Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Umbria and the Unicorn #atozchallenge


For the A to Z Challenge, I'm featuring twenty-six flash fiction pieces from my Foxwick Kingdom and its surrounding neighbors. A to Z Flashes of Foxwick is now available from Smashwords and Amazon and includes the bonus short story "Lady Death." You can add this to your Goodreads list here.


Umbria and the Unicorn

Umbria slipped through Greymist Forest like a specter. As an assassin, she knew how to disguise herself from human and even creatures’ eyes, but she couldn’t hide from one animal.
The unicorn had been following her for a turn of the hourglass. She’d never had such a generally pure and innocent beast take an interest into her, but this one wasn’t a typical unicorn. He was a black stallion with a silver horn. She wouldn’t even have realized he pursued her, if it hadn’t been for the horn reflecting moonbeams.
As she passed underneath tree branches, she glanced behind her. The unicorn still continued toward her, and she’d had enough.
“Go away! Shoo.” She waved her arms, but the creature came until he was close enough to touch. “I don’t need you.”
The unicorn snorted his disagreement and pressed his muzzle against her outstretched hand. She’d never felt such soft fur. How could this animal want her company? She wasn’t a simple princess anymore. She wasn’t a simple assassin. Life and death pulsed from her hands, but the unicorn didn’t care.
So she let him follow her.

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Ghadeer said...

Enjoyed this short piece :)

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

Yay! Unicorns!

I went to bed hoping I'd find lots of unicorn posts, and was sadly disappointed to have only found two so far.

Anyway, sounds like this unicorn has got some quest and some attitude to go with it. I like.

Patricia JL said...

Very nice little story.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, if a unicorn is following you, let it!

Christine Rains said...

A unique unicorn is fitting for Death. :)

Unknown said...

Whoa, a black unicorn? I thought they only came in silvery white!

Jay Noel said...

It's an evil unicorn! RUN!!!!!

Marta Szemik said...

I really enjoyed this piece. So magical:)

Nicole said...

Love the image of a black silver-horned unicorn doing the stalking!

Fairview said...

Nice. I love "she wasn't a simple princess anymore. she wasn't a simple assassin."