Good Ol’ Pointy Head #carrotranch

February 22, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a unicorn. It can be realistic or fantastical. Go where the prompt leads.

Charli Mills is in fantasyland this week…

We’ve been there before, 5th June 2014 to be precise when I wrote this, maybe my fourth flash attempt at the Ranch

Dog days and Phoenix nights

It was morphogenesis; Milton was in flames but not in pain. Peter smiled. What next for the Staffie?

‘He’s smiling, Mum.’

‘It’s the sun. When they turn Grandpa to the window, it looks like he’s smiling.’ Mary slipped past the bleeping machines. ‘Here, I’ll move this.’

A horn grew from Milton’s head; Peter knew now. A unicorn. The flames engulfed the dog, leaving the horn pointing skywards. Peter felt happy at last.

‘There.’ Mary pulled the drip stand from the window so its shadow cut across Peter’s face. ‘I wish, he’d give us a sign.’

‘He’s peaceful, Mum.’

Charli has triggered unicorns before, you see, so what now, huh?



‘Do you think unicorns exist, Logan?’

‘No, they’re fantasy.’

‘Are you so sure?’

‘Course. There’s no evidence, Morgan. Can I watch the game?’

‘Why do you need evidence?’

‘Because you do. We’re rational beings…’

‘You believe in the atom yet you’ve not seen it.’

‘There’s evidence. Credible. Please let me watch.’

‘Seeing’s believing, eh?’

‘Is this about religion because we’re one nil up…’

‘This goes deeper that any debate on God’s existence.’


‘Yes, you believe, despite eons of evidence to the contrary that Palace will one day win something…’


‘Was that a unicorn? Or a pig?’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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16 Responses to Good Ol’ Pointy Head #carrotranch

  1. Ritu says:

    Ha ha! Loving your takes HIs Geoffleship!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Made me laugh! Great take on the unicorn, Geoff!

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  3. Very amusing, Geoff. Great take.

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    And everywhere the unicorn went the people shouted, “he’s got a point” …😀 Great post Geoff 💜

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    Glad you posted your vintage unicorn flash as well. That was the beginning of Mary North’s story. Who knows where these two conversationalists are going to lead you!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Pingback: Of Unicorns « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

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