As the sun began to go down, Tony rode his horse Steel around the field. The stallion had fully recovered but Tony wanted to play it safe and keep it to a brisk canter. Gwen rode up to the fence on her horse Millie, dismounted and leaned on the fence. Tony rode up to her and dismounted.
"You were really something today." said Gwen.
"You mean the way I stopped Funland and saved all the animals?" said Tony with a smirk.
"No, the way you played me for a sap in the pub. You told walked to tell Louis you were going to the glade before you agreed to help me. You were planning to save the glade all along."
Tony stiffed a snigger.
"Yeah. I just wanted to teach you a lesson about respecting people."
"Look, I didn't know it was Funland's fault! I just…"
"You just jumped to conclusions before you knew the whole story."
Gwen gave a sigh.
"You're right. If I hadn't been so hot headed if would have saved us all a lot of trouble. I was pretty hard on a lot of people today." She said, remembering how she berated Bob just because he was being sensible thing and didn't want to make a fuss without any proof.
"It's sort of like raising animals." said Tony as he gave Steel a gentle pat on the head, "You can't treat them like dirt and expect to be treated like royalty in return."
Wow. Gwen thought. He really does get it.
They undid their horses' harnesses and watched Millie and Steel trot off to play.
Leaning on the face, Gwen turned to look at the boy.
"Tony," she said "Don't move."
Tony rolled his eyes.
"Why, so you can punch me again?"
"I'm tempted, but no."
She instead took his face in her hands.
"Oh, so it's going to be a head butt this time."
"Don't ruin the moment."
She gazed into his eyes for a few seconds and brought her lips to meet his.
When their lips parted, Gwen's arms came to rest on Tony's shoulders as his hands began to hold her close to him.
"Let me guess," said Tony "That was nothing compared to what Millie goes through everyday."
"You know, you can be a real jerk sometimes."