By Walter Farley
Purely Steve Duncan and his good friend Pitch be aware of of the valley hidden at the back of the excessive cliffs of the distant Caribbean Azul Island. And purely the 2 of them recognize of the gorgeous, purebred horses that stay there, lower than the watchful eye of the nice purple stallion, Flame. but if Pitch's half-brother Tom learns of this misplaced paradise, he'll cease at not anything to make it his personal, no matter if he has to spoil it.
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Sturdy flooring was once underneath his toes, yet on each side used to be a slimy wasteland of excessive reeds, swamp ferns and all-engulfing quagmires. Steve hated this position, yet he made no try and hurry Flame. A slip, a fall, a couple of toes on both sides intended a negative demise within the nonetheless, black swimming pools. yet whereas the marsh used to be lengthy it wasn’t broad and he knew they’d be out of it inside a couple of minutes. They have been getting in the course of the western wall. Steve seemed directly forward, towards the excessive lower that shattered the wall.
Steve walked half method up the valley, then whistled to Flame while he observed the stallion rising from the cane. There got here a quickening beat to Flame’s working hoofs, then he used to be in complete gallop. He neared Steve with flying mane and tail, his sharply pointed ears pricked ahead and virtually touching on the counsel. He plunged earlier, then got here to a unexpected cease, whirled, and back to the boy, preventing at his aspect. His motion unfastened and sleek, Flame pranced at Steve’s aspect. The boy positioned his fingers at the stallion, then speedy pulled himself up.
Pitch used to be conversing back. “Oh, and I’ve drawn a map of the island,” he acknowledged. “It’s no longer a truly specialist map, yet i need to teach it to you. ” He went to the wood field simply in the cave’s front and withdrew a wide, rolled paper. He positioned it at the field he’d used for a desk, then referred to as Steve whereas unrolling the map. “Now,” he stated, taking a look up on the evening sky, “let’s faux we’re up there over Azul Island and looking out down. now not that you’d really be capable to see a lot of what i've got in this map should you have been in a airplane flying over Azul Island,” he defined hurriedly.
A press release of truth, requiring no resolution. “I bet that’s all,” the executive acknowledged. “I’ll support hold the physique, Phil. You get the decide, in case you will. ” He was once jogging ahead while he observed the bull whip mendacity at the flooring a couple of ft away. “And there’s his whip, Phil. Get that, too. ” Pitch acquired the choose, then waited till the lads had started out with Tom’s useless physique ahead of he went over to get the bull whip. He reached down. to the touch it used to be the main tricky factor of all. “Phil! Let’s get going. ” the executive had grew to become again to him.
Oh, Pitch,” he pleaded aloud, “please examine anything to maintain Tom away. you recognize this global so good … you could hold him from ever discovering them. He’ll wish the horses greater than anything the following. He’ll spoil them if he unearths them. …” Later, while he arrived again on the ledge, Pitch passed him his nutrients. Steve took the plate yet seemed in simple terms at his friend’s face. And he observed not anything that gave him any desire. They acknowledged not anything whereas they ate. there have been no sounds during this misplaced valley however the regular drone of the waterfall and an occasional nicker from a mare.