The Winged Colt of Casa Mia

By Betsy Byars

There’s no such factor as a colt with wings—is there?

When Charles arrives at his Uncle Coot’s Texas ranch from again East, he’s certain that books have taught him every thing he must find out about horses. He desires to end up he’s a cowboy similar to his uncle, a retired motion picture stunt rider, who understands Charles is out of his aspect. but if a neighbor’s mare provides start to a striking colt with wings, Charles and Coot discover that they either have even more to benefit. They develop to like the colt, named Alado, or “Winged One.” nonetheless, it’s no effortless feat taking care of a legendary creature, particularly while it might fly. Can Charles and Coot guard Alado—and each one other? This publication gains an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars together with infrequent photographs from the author’s own assortment.

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I known as. I waited, listening. all of sudden the door slammed in the back of me, and Charles got here speeding out. He nearly ran me down. “What’s mistaken? ” “Probably not anything, Charles, yet you higher get my gun simply in case. ” “Your gun? What’s fallacious? Has whatever occurred? ” “I don’t comprehend. ” with out one other observe he went into the home, got here again with my rifle, and positioned it in my palms. I acknowledged, “Now, remain at the back of me. ” We begun jogging towards the corral. For a second I couldn’t see Alado in any respect, after which within the distance I stuck sight of him. He had jumped the fence by some means, and he used to be working. there has been not anything limp or susceptible approximately him now. It used to be a apprehensive, frenzied run, and Charles and that i all started after him. As we crossed the backyard, I heard the howl back. “Is it a wolf, Uncle Coot? ” “I don’t comprehend. ” “What do you think that? ” I had stopped pondering decades in the past. I acknowledged, “I’ll get Clay. ” with no taking time to saddle him I fastened and began after Alado, my rifle in entrance of me. Charles shouted, “Wait for me, Uncle Coot, take me with you. ” within the distance Alado used to be just a light blur. The sound of the howling got here back. “You wait right here, Charles. ” I jabbed my ft into Clay’s aspects, and he trigger in a gallop. He was once an outstanding variety horse, speedy and quick. you may flip him on a saddle blanket, and he used to be going like an arrow now, burning the earth. He shortened the space to the colt quick. We went out in entrance of Alado, rotated and got here again to go him off. careworn, Alado paused. The howl got here again—louder, nearer. Alado threw up his head. Then he begun ahead, and that i observed he was once heading towards a mesquite thicket. I spun round and observed a low white shape in the back of the mesquite. I lifted my gun simply in case. Alado moved among me and no matter what was once in the back of the mesquite. I waited. Alado whinnied and moved instantly for the thicket. I decreased my rifle. I knew Alado wouldn't be working to satisfy probability. Slowly Clay and that i moved nearer. within the thicket forward the white determine used to be crouched low. I knew now it couldn’t be a coyote or a wolf. I slipped off Clay’s again and walked slowly towards the mesquite. i assumed I knew now what it was once. I whistled softly. “Here, boy. ” I held my gun prepared, the protection off, my finger at the set off, simply in case. “Here, boy. ” there has been a pause. Alado used to be correct at my aspect now, nervously marking time, relocating as though he was once being jockeyed for a race. He whinnied and tossed his head into the air. His mane brushed my hand. “Here, boy,” I acknowledged, my eyes at the thicket. “Here! ” I waited. after which out of the thicket got here the thinnest, puniest, sorriest-looking puppy I ever observed in my lifestyles. He got here out on his abdominal, crawling, his physique as low to the floor as he may get it. I knelt. “Come right here, fellow. ” The puppy got here inside 3 toes of me after which suggestion best of it. He writhed with uncertainty. He twisted. He became his again on me. He made whole circles. i may think his discomfort, his determined eager to come, and his worry. “Here, fellow, it’s o.k.. ” Beside me Alado was once quiet. I snapped my arms. “Here. ” The puppy untwisted.

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