Oonce upon a time, at the edge of the sea, there was a rock, older than Time itself. Only The Unicorn used to go there: to watch the sea at sunset, and soothe his sadness with the song of the sea. He always arrived lonely, and as each night-time fell, he left even lonelier and sadder. Only the moonlight reflecting from his mythical horn lightened the darkness, and his sadness.

One day, at twilight, the sea gathered all of its waves at the foot of the rock. The watching Unicorn was puzzled. He had never seen so much foam in one place before, and then, out of the sparkling foam, ‘She’ was born!

Some time later, at twilight, the sea gathered all of its waves at the foot of the rock. The watching Unicorn was puzzled. He had never seen so much foam in one place before, and then, out of the sparkling foam, ‘She’ was born!

With a body of foam and a soul made of light, ‘She’ climbed the rock with steps of dreams and shadows. The Unicorn, looked deep into her sea-like eyes and found true happiness. ‘She’ was his beloved! Since then, that ancient rock has been pummelled and crushed by the pounding waves of Time and spread afar, throughout the seas of the world.

We call that crushed ancient rock ‘sand’, and imagine that it knows only of the footprints trodden into it; though soon forgetting them, as the sea wipes away the bare-foot traces. However, in every grain of sand a memory remains, of the golden summer when The Unicorn found his true love!

The End
THE MEMORY IN A GRAIN OF SAND by Lonely Shell.