WEP: Forever Lit

The world would be a better place if I could reach out and straggle that little brat. At least my world would. The one time I stayed over at Nanny’s was the one time you let Dad not use a condom. All other times I was there. Just that one cotton-picking time.
We were fine before that little monster came into the world. Now we have to share. We have to play nice. We have to…there is no we in it. I have to do all of this crap. You two still get to do whatever you want. I have to stay home and babysit the little brat for nothing.
“Where did your sister go? What did you do now, Leo?”
Yeah. Tell Mom what you did and then you’ll be the one stuck here.
“Nothing. She just had some fit because I invaded her space.”
Invaded my space? I’ll launch your little backside into outer space when I get out of here. If you think you can get rid of me that easy, you have another thing coming.
“What have we told you about going into your sister’s room?”
Dad! Don’t just stare at him. Beat his little backside raw until he tells you what he did with it.
“Not to.”
Pouting? Really? You believe this crap?
“But you still did it anyway. This time there are consequences.”
“Aww, Mom. I was only having fun. Not my problem Anna’s such a poop head.”
“Mr. you are going to apologize to your sister for the name calling and your allowance is gone for the next two weeks.”
Yeah, Dad. That is really showing him. Losing ten dollars is going to make him stop. Pffft.
“Awww…but…”
“Want to make it three weeks?”
Sure, Mom. Fifteen dollars is so much more respectable. You aren’t even worried that I supposedly left. When have I ever left? Where would I go? Aren’t you afraid some stranger will kidnap me and rape me? You have a fit if I miss curfew by two minutes.
Screw this. Where did that little brat put my ribbon? I knew I should have buried that thing in the backyard. Why did I have to keep it around Molly’s neck? At least I had her for comfort. Don’t worry, Molly. I will get us out of here. He may have won the battle, but I will win the war.
Molly, it’s nowhere. I have went through everything in the house. The little brat never left, so it has to be here somewhere. Where would he hide it? Do you think he flushed it down the toilet? Maybe they are worried now. Let’s check and then go through the nasty pipes. So glad that we can’t touch or smell it. About the only good thing.
“Dad, can we go to the amusement park this weekend?”
“Sure, little man. Have to spoil my only kid rotten.”
What? That grin. He knows I am here. You little…
“Thanks. Anyone else going?”
Let him have it, Mom. Let them both have it.
“You boys go and have fun. I have a book I want to get into. A quiet house is the perfect time. Just me and the cat.”
What? This can’t be happening.
“You are the best parents ever.”
And you are a little brat. I am going to spike your apple juice with rat poison when I get out of here.
“I’ll go brush my teeth and get ready for bed. I have a big day at school tomorrow.”
Mom! Dad! Don’t believe it. Look at him cockily walk away. He screams the devil.
“I’m glad we stopped at one. We have the perfect angel.”
Mom, he has drugged you.
“Yeah. If we had another we could have ruined everything. One kid is by far enough.”
Dad, why didn’t you think this before screwing my mother without protection?
Molly, where did they go? My pictures. They are gone. My seat. My schoolbag. My…my room!
“The bigger room is so great.”
He has it. He has my infertility candle. Where did he hide it? Now if only I could…
“Find your ribbon of fertility?”
I knew the little brat could hear me. I am going to make you pay.
“Pay? How? I already got double the allowance now thanks to you never existing.”
Wipe that grin off your face. I…
“This grin? You mean the same one that you always had after I asked Mom and Dad if they were ever going to give us a new brother or sister?”
Don’t turn this around on me. You shouldn’t even exist. You are the mistake. I should never have spent the night at Nanny’s. Nanny! She’ll remember me.
“Just like she remembers the dozens of grandkids that she never met, right?”
What are you going on about? You are the only mutant that was ever born.
“But not conceived. From what that old witch told me, you should find that out pretty soon.”
I will smack that grin off your face when I find my fertility ribbon and burn it in the candle.
