Can We Play a Game? – Convenient Incidents (12/84)

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Can We Play a Game?

Sleep did not come easily for Tad that night. It was like the night before Christmas – he couldn’t manage to keep his eyes closed for more than five seconds at a time, he was so excited! In the past – before Jimmy turned thirteen, that is – whenever Tad couldn’t sleep, he’d go down the hall and into his brother’s room and they’d hang out for a little while, maybe play a boardgame or have a duel with Jimmy’s Yu-Gi-Oh cards. It’s been a while since they did anything like that, but Tad figured he should try anyway, even though Jimmy sleeps with his door closed now.

Tad knocked gently three times and got no answer. He put a little bit more force into it and heard a stirring behind the door. A moment later, Jimmy opened the door and looked down on his little brother from the one eye his hair doesn’t cover and growled, in a very sleepy, perturbed voice, “What.”

“I can’t sleep, Jimmy. Can we play a game?”

Jimmy closed the door without saying another word, which worked out – Tad was still excited for tomorrow, but he found he could keep his eyes closed now. Maybe he was getting too old for games, maybe he needed to grow up like his older brother. Maybe he needed to stop being so annoying.

Now that he’s back in his bed, Tad keeps playing the memory of today over and over in his head until he falls asleep. It comes quickly enough.


Hello Commons, this has been the second subchapter of the third story from Convenient Incidents, an anthology of fifteen interconnected short stories which revolve around a man by the name of Hilter Odolf Williamson.

Convenient Incidents is part of the Third Spiral, an anthology of sorts called The Here and Now which is comprised of stories told from the various planes of Existence.

Convenient Incidents is available to read for free in its entirety on my website. Click here to check it out.

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