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Based on tv series
This story has the Characters from the Adventures of the Black Stallion TV series. If you aren't familiar with them then I will be happy to write up a bit of background so you can all enjoy this story.
That's all I really have to say right now! Hope you enjoy it and lemma know how ya feel with a couple reviews!
Stephan, Hey there!! I've been on Hiatus for TOO long and I waited to start a new fix that wasn't NASCAR before I made my return LOL I know I have two unfinished ones still that I feel are at a dead end but I'll try my hardest to get them moving.
Now about the story... Everyone knows those Disclaimers so we'll just leave that part out. Obviously I don't own these characters so why bother? LOL




Just A Shell.
Nicole Berthier sat unmoving in her chair. Her eyes were unfocused and her mind was lost in thought. To anyone who might have walked by she almost looked asleep. This had been her normal routine for a year now. At first it was every day. Then it was every other day. Now after a year, her time in that chair had been pushed back to only once every two months. She felt terrible for it but she had a life to live. She had a career and other responsibilities outside of her chair post. Sitting there was never ending heartbreak.
Her mind kept reliving that horrible day where her world turned upside down and where her dreams were shattered.
, Alec! Get that black horse in the trailer before I get any older! We got a race to get to!

, Yea Henry we're coming! Hold your horses! He heard Alec shout from the direction of the barn.
A giggle was heard behind Henry causing the older man to turn around with a scowl. The look given stopped the giggling immediately
, Something funny Nate?
, Not at all Uncle Henry... I was just... thinking of something.
, Sure you were. You boys are going to drive me insane.
Nate giggled again before jumping down from the hood of the Chevy Silverado pulling the large horse trailer.
, I'll go see what's holding Alec up.

, Good! Do something constructive! His uncle shouted after him.
Nate made his way to the barn to find out what was taking Alec so long. What he found when he turned the corner was not what he was expecting at all. There, leaning against the Dutch door, was Nicole and Alec... a little too close then what he was used to. Actually they were closer then what he'd ever imagined. Their lips were touching!
Nate stopped dead in his tracks, slightly embarrassed to be watching this. He knew if he moved now he would be caught so instead he stood as stone and tried to look anywhere else but at the two who were more focused on each other and their tongues then with their surroundings.



After about a minute Nate heard someone clear their throat and he brought his eyes back to the pair to find them staring back at him.
Can we help you? Alec asked after backing away from Nicole a couple steps.
Um... uh... Yea... uh... Uncle Henry... is um waiting for you. He couldn't' help but stammer.
Alright. Tell him I'm coming now.
Ok...And with that Nate turned to escape their eyes but didn't get far before he heard his name.
Hey Nate? Please don't tell your Uncle? We want to keep this private for now k?
Nate released a huge breath at the tone of Alec's pleading voice and nodded.

Don't worry Alec. Secrets safe with me. He said with a smile before running off.
I think we scared him. Nicole said as she stepped close to Alec again.
What we were doing shouldn't be new to him. He'll get over it. Alec whispered as he let his lips latch onto Nicole's again.
They shared a deep kiss before he pulled away and sighed.
I gotta go. See you afterward right?
I'll be in the stands cheering you on! Nicole said in her French accent while leaning up to give him a good luck kiss.

Alec's grin widened at her before giving off a low whistle to Black who was grazing 20 feet away.
The sight of Alec's grin and the picture of him and his horse walking away from her were the last memories she had of him that were good before the accident. And they rolled over and over in her head every night.
Now, laying not 5 feet away from her was Alec. He was so void of colour and life. His body was useless now and his mind completely blank. Would she ever be able to look into his big brown eyes again and have him look back?

Don't worry! There's more to the story of course!
What do you think so far?
Henry Dailey stood silently, leaning on the white post fence. His mind was busy in thought as he watched the animal in front of him. He was at a loss of what to do. He'd tried everything but it was obvious that the horse had given up. Henry hadn't seen him eat in weeks now, at least not the food he left out for him. The black horse seemed to be living on grazing and never did it when being watched.

Over the year he watched this animal dive deeper and deeper. No one could touch him... not like anyone could before. Now it was worse. He would attack anyone or anything that came near him, even his own son. His ribs now showed through the once gleaming and healthy coat.
Henry was unnerved. He promised himself he'd take care of this damn horse but try as he might he couldn't do much of anything for the stubborn Arabian Stallion.
Nothing in the world could help this horse... nothing except one person and that wasn't an option.

Sighing loudly, the older man turned around and started to walk back towards the farmhouse when he heard the faint sound of a car approaching.
He immediately recognized the vehicle and tried his best to put on a smile. He hardly got to see her anymore and there was no sense in being sombre when he did.
The dark blue pick up truck came to a rest along side the farmhouse as a cloud of dust from the road kicked up and enveloped it for just a second. As it faded away Henry saw the young woman emerge from the cab carrying a few large duffel bags.
She dropped them when she saw the older man and ran over to him.
Henry! It's so good to see you again! She said enveloping him in a hug.
Same here Nicole! How have you been? I've kept up on you ya know! You're becoming quite the jockey! He said letting her go from the hug and giving her a once over like a father would after seeing his child for the first time since they went away to college.
Thank you Henry! I learned from the best.
The two looked at each other for a second at the comment and Henry moved fast to change the subject.

