A Little Give and Take

Rabbit left a plate of cookies on her bedroom floor. Three chocolate chip, one Oreo and a one of the tasteless ones her little brother gummed and drooled on. They were an offering for the monster under her bed. A sacrifice. And so far it’d been working.

Every morning she’d wake up, alive, unharmed, relieved, nothing but a few crumbs remaining.

One night, pyjamas on, face scrubbed and teeth brushed, an empty cookie box in the cupboard.

“I’ll get more tomorrow. Sorry, honey, I forgot.”

Betrayal; excruciating, fang-sharp, soul-deep.

Rabbit didn’t care if the monster got her now.

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