All About Apollo Edrington
by Juliet

 

NAME: I am entered in the studbook as " Thisbe,s Phoebus Apollo.
We are all given names from the Greek. It is ever so fashionable. And I,
with my magnificent physique and dazzling chestnut coat, am named,
of course, for the golden God of the Sun, best loved of all.

LIVING ARRANGEMENT: If on campaign, I count myself fortunate to be
picketed in a decent stand of trees. But at home, I have an enormous
and well appointed box in a splendid stable designed in the Classical
Style to resemble a Greek Temple.

 

FAVORITE PASTIME: Eating. And standing around having my flies
swished by other,s tails.

FAVORITE BOOK: Xenophon. I don,t actually read of course, but I am
told he advocated that man become one with the horse, and
communicate by gentleness and trust, rather than fear and force. And
he is a Greek.

THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD IS: Having someone scrape their
teeth on that spot right where the mane meets the withers. Aaaah.
Heaven!

THE WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD IS: Having an inexperienced
rider bouncing about on your back, flapping and pulling and poking!
Dreadful! Just ask my stablemate, Psyche; she had to cart that Navy
man, Hornblower, about for days when we were at Muzillac.

FAVORITE SMELLS: Hot bran mash. Sweet new hay. Gunpowder in the
morning.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK WHEN YOU WAKE IN THE
MORNING: Technically, I don,t sleep all night and wake in the morning.
Mostly its short naps,on my feet, throughout the day. But generally the
first thing I think of in the morning is: "Where,s the food? Or
sometimes, "Is that gunpowder I smell?

BATTLE;SCARY OR EXCITING?: I will tell you something about my
kind. We are prey animals. Our instinct when we sense danger is
either to fight or flee. Usually its flee. Carrying a soldier into the noise
and smell and movement of battle is against the instincts of every fibre
of our being. All the more reason for the human race to worship at our
hooves, for imagine the courage we must summon and the loyalty and
love we must have for our masters to overcome our fear and to serve
them, even unto the death!

FAVORITE FOODS; The green, green grass of home!

CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA; Have tried neither. But have you any
peppermints?

STORMS, COOL OR SCARY: Hmm. Loud noises, lashing winds,
lightning. That would be SCARY, you fool. Have you listened to nothing
I,ve said?

FAVORITE DRINK: Puddle water, for reasons my master does not
understand. (Actually it has to do with stalling for time. And getting a
closer look to make sure there are no crocodiles and such lurking
beneath the surface.)

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT THE WORLD, WHAT
WOULD IT BE?: That man would invent some other means of
transporting himself into battle,so not so many of have to die in ghastly
ways. I,m quite sure they,ll never stop killing eachother, however.
They,re quite perverse that way.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT
WOULD IT BE?: Um. I think it would be to NOT have had a certain thing
about myself changed, if you take my meaning. (That stallion of
Moncoutant,s, however, my goodness, what a pair! )

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE: In light of my answer to the previous
question it would seem the point is moot, eh? I am a gelding, alas. But
I do feel a certain affection for dear Psyche. She,s lovely when she,s
not in one of her moods.

IS THE GLASS HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL?: What ever do you
mean?

WHAT,S IN YOUR ANXIETY CLOSET?: This is a metaphorical closet,
one presumes. Ah, so many things rustling in the trees, blowing bits
of paper, odd looking logs or tree stumps along the road, my own
shadow

WHATS YOUR LOFTIEST DREAM? To be the favorite mount of
GENERAL Edrington. It would make him feel good to hear me say that.

WHATS YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE?: Saber to the belly. Bet that
smarts.

WHAT DO YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOU THAT YOU FEEL
THEY DON,T?:That in truth, they really know so little about us. They
must try harder to understand, to be kind, and to appreciate the
sacrifice we make.

WHAT OTHER CHARACTER WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ANSWER
THIS QUESTIONNAIRE?:My Lord and Master, Major Edrington.
Perhaps he could explain that "half empty/half full question.