By Lord Dunsany
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They crossed a couple of extra black hedges, after which there loomed prior to them the darkish of a wooden. while the unicorn entered the wooden the voices of the hounds have been transparent in his ears. a couple of foxes observed him going slowly, and so they ran alongside beside him to work out what may befall the magic creature coming weary to them from Elfland. One on both sides they ran, maintaining his gradual speed and looking at him, they usually had no worry of the hounds notwithstanding they heard their cry, for they knew that not anything that that magical smell might flip apart after any earthly factor. So he went labouring throughout the wooden, and the foxes watched him apparently all of the manner. The hounds entered the wooden and the nice oaks rang with the sound of them, and Orion with an everlasting pace that he could have acquired from our fields or that could have come to him over the border from Elfland. The darkish of the wooden used to be excessive yet he his hounds' cry, and so they didn't have to see with that marvelous smell to steer them. They by no means wavered as they that smell, yet went on via gloaming and starlight. It used to be in contrast to any hunt of fox or stag; for one more fox will move the road of a fox, or a stag might go through a herd of stags and hinds; even a flock of sheep will bewilder hounds by way of crossing the road they stick to; yet this unicorn used to be the single magical factor in all our fields that evening, and his odor lay unmistakable over the earthly grass, a burning stinky flavour of appeal one of the issues of each day. They hunted him transparent during the wooden and right down to a valley, the 2 foxes preserving with him and staring at nonetheless: he picked his toes rigorously as he went down the hill, as if his weight harm them whereas he descended the slope, but his speed used to be as quick as that of the hounds taking place: then he went a bit method alongside the trough of the valley, turning to his left once he got here down the hill, however the hounds won on him then and he grew to become for the other slope. after which his weariness should be hid now not, the item that every one wild creatures hide to the final; he toiled over each step as if his legs dragged his physique seriously. Orion observed him from the other slope. And while the unicorn received to the head the hounds have been shut at the back of him, in order that he without notice whipped around his nice unmarried horn and stood earlier than them threatening. Then the hounds bayed approximately him, however the horn waved and bowed with such quick grace that no hound bought a grip; they knew loss of life after they observed it, and keen even though they have been to lock upon him they leaped again from that flashing horn. Then Orion got here up together with his bow, yet he wouldn't shoot, probably since it was once demanding to place an arrow competently prior his pack of hounds, possibly due to a sense comparable to we have now to-day, and that is no new factor between us, that it used to be unfair to the unicorn. in its place he drew an previous sword that he used to be donning, and complex via his hounds and engaged that lethal horn. And the unicorn arched his neck, and the horn flashed at Orion; and, weary notwithstanding the unicorn was once, but a amazing strength remained in that muscular neck to force the blow that he aimed, and Orion slightly parried.