So what's the occasion? If I knew you were coming I would have done something for you! Are you hungry? The older man stuttered out in an attempt to pass the last subject by quickly.
No I'm not hungry Henry but thank you. Actually my reason for coming is not a cheerful one. I wonder if I could talk to you about something?
Henry eyed her for a second trying to see if he could pick up anything at all from her face. After seeing that he couldn't he started getting a bit worried.
This sounds serious Nicole. What's wrong? Are you ok?
I'm fine Henry. I think we should go inside to talk. Where is Nate?
He's in the barns doing chores. Leave your bags here. I'll have him get them. It appears we need to talk.

After shouting over to Nate to grab Nicole's things and bring them to her room, Henry ushered the young woman into his study and shut the door behind him gently. The old man then made his way over to two comfortable chairs near the window and gestured to it for her to sit down.
Now... What's troubling you?
Henry? This is hard to say. I don't know what your reaction will be but it needs to be said.

The old man didn't say anything but Nicole could have sworn she saw a shift in his body to brace himself for the verbal impact. Nicole looked down to her hands and fumbled with a pair of old riding gloves she didn't remember picking up. Her fumbling was always her nervous habit and upon realizing this she set the gloves on her lap and brought her eyes up to Henrys to begin.
I went to see Alec yesterday. And before you interrupt me with a question or comment let me continue.

She blurted out before Henry could open his mouth.
I haven't been there in so long... and there was just no change at all. Not anything. He's been in that hospital just lying there for a year Henry. I can't stand seeing him like that anymore. So I had an idea and I know you wont like it much.... But I am willing to do what I can to make it happen.
Ok?? Henry added, preparing for the worst.
I want to bring Alec here... to Managua.
Nicole waited for Henry to explode. She expected him to through a fit, throw stuff, scream, yell, ANYTHING. But instead he just sat there and looked at her square in the eyes. His stare became piercing and she averted them back to her hands.
I know it's a stupid idea. We'd have to take care of his every need. But I just feel like it would be worth it to see if it made a difference. Hell I'd even feel better having him here just to be near Black if nothing else.
Henry held up a hand motioning her to stop. He paused a moment before letting a smile grace his lips.
I think it's a good idea.

Really?
Yes very much so. I was standing out there today watching that Black horse waste away to nothing because we deprived him of Alec. I also watched Alec this past year wither away in that Bed without that horse near him. I think you are on to something here young lady. I'm willing to deal with the work if you are.
Tears sprung to Nicole's eyes at the acceptance of the idea. Henry put a hand on her shoulder with a large smile.
Lets go get Alec.

Sorry it took me so long to update. I got a new job that had me up at sometimes 3:30 in the morning and out all day carrying heavy camera equipment around taking pictures of kids for their school pictures. I certainly learned that's not the kind of photographer I want to be. But anyways... it was seasonal and I'm done for now so here I am again. I've never been a fan of short chapters but I decided to put this small one up the way it is instead of having anyone wait for more. Let me know what you think. I promise I wont make you wait longer for the next one.

Thanks!
Henry Dailey stood silently, leaning on the white post fence. His mind was busy in thought as he watched the animal in front of him. He was at a loss of what to do. He'd tried everything but it was obvious that the horse had given up. Henry hadn't seen him eat in weeks now, at least not the food he left out for him. The black horse seemed to be living on grazing and never did it when being watched.

Over the year he watched this animal dive deeper and deeper. No one could touch him... not like anyone could before. Now it was worse. He would attack anyone or anything that came near him, even his own son. His ribs now showed through the once gleaming and healthy coat.
Henry was unnerved. He promised himself he'd take care of this damn horse but try as he might he couldn't do much of anything for the stubborn Arabian Stallion.
Nothing in the world could help this horse... nothing except one person and that wasn't an option.

Sighing loudly, the older man turned around and started to walk back towards the farmhouse when he heard the faint sound of a car approaching.
He immediately recognized the vehicle and tried his best to put on a smile. He hardly got to see her anymore and there was no sense in being sombre when he did.
The dark blue pick up truck came to a rest along side the farmhouse as a cloud of dust from the road kicked up and enveloped it for just a second. As it faded away Henry saw the young woman emerge from the cab carrying a few large duffel bags.
She dropped them when she saw the older man and ran over to him.
Henry! It's so good to see you again! She said enveloping him in a hug.
Same here Nicole! How have you been? I've kept up on you ya know! You're becoming quite the jockey! He said letting her go from the hug and giving her a once over like a father would after seeing his child for the first time since they went away to college.
Thank you Henry! I learned from the best.
The two looked at each other for a second at the comment and Henry moved fast to change the subject.

