Author Notes: Purity

"Purity" was a finalist in the 2017 Baen Fantasy Adventure award.

 wrote Purity after I read an article about the dark web black market for rhino horns, presumably paid for by bitcoin, and also after reading an article about an antique rhino horn being stolen from Michael Flatley's home. Yes, that Michael Flatley. And rhino horns being stolen from the Irish Museum by masked men. And we all hear about rhino poaching in the news and....well no, I'm not really sure why I didn't just write about rhinos and made it unicorns instead.  It's just what my subconscious did. 

To date, this is the only unicorn story I've written. Despite not being about rhinos, it is intended to take place in South Africa, without my actually saying that in the text. The breed of dog mentioned, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, was developed in olden-days Rhodesia, present-day Zimbabwe, for the purpose of hunting lions. They're about Doberman sized (so, 25-27 inches at the shoulder, 70-85 pounds) and are known for their tracking and baying skills. They do not, themselves, attack the prey. It seemed a good choice for something like a unicorn, the supernatural nature of which I somewhat hint at but never fully expand upon, because I honestly didn't think it mattered. 

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