Galata was going to be late if they didn’t show up soon. And she couldn’t afford that; she was working a variety of odd jobs as it was, and she couldn’t miss one because the foalsitter was late. Money was scarce, and she needed to make sure she had enough to take care of herself and Ariel.
The little filly was being especially clingy around this time, knowing that her mother was going to leave soon. She didn’t like being left alone, but she also didn’t like being left with a stranger. Galatea didn’t like it, either, but she had little choice in the matter. Just as soon as the foalsitter the mare had hired arrived, she would be out the door.