, So what's the occasion? If I knew you were coming I would have done something for you! Are you hungry? The older man stuttered out in an attempt to pass the last subject by quickly.
, No I'm not hungry Henry but thank you. Actually my reason for coming is not a cheerful one. I wonder if I could talk to you about something?
Henry eyed her for a second trying to see if he could pick up anything at all from her face. After seeing that he couldn't he started getting a bit worried.
, This sounds serious Nicole. What's wrong? Are you ok?
, I'm fine Henry. I think we should go inside to talk. Where is Nate?
, He's in the barns doing chores. Leave your bags here. I'll have him get them. It appears we need to talk.
After shouting over to Nate to grab Nicole's things and bring them to her room, Henry ushered the young woman into his study and shut the door behind him gently. The old man then made his way over to two comfortable chairs near the window and gestured to it for her to sit down.
, Now... What's troubling you?
, Henry? This is hard to say. I don't know what your reaction will be but it needs to be said.
The old man didn't say anything but Nicole could have sworn she saw a shift in his body to brace himself for the verbal impact. Nicole looked down to her hands and fumbled with a pair of old riding gloves she didn't remember picking up. Her fumbling was always her nervous habit and upon realizing this she set the gloves on her lap and brought her eyes up to Henrys to begin.
, I went to see Alec yesterday. And before you interrupt me with a question or comment let me continue. She blurted out before Henry could open his mouth.
, I haven't been there in so long... and there was just no change at all. Not anything. He's been in that hospital just lying there for a year Henry. I can't stand seeing him like that anymore. So I had an idea and I know you wont like it much.... But I am willing to do what I can to make it happen.
, Ok? Henry added, preparing for the worst.
, I want to bring Alec here... to Managua.
Nicole waited for Henry to explode. She expected him to through a fit, throw stuff, scream, yell, ANYTHING. But instead he just sat there and looked at her square in the eyes. His stare became piercing and she averted them back to her hands.
, I know it's a stupid idea. We'd have to take care of his every need. But I just feel like it would be worth it to see if it made a difference. Hell I'd even feel better having him here just to be near Black if nothing else.
Henry held up a hand motioning her to stop. He paused a moment before letting a smile grace his lips.
, I think it's a good idea.
, Really?
, Yes very much so. I was standing out there today watching that Black horse waste away to nothing because we deprived him of Alec. I also watched Alec this past year wither away in that Bed without that horse near him. I think you are on to something here young lady. I'm willing to deal with the work if you are.
Tears sprung to Nicole's eyes at the acceptance of the idea. Henry put a hand on her shoulder with a large smile.
, Lets go get Alec.
Sorry it took me so long to update. I got a new job that had me up at sometimes 3:30 in the morning and out all day carrying heavy camera equipment around taking pictures of kids for their school pictures. I certainly learned that's not the kind of photographer I want to be. But anyways... it was seasonal and I'm done for now so here I am again. I've never been a fan of short chapters but I decided to put this small one up the way it is instead of having anyone wait for more. Let me know what you think. I promise I wont make you wait longer for the next one.
Thanks!
Sorry it took me a bit. And I'm sorry it's not much... But once things start rolling there will be more.
Enjoy! Tell me what you think so far!

