Fictober, Prompt 29 – “I’m doing this for you.”
Warnings: monster, creepiness, not much else. Horror, of sorts.
I reeled in another clump of lake weed, and pulled in a deep breath, cultivating patience. Fishing was not my favorite pastime, a feeling exaggerated by the fact that it wasn’t going well today.
“How much longer must we sit here?” the monster asked from the other side of the boat.
Frustration surged up despite my best efforts, and I spun around to face it, scowling.
“I’m doing this for you,” I pointed out, “because you desperately wanted panfish for some unexplainable reason, and even more inexplicably you wanted me to do the fishing. You are well aware that I’m bad at this.”
“The contract—” it began, scowling back.
“The contract,” I interrupted sharply, “states that we will provide you sustenance in the form of livestock, once every two weeks. Anything additional to or apart from that is on a voluntary basis only, and I’m fast running out of a desire to continue volunteering. If you still want panfish caught by me, then shut up. If you don’t, then tell me so we can both go do other things.”
Not that I knew what the monster did with its time when it wasn’t bothering someone in town, but at least it might stop bothering me.
It bared sharp teeth (the one thing about its form that it couldn’t hide or change) at me.
I bared my blunt, human teeth right back at it, snarling. “Well?”
The teeth vanished behind something that was dangerously close to a pout, and it turned away, apparently unwilling to call it quits.
If part of me was less disappointed about that than it should have been, I saw no need to acknowledge it.
Rebaiting my hook, I cast my line back out into the lake, and waited.
The monster continued to…sulk? Its semi-furred back was to me. It had chosen a weird shape today, vaguely humanoid but with fur and other, almost cat-like features, though no cat had ever looked like that. It almost reminded me of that one musical with the weird cat costumes, now that I thought about it. Did the monster know about that? Had someone given it access to the internet? That was a truly terrifying notion.
“Why did you want me to catch your fish?” I asked to break the silence and my own increasingly weird train of thought.
Its head turned slightly until one gleaming eye was peering at me over its shoulder. “Because you smell the best.”Continue reading