I'm so sorry we hurt you, I say. You are our family, I say. You are precious and beautiful and deserve every good thing, I say. I wince as I stroke your muzzle and try not to see him mending the broken chains that bind your flanks and withers.
Your horn was bright with furious triumph and stained red, but with my loving words I can see that light fade as you calm.
We were so lucky to find a unicorn in the wild. Our lives – and our relationship – have never been better. Your magic keeps us whole and unbroken.
Author bio: Amy is a writer, a coder, a jewellery maker, and a science fiction/ fantasy enthusiast.
Tethered is part of 101 Fiction issue 18.