The Cat

The cat said that it wasn’t his fault and I believed him. The cat could do some unexpected things, but bringing about the end of the world was beyond his abilities. Someone else must have done it. I wasn’t sure who it might have been. It was the last thought I had before that building … [Read more…]

Second Thoughts

As I watched the house burn, I realized that I probably should have put more gasoline in the living room, since it wasn’t burning nearly as well as the rest.

The Sidekick

I asked the monster if he was going to kill me. He said that he wasn’t sure what he was going to do. If he killed me, people would come looking and poking around for him. They might even start hunting him and shoot him. If he kept me alive, he’d have to take care … [Read more…]

Sleep

I stabbed him repeatedly until he was dead. He’d been getting up all night on the half hour. Every time I started to doze off, he would get up. So I killed him, and finally got a good night’s sleep.

Deaf

I’ll say it one last time, in case you didn’t hear me before. I hate to have to point it out to you, but you’re terribly self-absorbed and always have been. You often say that you’re listening even when you aren’t. You think that what I’m saying is totally unimportant, so you just nod your … [Read more…]

Summer

Summer made it difficult for them to know when to stop drinking. It stayed light so late that there was no natural sign that it was time for them to go home. As a result, in the summer every day started with a headache and a long, bright bout of melancholy. It seemed like they … [Read more…]

Thistles

Dorothy had tried to sleep in, but she found it impossible after years of getting up at six, so she was up early in spite of her attempts. Though she didn’t like to admit it to herself, she was developing that elderly habit of rising early only to fall asleep in the afternoon. She tried … [Read more…]

The Library

It was a friend who told me about the library. His name was Bryce and he was always interested in things. That was his thing. He was always interested. He was a good guy, and I kind of miss him. He went home, and I don’t see him anymore. But there was a librarian who … [Read more…]