The lion and the unicorn

“…but I’m supposed to eat you. Part of the job description.” The lion roared his frustration. The pale object of his attentions polished her horn delicately, the sound of crystal on granite worse than chalk on a blackboard. The unicorn’s flanks quivered with amusement.

“You can try… but I don’t fancy your chances much.”

“But I’m King of the Beasts!” One huge paw struck the ground.

“Exactly. Strength of body against purity of soul…”

“It’s unnatural…”

“No… it is perfect.” The fragile creature lowered the crystal horn. “Beauty goes straight to the heart of you… and I never miss.”

lion and unicorn sculptures

Image: Pixabay

For Charli Mills’ 99 word flash fiction challenge

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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40 Responses to The lion and the unicorn

  1. Mary Smith says:

    Wonderful story, Sue.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Wonderful, Sue. What a contrast and definition of power 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jennie says:

    Oh, I love this!!


  4. noelleg44 says:

    Delightful, Sue – and thanks, Charli!


  5. Michael says:

    I rather like that 🙂


  6. Widdershins says:

    A rather pointed lesson for the lion. 🙂


  7. How wonderful, dear Sue! 🙂


  8. This was lovely… beautiful comparison 😉👍


  9. Charli Mills says:

    Brilliant opposition, Sue! Great detail about the crystal horn, too which makes the prospect of a piercing even more dramatic.


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  11. An incredible piece as always, Sue.


  12. That lion will get what’s coming to him. 🙂


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