the metal horses
Please do not feed the metal horses. No apples or grass. No nuts or bolts or bits of string.
They grow overly fond of people who feed them.
They will follow you home and it can be somewhat… difficult to get them to leave.
They are fiercely loyal, but that can be something of an inconvenience.
They will insist on sleeping at the foot of your bed.
They will nibble on your lawn or your electrical wiring or the hubcaps of your car.
And of course, they will rust if they get left out in the rain, though they do so love the rain.
It is best to entrust their care to the professionals, no matter how sweetly they beg.
About flax-golden tales. Photo by Carey Farrell. Text by Erin Morgenstern.