My daughter had always wanted a pony. Every year she’d ask for one, but I always told her no. For all the standard reasons: too expensive, where would we house it, etc.
But this year, I finally gave in. Jessica was going to get her little pony. More
My daughter had always wanted a pony. Every single year without fail she'd ask me for one. Of course, living in the city that was pretty much impossible - or at least that's what I told myself - and her.
But recently we've moved out into the country. When her father passed, he left us a large sum of money. Enough to buy ourselves a little cottage out in horse country - and a small plot of land to go with it.
This time when she asked, I didn't tell her no. I just smiled and told her that we'd see.
See, I had been doing some sleuthing online. I didn't want to just purchase some random pony, I wanted something a bit...closer. I wanted to birth my own.
Nevermind that it would literally be both her brother and pony - that was weird enough all on its own. Now I just needed to wait for these pregnancy pills to arrive from the dark web.
Figuring out how to even connect to the dark web was one of the hardest things I'd ever done. This was the shady side of the Internet few ever saw. I'd been perusing an animal birthing forum and thought it was all bull-shit until someone mentioned the website they got their hormonal pills from. The moderators were on that like bears on honey, but it was too late.
Even just the thought of having a living, breathing, growing animal inside my belly was wicked scary. I'd had a baby in there, but never an animal. How would that work even?
I shook my head and waited. Two, three, four days later and I was starting to run out of hope. Had this all been a wishful, fanciful dream? Maybe I'd have to spring for a pony anyway.
I'd just about made up my mind to go find one, when a knock at the door nearly gave me a heart attack. I bolted to the door - not realizing I was only half dressed - and grabbed the package out of the dazed delivery driver's hands and raced to the kitchen to open it.
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