There’s a phenomenon I’ve observed in fiction quite a few times over the years that continues to perplex me: arbitrary skepticism.
Often, you’ll see a character who lives in a world where magic, psychic powers, or mythical creatures are observable facts…yet they’re arbitrarily skeptical about one specific phenomenon.
Let’s say you have a character who lives in a world inhabited by wizards, fairies, and unicorns, but doesn’t believe in Santa Claus. This seems to be an attempt on the part of the writers to have it both ways: setting the story in a fantastical world, while still having the character act as though they live in the mundane real world.
To me, this just ends up making the character look ignorant. At best, they’re dismissing Santa Claus as an impossibility despite the verifiable existence of equally implausible things. At worst, they’re deliberately ignoring tangible evidence of Santa Claus’s existence because they’ve already arbitrarily made up their mind that Santa Claus must not exist.
This is where the double horse comes in: it’s essentially a parody of this sort of arbitrary skepticism. In my world, all mythical creatures are presented as real…except for the double horse, who most definitely does not exist.
If you came here wondering what a double horse is or what one looks like, the answer is nothing, because double horses don’t exist. If you still believe in double horses, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus will come and laugh at you.
That said: If you would like to tell me what you imagine a double horse looks like, I would love to hear it. Several people have put forth extremely creative ideas over the years, and I’m always looking for more!