by Liam Hogan
The hunter waited, trembling. Across the glade, his younger sister whimpered into her gag.
It was worth the risk. Worth what his father would do if he found out. Jewels, gold, fame: all it took was the right bait.
There was a rustle in the undergrowth. Into the clearing stepped a unicorn, proud and snorting and priapic.
As he raised his crossbow he felt a horn snag his breeches. Felt it tear the worn fabric. Felt hot breath smelling of freshly cut grass. Heard a gentle snicker as the unicorn’s mate probed further. “First time for you too, farmer boy?”
Liam Hogan is an award-winning London based writer. His short story “Ana”, appeared in Best of British Science Fiction 2016 (NewCon Press) and “The Dance of a Thousand Cuts” appears in Best of British Fantasy, 2018. Http://happyendingnotguaranteed.blogspot.co.uk or tweet @LiamJHogan.