It was a sunny Saturday and Emily asked her parents if she could go on a hike in the large forest near their house. “Be back before dark and stay on the trails,” they said. Emily packed a snack and water and set off into the trees.
She walked for over an hour, enjoying the birds singing and spotting squirrels gathering nuts. As Emily was … … resting under an old oak tree, she heard strange noises coming from deeper in the forest. Curious, she followed the sounds off the trail. Pushing through some bushes, Emily gasped at the amazing sight before her.
In a sunny clearing were the most beautiful horses Emily had ever seen. But instead of manes, their heads … … had long, flowing horns that shone and glittered in the sunlight. “Unicorns!” Emily whispered in awe. There were about a dozen unicorns – … … mares and foals. But one foal stood out – its coat was a sparkling silver color unlike the others.
Emily watched quietly, not wanting to scare the magical creatures. But the silver unicorn foal noticed her and trotted over, its horn glowing softly. “Hello there,” said Emily gently, holding out her hand. The foal sniffed her palm and then nuzzled against her, its silky mane tickling Emily’s skin. She laughed.
“You must be curious since you’re so young. My name is Emily, what’s yours?” The foal neighed softly. “Silver,” said Emily, stroking its neck. “What a perfect name for one so beautiful.” Silver seemed to like Emily and followed as she walked around the clearing, learning all about unicorns.
The other unicorns watched but did not seem afraid. Emily noticed some had foals of their own while others were alone. “Do unicorns live in herds for protection?” Emily asked Silver, who nodded its head up and down. Emily was having the best day, learning so much from her new friend Silver. But soon the sun started going down.
Emily knew she had to head home before dark like her parents said. “I have to go now, Silver. But can I come visit you and your herd again?” Silver whinnied sadly, not wanting Emily to leave. Then an idea came to the little unicorn. It trotted over to its mother, the lead mare of the herd, and neighed to her. The beautiful white mare studied Emily with intelligent eyes before nodding in approval.
Silver galloped back happily. “My mama says you can visit us whenever you want now! We’ll be your unicorn friends.” Emily was thrilled. She gave each unicorn, including Silver, a gentle hug goodbye before heading back to the trail. As darkness fell, Emily arrived home, tired but with the most amazing story to share with her parents.
From that day on, Emily would visit her unicorn friends in the forest almost every weekend. She learned all their names and favorite places to graze. Silver and Emily grew especially close, riding on the unicorn’s back through the forest trails. Emily kept the unicorns a secret, not wanting to disturb their magical world. But she was grateful for the gift of their friendship and being able to see the beauty of unicorns whenever she wanted.