Black Mountain Domino
Copyright © 2004 Pam McDermott
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Jennifer Brennan was twelve years old. Life on her parent’s ranch was an exciting existence for a young girl who loved horses. She was allowed a lot of freedom, as her parents believed she was mature for her age. Jennifer had a sense of responsibility that most twelve year olds didn’t possess.
She was a slim, dark-haired girl. Though some people thought her quiet and shy, she had the courage of her mother’s Irish ancestors and a great sense of humor. Her laughter, at the antics of a new litter of kittens, could be heard in the kitchen where her mother was busy baking bread.
Jennifer’s dad had taught her, not only to ride a horse, but how to take good care of a horse. He stressed that “horses will take care of you if you take care of them”. Mr. Brennan, or Steve, was like a character out of a Louis L’Amour western. He could dress up in town finery but could never be mistaken for anyone but a cattle rancher. A cowboy hat was stuck permanently on his head, and beneath it was a sun-beaten face. It was a face of strength and character mixed with kindness and gentleness. Its wrinkles were those of laughter, sadness, wisdom, and caring. He was a man with close friends and few enemies.