“Molly, if only you stayed here. She may have had a chance.”
He didn’t. He couldn’t. Molly! He hid the ribbon inside your stuffing. What an idiot. What!
“Won’t burn, huh? Two different planes of existence can’t mesh. The witch told me that. The ribbon was my idea. I knew you could never leave your little dolly.”
I am…
“Not going to do a thing, Sis. Although I am kind of glad. This only child thing is great. I think I’ll keep using this. Who wants to see Mom pregnant anyway? Blah.”
I will find a way.
“Not if you don’t exist. Goodbye, Anna. Enjoy your brothers and sisters.”
Don’t! He blew it out. I can’t believe he…he’s gone. Darkness. Molly we are trapped. How will we ever get back? Who are they? So many. So many kids. Dozens. Hundreds. They can’t exist. Only I should. Mom! Dad! Help me. Please.
Word Count: 1000
There you go. Just popped on in as I gave it a go. Thoughts?
Enjoy life, forget the strife.
41 Comments
Elephants Child
2018-12-03 04:37:41
Unexpected. Creepy beyond measure.
I was the youngest, but I swear I never, ever behaved like Leo. And my brothers would probably support that claim. All three of them.
Pat Hatt
2018-12-03 10:21:30 - Edit - Reply
That is good you never ever did. Locking siblings in darkness forever isn’t good haha
Susan Swiderski
2018-12-03 23:00:47 - Edit - Reply
Yipes, I’ve heard of sibling rivalry, but that boy is outta control. When our second child was born, our older son said he changed his mind. He didn’t want a little brother any more, so could we take him back and just get a cat? As far as I know, that was the extent of his wanting to make his little brother disappear.
This is a creative take on the ribbon theme, Pat. Nice job!
Pat Hatt
2018-12-03 23:13:56 - Edit - Reply
hahaha well a cat is easier. Good he didn’t want to make him go poof.
Snowcatcher
2018-12-04 01:17:24 - Edit - Reply
I’m the oldest of 7. We had our moments, but thankfully we were never like this!!!
Pat Hatt
2018-12-04 10:24:45 - Edit - Reply
Good to never be like that.
Mary Kirkland
2018-12-05 18:02:45 - Edit - Reply
That was creepy. I have 5 siblings but most are half siblings and we didn’t grow up together.
Pat Hatt
2018-12-05 21:26:14 - Edit - Reply
No wanting to send them into the abyss?
L.G. Keltner
2018-12-06 00:57:53 - Edit - Reply
That is definitely creepy. I would never want to cross paths with someone who has that kind of power and is so willing to use it. Brutal! A brilliant idea and well done!
Pat Hatt
2018-12-06 10:22:08 - Edit - Reply
Yeah, best to not cross paths with such people indeed.
Dixie Jo Jarchow
2018-12-08 17:36:42 - Edit - Reply
Great story. Loved the idea and execution.
Pat Hatt
2018-12-08 21:39:42 - Edit - Reply
Glad it was enjoyed.
Yolanda Renee
2018-12-09 18:18:07 - Edit - Reply
Oh dear, survival of the fittest. Parents have to learn to lock the door! 
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas, and bright New Year!
Jemi Fraser
2018-12-09 23:45:21 - Edit - Reply
Eek!!! I’m glad my sister and I have always been good friends!
Well done!
Pat Hatt
2018-12-10 10:27:38 - Edit - Reply
Yolanda – haha yeah, lock the door indeed.
Jemi – Good friends is the way to be.
Lisa
2018-12-10 17:50:32 - Edit - Reply
Wow, that was twisty and wild. I kept hoping till the end… this could need a sequel!
Pat Hatt
2018-12-10 22:08:38 - Edit - Reply
Hope dwindled away. haha
Olga Godim
2018-12-11 23:38:34 - Edit - Reply
So creepy.
