DEATH AND WAFFLES: A Short Story
Lish Bride, author of HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER
Published February 1st 2011 by Henry Holt and Co.
Matt’s childhood friend, Ashley, has been stopping by a lot lately. That might seem pretty normal, but Ashley died years ago and now she’s Death.
And tonight she wants waffles and fries.
Death AND waffles? Of course I'm going to read it!
Seventeen year old, Matt hasn't lost his childhood friend-his only childhood friend-despite the fact that she died from cancer some years ago. Ashley still makes regular visits, leaving batman and joker toys in every conceivable place. In every conceivable position. One night, she arrives craving waffles from a local diner and asks Matt to come along. There, he witnesses firsthand her role in the afterlife, that of an Harbinger.
Both Matt and Ashley are extremely likeable characters. Both alone. And both barely existing. Matt failed to live up to his father's expectations long ago, not that that's a bad thing, and his mother is rather estranged as well.
Ashley is a character widely loved from the author's story, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, which has an excerpt provided with the aforementioned short read. Sadly, it seems Matt has only come alive for this one story. So disappointing. 4 out of 5 stars.
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