Arianna had never been before that she might have a difficult time and was afraid that she would teach her something wrong.
"I’m honestly still confused on this."
"It’s hard to understand at first, but as soon as you see someone do it and do it yourself I think you’ll get the hand of it."
"How do I get on one?"
"Well, I usually ask the stable hands to help out, but they put this thing on it called a saddle that you sit on. The saddle has these little straps for your feet that you use to step on the horse and help yourself get up."
"That’s sweet I guess. So are these the horses? They look…interesting."
"Cute though. Just different."
"They are, I bet there really isn’t anything like them back home for you besides maybe dolphins I guess. Maybe one day you can come back up and ride one?"
"I’ve never seen a building with all these little stalls."
"Oh! Yeah, I guess that wouldn’t really make sense underwater. But they’re to keep the horses separate from one another and so that they have their own little area."
"Interesting architecture for these stables."
"Interesting? How so?"