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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Sixteen-year-old Missy copes with being an outcast at school and stress at home by cutting herself with a razor blade, until Death chooses her as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, War, and offers her a new blade.
In Jackie Morse Kesslers Riders of the Apocalypse series, teens are transformed into the four horsemen of the apocalypse. As Riders, theyve got many things to learnincluding how to care for the horses theyre given. If you happen to find yourself a newly-minted equestrian of the end times, heres some advice. . . .
By Melissa Miller (a.k.a. "War")
So you got yourself a warhorse! First, congratulate yourself, because I guarantee no one else on the block has one.
Next, invest in a good pair of leather gloves. Preferably, ones that horses cant bite through.
Okay, so consider yourself lucky that you dont have to deal with mortal warhorses. No worries about things like stabling, or brushing, or feeding your new friend. Bonus, right? Of course, your horse still needs things from its Apocalyptic rider.
1. Introduce yourself to your steed. What, you think that your warhorse is going to just make nice to you because youre its new rider? Please. This is a warhorse. Its got attitude to spare. (Which is good; if you want something thats going to just roll over and let you rub its tummy, get a dog.) Walk around it in a slow circle, giving it a very wide berth (especially by those hind legs). Slowly make the circle tighter until youre finally arms length away from its muzzle. And then show it whos boss and make it bow its head. (Note: its very helpful to wield the Sword of War for this purpose.)
2. Name your steed. Hey, would you like to be called "Horse"? Doubtful. So pick a good name, one that reflects your horses personality. Ive heard that calling it after a god might inflate your horses ego, but that never really was a problem for me. Your mileage may vary.
3. Take your steed for a ride. The best way to bond with your warhorse is to go riding. Just dont fall off; the fall to earth could be a doozy. (Note: Apocalyptic warhorses fly. Very high. And very fast. Those reins are there for a reason; I suggest holding on. Very tightly.)
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