Nilanjana Bosr
2018-12-12 03:36:38 - Edit - Reply
For once I’m glad I’m the only child  This was chilling. Brilliant take on the prompt!
Pat Hatt
2018-12-12 10:29:25 - Edit - Reply
Only child sure has it’s perks when a sibling is like this.
Toi Thomas
2018-12-13 13:12:54 - Edit - Reply
Cool take on the prompt. Very creepy too. Not sure if brat is a strong enough word for that kid. Great story.
Tyrean Martinson
2018-12-13 16:42:06
That was really creepy, and I wonder if the parents will be safe when he gets older.
Pat Hatt
2018-12-13 21:22:14
haha yeah, may need more than brat.
The parents better watch out indeed.
Jemima Pett
2018-12-13 22:35:59
Wow! I suspect I shouldn’t have read that just before bedtime! Really great characterisation. Chilling!
C. Lee McKenzie
2018-12-14 04:34:55 
Okay, so now you’ve creeped me out…a lot. I don’t get creeped out that easily in 1,000 words, so I’d say you did a great job here.
Pat Hatt
2018-12-14 09:58:49
Hopefully you sleep well haha
Creeping out is a win for me!
Pat Garcia
2018-12-14 11:50:07 
It’s strange how creepy things can look very real as if they are the normal existence of an ordinary day. Scary with a touch of realism. Very well done.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat G
Pat Hatt
2018-12-14 22:20:24 
Creepy stuff sure can be there and not stick out.
Michelle Wallace
2018-12-15 16:19:18 
Jeepers creepers!
So there are countless trapped in another dimension?
Talk about sibling rivalry… it gets a whole new meaning.
Pat Hatt
2018-12-15 22:03:46 
Countless over there trapped forever and ever
Bernadette
2018-12-16 15:38:45 
Creepy…
Maybe she’s just dreaming?
Kalpana
2018-12-17 04:24:25
Sibling animosity taken to the next level. Different planes of existence. Fertility ribbon, infertility candle. Amazing. Very very creepy.
Wishing you all the best for the holiday season and may you have a fabulous New Year.
Pat Hatt
2018-12-17 10:29:41 
Or she wishes it was a dream.
Creepy sibling rivalry sure can go on that level.
Rebecca Douglass
2018-12-17 18:09:52 
Creepy! I had a little trouble figuring out what was happening, and keeping the speakers straight, but the idea came across loud and all too clear! Evil siblings indeed—and I’m not sure the older one (she?) is all that innocent—she was doing her best to keep him from existing, too.
Pat Hatt
2018-12-17 21:17:44 - Edit - Reply
Yeah, that is very true. She’s not so innocent.
Roland R Clarke
2018-12-18 20:21:43 - Edit - Reply
Frightening when I managed to identify ‘who’ was talking. To me, it seemed as if the first sibling was ensuring that there were no more – or at least getting revenge on any that dared to be born afterwards. Or am I totally wrong? [I think so by reading other comments.]
Pat Hatt
2018-12-18 21:25:52 - Edit - Reply
The first sibling was ensuring there was no more indeed, or trying at least.
Christopher Scott
2018-12-19 20:11:33 - Edit - Reply
An extreme case of sibling rivalry gone array, or maybe it’s more like sibling envy. Well done Patt.
Pat Hatt
2018-12-19 21:36:25 - Edit - Reply
Envy it could be indeed
DG Hudson
2018-12-27 08:48:33 - Edit - Reply
I was the oldest and always had the ‘fun’ of getting to watch them when the parents went out. . .they weren’t as bratty as this kid in the story. However it gave me nightmares about losing them by not watching them every single minute. I was 8 yrs old.
Liked this story but was confused as to where the ‘gone’ child was; glad you revealed where in the end. Sorry for the late visit but I still like reading the stories.
Pat Hatt
2018-12-27 10:22:57 - Edit - Reply
When I babysat, I too was paranoid about not watching them every minute.

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