Oh dear. I blame Elizabeth Bear, Scott Lynch, D Franklin, Gareth M Skarka and Mur Lafferty for this snippet. I just. I don’t know where this story is going or even if it’s worth writing. Only that it has unicorns.
They bury you at the bottom of the gardens–what’s left of you, pathetic and small and twisted so out of shape it hardly seems human anymore. The river, dark and oily, licks at the ruin of your flesh–at your broken bones–and sings you to sleep, in a soft, gentle language like a mother’s lullabies; whispering of rest and forgiveness; of a place where it is forever light, forever safe.
You do not rest. You cannot forgive. You are not safe– you never were.
ETA: and I have a first draft at 2600 words. And no idea what to do with a dark unicorn story 0_0
Well, the answer to that is obvious, surely: sell it to someone! 😉 Uncanny perhaps?
Hahaha thanks 🙂 I’ve submitted it (but hadn’t thought of Uncanny, thanks! We’ll see what happens…)