The only sound was that of Ed walking and an occasional winter bird song.
Alex did the same with Ed and they saddled the horses in silence.
Ed threw up his head and snorted.
She watched as he saddled Ed again and shoved the rifle down into the boot.
Ed merely looked at them and then back at Carmen.
Did you do any more checking on Ed and Edith Plotke— the people from the 1961 newspaper—and missing Josh the miner?
Paul felt responsible for Josh's quick exit and when Ed talked about leaving Ouray with his family, Paul arranged for the Plotkes to come to California.
He found Ed a job, I think.
He had done his small part in helping Ed Plotke get to California—that's all.
Grandfather Ed was the one who made contact with Paul.
"Come on," he said, kicking Ed into a gallop.
"Stay close to me," he said as he kicked Ed into motion.
He had suggested she breed Casper to another stud, and she had intended to, but Ed got to her first.
The sight of Alex on Ed, galloping toward her was as much a relief as it was a surprise.
There he saddled Ed and rode out to the exercise field.
"Mr. Ed, the talking horse," she said casually.
Why don't I bring Ed up here and stable him?
Katie and Bill can watch the farm and we can take Ed back with us.
She stared at his back as he led Ed to the truck.
She watched as he meticulously saddled Ed and tightened the cinch.
He nudged the horse in the ribs and Ed broke into a lope.
The dairy door groaned as she opened it and Ed whinnied from his stall in the barn.
Ed peered over the stall at her and nickered softly.
If Ed could actually talk, she wouldn't be spending so much time pondering about Alex.
Ed lifted his head and nickered, but he continued to work on the salt block when she didn't call him.
Ed whinnied down by the barn, and then nickered in a higher tone.
Ed was running beside her, and then a strong arm was plucking her from the ground.
Ed plunged to a stop and Alex pulled her up into the saddle with him.
Josh vaulted the fence and raced up the hill, only to stop in surprise as Alex emerged from the trees riding a horse colored enough like Ed to be his twin.
When she entered the barn, Ed snorted and Princess nickered.
Both Ed and Princess were a red-brown color with white speckles on their haunches – typical Appaloosas.
He kicked Ed into motion and headed for the house.
She opened the door and contained her curiosity until he led Ed inside.
Alex was wiping Ed down with a cloth.
He hung the brush on the wall and turned Ed toward his stall.
He put Ed in the stall and took the harness off before turning to Carmen.
At the top, Alex reined Ed in and turned to look at Carmen.
"We'll have to leave Ed here for a little while," she said, pointing at a low limb.
He helped her to the ground and then dismounted, leading Ed to the tree.
When they got to Ed, he mounted and helped her up behind him.
At the rate Ed is having female offspring; he'll have to be one of your geldings.
"Let's go," he said and urged Ed into a lope.