First chapter of the bildungsroman introduces, via heterography of ‘eigh’, neighs at heights: the struggles of a boy and his horse to survive the elements at elevation unfamiliar to both.
Paragraphs literose alternate between limning the scene and inner dialogues of each character, equine and sapien. Points of view complement, creating a clear canvas of context.
Acclaimed is the passage where adventurers, exhausted to the point of delusion, take rest at a watering hole, where mermaids appear in order to engage the duo in skinder about highland creatures about whom the duo is warned to be cautious.
Choices made morning after interparle with aqua-beings do lead to further character development and are examined in chapter two. : )