They say blood is thicker than water, but today’s story is a novel look at a unicorn whose head is thicker still.
A Tale Told
[Slice of Life] • 1,305 words
Sometimes, reality is best understood through fiction.
Other times, the two are harder to distinguish between.
Family is often such a complicated matter.
FROM THE CURATORS: In computing, the term “quine” means a program that will output its own code when you run it. This intriguing little tale might be the literary equivalent: A story that tells itself. “There’s really something unique to the layers here,” Horizon said, and Present Perfect agreed: “The literary technique is one we’ve seen before, yet the way it’s used is wholly novel, as far as I can tell. It just adds so much to the story.”
The meat of that story is the emotional fallout from a moment of casual racism among the unicorn nobility — and we all found great finesse in Foehn’s handling of the topic. “The story tells us a lot about our assumptions, both through the narrator and the father,” Chris said. “I like how it doesn’t resort to overdramatics: in real life, such turning points are often defined by offhand comments rather than grand gestures.” That subtlety didn’t mean it was lacking in impact, however. “The exchange about the birds was quite strong, especially in a story this short,” Horizon said.
Ultimately, A Tale Told is not only a uniquely structured story, but also a unique look at one of the show’s more easily misunderstood villains. “The ‘Blueblood as snob’ story is an easy one to screw up,” JohnPerry said. “Here, Blueblood is very deliberately underplayed … rather than getting caught up in trying to justify his actions in the show, it focuses more on the reality of living a life in that role. It’s not so much a Prince Blueblood story, but rather a Prince Blueblood story.”
Read on for our author interview, in which Foehn discusses implied deserts, homeland accusations, and perfect girls.