Cheyenne: I don't really have any choice in the matter, do I?
MJR: Well, of course you don't. I am the author, so I get to decide what happens to you. But you should be happy. If it weren't for me, you'd just be another boring, non-talking horse. So, let's get to know a little more about you. What is the main event in this book, Golden Sunrise?
Cheyenne: Well, it's mostly about myself and my rider Jared going to defend the Alamo in 1836.
MJR: Why did Jared decide to call you Cheyenne? I mean, that's kind of a weird name.
Cheyenne: Well, I was born in a place the Cheyenne valley so that's what my first master called me. Even though the name stuck, Jared still has a secret name for me: Aurelia.
MJR: (Scribbling in a notebook) Hmmm. That's a great element of the story. Well, I'll have to remember that. Why would he call you Aurelia then?
Cheyenne: Aurelia is Spanish for golden. He calls me that because of my beautiful Palomino coat. He also believes that if you have a secret name for a horse, the horse will be closer to you. I think so too.
MJR: ARRGH! I feel so stupid. I'm seventeen years old and I still talk to horses. And imaginary ones at that.
Cheyenne: If you don't do it, who will?
MJR: I guess that's true. I have to keep on with my series, anyway, even if I am older now. Gotta keep those avid readers busy! More than 350 copies of Appaloosy sold, all those people are waiting for more. And I guess it is good to keep older reader's imaginations working, too.
To change the subject: What is different about you and my other two horses, Storm and Dusty?
Cheyenne: I don't know. I'd say I'm a lot braver than Dusty, and maybe just a little more loyal than Storm. And, I am a mare. That's different.
MJR: Don't get too full of yourself!
Cheyenne: Hey, you're the one who created me.
MJR: Oh yeah. Can you give me any more ideas for this story?
Cheyenne: I thought that was the point of this conversation. You're the one who is supposed to come up with ideas.
MJR: Well, what can you tell me is special about this story? What makes it stand out from my others?
Cheyenne: (Grinning as much as a horse can) Well, you'll have to read it and find out.
|The Alamo as it looks today.|
|The flag of the republic of Texas|
|Cheyenne is a Palomino horse!!|