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Rated: 13+ · Fiction · Contest Entry · #2260920
Small demon captured by a person. Written for Dialogue 500 contest.
"What? Where am I?"

"Oh, you're awake! How are you feeling?"

"Never mind how I'm feeling! What is this place? Why are there bars here?"

"Oh, you're in a rabbit cage, in my son's bedroom."

"Well, you'd better let me out if you know what's good for you!"

"And, why is that?"

"Obviously, because I am a powerful demon and you are merely a, hey wait a minute. Are you some kind of great wizard? You must be to have captured me. So what powerful spell did you cast to capture me and take away my memory?"

"So, you don't remember what happened?"

"No. How did you do it?"

"Well, first of all, I'm no wizard. I'm an accountant at Baxter and Wembly and - oh never mind that's not important. I was just sitting in the den reading a book when you just popped up right through the floor. It kind of startled me and I jumped up and we looked at each other and both of us screamed and then you fainted and hit your head."

"That's ridiculous. I don't faint. I'm a demon!"

"Yeah, you said that before, but you don't look like a demon. What are you, about 3 feet tall?"

"I'll have you know I'm a full 37 inches, mister! And besides, what are you, some kind of expert on demons?"

"Hey, no need to get snarky, now. Frankly, you don't act much like a demon, either - or at least what I think a demon would act like. In fact, you're looking a little shaky. Why don't you just sit down for a bit?"

"Yeah, I think I will. You know, that's just the problem. I don't act much like a demon. Hey, I'm starting to remember now. I was in the remedial demon class when everything went to hell... so to speak."

"Yeah, I see what you did there, but what happened?"

"I don't know why I'm telling you, but why not, I guess. So over the last few hundred years or so, demons have just been disappearing... gradually at first, but then more and more over the years. The boss says it's because people stopped believing in us so we just weren't needed anymore. Hey, wait! That must be what's happening to me. But, you believe in me, don't you?"

"Of course I believe in you. I mean, I see you. You're standing right there in the rabbit cage."

"Well, I wouldn't be if I had my powers. Oops, didn't mean to say that. Oh, man, now what am I gonna do? This is so messed up."

"Well, I think you have the power to be whoever and whatever you want to be. You just need to believe in yourself. You don't need anyone else to believe in you. I'm just going to go ahead and let you out."

"Wow, thanks, man. You're OK! I'll never forget this!"

"OK, well, have a great... uh, existence!"

"A little doorknob help, please."

"Oh, sure, no problem!"

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