"Beyond" by Chris Tilton

THE LEGEND-Chronical One (Excerpt)

By Clefiry

A snort sounded through the mist in the cove. Tessa was startled for only a second. Then she took a few slow steps into the cove. She was just on the edge from stepping into the water. Peering closer, she was able to make out an equine-shaped silhouette through the thick mist. She knelt down and watched it for a few seconds.A thin golden ray of light sifted its way to Tessa and, as it touched her nose, spread all over her body. She gasped, not in fear, but in wonder. In her head, she heard a voice. "What have you come for?" it asked.

Tessa answered, "I heard a noise near here. Are you - are you a unicorn?" "Yes," replied the unicorn in Tessa's mind. "I am. And you?" "My name is Tessa."

"Tessa. Come here, dear child."

Tessa looked down. The water in the cove was deep. "I'll drown in water like this," she said to the unicorn.

"No you won't," it said. "Believe in yourself. Stand up and come here. Walk."

Tessa stood, and, hesitating for only a second, she put one foot onto the water cautiously, then another. She could stand on the water! She walked across the cove to where the unicorn stood. "How did you do that?" she asked the unicorn.

"Wasn't I who did it," the unicorn replied simply. "It was you."

"But it was your magic that-"

"No. It was your magic. You put it back inside of me."

"Are you real?"

"Well, I could ask you the same question. What do you think?" Tessa thought for a moment, then said aloud to herself, "A real unicorn. I've waited my whole life to see one. And now that I've spoken to one, I can't believe it."

"Well," said the unicorn, leaning down and looking Tessa straight in the eye, "If you believe in me, I'll believe in you."

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