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Fiction
tagged Unicorns Fantasy Eodea Fairy Tales Raaji

Cold Summer Night

My grandfather told me this happened when he was little.

Alarm spread through the village, in short warnings the grown-ups didn't bother to explain to their children. The children were gathered in the homes together with the old, while the able-bodied armed themselves and went out in groups to warn anyone scattered.

Cooped up indoor in broad daylight, the children heard the stories about this particular threat for the first time. A pale spirit of sorts, as calm and shining as a cloud-free and wind-still midwinter night. And as deadly.

They were interrupted by calls of a returning search party. They brought one of the older girls home, dead and cold. Not a mark on her.

Everyone waited out the day and night, fearful or mournful.

By mid-morning the next day, some parents decided the children should see, and took them to the place where the hoofprints had been spotted.

Most fae were capricious, but my grandfather never forgot, the unicorn was most dangerous of all.

Comments

I always thought the horns on those things had to be functional. Touchy-feely my punctured foot. I like that the creepy urban legend is about the beautiful beast.

This is a refreshingly different take on the unicorn fable, and as John said, horns on any animal are not usually there for decoration.

Interesting, this seems paradoxical. They are pure & perfect, but they can't stand someone with flaws which results in a non-pure/non-perfection. I like how you look at this and like the mythical feel you have achieved.

I always thought the horns on those things had to be functional. Touchy-feely my punctured foot. I like that the creepy urban legend is about the beautiful beast.

Thank you!

My basic idea was, sort of, "If unicorns are so pure and perfect, how could they stand humans, who are flawed?"

This is a turn on a unicorn tale! I've never heard of them killing. This could lead to a very interesting story.