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Updated on May 23, 2011
Photo taken by Stephan in Del Ray, Florida
Photo taken by Stephan in Del Ray, Florida


For May, the weather on the Jersey Shore has been like April...with all the Showers and Coolness... Which on the Plus Side, has given us some Beautiful Flowers...But on the Negative Side, I remember Warmer May's...So I'd like to take you back to Florida, and the Lovely town of Del Ray, where I have a story to tell...Was it real? Was it a Fantasy? Or just Imagination gone Wild...I'll let you decide...

Downtown Del Ray goes on for many blocks. It has lots of lovely Restaurant and Shops and Parking is "Free" with many areas to park. Lover Man and I had been there a few times, thanks to neighbors in the "Condo" where we were staying telling us about it. We each had our favorite stores that we like to browse in...So after parking the car, we kissed goodbye, and said that we'd meet by the "Horse".

I took my walk and did a little shopping here and there...I realized as I looked at my watch that the time had flown by. I crossed the street and started walking back to where the "Horse" was, carrying my two bags of small purchases. The "Horse" stood in the entranceway of this Shop that carried all sorts of small "gift" items, as well as the most delicious "Mouthwatering" Ice Creams...You didn't have to be a kid, to love this place.

So there I stood in front of the "Horse" as I waited for Lover Man...there was nobody else there but me. Suddenly from behind me I heard a voice say, "So what did you buy"? I turned around, there was nobody there, but me and the Horse. "Excuse me" I said feeling silly...Are you talking to Me"? I couldn't believe that I was asking the "Horse" this. He cleared his throat, and said, "I don't see anyone else here do you"? I laughed, "ok I get it, there's someone inside you. How cute and clever", I sighed. "Do you mind if i put my packages on your ledge" I said smiling up at the Horse's face. "Nah, that's fine" came the reply. "If you were a kid, I'd say you could sit on my back, lots of parents do that, put the kids on my saddle and take PICTURES...that kinda gets on my nerves". "Oh" I said, like having a conversation with a Horse on a Wednesday afternoon in downtown, Del Ray, was a Normal everyday occurrence. "Isn't it Hot in there and where's the opening, how did you get in there"? I was full of questions. "Oh for God sake, he sighed...just because I'm not flesh and blood, doesn't mean I don't have feelings to express. I thought you'd understand, being a writer and all"...His voice trailed off. "How did you know that"? I said feeling both surprised and shocked. "Because you've been here a few times with "Lover Man" and you've sat at one of the tables, and you've both also stood by me and licked your Ice Cream cones...and you always come on a weekday when it's not crowded...and you both love to talk to Each Other...Most couples don't...I found you both refreshing". Once again he sighed.

"Lover Man will be by soon, we said we'd meet by the Horse, are you going to "Talk" when he comes" I asked quietly. "Mmmm, he replied, I like the guy and all that...what do you think I should do"? "Well, I sighed, I'd like to share you with him...otherwise he's going to think I've gone "Bonkers" when I tell him I've been talking with you". "True, true, he replied, hey, here he comes".

Lover Man comes carrying a small bag which he hands to me. "Honey, I say I've got something Wild to tell're Never going to believe this." He interrupts me, "Wait, open the bag first, I bought you a present" . "Oh honey you didn't have to" I say as I open the bag and unwrap the tissue paper from my gift. It is a "crystal" Unicorn. Which is a Horse with a Horn sticking out from his head. "Oh he's Beautiful" I sigh. As I gently wrap it back up and close the bag. "Now, what did you want to tell me"? Lover Man asks and before I am able to answer, The Horse says to Lover Man, "Hey Man, Nice Gift, good taste. Why don't you two go get your Ice Cream, we can talk later"...I'll be here, I'm the Horse with no name, but my "Friends" call me Fred.


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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      i like it, Ahorseback, I LIKE IT! Thanks for stopping by.

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      "On the shores of Marina Del Ray, was the last thing I heard her say" straight......:-}

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Well the Town, and the Horse (Fred) are real as is Lover Man...But the Talking Horse Part is all in our Minds and Imagination...So Glad you found it Charming!

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi b.malin, this story is just so charming, it's real isn't it?!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thank you my dear Friend, you always have the right words to say, to make a "Fellow Writer's Day"!

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      epigramman 6 years ago your writing my friend - you are so unpretentious and beautiful in every God given way - that I am in awe!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thank you Sligobay...How well I remember that song by America...and Loved it! Still LOVE the Jersey Shore, it's Beautiful this time of year...But when it get's cold...I'll see the Horse, Fred, In Del Ray, Fl. once more...Glad you enjoyed...Did you like Belmar?

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      sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

      'Twas a great yarn, dear. Lover Man didn't bat a lash at the sound of Fred. America sang a tune about going to the dessert with a horse with NO Name_Any relation? From Delray to Avon by the Sea in Jersey is a far cry. I once lived in Belmar for two years. I enjoyed your story very much.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Yes I did Shygirl and they have such "Great Flavors"...This store has so many interesting Treats...Mmmm Good. Thanks for liking...He's a big Horse and so colorful, he makes you Smile.

      Hey Granny, thanks...I wanted to bring out the "kid" in all of us...and if you saw this Horse, he'd make you Laugh, he's so a full length Horse!

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      lol, that was fun. I read it to the end. I am so happy it was not one of those stories that goes on and on about the same thing or nothing

      Loved it


      voted up and the other thingies too

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      shygirl2 6 years ago

      Very cute! I like the photo of the horse too. Did you get your ice cream? ;D

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      If you were a Fly on the wall and started talking to me...I'd have probably "Flipped Out"... So glad you enjoyed, thanks for your comments, Bluestar.

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi b. I have so many pictures in my mind at the moment but I wish I had been a fly on the wall. Lovely cute story. x

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      That "Hat" was something else, but he's always got it on...and it was way past "New Years"...Glad you got a laugh Sally.

      Hi Daydreamer, missed you, so glad you stopped by...and thanks for liking this.

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      daydreamer13 6 years ago

      This is nice. Well done!

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      The horse is quite intuitive! He senses your love! And maybe he wants you to take off his hat in return. Ha!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Your very welcome AliciaC, "Imagination" is a Wonderful glad you liked the ending as well.

      Thank you Chatkath, I liked your comment with miles of Style...I'm Elated!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      This is such a unique and charming little story with miles of style! I love it!

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for an enjoyable and funny story, with a great ending!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thank you Fiddleman, It was a Fun one to do.

      Thanks Cheryl, A childrens story for "Grownups",,,so glad you liked my Style.

      Well then by all means show it to her Icbenefield, so glad you Enjoyed and stopped by.

      WillStarr as the "Expert" on Western Stories, so glad you Thought my "Horse with No Name" was Cute!

      PegCole...and a Good one to you too for remembering that little Ditty...Glad you Enjoyed!

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      A horse is a horse, of course, of course. But no one can talk to a horse, of course. Unless, of course, is if that horse is the famous Mr. Fred. Yuk yuk yuk. Good one there B.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Cute story!

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Awesome! My niece will love this story as she is horse crazy.

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      Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 6 years ago

      Cute story, good imagination, love the style.*

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      Fiddleman 6 years ago

      Good one!