This is a silly one, folks. We’ve done many serious, intense, or frightening stories, but this is resolutely not one of them. This is a low fantasy, low-stakes comedy. Because even in a world with a unique form of magic, there are still very human, day-to-day problems. Problems I’m sure a lot of us have had.
Tagged: short story
Ever stared outside your window, thinking about all manner of things? What if that sky could invite you to stay for a while?
Today, a very different story than we’ve had in a while. There are no monsters, no horrible revelations. And certainly nothing creeping out of the night. This is a story of two people on a date, one leading the other.
We’re so glad to see you back. Glad to see you weren’t too frightened to witness yet more unspeakably scary things. Our final part of this three-part tale details the full horror and scope of what’s been happening in this neighborhood.
We’ve already begun this drop into unspeakably scary things, but we’ve yet more to see of what there is to discover.
Dear reader, today we have a story about unspeakably scary things. It’s a tale about a neighborhood and its residents. A tale of unexpected horror. A family’s normal life is about to intersect with something alien and dangerous.
This story is a trick. The happy title hides a much more terrifying narrative. If you embark on this, you must know what you’re getting into. This is not a tale of whimsey.
Have you ever had a coworker steal your lunch? Ever found that the meal you brought from home was no longer where you meant it to be? What if, in this hypothetical scenario, you also could make almost any piece of technology you wanted and had basically infinite resources?
If you could wish for anything, dear reader, what would it be? And, more importantly, how would you phrase that wish to avoid it backfiring?
Dear reader, to say much more than the title of this story ruins the surprise. The horrific gut punch at the center of this odd tale. So, I must ask you to trust me on this one.
It’s a long-ago established idea in science fiction that we might live in some computer program. And thinking about it can lead down so many roads of thought. What does that mean about our lives, about our personalities? Who are we outside the simulation?
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