After a long talk and discussing over and over if this was possible, Henry and Nicole pulled Nate into the room. They both decided it was important to know his opinion as well. They would all have to chip in and help with this. It couldn't be a two-person job. Especially since one of them would have to leave every once in a while to work. Nicole planned on getting in some races with Black Tide near by to help pay more of the expenses that home caring Alec would produce.
, Nate could you come in here a minute? Henry asked the young man from the doorway of the den. He had been lying on the couch watching television while Nicole and Henry discussed things with the doors shut.
, Sure Uncle Henry. What's up? He said shutting off the TV and getting up off the couch with a stretch.
, Nicole and I have a few things to discuss with you. Henry motioned for him to sit at the table and sat down next to Nicole. , Have a seat.
, Ok. Hi Nicole. How are you? We didn't have a chance to talk. The teenager said while sitting down with a smile. He had missed having Nicole around. Hell he missed having anyone around other then his uncle.
, I'm good Nate. I'm going to move back in.,
, Really? Awesome! It'll be good to have you around again.
Henry cleared his throat impatiently. Small talk could continue later.
, You two can chatter more later but right now we have to talk about something.
Nate knew this was serious and kept quiet as he observed the two across from him squirm in their seats.
, It's about Alec... Nicole blurted to get it out. There really was no easy way to start this conversation. But she didn't anticipate Nate's reaction before she could continue on.
Nate took in their serious faces and a wave of fright passed through him like hot liquid. His breath caught in his throat as he looked at Henry.
, No. Is he?
Henry's eyes widened.
, No! Nate! No. He's... He's the same. We haven't lost him yet.
Nate sat back and sighed. , I was scared for a second. He slightly whispered. Line appeared on his young face.
, I'm sorry Nate. I didn't mean to scare you. I just figured there was no great way to start the conversation we're about to have other then to just come out with it. Look... Nicole said while shifting in her seat to lean over the table towards the young man. , What would you say if we told you that Henry and I wanted to bring Alec here?
Apparently the news didn't settle right away. Nate looked over at them with a slightly blank stare as the words absorbed. Nicole and Henry glanced at each other. They were both unsure of what was going to happen next. With Nate it could go either way.
Nate's mouth opened like he was about to say something and shut again. This occurred a few more times until he looked straight into Henry's eyes and let them have it.
, Are you two insane?
, Excuse me? Henry said, a tad taken aback.
, You want to bring Alec HERE? What in the hell good is that going to do? And who is going to take care of him? You two? Are you even capable of taking care of someone in Alec's condition?
, Nate we're going to have a nurse stop in every other day and if we help each other out it wont be so hard. Nicole tried to say in a calm voice.
, Won't be so hard? You have got to be kidding. Alec has been in a coma for a year now! What can we possibly do to help that! Nothing else has!
, Look... If you were in his place... Henry started while standing from his chair, ,Then you'd want to be home in your own bed around familiar things. This is going to happen whether you like it or not. So you had better warm up to it Nate!
Henry's face started to turn a lovely shade of red by the end of his rant but it did nothing to faze his nephew.
, Maybe I'll just move out then! All I do is take care of these horses here! Something I've never been good at! That's Alec's area! It's not my fault he's not bloody here to do it now! And what if I don't want to wait on someone who doesn't know a damn thing about what's going on?
Nate stood up quickly, knocking the chair he just vacated onto the hardwood floor. Without an other word he rushed out of the room and the farmhouse altogether.
, That couldn't have gone any worse then it did huh? Nicole said while standing up and up righting the fallen chair. , I figured he would be weird about the idea but not this bad.
Henry rubbed the bridge of his nose and let out a loud exasperated sigh. , He'll just have to get over it. If he doesn't then we'll figure it out as we go.
, Are you sure you want to do this Henry? I know we talked through this but if it's going to come between you and your nephew...
Nicole was interrupted with a quick stopping motion from the old mans hand. , No. I'm sure I want to do this. Besides... He took his eyes away from her and picked up a picture on a nearby corner table. He gazed at the picture of Alec and himself standing proudly with the black after a race. Genuine smiles graced their lips all the way up to their eyes. , He's like a son to me.
Without an other word he placed the picture back down and headed wearily up the stairs leaving Nicole alone in the dinning room trying desperately to hold back tears she had been holding all night.
Tomorrow was going to be interesting. She just hoped she wasn't making a mistake.
Nate watched from the barn as an ambulance pulled up the long driveway to Managua. He didn't want any part of this... none. He was perfectly content staying in the vacant barn away from the drama going on in Alec's hut.
And that was an other thing. He couldn't understand why Henry and Nicole were putting Alec in the hut. He figured they'd have wanted him in the house with them to watch over him. He wasn't going to dwell on their crap though. He didn't like this idea at all. Deep down he was afraid of Alec. When he was growing up Alec was always there for him. Sort of like his big brother in a since even though they weren't even related. Now that he was so helpless and vulnerable it was awkward being around him and now that he was going to be on the property and so very close he would have to deal with seeing that all the time now.
No. He would let them deal with it. They already made him take care of the horses when that was never ever his thing. He was no nurse either and he'd put his foot down for this mess.
Nate grabbed a handful of grain out of one of the barrels and offered it to Black Tide who took it gratefully. After wiping his hands off on his jeans he decided a long walk on the trail in the back would be refreshing. Maybe he'd get himself lost till this craziness was over.

Nichole fought back tears again for what seemed like the millionth time in just the past few hours. He watched the nurses retook wires and tubes back into her boyfriend's body and winced with each one. She wanted to believe she was doing the right thing but with all the work and painful looking treatment they were giving Alec was making her doubt her decision.
, Its ok... Henry whispered to her while placing a hand on her shoulder. She crushed her arms closer around herself for added comfort and nodded silently.
, We both agreed on his Nichole. I believe too that this will help.
, I know Henry. I just hate to see him possibly hurting. She quickly reached up to grab a tear the escaped her eye.
, He's not hurting sweetie. He doesn't know whets going on. Don't worry. He's the lucky one here.
, Lucky... she muttered.
It took about two hours to set Alec up. Finally a nurse walked over to them with a list of instructions.
, I want you to check him every 2 hours. I would have preferred he was in the house but because this is heated and spacious enough for him I'll allow it.
Henry nodded and reached out for the list of instructions.
, All the orders are on here Doc? He asked while skimming the long list of instructions.
, Yes it is. It should be straight foreword. If you have any problems I put my home number on there too.
, Your home number? Nichole interrupted. , We wouldn't want to bother you at home. We can call the hospital.
, You can do that too... But I've been taking care of Alec for a year now... You aren't the only people that care about him too.
Nichole actually gave a small smile at what the nurse had said. Even in a coma he could still suck in a person with his charm.
, Thank you for everything Ma'am... Henry said to the older woman before helping her with her things out to the ambulance. Nichole stayed behind and sat down next to Alec. She took his hand in heirs and sighed. She knew deep down in her heart she would be residing in this same chair for a very long time.

