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The Rarest of Prey

Nicole J. LeBoeuf is a New Orleanian writer of all things weird. Her short fiction has appeared in the podcasts Tales to Terrify and Toasted Cake, in the magazine Nameless Digest, and in the anthology Blood and Other Cravings. She and her husband currently live in Colorado, where she skates roller derby with the Boulder County Bombers under the name Fleur de Beast. She blogs at NicoleJLeBoeuf.com and produces very short story-like objects for her subscribers atpatreon.com/NicoleJLeBoeuf.

"Run," says the unicorn. "Please."
Saiya caresses the soft muzzle, the spider-silk mane, breathes the dizzying scents of honeysuckle and musk. "You are a miracle."
"I am a trap," it whispers. Obedient to its nature, it lays its head in the maiden's lap. Saiya falls half-asleep herself, bespelled by wonder, as still as the threads of a tapestry.
Minutes or hours later, the hunters arrive. "Damn fine specimen. Top dollar on the open market. Hands off," they snicker at the crew. "No devaluing the cargo."
They load up and blast off, leaving the unicorn behind. They can always clone another.
The End
This story was first published on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020


Author Comments

The so-called trailblazers of Golden Age Science Fiction, and those who laud them, have a lot to answer for. They imagined technology sufficiently advanced as to be mistaken for magic (cloning devices! interstellar travel!), but many of them couldn't seem to imagine a human society sufficiently advanced as to value women as people (rather than as property with varying degrees of wear and tear). Those attitudes are too much with us still.

- Nicole J. LeBoeuf
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