EnlightenmentThe credits scrolled, and Damon returned to reality. He stretched his arms.Enlightenment by JoeyLiverwurst
"You missed a good movie!" he called out to no one there.
11:00. Too soon for bed, and besides, he was hungry. He rose from the recliner and ambled across the apartment. Kyle's door was closed of course, so he knocked.
"I'm thinking of going out. You interested?"
Just as Damon was about to walk away, Kyle provided the first of several surprises.
"Sure, why not."
"Whoa, really? Awesome! You wanna transform? I can bring along the Frisbee."
"Yeah, but don't bother with the Frisbee."
"Cool, I'll get ready!"
Damon slipped off his socks and smiled as his feet disappeared under thick sepia fur. Large claws poked out almost absurdly, and pads pushed him another inch closer to the ceiling. He bounced back and forth, anticipating a night out with his old friend.
Finally, Kyle's door creaked open, and Kyle tiptoed out looking more like a Pomeranian than a wolf. Behind one ear was a feather.
"What's with the feathe
Francis Hart's Hallowe'en Spectacular!"What about here?"Francis Hart's Hallowe'en Spectacular! by JoeyLiverwurst
Francis pulled over and parked his sedan parallel to the highway.
"So particular about everything," Rachel chided him.
"I don't want an infraction."
"Are you sure? Nurse Rachel will take good care of you."
Francis shook his head, unfastened his seat belt, and loosened his tie in that order.
"You're not taking your clothes off already, are you?"
"What? No, just my tie."
"Good. Let me take off the rest!"
"Rachel… why don't you get the beer out of the back?"
She dimmed but did as suggested.
Francis got out the other side and patted his pockets.
"Now, why don't we take a walk in the woods?"
"I thought you'd never ask! Nurse Rachel will loosen you up if it takes all night. Well, at least till I have to get back for the costume party. I still can't believe you're dressed like that."
"Rachel, we still have to put together a plan for you some time."
"Do you care about anything besides insurance?"
"Rachel, I do not care about insurance. I care about selling insur
Off NightMat ought to have been an actor. He had a smile that seemed sincere no matter how full of rage he was. Behind a cash register, that came in very handy!Off Night by JoeyLiverwurst
Paul was a good guy, too. As much as Mat wanted to blame him, he lacked legitimate basis. Chris couldn't come into work last minute, and Paul couldn't find anyone else to take the shift. Against his better judgment, Mat agreed and hated himself for it.
Only six hours, Mat reminded himself: shorter than any school day. Before he knew it, he could go home and—oh, yeah, he hadn't gone inside yet.
Forgetting his signature smile, Mat entered the café and stomped past the counter for an apron.
"Toodle-oo," chirped the new girl, already halfway to the door.
Mat put on Led Zeppelin and tried not to feel sorry for himself. It wasn't that big a deal. It was just one night. He didn't have a hot date or a ticket to some expensive event. Besides, there were… eight people in line he hadn't noticed until right now. Awkward.
Still Time"Thanks again for coming here with me," George gushed. He kept turning to hoist his son onto his shoulders, then remembering his son was easily twice his size.Still Time by JoeyLiverwurst
"Don't mention it," Trevor returned.
The landing looked the same as George had remembered after all these years. Well, almost the same. Maybe starting to show its years, but heh, so was he. All right, so not quite the same. Actually really run down. George winced.
Trevor wore a poker face, but just then he broke into a whistle.
"It's better around breakfast than lunch, but I'm just glad you could come at all. Thanks again," George babbled.
"Don't mention it," Trevor murmured. "I mean, you're welcome. Dad."
"This'll be just like old times! We'll sit, and fish, and stop and have sandwiches, except Tessie made them instead of your mother."
"Yeah. I love you, Dad."
They situated themselves on the dock, and George set down a blanket and arranged their equipment on it. Trevor tried to help, but George had a system and stuck to it, so