‘I don’t want to ride. Go away and leave me alone.’ Niki snapped, burrowing under her duvet.
Anna rode Summer down the lane, followed by Beth and Lolly on their ponies. Bracken didn’t like being left behind and started kicking the stable door. He began neighing louder and louder. Niki heard the noise through the window, clenching her fists, trying to ignore him. At last she leaped to her feet, found her shoes and flung out of the door.
‘All right, all right. I’m coming,’ she muttered crossly.
Bracken was rolling his eyes and snorting as he paced around the stable, kicking the door and shaking his head. Niki was worried that he would hurt himself.
‘Calm down, I’ve some carrots for you,’ Niki said, letting herself into the stable with him. Sliding her arms around his neck she buried her head into his mane.
‘I’m sorry, Bracken, it’s not your fault,’ she sobbed. ‘Those horrid girls at school are really nasty to me. I don’t know why and no one stops them. I hate my life. I want to die.’ she cried.