Boots 15

The sun was well up before Mike returned. He brought breakfast.

“Wasn’t sure what unicorns eat,” he said, sitting down with his back against the chimney and emptying the brown paper bag of its contents. “I got us some muffins and milk, and some stuff for Eric.” He placed a couple of muffins, two small cartons of milk, a carrot, an apple and a large dog biscuit on the tiles between them. Eric didn’t hesitate. He reached across and delicately picked up a muffin in his mouth where it was hurriedly masticated while his eyes kept watch over the remaining muffin.

“Well, that answers that question,” Mike laughed. “Should have brought more muffins.” He took two straws out of his jacket pocket and popped them into the cartons of milk then offered one to Eleanor. Eric reached across and helped himself to the second muffin. He showed not a sniff of interest in the carrot, apple or dog biscuit.

“When it gets dark, we’ll get him off the roof,” said Mike.

Eleanor didn’t ask how. She sucked slowly on the straw and watched him over the top of her milk-carton. He had his helmet off.* His shoulder-length hair was glossy-black in the sun. The thoughtful frown on his face made him look …… thoughtful. His smile, when he caught her looking ……

Mike stood up.“I’ve got to get things organised,” he said. He picked up his helmet. “Will you be okay with him till then?”

Eleanor nodded. She watched him walk to the roof-top door. And sighed. She didn’t know why, really. Why he made her heart beat so fast and her face get so hot.


part 1

*Full-face helmets come with a warning about removing the helmet before consuming liquids. Even with the visor open. Even with a very bendy straw.

Boots 15

Alenka Co

Stonebow, Australia

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