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Some of the best movies are based on short stories and for good reason. Like poems, every word counts. They’re like bread crumbs leading you into a rich place where you will either find complete satisfaction or be disturbed for days. At any rate, short stories are exhilarating.

This one is no exception. The writing prompt was a grandmother accidentally conjures up a demon. But she thinks it’s really her grandson going through a goth phase.

I won’t ruin it by trying to retell it. You should get to read it yourself. You deserve this treat.

Let’s begin.

The logline

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Our adventure starts…

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…in grandma’s house

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The conjured demon realizes something is wrong

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It sees the summoning circle

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Enter grandma

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She’s surprised to see her visitor

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But not for the reason you think

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She thinks she’s looking at her grandson

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She clearly loves her grandson unconditionally, as grandmas do

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The old dear can’t see very well

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Unexpectedly, grandma asks the demon to make the coffee

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The demon is humored by grandma’s error

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The demon even does as grandma asks

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Grandma can’t see the broad side of a barn

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But she’s so happy about the surprise visit

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She doesn’t get many visitors

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Even a demon knows how to behave like a guest in someone’s home

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Grandma assumes her grandson has strained his voice

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The demon eats its cake and lets grandma prattle on

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She has a surprise waiting

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She was finishing it when the demon arrived

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The end

People loved this story about the old lady and the demon who is now her grandson.

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Fans wrote alternate endings

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They were just as clever

One ending gave grandma a hellhound named Honey.

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Everyone agreed it was the sweetest demon-based short story they’d ever read.

Awwwww… how sweet? Hmmm..

Have an ending for our unlikely trio? Leave it in the comments!