Satisfied that the coast was clear, I returned to the hovel to fetch the pegasus.
We had a slight problem with improperly installed double doors, and with an overeager Squares.
|"I'm helping! I'm helping!"|
At last the moment arrived - I found myself on the pegasus, ready for our first flight. I felt like there should be throngs of cheering spectators, but instead my audience consisted of a single boar.
|Hey boar. Watch this!|
I punched the jump key a few times and we rose up into the air, reaching dizzying heights in just a few seconds.
|Look at this! Look at this! Why is the boar not even looking?|
I spent the day in giddy soaring above Horse Heaven, buzzing mountaintops where lions roamed, or delicately landing on steep, inaccessible peaks. I could fly as high as the clouds - I could fly above the clouds - I could fly higher than the tallest mountain. Controlling a pegasus in the air is everything that controlling a horse on the ground isn't.
|Mountain peak, I think I will land on you.|
|Ha! On the snowy mountain peak, looking down at Horse Heaven and my hovel with its stick.|
|Hello, lions on the mountainside!|
|Yes. I'm pretty sure I did in fact just win Minecraft.|
But sunset was nearing, so I supposed I'd start my flight home in the morning. I started descending toward my hovel in Horse Heaven when it happened.
The game lagged, and then suddenly froze. A few seconds later came the inevitable Minecraft crash. "Minecraft has experienced an error and needs to close...."
When I restarted the game, it picked up where I had left off - mostly. It remembered that it was near sunset. It remembered that I had been soaring over Horse Heaven. When it didn't remember was that I had been doing so while riding a pegasus.
I fell to the ground, taking considerable damage, but surviving the fall.
I looked in one direction: no pegasus.
I could also hear a horrible squealing sound coming from inside the hovel.
Had a lion somehow gotten in? Had the game forgotten that I'd installed the door? Where was the pegasus? What was going on?
I ran into the hovel to find the squealing noise stopped, and the pegasus standing inside. Alone.
The sun set, and then I got my answer.
The pegasus, which had been bouncing around the hovel, suddenly stopped with its head in the ceiling and started squealing and flashing red. I knew that was horse for "ouchouchouchouch", and it was a horrible sound. I began to run around in a panic. I punched at the ceiling where the horse was stuck - it was cobblestone, so my punching had no effect. I drew my pickaxe and beat at the cobblestone, but couldn't tell if I was destroying the cobblestone or hurting the pegasus. I fumbled for a haystack - restores full health - and gave it to the pegasus, but it continued going "ouchouchouch" as the ceiling monsters or whatever didn't let it go. I considered climbing out to the roof outside, but I would never find the right spot in the dark before it was too late. For some reason I decided to whack at the floor with my pickaxe with the crazy idea that lowering the floor would allow the pegasus to drop down. The pegasus disappeared with one last horrible squeal and there was silence.
Nothing to do now but wait till morning.