This scene is the girls’ first confusing encounter with the animals Callum has them watching. After hearing some strange noises late at night, they go down to the pool to investigate. What they discovered was beyond what they could have expected to find.
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"I’m telling you, it’s Farasi," said Bree, racing towards the gate to the pool.
"No way. I put him to stable myself." Sophie was close behind her friend.
"You heard the splash, didn’t you, So-So? That horse loves the water." She stopped at the gate and faced her friend. "That’s what Callum said."
"Maybe it’s–" She looked past Bree towards the pool and stared openly. "It’s the...horse!"
"Ha! Told you." The two girls walked closer to the pool and peered into the water.
"What’s he doing?" Sophie was leaning over, hands resting on her knees.
"Hmmm...let’s see." Bree crouched down to the edge and dunked her head into the water. The horse raised his head and looked up at Bree before laying back down. She noticed a strange, shimmery gleam to his coat. "Heebss bleeebinng!"
Bree pulled her head out of the water. "I said he’s sleeping!"
"In the water?" asked Sophie, a worried look on her face.
"Looks like it."
"But...but..." Sophie struggled to get the words out. "Horses don’t do that!"
Bree stood next to her friend and looked down at Farasi. "Not normal horses, anyway."