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Leo clambers up to try to open the window. This is somewhat difficult with paws but he manages.

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Outside of the house is a unicorn. 

It's small, for a unicorn; it can't be older than about five hundred, and is probably younger than that. But it is definitely a unicorn. 

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"Marlo?"

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"I think," says Marlo's voice from the unicorn's mouth, "turning back might be a challenge." 

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"What happened?"

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"I couldn't sleep so I went out to the field and — turns out if I concentrate just right — I don't think English has the words but I tried something and it worked." 

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He shields his eyes with a paw. "You're really bright."

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"Sorry," he says. "I don't think I can turn it down." 

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"Do you think you can help Sasha?"

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He considers this. 

"...I don't know but it's probably worth a try?" 

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Leo climbs back down to the bed and says, "Sasha, you have to get up. Marlo turned into a unicorn."

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"Marlo was already a unicorn," he says, but he drags himself up and promptly starts coughing. 

(His arm comes away from his mouth flecked with red.)

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That's not great!

"I mean, he's a horse with a horn on his head. --Turn me into a human so I can help you walk."

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"Leo, off." He's leaning against the wall. 

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Leo wraps an arm around Sasha's shoulder and helps him walk out front and hopes that Sunnydale syndrome will cover "naked human" as well as "unicorn."

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"...hey, Marlo," Sasha says, and sits down on the ground. 

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"Hey, hummingbird." 

Horses can't smile, but you get the impression that if he could be smiling he would be. He puts his head in Sasha's lap. 

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"Can you help him?"

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"...I think he is helping," Saaha says, quiet. His breathing already sounds easier. He pets Marlo's face and mane and runs his fingertips over his horn. 

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Leo wraps his arms around Sasha. 

"I love you."

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"I love you." His eyes are clearer; he isn't shivering. "I love you," to Marlo. 

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Leo runs his fingers through Sasha's hair. 

"Good timing."

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A soft curious noise. 

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"I'd started coughing blood." 

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....that's really concerning! He's really concerned! 

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