The light from the Television pushed through the crack in the door. Its glow was almost blinding in the pitch darkness of the farmhouse. No sound emanated from the room, only the soft glow. Henry shuffled closer, curious as to why the TV would be on this late. Nicole should have been to bed hours ago. She didn't say anything when returning from Alec's hut and any blind person could tell that she had been crying. Her presences threw off sadness in droves. She could have dampened a Christmas morning.
As he shuffled closer, his old ears picked up a small sound. It was obvious and easily recognizable. Nicole was crying again. She had been doing this a lot lately. More so then he'd seen her do in months. Alec being home and close by served as a constant reminder every minute of her day of what she had lost this whole year.
He moved to turn and silently walk back to his room unnoticed until he heard a soft sniffle from behind the cracked door. His heart then wouldn't' let his feet walk any farther. He had to go check on her.
Pushing the door open slowly, he peeked in to find the small girl not too far from the Television screen. She sat curled into a fatal ball, Chin resting on her knees as she hugged her legs close. She didn't see Henry was there, at least she didn't acknowledge him. Glancing at the Television he saw why she was so engrossed in what was in front of her. It was one of Alec's tapes of his races. He loved to tape them and study the moves and find the flaws. He was always desperate to be the best he could be... just like his horse. Henry walked over to the chair she sat in and watched over her shoulder.
This race was the match race against the great Éclair. There was so much more to that race then the 2 or 3 minutes. As they watched Alec ride The Black to victory he noticed something wet on his cheek. Soon it was both sides of his face. He reached up and wiped away the escaped tears and put a hand on Nicole's shoulder for support. There's always something about the touch of a person that understands the hurt and pain you are going through. There's the Comforting touch and then the Understanding touch and that Understanding touch had a way of making the tears worse. Just knowing someone was with you feeling the same way seemed to make it ok to let it out. Tears streamed down her face onto her sweat pant covered knees. One hand still held her legs in its fatal position while the other reached up to cover Henry's understanding hand.
, I wish he had just died Henry. Then I could at least mourn him... Does that make me evil? She squeaked in between sobs.
Henry tightened his grip on the girls shoulder before answering her as his eyes stared at the screen below.
, If it does... Then you are not alone Nicole.
Nicole let her eyes leave the screen to connect with the old wise man standing next to her.
, He's just a shell... There is no life there, nothing. Henry... he's gone! And we still cling to it.
With this she buried her head into her knees and let the strong sobs take over her. A few minutes later a soft blanket was wrapped around her shoulders followed by a strong hug.
, I've made the mistake of giving up on him before. Certainly not instances like this... but I've learned to never take anything away from that boy. I will not loose hope in him. The Black hasn't... And you shouldn't. We cannot mourn him because there is nothing to mourn. Yet we grieve for what's missing. We should be waiting what's to come... good or bad. There is no giving up when there is still living to do.
With that said... the now tired, sad old man slowly walked back to his room leaving his words echoing off the walls of her mind while something was happening in the hut not too far away.

Yes this took a long time for me to day... I'm sorry... Sal I can say lol. I lost a bit of interest in it but now I've got it back somewhat. And I've found some time to mess with it. So maybe if I'm loyal to it I can finish it this month lol
Hope everyone didn't forget about me and enjoy. Lemme know how it's going so far. This chapter may have been boring but its gonna pick up in the next two chapters which I'm already almost finished with. Just needs fine-tuning.
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Well here I am again! Sorry it took so long. I guess I can't ever predict when my mind will splurge on the next chapter.
Inertial Riana and Ledagirl321... Thank you! You two are the only reason this chapter is up right now. Your enthusiasm and kind words got me going again and I thank you greatly for that! I have so much already written on this story... just need bridges and gaps to be closed up and sometimes that can be a bit difficult when the motivation isn't there.
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Nate was tired. He was exhausted. But instead of sleeping in his nice warm bed in the farmhouse, he found himself sitting on the same hay bail as this morning. The barn lights were off and the only sounds around him were the soft breathing of the horses within the walls of the stable.
'He's here' his mind screamed at him. 'Why are you too chicken to go see him. He's more of an older brother then you could ever ask for.'
Nate shook his head in an attempt to get his conscience to give it a rest. Guilt certainly was a fine motivator and tonight it was working hard on beating down the promise he made to himself earlier. That he would not go into that hut and see his 'brother' lying there in a distant state.
, No, he said out loud and pulled an other handful of hay from the bail under him.
No. He couldn't do it. It would hurt too much.
'You're a coward.' He said to himself. 'Alec wouldn't have wasted a moment if you were in his place.'
, Damn it! His guilt was definitely pleading its case rather well and Nate felt a twitch in his bones as the urge to stand up took over his better judgment.
Well... maybe not his 'better judgment; but certainly his stubbornness.
The young man made his way to Alec's hut in stealth mode. In the grand scheme of it all it really didn't matter one way or the other if anyone saw him. No one cared... anyone except himself. His pride would be bruised if he knew someone saw him give up an inch. But that was his problem. Not Alec's... and he shouldn't punish him for that.
Nate finally made it to the Hut door and with a deep intake of a calming breath; he slowly pushed it open.
A soft light greeted him as a small desk lamp cast shadows over the contents of the room.
It didn't take long for Nate to focus his eyes on the form lying in the bed. It had been too long since he placed them anywhere near Alec and now he remembered why.
Nate could feel his stomach hitch in a knot at the view. So much talent, love, humour and energy... boxed into a human shell. Locked and guarded from ever returning.
The boy turned his head sharply to the side and swallowed cautiously at the fear rising in his throat.
He expected... yet he didn't... Suddenly the feeling and realization he had been avoiding accepting for a whole year slammed into him like a freight train.
Alec wasn't there.
He wasn't in the room with him right now.
He was gone.
, Oh God... Nate voiced without thinking... without hearing.
At that moment... interrupting the young man's racing mind... a light shown through the hut windows.
, Crap, he muttered and headed for the door. He forgot about these so-called checks they had to do very two hours.
It was now time to leave. And Nate new he wouldn't be coming back into the hut any time soon. There was no need.
There was nothing to come back to...
Nate didn't even turn to give Alec one last glance as he hurried out of the silent door in an effort to avoid what ever human contact that was approaching and to escape the loneliness that brushed against him in the hut.

