Growth Pains (2021 ver.) by chuckmurnoe, literature
Growth Pains (2021 ver.)
At last, it was half past five. Closing time, and never as sweet as it was that day for Brian. A clerk’s life was busy, but that evening, he turned his computer off with a big smile. As Brian was tidying his desk, his mind went over all the details for his and Marco’s anniversary. First, they would go to that fancy restaurant, and when they were about to have dessert, he’d give Marco his gift. The store already called him to pick the package, so he only needed to go there, take it, and then go to Regal Chemicals... “Happier than usual, huh?” a high-pitched voice said behind him. Brian turned to look at Dee, one of his coworkers. His colleague was also done with her work that day, and from her voice and look, she was very curious about Brian’s happiness. Brian knew she was aware what day was that, but still indulged her: “Yes, it’s a very special day,” he replied. “It’s our fifteenth anniversary.” “Good for you two!” Dee said with a grin. “Guess you’re going somewhere very
Whoever said the Windsor knot was easy should pick a dictionary for once in their lives. I don’t know how many times I’ve tried it, and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t look right. I can tell, my own reflection on the mirror doesn’t lie. The suit looks damn good, the haircut is top notch, I’m looking great… except for the tie. But really, I’m done with it. No more tries. Besides, Gemma won’t notice… … Or will she? Maybe she will! Stupid knot, I’ll…! No, stop! A subpar Windsor won’t ruin this night. Our night. Think positive, Nate, think positive… … Think of the first time we met. That Size Diversity forum, three years ago. I still remember that silly “Hi, I’m NATE and I’m GIANT” tag. Heh... And all those good friends, both big and small. My roomie Josh introducing me to Gemma, how chill she was despite me being gigantic and her being… ‘normal sized’? She’s so cool with us giants… but aren’t they tinies so we are the normal ones? No, focus, focus! Fine. All those Size Diversity meetings
The last patient of the day left just before Brian’s cell phone rang. The therapist smiled when he saw Marco’s name on his phone’s display. Maybe he was calling to confirm the reservation for their twentieth anniversary. Both knew that posh restaurant was always full, and they were on the waiting list for months. It’d be a nice gift for that lovely night.
His smile faded when he recognized Susan’s voice over the phone. She was a close friend of the couple and one of Marco’s coworkers. When she said something happened to Marco and he should come to Regal Chemicals as soon as possible, Brian almost dropped t
Keenah sighed. The cave was enough for her right now, she could deal with that. Still, she didn’t imagine living away from her family like this. And since she told them she’d start a new life, all by herself… it hadn’t been what she hoped for.
Life wasn’t easy, she constantly told herself with disappointment. Keenah wanted to prove herself —and to a lesser extent, her siblings— how she could be on her own, not depending on anyone else. She didn’t count on the fact that her kin weren’t that much appreciated by the locals. There was a reason why giants would prefer staying as high in their
A Keeper's Bond
Kelly and Rose still remembered the day they moved and how they got to meet their housekeeper. Although Leepa wasn’t the kind they were expecting. She called herself a Keeper, one of many, bond to their house and aware of anything happening inside the building. Leepa mentioned she lived inside the walls and could even appear from nowhere, like when she introduced herself to the couple, just to make sure everything was OK… or for a little chat.
Speaking of little, the most intriguing thing wasn’t just that Leepa was kind of magical, but the fact she was… five inches tall. For someone like her, the shee