I remember this story fondly! That afternoon in Seattle, reading it over and thinking, “Hey, this is weird…”
… in a good way. It’s dark, but sweet, like a chocolate that you never had yourself as a kid, but probably will appreciate more for having waited till adulthood to taste.
Anyway, my classmate and friend Caroline Yoachim‘s lovely short story “Time to Say Goodnight” is online at Fantasy now — it got posted on New Year’s Eve, apparently. Go check it out now, for free. Or I’ll put you in the microwave and something bad will happen to you.