When she was a child, she played in a magic garden with a snowy white unicorn and a rainbow of butterflies. One day, she jumped in a glittering pool and was pulled out by rough hands. Scared, she stared into an unfamiliar face.
“Foolish girl,” the old man said. “That river is dirty. Don’t go in there again.”
“But my unicorn has got lost!” she cried.
He laughed but not unkindly and returned her to the orphanage, where they punished her for escaping again. A few years later, they sent her out to work for a wealthy family to earn her keep. She cleaned their floors and sometimes was allowed to help in the kitchen, where she might stir a pot of sauce or cut up vegetables.
One day, she was in the driveway helping the chauffeur wax the white limo when the old man appeared, the one who pulled her from the river. He didn’t seem to recognize her.
But when he walked past he commented, “When you’re eighteen you can get your license and learn to drive my car. Maybe it can replace the unicorn lost in the river and you can create a new life for yourself.”
Written for BrewNSpew Cafe.
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