chapter2

Filled with impressions from her first day in school, Lisa braces herself and walks up to the Jorvik Stables. The memory of horseback riding as a kid feels vague compared to the memory of falling down, injuring herself. She takes a deep breath, and heads for the stables to return Linda’s keys.

lisa

Ok, so this is the Jorvik Stables – what a place! Well, I have to find Linda, who really helped me out earlier today, to return her keys.

New objective: “I need to find Linda to return her keys.”

Go towards the paddock and speak to Anne standing there with her horse.

anne

Oh, there you are… I had no idea you were interested in riding too. This is my horse Concorde, the finest stallion on the lot. By the way, were you all flirty with Josh?

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lisa

No, not really. By the way, have you seen Linda?

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anne

I think I saw Linda a little while ago… Have you tried the stables?

Go over by the stable, by the two people standing there, Herman, the stables owner, and Sabine, who you have previously met.

sabine

Kaahn is the fastest horse around, and I demand to be listed as the top rider for the upcoming competition.

What are you doing here, city girl? The Jorvik Stables has over a year waiting list, so you can forget about riding here with us.

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herman

Sabine is right, the school is full, unfortunately. I would love to make room for you, but right now it’s not possible.

Speak to Herman again to be able to enter the stables.

herman

Please have a look around the stables and make yourself at home.

If you’re looking for Linda, you might want to try the stables – she helps out in there, taking inventory of supplies.

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sabine

Little Red Riding Hood… Don’t get in Kaahn’s and my way!

When Sabine moves out of the way, approach the stable doors, and click to open them and go inside.

vet

This is truly tragic. Such a fine horse, but something isn’t right with him.

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lisa

What’s wrong with him?

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vet

His name is Starshine. He has the potential to be the fastest horse in Jorvik. But he seems to have lost his willpower. He won’t eat, drink, or let anyone near him. It’s really too bad. I think we might have to put him down.

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starshine

Who are you?

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lisa

Who said that?… Hello?

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starshine

Come closer to the box… I’m here in the dark.

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lisa

Starshine… You are beautiful. But… How can I hear you?… In my head?

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starshine

I don’t know, girl, but I understand you too… Scary stuff. Please help me… Something is destroying me from the the inside, a dark power, but I don’t know what it is.

I’m sure I can get back in the ring if someone like you will help me.

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lisa

What is this? How can I understand what this horse named Starshine wants? I must help him… I need to talk to Mr Herman. Now!

Speak to Linda when she stops by you and Starshine.

linda

Hey, Lisa! Nice to see you here. I didn’t know you’re interested in riding.

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lisa

Actually, I came here to return your keys. Thank you so much for helping me out today. But I think that Sabine has a grudge against you.

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linda

Yeah! I don’t know what her problem is. I’m half suspecting that she stole my keys and planted her phone in my locker to get me in trouble. 

lisa

I don’t know her, but it wouldn’t surprise me. Hey listen, I need to get Starshine into the ring to prove his worth, or he might be put down! The problem is that I haven’t been riding in years and don’t know if I can still do it.

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linda

Don’t worry, Lisa, believe in yourself and it’ll work out fine.

New objective: “Poor Starshine! I must help him. I should talk to Mr Herman.”

Go out the stable doors and speak with Herman.

herman

What can I do for you, young lady?

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lisa

I’m asking you to give Starshine and me a chance. Everyone here thinks he’s no good, but I’m sure I can show them that he’s as good as anyone.

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herman

Something tells me you actually could pull this off, little girl… Lisa, is it? I’m sure we can find you some riding gear and get Starshine out in the smaller paddock.

Out in the paddock…

herman

Well, we got Starshine ready for you. If you can make him come around, I promise you a spot in the riding school and a good future for Starshine.

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sabine

You’re going to fail big-time, girlfriend.

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linda

Ignore her, Lisa. Just take it easy and everything will be fine.

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alex

Go, girl! Don’t let Sabine get away with that!

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lisa

Oh, Starshine… Something bad must have happened to you. I’ll try to make it better. For some reason I feel connected with you even though I can’t hear you anymore. Maybe I just imagined your voice.

And in walks Mr Sands…

starshine

The dark presence feels stronger now… You must help me.

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lisa

Strange… It started when that creepy Mr Sands appeared.

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herman

Poor horse. Starshine seems to be very nervous. Lisa, before mounting him, you have to call him down.

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sabine

I don’t think you know how to take care of a horse.

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anne

Don’t listen to her… Lisa, just stay close to Starshine and pat him a few times.

New objective: “If only I can calm him down, I’m sure Starshine will let me ride him.”

Walk up to the front of Starshine and wait for the hand to pop up. Then click to stroke him a couple of times.

herman

That is excellent, Lisa… Maybe there’s a normal horse in there just waiting to get out. Try to mount him and see if you can take him for a couple of rounds in the paddock.

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sabine

You lucky city girl… I’m sure you’ll hit the ground faster than I can say, “white trash princess.”

