I knew I could trust Webb now. She had risked everything for me and our love. She had found a way for us to be together, but what of the "others". They could not all be kings and queens. Without the "others" love, the unicorns could not exist. However, I could not stand by and let the imprisonment continue. There seemed to be no answer. I wanted to solve this riddle before our transformation. We didn't have much time.
Webb and I arranged for a meeting with my friends from the dungeon. We entered the cell and lowered our hoods. Sparks exclaimed, "Cesar! They found you. What is she doing here?" I calmed them and told them the story. Miles said, "That sounds great for you, but what about us?" I assured him, "That's why we're here. We want this to change. I will not become King unless there is a resolution." Webb looked at me sharply and said, "Cesar, we may not have time." I said, "Then we'll die." Webb was resistant to this statement. I added, "I know you love me and I you, but we can not sacrifice what's right for that love." Lindsay, the girl in the straight jacket, spoke softly, "Real love from a distance is better than false love with contact. Our love, for the native we fell in love with, vanished as soon as we were brought to the dungeons and discovered the truth. Therefore, it is not love that keeps the unicorns from transforming. It is only our presence. Free the prisoners from the dungeons. Allow us to live normal lives on the island. Let us find love within our own group." Webb snapped, "How can we be certain some won't flee the island?" I said, "You can't Webb, but there has to be trust between the natives, the "others", and the unicorns. There may be instances of betrayal, but it is better than the dungeons." Webb snapped, "The transformation back to a native is beyond your conception. You can not imagine how painful it was for me. I can't allow that option to be so unguarded." I said, "I don't see another way. Lindsay has given us a reasonable alternative." Webb was not convinced. She turned and said, "We have to go. The guards will get suspicious." I assured the others we would return.
We returned to Webb's chamber. She dropped her robe to the floor and exposed her naked body. She lay on her bed and cried. I laid beside her and tried to console her. I wiped the tears as they rolled down her bronze cheek. She looked at me and begged, "Cesar, tell me you love me. I can't go on like this." I tried to comfort her. I caressed her shoulders and kissed her neck. I whispered, "Soon my sweet, soon. We have to plan." She laughed, "The elder warned me about this. He told me the plan would threaten our love." I looked into her eyes and I kissed her; slowly at first. Our bodies could not stop. I made love to her. I could not say the words, but I wanted to show her. For the next couple of hours, we were one entity. We experienced a closeness neither ever had. We collapsed in each other's arms and slept.
I awoke to find an empty bed. Webb was standing in front of the window. The sunlight highlighted her naked body. I said, "Come back to bed. I want to hold you." She turned towards me. She had been crying again. She said, "The harvest is coming. They'll be coming for us by the end of the week. If we don't transform soon, they will kill us. Please Cesar! Let's transform and finalize the plan after we become King and Queen." I said, "Webb, what if we don't come to an agreement? I could not live with myself. Then it will be too late." She walked over to me and threw her arms around my neck. She kissed my neck and looked into my eyes. She said, "Cesar, I love you. I can't imagine life without you, but I have to be honest. The unicorn king and queen do not have absolute rule. The elder unicorns can deny our plans, even if you and I are in agreement. There is no guarantee." I looked at her solemnly and said, "Well that changes things. Thanks for being so honest. You didn't have to tell me that. You are so wonderful." She hung her head and cried, "I don't feel wonderful. What are we going to do Cesar? I have no faith that the unicorns will free the prisoners. They have no compassion for the "others"." I already knew that. I spent three years in that dungeon. The unicorns didn't treat the natives that well; let alone the "others". I felt like there was no future on Unicorn Island for Webb and me. At least, there was not one where I could live with myself. We lay back in bed and held each other. She felt so good in my arms. I drifted off.
Suddenly, I sprung up from my nap. I shook Webb, "Wake up!" She wiped her eyes, "What is it, Cesar?" I said, "Why can't we just leave the island. Can you give up being a unicorn so we can be together?" She stared into my eyes and said, "I will for you, but I can not survive off the island without my golden horn. It is kept in the elder's sanctuary. Without it, I will die." I confidently said, "Let's go get your horn, baby." She smiled, kissed me, and said, "I know a back way in; through the vent shafts in the mountain. I will show you."
We waited until that evening. We wore our robes and hoods to hide our identities. Webb took me to a small entrance in the side of the mountain. She said, "This shaft winds around straight up to the elder's sanctuary. It is a tight fit. We will have to crawl." I nodded and removed the grate. Webb crawled in and I followed. I replaced the grate behind us. We began our journey. It took us over an hour. My knees and back ached. Webb finally whispered, "I see a fire burning. We're almost there." I felt a sense of relief. We crawled right up to another grate overlooking the sanctuary. Webb was studying the room and I was trying to look over top her back. I heard an odd growl, saw a short burst of rainbow light, and smelled cotton candy. Webb giggled, "Oops! Sorry baby. I 'm nervous." I laughed and smacked her butt, "I'm glad you still have unicorn farts." We both laughed again. Webb concluded, "I think the elders must be at a pre-harvest ceremony. I think we are safe. Once we get it, we have to hurry. It won't be long before they know it's gone." I nodded and said, "I'll go. If I get pinched, leave without me; go back to you chamber room. Tell them you didn't know where I went. Promise me, Webb." With a worried look, she said, "I promise Cesar." I climbed into the sanctuary and darted over to the wooden box containing the horns. I busted the lock with a large stone. The box opened and I gazed at the beautiful horns. The queen's was ornate and golden. The king's had the appearance of jade but was a dark blue. I wanted to grab both. I knew we only needed hers. I grabbed it and darted back to Webb. I climbed up and we were on our way out. The trip back down the mountain was easier and quicker. When we got out of the shaft, I told Webb we had two things to do before leaving. She agreed to both. We rushed back to her chambers.
We took a few items we needed for our boat ride off the island. I took several lamps and poured the lamp oil all over the bed and curtains and walls. I set a small fire on the other side of the room and a thin trail of lamp oil to the bed. The lamp oil burned slow. I looked at Webb and said, "That should buy us a little time. Hopefully, they will think we burnt ourselves up. By the time they realize we didn't, we'll be long gone. Now, let's get to the dungeons." I took Webb's hand and we fled.
We arrived at the dungeons just as the alarms were sounding. Webb said, "They know we took the horn. We must hurry. They will kill us." I tried to appear strong, but I was scared too. I freed Miles and Sparks. I cut Lindsay out of her straight jacket and hugged her. I told them, "Webb and I have to go. They are hunting us. We are leaving the island. I suggest you guys do the same. The unicorns will never give us our freedom. We'll release as many prisoners as we can on the way, since the guards are all answering the alarm. However, we must get off the island." They all agreed. We ran down the dungeon aisles releasing the doors and throwing out shackle keys. The newly freed prisoners were helping free still more prisoners. It was working. I yelled at the others, "OK, we have to leave! The guards are coming back." We sprinted down to the docks. Webb and I got into a small boat. I yelled to Sparks, "We'll take our own boat. If they catch us, they will kill us. Maybe you can still get away." He raised his hand in agreement and said, "Good luck!" I nodded the same to him. I started the small motor and we set off. As we got away from shore, I could see the chamber room burning. I pulled Webb in close to me and we kissed. I pulled the robe off her shoulders and let it fall to the floor of the boat. I pushed her down and kissed her deeply. We made love in the boat. I could see the chamber fire in her eyes as we sensually writhed in harmony. I whispered, "I love you Webb." She smiled and playfully bit my bottom lip.