Warped by Maurissa Guibord.
Unicorns. Think pastels, big eyes,
shimmering horns. My Little Pony with a forehead accessory.
Tessa finds an old tapestry in a box of books her father buys at auction. The unicorn woven into it rears up on its hind legs, muscled shoulders powering front hooves poised to strike. This ain't your pansy poster pony, folks. Its golden brown eyes blaze at Tessa. Blood streaks down its cheek from a cut, and the tip of its horn is dark. "As if it just gored the middle out of Bambi." Tessa notices a loose thread, and upon pulling it, a handsome (if strangely dressed) young man appears in her room, while the unicorn disappears from the tapestry. Hmmm. Could there be a connection, do you think? William de Chaucy, sixteenth-century nobleman, is tied to the cloth, as is Tessa. Someone has been mucking about with the threads of peoples' lives for her own gain, and it is up to Tessa and her new friend to defeat the sorceress. Unfortunately, the Fates think Tessa might have had something to do with the original theft of the fibers, so they completely mess up her life to motivate her to return them. Tessa longs for the days when her biggest problems were being as socially inept as a pill bug and, she was sure, one of the few virgins in her senior class. (Hey, if you're not smitten with anyone, then there's no point in swapping spit--as my father so elegantly put it--with just anyone, simply because you think your peers are. Your unicorn could be out there.) But are Tessa and Will destined to end up together, or will the small matters of five centuries of age difference and some seriously ticked off Fates come between them?