By Tanith Lee

Tanaquil, the heroine from Black Unicorn, reviews family members problems and extra whilst a purple unicorn lures her into one other global, the place she reveals a replicate model of herself plotting her personal sister's murder."

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You look very smart,” said Tanaquil to the peeve, not really thinking. ” “Yes. ” It gave her a look, went “Sprr,” and bounded abruptly off. Only later did it occur to her the peeve had seemed to think it had just made some sort of mistake. As if to be groomed was an error. At dinner it reappeared, as it normally did, never, incredibly, seeming interested at all in the tray of delicacies at the door, bringing Tanaquil today one very beautiful green fig. “Thank you. That is nice. ” She ate it, and the peeve sat on the floor, now and then turning round, twiddling its tail.

Honj— The peeve. Where was it? She had forgotten it. She had not seen it since this morning. 31 III W hen she was with Honj, his soldiers, the Locusts, had reminded her of the soldiers of Jaive’s fortress. Now the captain and his second reminded her, of course, of Honj’s men. So she liked being with them. The first thing she had liked here. Wandering about in the frosty night sands below Jaive’s fortress, the second carrying a torch, they were searching for the peeve. As they completed their circuit and started round a second time, she saw again the red and green window of the hall, glowing only five feet above the dunes.

It turned round, tumbled over, raised a back leg, snorted. ” impatiently said Tanaquil. She was only puzzled. And yet, within her, the sudden hope-flame, dying . . “Name Adma. Have name. Not speak. From rocks. Nice. ” Tanaquil, bemused, sat back, but she was cold inside, and heavy. It was as if part of her had turned to stone. The peeve raised its head. It stared at Tanaquil, fierce, defiant. Human. “Mine,” said the peeve. ’ Tanaquil’s heart—and she could visualize it—was like lead. But she tried to seem bright and pleased.

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