Nicole woke to the sound of horse hooves clattering on cobblestone. It wasn't a calm rhythmic clatter of a controlled walking horse but more of a loose monster. She let her self leap out of bed and to the window. What she saw below caused her to blink several times in disbelief.
Standing below was The Black. His coat was still ragged and unkempt while his unruly mane hung lower down his body... indicating lack of attention.
But his appearance wasn't the issue right now... more his actions.
She hadn't seen The Black this worked up since... since that day at the track a year ago. He had life in him now. He flipped his head while pawing the cobblestones furiously. A thick sheen of sweat started to show down the equines shoulders as he kept up his pawing and striking at the wooden planked fence.
Nicole reached for a pair of jeans and a t-shirt and got dressed in a rush to get down to the angry horse before he hurt himself. On her way down the stairs she ran into Henry who was frantically tying his robe to get downstairs.
, What the hell is wrong with that animal? Doesn't he know its 6:30 in the morning!
, Henry, how did he get out of his turnout? And why?
, Nicole, the Black does what he wants. Apparently he got tired of being alone... or he smelled Alec.
Realization came to Nicole's eyes. The Black new Alec was here. He wanted to be near his soul mate and they denied him that right when they left Alec in the hospital for the past year. It was their fault for breaking the horse's spirit. She felt like dirt under a Clydesdales horseshoes.
, Come on... We have to do something before he wrecks another fence. Henry said while shuffling toward the stairs.
, Do what? He won't let us near him! Nicole informed him while stumbling after him.
, We're gonna do what he wants us to do... let him near Alec.
Nicole stopped dead on the stairs at what Henry had just said. A glimmer of hope panged her mind at the thought of the two being reunited. Maybe it was what Alec needed? Maybe all this time all he needed was his horse, his friend!
Why hadn't she thought of that sooner!
Outside Henry and Nicole were met with the sight of Nate trying to calm The Black down from a distance away.
, Easy boy! Calm down! Don't kill me! he pleaded with the giant animal.
Black paid no heed and continued his pawing and striking at wood and ground. It would only be a matter of time before the Equine got peeved off enough and went through this fence like he did his pasture fence.
It would be his decision if it was over or through it.
, Nate gets away from him and get over here. You are only going to get hurt. His uncle sternly shouted while walking cautiously over to the latch on the gate.
With one flick and a push he had opened up the gate to the other part of the farm, including Alec's hut. The Black knew right away and wasted no time in taking off through it.
, Well that was easy... Why didn't I think of that? Just let him out the gate. Of course... Nate mumbled as they all made their way over behind the black horse.
Black tore across the grass and slid to a stop at the little hut containing his human. The horse's muscles ached from the activity due to lack of use. He panted hard as he walked up to the door and took a moment to inhale deeply. Satisfied with the smell he found, he tossed his head and let out soft knickers before then proceeding to lower his head and nibble on the grass around the hut.
The three humans that arrived in time to witness these actions were in shock. Black was now calm and above all things... he was eating!
, Quick... Henry said in a low voice. , Nate go get a scoop of sweet feed and a couple leaves of hay.
Nate did not say a word but nodded and took off for the barn.
, He's eating Henry. Nicole said in shock.
, I know... This is all he needed. He just needed Alec around. Already I'm happy with this decision.
, Me too... Me too... and with that Nicole sat down slowly on the ground and continued to watch the sight of The Black finally feeling secure and happy enough to start eating again.
This moment... this surge of power and emotion from The Black Stallion gave the girl hope.
Black sensed Alec... Some would say he smelled him like an old bloodhound would do.
But not The Black.
Black felt Alec. He always had from the moment they laid eyes on each other aboard that boat. Nichole didn't have to be there back then to know this.
She saw it in both of them so many times it was evident.
Black and Alec were connected. Each one feeling the other in a 6th sense sort of way.
Black told her what she needed to know.
Alec was still there... somehow... someway... he was still there.

