“Exchanging names might’ve been a bad idea, though,” Daniel said thoughtfully. “In case we’re trapped here and one of us has to eat the other to survive.“ He blinked and then added: “I’m a gentleman, though, so you’re welcome to kill me and eat me if you have to.”
At the end of the day Nick smiled at Alan to show he was happy, Alan tucked him into bed and gave him a hot water bottle. Hot water bottles were hot and squashy and did not happen all the time. Nick thought that Alan meant the hot water bottle as a reminder that Alan was smiling at Nick when Alan had to go out of the room. He reached out his hands for it.
“Oh, is that your favourite hot water bottle?” Alan said, smiling. “I didn’t know. You can have it every time from now on.”
He put the hot water bottle close to Nick, the way he used to put a teddy bear in bed with him. Nick had not minded if Alan thought he should sleep with a teddy bear: Alan had said anxiously that it was nice and soft and comforting. Nick wasn’t sure what comforting meant, but the teddy bear was soft. It had struck him that the teddy bear’s eyes were hard, though, so Nick tore out the eyes and put them on the floor.
After that Alan took the teddy bear away.
There is a reason I am reblogging short stories. And that is… that the Unspoken short stories are coming. O they are coming!
“I’ll take your bargain, and I’ll take the body. And I’ll give you what you want in return. But you should know this: one day you’ll die, partner, or you’ll slip up, and then the world is mine alone. I’ll burn it until it’s all ash and wasteland. I will burn the world, and I will laugh as your whole lying race burns with it and finally, finally falls silent. That’s my part of the bargain. All I want is the world’s death.”
“I used to have a friend called Mark who had a pet tortoise,” Jamie said. “His name was Sinbad. I’m not sure why. Mark totally made us all play with the tortoise like it was another kid. And he used to say things like ‘Sinbad’s feeling a bit under the weather today’ or ‘Sinbad doesn’t like this…
I was just thinking about how I hope I can share more short stories soon.