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Keywords male 849334, female 731881, unicorn 22977, patreon 14372, patreon reward 2071, unknown species 2019, desert 1692, no sex 790, cryptid 242, surrealism 122, vignette 106, storytelling 100, urban legend 19, pickup truck 13, memory vore 1, magical realism 1, living silver 1, tale vore 1
        I walked along the side of the road. With how flat the desert is, you would have thought that I could have seen the next town or something. I sure did pick the wrong place to have my car break down. I turned my head back toward the opposite horizon.

        There was a glint of silver where the road met the sky. I turned the rest of the way around raise my hand to shield my eyes from the sun. Squinting, I saw it growing and approaching. And then quiet but growing louder, the steady sound of an engine greeted my ears.

        As it comes closer I saw it was an old sunbaked truck, some vintage pick up or other.   A ride's a ride, right? I thought to myself.

        I threw my thumb out; hoping whoever was driving the pickup would take pity on a lone man on the road.

        To my relief, the truck pulled onto the shoulder and stopped about twenty feet away from me.

        Adjusting my bag on my shoulder, I backtracked to where the pickup stopped. The glint off the windscreen kept me from seeing whoever was driving just yet.

        As I got close, the passenger side door swung open.  Coming around the faded and baked paint job of the door, I saw the interior was pristine and glossy.  The vinyl upholstery shone like new and the inner trim was perfectly polished chrome.  But the driver was silver.

        She was a unicorn, glistening like mercury beneath her humble gingham shirt and loose-fitting khakis. What I could see of her tail was long like a lion's, but the tuft at the end looked sculpted in metal.  Her sky blue eyes met mine and I realize I've been staring.

        She smiled and removed one hoof from the wheel to pat the empty passenger seat. "Well, hop in," She offered playfully.

        I swung my bag off my back and set it between my legs as I slipped up onto the smooth vinyl.  I leaned back in the seat with a sigh and through my shirt I could feel how cool the synthetic surface is.  In fact, the moment I crossed the threshold into the pickup, I could have been forgiven for forgetting I was out in the desert.

        The passenger door slammed while I was still looking at her.  When I jumped she just chuckled, a sound not unlike bells, before telling me I should buckle up.

        I asked her if she was headed into town as I pulled the strap across my chest.

        "I'm always headed to town, and I'll take you there."  She stroked the hoof along the steering wheel. "Just know there is a fare."

        I told her I don't care what it cost; I just needed to get into town so someone could come tow my car.  I reached into my bag and started digging around for my wallet.

        She waved dismissively at my pack. "My fare is a story."  She pulled on the stick shift and let off the brake, sending the pickup back into a smooth roll onto the road.

        I asked her what kind of story she wanted

        She broke her gaze from the road ahead to look me right in the eye. "A true story; one that happened to you."

        I asked her if that was it.

        She nodded, her eyes back on the road.

        I thought for a moment, and then I began to talk. I recounted a memory from my childhood, talking about a game of pretend I would play with one of my friends.  As I talked, though, I found myself having a harder time remembering what I was saying.

        Her silver tongue glided along her lips and she prompted me to continue.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

       When she lets me out of her pickup in front of a towing garage, I turn back around to face her through the open door.  I ask her if there's really no way I could pay her back.

       She idly licks one digit of her hoof like she's just finished a meal. "You've already given me enough.  Catch you again for another tale."

       I nod and step back before the door closes without her reaching to grab the handle.  She waves through the window as she drives away.

       I turn and walk into the garage.  

       The man behind the counter nods toward behind me. "Looks like Echo likes you."

       I blush a bit despite myself and say she was awful kind taking me all the way into town.

       The mechanic nods and asks me where my car got stuck.

       I tell him to the best of my ability. "Though a lot of the drive from where she picked me up to here is a blur." I dig through my bag for my wallet as I explain. "Between how nice and cool is in the cab and that story she was telling me, the other details just slide away."

       The man raises his brows. "She told you a story?"

       I nod then stop, thinking.  The story was about me but I don't remember it happening.  And I'm sure she's the one who told it.

       The mechanic chuckles and tells me she must have been hungry.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tea and a Toll
Last in pool
Tea and a Toll
Last in pool
This first vignette for Ingersoll is similar to some commissions they've gotten from me in the past: a little  account  of an otherworldly encounter with one of their characters. This time,  Echo as a desert plains cryptid.

Contains:  first person perspective,  stranded in the desert,  vintage pickup truck,  a tale as fare, forgetfulness, tense shift and the transfer of ownership of an intangible.

Echo belongs to Ingersoll / :@balloonpup
Narrator is intentionally ambiguous, but is probably a Trissie

This was written as a reward for the $30 tier on my Patreon! People who pledge $5 or more can vote on polls. $15 or more you can add to the suggestion doc, which is where the ideas that get voted on on the polls come from.

Right now, all unpublished writings are available to read for all Patrons!

If you'd rather have more complete control of my creative output, consider commissioning me when I'm open! If you'd rather just support me and don't want to commit to a monthly donation, I have a  Ko-Fi.

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male 849,334, female 731,881, unicorn 22,977, patreon 14,372, patreon reward 2,071, unknown species 2,019, desert 1,692, no sex 790, cryptid 242, surrealism 122, vignette 106, storytelling 100, urban legend 19, pickup truck 13, memory vore 1, magical realism 1, living silver 1, tale vore 1
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