I know it may not be much but it'll mean something in the future.
Nichole has so much hope and Nate has none. It'll play a bit of a roll... But the Black it backs and of course he'll also be a huge part of this whole thing
Hope you all enjoyed it! Now even though its 1:30 in the morning I think I'll write a wee bit more while I have the Word open lol... hey ya gotta use it when its upon you and the writing b ug has yet to leave me
I know. I suck LOL... Heres more. It was dragging and i lost interest so i cut to the chase... hope to have up more soon! I'm sorry for the wait
BTW!!! The first season of the Adventures of the Black Stallion are now on DVD! I've already watched it like 3 times lol Its so good to have your childhood favorite TV show at the touch of your finger tips! Season 2 and 3 are said to be coming soon. Soon better not be a year. Lol
Well. Enjoy. Lemme know

Nichole set down the milk and bread in her hands onto the counter and snatched up the newspaper that caught her eye. The bold print screamed out in big letters to any passers-by.
, Famous Jockey Alec Ramsey said to be back home at Manaku.
'How the hell could anyone know that?' she asked herself as she skimmed the article. It didn't say much, just the same stuff about the accident. She also noticed how it didn't say what condition he was in. only that he was back home.
Nichole handed money over to the checkout lady heatedly and proceeded to fling the paper back on the pile. She rustled up her purchases before she did something she'd regret later and hurried out of the small country store.
That was one thing she couldn't stand the most... the press... and she'd have to deal with their annoying crap again starting tomorrow.
But she needed to do it. Sure, Alec may not have had any real money issues when the accident happened but Henry wouldn't allow any of Alec's money touched for his care. He insisted on using his own. There was no way she was going to let him continue to take the financial burden alone any longer. They were in this together.
And the only way for her to produce enough to help out with Alec's hospital care was if she got back to racing herself. After all... bringing Alec home was her idea.
Black Tide was more then ready for the workouts. He looked fantastic and their training sessions together went wonderfully the past couple of weeks. She was sure to do well in some of the higher stakes races in the area but first she had to start out a little farther away from home.
With Henry on her side things would be all set. It would be like old times again... just... without Alec.
Oh Alec... Nothing had changed with him in the two months he'd been back to Manaku. Not an eye flicker... not a twitch. She had to keep reminding herself not to expect some sort of miracle but she had to admit there was a tiny bit of herself hoping that just being around familiar surroundings... and The Black... would have helped immensely.
Nichole let her mind ramble on as she drove the pickup back to the farm. Her mission to bring back supplies for her and Henry's road trip turned out to be harder then she thought. Now she was going to worry the whole trip about Alec practically by himself with the news out that he was back home.
Nate would be there... but that thought didn't comfort her. The young man was still against having Alec there, and to the best of her knowledge he had never even visited him. All Nichole could rely on were the nurses she made arrangements with to come more frequently to check on him. It was all she could do.
She felt like she was abandoning Alec... but she was also doing this for him.
It was certainly a complicated set of emotions.
She was desperately trying to leave the selfish part out of the equation. She'd never openly admit she needed a break. But Alec's constant care was weighing on her greatly... physically, and most of all, emotionally.
Nichole lollygagged her way back to Manaku. The longer it took her to get back, the longer it took them to leave. But she couldn't' delay the inevitable. They had to go back onto the circuits and if she didn't' go now she never would.
Finally she pulled up to the house and threw the pickup in park as the dust from the road started to settle behind her.
Her eyes roamed over to the hut and a warm tear escaped her eye. Oh how she wished things were different. She wished she were going to a race tomorrow to watch Alec instead.
This just felt so wrong.

, Nate I know you don't want to take care of Alec... So I called the nurses. They'll be stopping in more frequently to check up on him.
, Yeah whatever. Was the younger mans' only reply. His eyes never left the TV screen and Nichole gave a huff before turning towards her bags lying by the door. She scooped them up in a heated manner and whisked by Henry who was on his way back into the house after packing his stuff in the truck.
He stopped to turn and watch Nichole stalk off in annoyance with a slight shake of his head. He knew full well why she was perturbed. As a matter of fact he was on his way to talk to that nuisance as well. Though he wouldn't be as nice as Nichole.
Henry walked right in front of the TV, blocking Nate's view instantly.
, Hey! he proclaimed. But the old trainer ignored him.
, Watch out for the farm boy. Take care of things... I got faith in ya.
, Don't' worry Uncle Henry. I got it covered. Now move!
, Look kid. You've had this attitude ever since we brought Alec home. And I've dealt with it all this time because I knew it was a hard transition for us all. But listen here... That man out there is like family to you. There would have been nothing he wouldn't have done to help you out. Think about it. Maybe you should return the favour sometime.
Nate absorbed his uncle's words and couldn't help but look away, successfully cutting off the hard glare they both had on each other just moments before.
, Good luck. He muttered out, answering his uncle's question of if he finally got through to the young man.
, We'll call when we get to the track.
, Ok. Nate turned to watch Henry walk back towards the door and walk out it without a second glance back.

