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routheboat 17 | poetry and flash fiction
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sometimes things just don't go the way you expect them to be

"You actually look... friendly?"

"You actually look... friendly?" "Hey don't be rude. We don't all look like what the stories show us to be."

"You actually look... friendly?" "Hey don't be rude. We don't all look like what the stories show us to be." "I'm sorry... I guess?"

"You actually look... friendly?" "Hey don't be rude. We don't all look like what the stories show us to be." "I'm sorry... I guess?" "Anyways I'll get going now. Turns out my job here is done all along."

"Wait."

"Wait. Don't leave just yet."

"Wait. Don't leave just yet." "Why not?"

"Wait. Don't leave just yet." "Why not?" "I'm interested."

"Wait. Don't leave just yet." "Why not?" "I'm interested." "So?"

"Wait. Don't leave just yet." "Why not?" "I'm interested." "So?" "I wanna know more about you."

"Wait. Don't leave just yet." "Why not?" "I'm interested." "So?" "I wanna know more about you. Your world."

"Wait. Don't leave just yet." "Why not?" "I'm interested." "So?" "I wanna know more about you. Your world." "I'm sorry, kid. We aren't allowed to talk 'bout it."

"Well, you are now."

"Well, you are now." "Damn it. Clever girl..."

"Well, you are now." "Damn it. Clever girl... Fine."

"Well, you are now." "Damn it. Clever girl... Fine." "What they don't know won't hurt them."

"Well, you are now." "Damn it. Clever girl... Fine." "What they don't know won't hurt them." "Touché."

"Well, you are now." "Damn it. Clever girl... Fine." "What they don't know won't hurt them." "Touché." "So..."

"Well, you are now." "Damn it. Clever girl... Fine." "What they don't know won't hurt them." "Touché." "So... Why do you stay under our beds?"

"Well, you are now." "Damn it. Clever girl... Fine." "What they don't know won't hurt them." "Touché." "So... Why do you stay under our beds? To scare us?"

"Kid, I told you."

"Kid, I told you. We aren't like the movies."

"Kid, I told you. We aren't like the movies." "Okay, sure. But still."

"Kid, I told you. We aren't like the movies." "Okay, sure. But still." "We're here to feed off your dreams. That's why you forget them in the morning."

"Kid, I told you. We aren't like the movies." "Okay, sure. But still." "We're here to feed off your dreams. That's why you forget them in the morning. You know how your dreams are basically recollections of your memories?"

"We used to just get them right off people's heads but you guys found out eventually, and you weren't pleased with that."

"We used to just get them right off people's heads but you guys found out eventually, and you weren't pleased with that." "So you resorted to getting people's dreams instead?"

"We used to just get them right off people's heads but you guys found out eventually, and you weren't pleased with that." "So you resorted to getting people's dreams instead?" "Yep."

"We used to just get them right off people's heads but you guys found out eventually, and you weren't pleased with that." "So you resorted to getting people's dreams instead?" "Yep." "Why kids?"

"If you were me, would you eat adults' memories?"

"If you were me, would you eat adults' memories?" "..."

"If you were me, would you eat adults' memories?" "..." "Good point."

"If you were me, would you eat adults' memories?" "..." "Good point." "Children's memories are tastier and healthier. Tasty ones from the older humans are rare."

"Won't that affect the children, though? Stealing their memories?"

"Won't that affect the children, though? Stealing their memories?" "That's why humans noticed back then."

"Won't that affect the children, though? Stealing their memories?" "That's why humans noticed back then. But dreams are different."

"Won't that affect the children, though? Stealing their memories?" "That's why humans noticed back then. But dreams are different. They're memories, yes. But they're copied and modified."

"Won't that affect the children, though? Stealing their memories?" "That's why humans noticed back then. But dreams are different. They're memories, yes. But they're copied and modified." "So dreams are like corrupted files?"

"I have absolutely no idea what a 'corrupted file' means but I guess so."

"I have absolutely no idea what a 'corrupted file' means but I guess so." "Oh okay."

"I have absolutely no idea what a 'corrupted file' means but I guess so." "Oh okay." "..."

"I have absolutely no idea what a 'corrupted file' means but I guess so." "Oh okay." "..." "What time is it anyway?"

"I have absolutely no idea what a 'corrupted file' means but I guess so." "Oh okay." "..." "What time is it anyway?" "Hmm..."

"I have absolutely no idea what a 'corrupted file' means but I guess so." "Oh okay." "..." "What time is it anyway?" "Hmm... About 2 AM."

"Holy smokes. It's very late for you."

"Holy smokes. It's very late for you." "Don't worry. I'm used to it."

"Holy smokes. It's very late for you." "Don't worry. I'm used to it." "I may be what you people call a 'monster' but I have a conscience and you really need to sleep. It's unhealthy."

"Holy smokes. It's very late for you." "Don't worry. I'm used to it." "I may be what you people call a 'monster' but I have a conscience and you really need to sleep. It's unhealthy." "I'm still studying."

"You need to sleep."

"You need to sleep." "So you could get my dreams and make me forget the answers on my next test?"

"You need to sleep." "So you could get my dreams and make me forget the answers on my next test?" "Kid, no. I told you my job is done here."

"You need to sleep." "So you could get my dreams and make me forget the answers on my next test?" "Kid, no. I told you my job is done here. As I can see, you're too old now."

"You need to sleep." "So you could get my dreams and make me forget the answers on my next test?" "Kid, no. I told you my job is done here. As I can see, you're too old now." "Hey, I'm just fifteen!"

"Oh my God, you're two years off the expiration date. I really have to move on to the next child now."

"Oh my God, you're two years off the expiration date. I really have to move on to the next child now." "Hey,"

"Oh my God, you're two years off the expiration date. I really have to move on to the next child now." "Hey," "What?"

"Oh my God, you're two years off the expiration date. I really have to move on to the next child now." "Hey," "What?" "Will we see each other again?"

"Oh my God, you're two years off the expiration date. I really have to move on to the next child now." "Hey," "What?" "Will we see each other again?" "Probably not."

"That sucks... But if you want to chat. I'll be here."

"That sucks... But if you want to chat. I'll be here." "How lonely could you be to be friends with something like me?"

"That sucks... But if you want to chat. I'll be here." "How lonely could you be to be friends with something like me?" "...Very."

"That sucks... But if you want to chat. I'll be here." "How lonely could you be to be friends with something like me?" "...Very." "Damn."

"That sucks... But if you want to chat. I'll be here." "How lonely could you be to be friends with something like me?" "...Very." "Damn." "Oh well. farewell for now, kid."

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