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anne

I thought I was the white trash princess… Just ignore her, Lisa, and go.

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lisa

Please, Starshine, for both our sakes… Don’t freak out on me.

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starshine

I’ll try not to, but keep that man away from me… It’s like I can’t see properly.

New objective: “This is going well. I should be able to take him around the paddock.”

Move to Starshine’s side and when the saddle icon pops up, click to mount. Ride Starshine around the paddock and collect all of the blue stars.

herman

Very nice. Now dismount and come over here so we can talk.

Right click to dismount Starshine, then walk over to Herman.

herman

That was impressive, Lisa… I think you and Starshine have taught us all a lesson. I think it may be a good idea to take Starshine into the big paddock to see what he can really do.

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sabine

Well, trotting around is one thing, but that wreck of a horse is nothing compared to Kaahn.

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lisa

Let’s take it easy, Starshine, and I’m sure this will work out fine for us. It’s strange… I’ve been afraid of riding ever since I was ten, but I don’t feel that with you.

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linda

Hey, Lisa, I have to leave for the library… I’ll call you later. Good luck in the large paddock!

In the large paddock…

herman

This is the large paddock, where the competitions are held.

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sabine

Hmph… I’m telling you, the closest you’ll come to the competition is as a spectator, so don’t even dream about it, city girl.

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herman

Remember, you have to make Starshine gallop before you jump over the bar hurdles.

If not in gallop, he’ll refuse to jump over.

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alex

Go, Lisa, go, go, go!

New objectives: “If I can make Starshine jump over the hurdles, I might be able to save him.”

Mount Starshine and bring him up to a gallop. Press the spacebar to jump. Jump over all the hurdles and collect the blue stars, then stop by Herman.

herman

We’re all very impressed! Dismount Starshine and come over here, Lisa.

Dismount Starshine and walk over to Herman.

starshine

I feel something bad is about to happen.

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mr_sands

The white horse is indeed fast.

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herman

This is fantastic, Lisa… You and Starshine have not only earned a position at the school, but also a spot in the competition this weekend.

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sabine

And when you compete against Kaahn and me, this white cow won’t look so fast.

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alex

Oh no! What’s wrong with Starshine? Look at him!

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herman

Starshine is very nervous again. Lisa, you seem to be the only one who can calm him down. Try patting him again.

Poor Starshine!

fainted_starshine

starshine

Help me, Lisa… This is what I feared.

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lisa

Tell me what to do, Starshine… I’ll do anything.

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starshine

I don’t know, but I feel that you’re the only one who can help me out of this mess.

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lisa

Starshine is hurt! Help me!

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herman

Let’s get this fine horse back to his box and I’ll get the vet to look at him immediately.

In the stable…

vet

This is very troubling. I can’t figure out the nature of this injury, but it’s obvious that this horse is in pain.

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herman

You surprised me today, Lisa. You could obviously reach Starshine in a way that I haven’t seen anyone do in a long time.

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lisa

What do you mean, Mr Herman?

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herman

Some people say that there are special people who have been chosen to communicate with horses. Maybe you’re one of these people… Some say that these people have other powers as well.

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lisa

Do you think I can help Starshine when the vet can’t?

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herman

Look inside yourself, Lisa, and maybe you can do something that we can’t.

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lisa

Let me see that leg, Starshine… I’m going to try something.

New objective: “Maybe I can heal this horse somehow, if I can gather all my strength.”

Move in front of Starshine’s box and click to heal him when the blue horse symbol appears over his head.

starshine

It’s so strange, Lisa… The darkness that is choking me almost disappeared. You’re almost there, Lisa… Don’t give up.

Try healing Starshine again.

starshine

I can feel your powers, but it’s not enough, Lisa.

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lisa

I’m sorry, Starshine… I can’t do it. There’s something I need to learn or find out if I’m going to be able to help you. I felt I was close, too, but I’m just too weak…

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sabine

This horse couldn’t even manage a simple ride in the ring… And this is what you want the superior Kaahn and me to be competing against? Put him to sleep so this school won’t have the embarrassment anymore.

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herman

That’s out of the question, Sabine. I saw a wonderful horse out there earlier today, and we’re going to take care of him. Especially if he’s hurt and needs help.

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mr_sands

Maybe we can offer a solution. My name is Mr Sands, and I represent people who are interested in helping needy horses. I’m willing to pay you a handsome price for the poor horse, and you will break these girls’ hearts by putting it to sleep.

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herman

I’m sorry, Mr Sands, I won’t sell this horse – but I won’t kill it either. Now I must ask you to leave, please. 

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mr_sands

Very well. Your passion is commendable… I bid you good day, but we will meet again.

Your phone is ringing. Use the mouse wheel or square brackets ( [ and ] ) to select the phone on the sidebar. Click to answer it.

lisa

Yes, hello?

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linda

Hey Lisa, it’s Linda.

Come over to the library at school – I did some research and came across some very interesting things.

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lisa

The school library?

New objective: “Linda wants to show me something in the library. I’d better go there.”

Level 2 completed!

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