Nate shuffled his feet out to the hut later that evening. He hadn't been in to see Alec since that night but with no one else there it was obvious he'd end up back in the place again. Besides which, his uncles words had merit. Alec wouldn't have thought twice on helping him if the tables were somehow turned. And suddenly he was ashamed of his recent actions.
He walked by Black who grazed quietly near the entrance of the hut and as always used caution around the big black stallion. , Lo' boy... just visiting.
Black let out a long hold of breathe and went back to his nibbling, clearly ok with the visitor.
Nate winced as he entered the hut. Alec at least wasn't covered in tubes and wires but the lack of them weirdly made him angry. The feeling that they should be there to help overpowered him but he had to keep telling himself that he knew knowing of Alec's care and what he needed. He made damn sure of that.
But it was a shame really. If there was nothing left inside why go through so much to sustain it.
The younger man shook his head of those thoughts. Those were the same ones that kept him from visiting Alec. The ones that made him unable to look at his good friend.
Nate walked over to the chair that always resided next to Alec's bed and collapsed in its wicker structure. It was eerie how the man he considered his big brother seemed to be just sleeping. Granted he had lost a lot of weight and his pale complexion was concerning but overall it wasn't as bad as that first night he stepped into the hut with him.
Nate turned and found a magazine lying on the table next to the chair and scooped it up for a bit of mindless reading. It was one of Nichole's girly ones but maybe he needed to do a little research on the female species anyways.
, So Alec... Want to know your horoscope?
Nate looked up to the prone form in the bed with a smirk at him and felt a tiny bit stupid for enjoying that joke all on his own.
, Ok... how about some hair advice. Apparently big bangs are in.,
The young man flipped through a few more pages and read a few nonsense articles that certainly didn't pertain to him before setting the magazine back down and lazily rising from the chair.
, Next time I'll bring my own. He commented while having a good stretch. Taking a look around he couldn't help but think of how comfortable it really was in there. Alec had made sure this could be an enjoyable place to hang out. Pictures of him and The Black from over the years riddled the walls along with sporadic photos of himself, Nichole and Henry and a few people he didn't know. The one he assumed was Alec's mother and the other two he figured were of Pierre and Katherine. He had never met them before but he heard enough about them over the years.
No one had changed anything... not even a single pen on Alec's desk since that day. It just didn't seem right.
, You've accomplished a lot haven't you. He mussed aloud while examining more of the photographs. , Met a lot of people... won a lot of races... In just a short time you led a pretty full life.
Nate turned to glance at Alec when something caught his eye.
, Alec? Nate couldn't believe it. He definitely saw movement and before he knew it he was at the jockey's side. The young man watched closely and when nothing happened he decided to use his voice again. , Hey man... You coming around... Alec?
Nate almost took a scared step back when a small groan escaped the body in front of him and without realizing his actions he grabbed up Alec's hand, squeezing a little more then he probably should have been. His heart started to race in excitement. After all this time was it really happening?
Alec's face twitched as awareness seemed to loom near.
, Come on! You can do it... But before Nate could continue his encouragement, Alec's eyes started to flutter slowly. Nate felt small pressure on his hand and squeezed back in happiness and shock. It took a few long agonizing minutes but finally the jockey lifted his heavy eyelids just enough to look upon the young man looming over the bed.
, Hey! The joy in Nate's voice was evident and Alec responded with the smallest bit of a smile. It was all he could muster. His body felt like he did an Elephant hold down being and his head was still groggy.
, We've missed you man... how are you feeling?
Alec couldn't even fathom trying to answer. His body didn't want to cooperate and he didn't even know if he had a voice yet to try but he managed to give a slight nod that seemed to satisfy Nate cause he continued to ramble on.
, Do you want something to drink or eat... or something? I'll go get it!
A gentle nod was his answer as bright brown eyes followed Nate's every
Movement.
, OK... I'll be right back then... ok? I'll... I'll get you some Orange juice. It's good for you. Ummm some toast? Should you start with that? Or less?
Alec just kept staring at Nate. Amusement fluttered over his features and with some great effort the older boy shrugged slightly indicating his answer of, I don't know,
, Ok ... Ya know what? I'm gonna call that nurse! She'll know what to do!
Alec's eyebrows fused together at the mention of, That Nurse, and Nate waved a hand at him to dismiss it
, Its ok ... I wasn't expecting you to remember her. But she'll know what's going on. We can't get a hold of Henry and Nichole for a while. They are on the road racing a bit and you know how Henry feels about cell phones. They check in from time to time though so as soon as they call later today I'll let them know! They will be so thrilled! Nate gently rested Alec's hand back down onto the bed and turned around heading to the door of the hut.
, No., Alec blurted out in a harsh strained whisper. Sandpaper was the only thing that could describe the sound and the feel. Sandpaper rubbed over bumpy gravel. And it stopped Nate in his tracks.
, No? But Alec they've missed you and.,
Nate watched as Alec used his last bit of energy to shake his head again at the suggestion of telling Henry and Nichole just yet.
, Do you need some time? I can wait a day I guess... its not like they are coming home right away anyways,
Yea he needed time... Alec hated this helpless feeling and he didn't want to see Nichole and Henry again till he could put his arms around each of them and hug them to tears. No he wasn't ready yet...
, Ok then it's settled. It's our little secret. Well... and soon to be your nurses.
Nate gave Alec a dorky smile and swung back around to leave. A second later he heard the younger man gave a..., Whoa boy... just me again! and if Alec could laugh yet he would have. Black must have been outside and Nate never got use to being around him.
There were so many questions in his head. How long was he out? Where did Nichole and Henry go anyways? And what the hell happened?
The last question nagged him the most. Everything was still so hazy and it was starting to make him anxious. He'd just have to accept there was nothing he could possibly do right now but try to work on getting his strength back.
He still had a long road ahead.
The end
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