Detailed Instructions on How to Break Hearts
by Pam L. Wallace
After seven days and seven nights of fasting on a lonely moor, hunt during the dark of the moon in a secluded glade. Trapping a unicorn is an onerous and grueling task. It will lead you a merry chase; you must be motivated past weariness and self-defeat. Bring an image of your daughter to mind, when she was yet rosy-cheeked and full of giggles and verve.
Do not be distracted by its dignified beauty. Harden your heart to the enormity of your crime. Do not consider whether it is the last of its kind. Pierce its eye with a silver javelin. Plug your ears so its scream will not shred your heart more than it already is. Ignore your soul.
While bleeding the animal, do not allow even one drop of its blood to mar the perfection of its silver hair. Pray, over and over again, to be forgiven, even as you know there is no one listening.
Once the soul of the animal has been released, load the body onto your travois. The toil of the next few days might serve to assuage your conscience. If not, well, there are worse burdens to carry in this world and the next.