By Jeff Baker
Their love was forbidden.
Zavid and Zannic were both pledged to serve their own Masters, but they were able to be together when their Masters met to race their horses. Zavid and Zannic were able to grab a few moments together in the stables or in the paddock. And the horses, who know more than men think they do, took pity on them. For they knew that Zannic’s Master was planning to move out of the country, and that Zannic and Zavid would never see each other again.
And the Harras called upon the Horse Lords who transformed the two lovers into horses.
Zannic and Zavid galloped from the Master’s paddock, free for the first time in their lives.
And they say, when the three moons are high and bright in the summer sky, the two lovers can be seen galloping together in the moonlight. And in the dark of winter when a noise is heard in the paddock or stable and men check for wild beasts they always count the horses. They may find two extra; Zavid and Zannic, bringing their warmth to their fellows in the night.
Author’s note: a “harras,”is a gathering or group of horses.