Written as a three part 99 word challenge some years ago, I sent this to my great niece as she loves unicorns. I am also using the same image as the original 99 word challenge.
Legend has it that the first of their kind would become the last, and that the time in between would be more than one lifetime.
No-one could explain how they came to be but it was believed, and passed down by word of mouth, that these two creatures held the secret to life, that they were the guardians of it, and as such were held in total awe and respect bordering on worship.
It was an unlikely match, yet both were magical, allowing them to form a bond that would last for centuries. For them, years were merely days.
Rarely seen, they would always be together anywhere in the world where there was trouble or strife. Their peaceful presence brought tranquillity and contentment to all.
They watched and learned, laughed and cried, felt sorrow and pain, taking solace, strength and comfort from each other.
Their worlds were so vastly different, yet they were able to communicate and share their lives, secrets, loves, dreams and fears at the touch of a hand, a nuzzle of the head.
The shore was their special place, and they knew that it would be there they would say goodbye when the time came.
He was her friend and loyal companion.
But he was the last of his kind, as was she.
She could not bear the thought of him dying, but his time was near and he wanted to give her one final gift before departing this world for the next.
She had wanted to be human, have legs rather than a fish tail, to walk among men and women alike.
As she nuzzled against him for the last time, he granted her wish.
She laid him gently in the sand and stood to watch the waves claim his body in farewell.
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Posted in response to Fandango’s One Word Challenge : Unicorn