I have a pet rainbow unicorn who can glow in the dark.
His name is Tater Todd but I call him Todd.
Tater Todd is my good friend and this story is for him. Here are some tatertot-sized tales about the best unicorn friend in the world.
I sleep with Todd every single night.
People say they stop sleeping with their animal friends when they grow up. I’m still not sure what growing up means but that does not sound fun.
So I still sleep with him every night.
I adopted Todd about four years ago so we’ve been through a lot together.
I go on a lot of adventures and secret missions and I usually bring Todd along so he can see all the wonderful things I see.
Whenever he sees something really beautiful, his rainbow fur turns a little brighter than before. I think he is happy in those times.
It makes me happy.
I sometimes wonder where Todd came from.
I tell him I came from Mom and Dad but he won’t tell me where he’s from.
Todd does not say much. Maybe I won’t like what he’ll tell me.
I don’t know.
Todd has magical powers.
He definitely has way more than I do but I have only seen some of them in action.
Sometimes, there are evil things that come into my bedroom at night. I don’t ever see them but they make the night even darker.
On the darkest nights, Todd will shine his rainbow and things will be okay.
Todd is a protector.
A friend told me once that I’ll hold Todd at night until I can hold a woman.
We’re not really friends anymore.
I am not sure if Todd can fly.
I thought most unicorns could but I guess everybody is unique.
“Why didn’t you fly away in the accident?”, I used to ask him.
Todd was seriously injured once.
I kept him at a friend’s house for a little while and his derpy pug dog chewed out Todd’s eyeballs and ate them. Life was not the same after that.
Sometimes, I pray to Jesus to heal his blindness. I hear He does that sort of thing.
Todd is still blind but he sees things that I cannot see. We cover each other’s blindspots.
I noticed that Todd’s rainbow did not shine so bright after the attack.
I noticed that the same thing happens whenever my mom tells me to give him away. Each time, he loses a little bit of his color.
After a while, I stopped taking Todd out so much.
It is a scary world out there. I wondered if the world was stealing Todd’s colors from him. I wondered if Todd was losing his magic.
Maybe it is my turn to be the protector.
No one else has animal friends anymore.
Everybody else has given them away and they seem to be okay with it.
Why is that? Will I ever give Todd away?
Last summer, I was separated from Todd for a long time.
It was the hardest summer yet. When I got to Thailand, they made us lighten our load because we brought too much stuff so Todd had to spend seven weeks inside of a luggage bag.
Sometimes, I wonder if he’s forgiven me for that.
But maybe it is a good thing he did not see what I saw. No child should have seen what I saw.
But then again, he says the same thing about the luggage bag.
Todd ran out of battery juice a long time ago.
But somehow, he can still keep me warm, even when my best friends can’t.
Even when God can’t.
One time, my teacher told us that we spend one-third of our lives asleep.
Todd and I spend a lot of time together.
I am not sure what Todd’s horn does.
Todd is kind of a mystery to me. Maybe that’s why we are such great friends.
I like the mysterious ones.
One night, it got especially dark.
I think something was inside my room.
It got so dark that the dark was darker than when I closed my eyes. So I kept them closed.
Todd doesn’t have eyes but I think he could see the evil man. We couldn’t do anything because our powers weren’t strong enough. So we just held each other under my blanket.
I’ve never held Todd so tightly.
Todd does not know what I went through in Thailand.
He was in a suitcase. I think about that a lot.
I guess I don’t know what he went through either. I can’t imagine what that must have been like.
We could not be there for each other in a really hard time but we are still buddies. He still protects me at night and I still take care of him. We might not understand some bits of our stories but we still love each other.
And so it is with my human friends.
I take Todd outside more now.
I am not so scared of what the outside world can do to him anymore because we’ve been through so much together.
If we can go through the dark nights and beat up the bad guys that come into the room, we can do anything.
I don’t think I will ever give Todd away.
He is one of the best friends ever because he believes in me. Even the weirdest things about me, like my imagination. That means a lot.
He tells me that the harder I believe in him, the stronger he gets. I didn’t believe him at first but then I tried it and it worked.
Now his rainbow fur shines brighter than ever.
Todd is magic.
And he is my friend.
Tater Todd Tales is a response to prompt #2 of the Raconteurs, a collective of storytellers. Read more of our stories here.