It was there by the lake of
dreams I first saw them. I had heard such mythical creatures were
no more, but wanting to believe otherwise I came at sunset. The
elders in the village told tales of the mermaid who came to the
lake from the sea to visit the unicorn. To my surprise and
pleasure they were there. She sat upon a rock with her tail
curled under her body and the unicorn stood by the water's edge.
I marveled at the sight and stood frozen for the longest time
taking in the beauty of the creatures. The unicorn at some point
caught my scent. It thrust its head upward the bony horn glinting
in what sunlight remained. The unicorn's sharp front hoof began
to beat against the ground. Bewildered the mermaid looked my way
and smiled radiantly. Her eyes were a beautiful turquoise color
that shimmered brightly.
I walked slowly toward them, my
eyes taking in every breathtaking detail. The unicorn snorted
softly as I approached. He was the color of fresh fallen snow.
His horn was a gold color and spiraled down at the top of his
head between his ears. What I found the most dramatic about him
were the eyes. Instead of a standard eye color of blue, brown,
black, or hazel, his eyes were rainbow colored and iridescent. I
gasped at the sheer, exquisite beauty of the creature.
The mermaid who continued to
smile at me as I drew nearer was remarkable as well. From the
waist up she was a woman and quite a remarkable woman at that.
Her skin was the color of a white pearl and it glowed almost as
if glitter had been applied to the surface. She had a heart
shaped face which made me envious since my face tended to be more
round and fleshy. The setting sun caught the reddish highlights
in her strawberry blonde curly hair and made it seem she had
flames attached to her head. Though she had no legs as I had, the
tail she possessed was beautiful as well. Not quite a sea green
hue the scales were pearl like and glittered each time she
repositioned herself on the rock.
I felt blessed when the two of
them did not try to escape as I approached them. It seemed almost
as if they had been waiting for my arrival. Strange thoughts
began to prick at my brain and I could hardly wait to reach a
point closer to my destination.
"I see you made it," the mermaid
called to me.
Shocked at hearing the mermaid
speak I paused for a moment. This must surely be a dream I
thought to myself.
"Were you expecting me?" I asked
"Yes," she answered her smile
growing broader, "please come and sit with us for awhile. We have
much to talk about."
I did as I was instructed. As I
drew closer to my destination I could tell the mermaid was in
some type of distress and pain. Where from a distance she had
looked radiant, now I could see deep wrinkles and scarring across
her back and chest.
"I am Liana," she said to me,
"this is my companion Moneros. What is your name?"
I tried really hard not to stare
at the wounds on her body and finally said, "My name is Celeste.
Is this a dream or some type of magic?"
Liana laughed but it sounded
more like a soft gentle melody coming from her lips. I could hear
a rattling noise coming from her chest and soon she began to
cough. My concern must have shown for she waved her hands about
as if to signify she was fine. Soon her coughing subsided and
Liana rested for a moment before continuing the
"Are you okay?" I asked her,
"What is wrong? Do you need help?"
There was sadness in Liana's
smile this time. For a moment she closed those captivating eyes
she possessed and composed herself.
"I summoned you here Celeste,"
Liana finally said, "to ask for your assistance on a matter of
Dumbfounded and perplexed I
waited to hear what the mermaid had to say. It was not long and
she told me why she had called upon me to meet with
"Long ago," Liana said, "I was
as you are a mortal girl. I grew weary of the world around me, so
much in fact I had decided to end my life."
I shuddered when she uttered
these words to me. It was hard for me to say anything since
suicide had never entered into any of my waking
"I came each day," she
continued, "here to this spot and would cry. Moneros found me one
day and we became fast friends. All the other unicorns had either
been killed or died from some strange ailment. Truthfully
Celeste, I think they died because people stopped believing they
An audible gasp escaped me.
Moneros had edged his way to my side and was gently rubbing the
side of his face against my arm much as a cat or a dog might do
when desiring attention. I giggled and began to stroke him across
his nose and down the side of his face. Moneros whinnied softly
as if to say I want more.
"Moneros unlike me could live
for hundreds of years." Liana went on to explain, "While I knew
my life span would be short. I implored Neptune to change me into
the form you see here now. When I explained to him why, he
granted my wish. I come each evening and commune with Moneros. My
time however grows short. I called you here through sea magic to
ask a favor of you."
Bewildered I stopped petting
Moneros. The unicorn feeling rather annoyed at me for not
stroking him any longer showed his contempt by snorting at
"What is it that you need me to
do?" I hesitantly asked Liana.
Liana extended her graceful hand
out to Moneros. The unicorn came forward and the mermaid began to
run her tiny hand across his face. Love glowed deep within her
eyes that someone could lose themselves in.
"I cannot expect you to change
forms as I did," Liana replied, "but when I die it would mean so
much to me if you would care for Moneros. You see I am all he
It stood for a moment and
thought of how sad it was that she was dying. Such a beautiful
thing she was. The thought also entered my mind of the unicorn
and how terrible his life would be without his friend. Tears
formed in my eyes.
"Is there no chance you might
recover," I asked her sniffling and trying to hold back the rush
of emotions I was feeling.
Liana extended her hand to me. I
held it and kissed it tenderly. Her skin felt cold and clammy. I
could see great pain and suffering in her eyes.
"No," she whispered sadly, "I
will not recover my dear friend Celeste. All things have a time
and my time will soon come to an end. Hush now. Do not cry for
me, my time here has been a full one."
I tried to smile and be brave.
It was hard. I knew what needed to be done and I shook my head,
"Thank you," Liana said bowing
her head, "I must go and will probably not see you
She turned her attention to the
unicorn that was grazing nearby. I heard a faint whistling sound
coming from her lips and Moneros approached the mermaid once
more. Liana stroked his face and placed a kiss between his eyes
just below his golden horn. Moneros whinnied softly.
"Good-bye my friend," she said
to him, "Celeste will care for you now."
I watched Liana as she slid down
from her rock perch and made her way back across the lake of
dreams. I would not see her anymore. Tears stained my cheeks and
I waved to her as she found her way home for the last
So it was I lost a friend and
gained a friend all in a day's time. Moneros is still there each
evening waiting for me by the lake. I am old now, almost eighty
and I know my time will soon be over with as Liana's was and most
likely one of my grandchildren would not mind having a unicorn
for a friend.