As the star and the unicorn approach the inn, a friendly-looking middle-aged lady comes out to beckon them in. The unicorn seems a little wary around her, but whatever.
The lady leads the unicorn to a stall in the stable, and the
innkeeper, a silent old man called Billy, carries the star inside the inn.
The innkeeper's wife gives the star a nice, hot bath and
inquires about how her heart is doing. It's all nice and warm and stuff, and the
star is totally amazed by how kind humans can be.
Right as the innkeeper's wife helps the star to a table
where some knives lay, they hear noise from outdoors—a voice is shouting for
the stable boy, saying they want to stay the night. The innkeeper's wife is
like, sigh, this can wait.
Tristran stays in the stable to look after their soaked
horses. There's a white horse already in one stall, but Tristran doesn't look
too closely at it because he's exhausted and drenched from the storm.
A blank-looking maid comes in with a steaming mug of wine
for Tristran. She puts it down and leaves. The white horse begins to freak out,
and it finally kicks free of its stall.
Tristran realizes that it's the unicorn. It touches its horn
to the mug of wine, and Tristran remembers that unicorns are supposed to be
able to sense poison. Remembering the leaf the tree had given him, Tristran
lifts it to his ear, listening to it.
Inside the inn, the innkeeper's wife offers Primus wine,
which he declines because, as we know by now, he's super paranoid.
Primus notices the star sitting at the table, and realizes
that she has his father's stone, so he asks for it; the star says she'll gladly
give it to him.
The innkeeper's wife comes between them, and this is when
Primus recognizes the knives on the table. He's seen them before in some very
Tristran barges in, saying that they tried to poison him.
Primus reaches for his sword, but the witch-queen is faster, and she grabs a
knife and slits his throat. She orders the goat-people to attack Tristran. Then
the unicorn barges in, too, spearing one of the goat-people and kicking the
Next, the unicorn spears the witch-queen with its horn, but
she's close enough to stab one of her knives through its skull, killing it.
Meanwhile, Tristran has taken cover and is shaping the last
remaining bit of candle wax around a strip of leather from his clothes. The
star is huddled up near him, and they're both confused as heck.
The witch frees herself from the unicorn's horn and advances
on them. Tristran tells the star to stand, or else they'll die. He thrusts his
hand holding the candle into the fire, and together, they begin to walk. They
walk right out of the death trap, into a cave, and then into the moonlight.
They're up in the sky, way above the ground, when the candle
flame burns out.