Drabble: Adopt an Imaginary Friend
Genre: slice of life, fantasy
“Adopt an Imaginary Friend” the sign said. The adults ignored it, the children stared at it until they were pulled away. In the midst of the ever flowing human river, a mother-son pair stopped.
“Can I?” the boy asked his mother.
“What does your friend think?” she replied.
The boy turned to his right. “Can I?”
After receiving permission, the boy faced the storekeeper. “I want one.”
“Who would you like?” the storekeeper asked.
A troubled frown creased the boy’s brow. His small hands twisted in his mother’s skirt.
“Can you recommend one?” the mother suggested, blind and deaf to the imaginary friends energetically volunteering themselves.
The storekeeper ignored the volunteers and chose someone else. “He’s a little quiet, but very loving.”
The son waved. The imaginary friend he recommended ducked his head and waved back.
“Is that alright?” the mother asked. The boy nodded.
“Take care of him, ok?” the storekeeper said.
“I will,” the boy promised.
The four of them returned to the flow of the human river. The mother and son in front, the boy’s two imaginary friends behind them. With a happy sigh, the storekeeper settled back in his seat to wait for another friend for the orphaned imaginary friends.