A short story
Say Ahhhh! Great little tale, Bill. Those candies we bought at those little stores, take a paper bag, hand over a few Pennies, leave with a bag full of candy... the 80s :)
Haha! I feel that same way about my passwords--clever little windows into my soul, wasted. Great little story! I'm a sucker for time travel :)
A really fun read. I think I know what inspired this! 😉 Needed some Candy Corn thrown in for good measure! As a kid we used to absolutely clean up with the trick or treating in my neighborhood. Sacks teeming with delicious treats. The only ‘trick’ was hiding the bounty from my Dad! I seriously had to hide it when I got home and I remember being in tears multiple years when he’d get into it and eat large quantities of my hard-earned cavity-makers. Great (bad) memories!
Haven’t we all contemplated what we would do differently if we had a “do over” and could be a kid again?
Who knew candy cold be a time portal? Hmmm. 🤣
Not everything is as sweet as we think it is in childhood!
Absolutely love this, Bill. The memories woven into the imaginings. You really get to know him well with just a few cleverly woven background notes.
Yeah. We had one in Canada until the Americans and Britons took over our confectioners by force.
I only know of some of the candies. I am not much of a Halloween person since I didn't grow up here. Feels like the work and candy are intertwined in Peter's life. It's not worth it! Poor dude!
Lickimaids - hadn't thought of those in a lifetime! Imaginative and entertaining, as always. Suddenly, I'm thinking about Tootsie Pops and Sugar Babies (which I loved).
Most of those candies I have never heard of before- they obviously are not sold here in Canada, at least, because I never see them in the shops.
I felt so bad for Peter. I wanted to tell him, whatever he was chasing wasn't worth giving up everything he held dear. For a moment I thought he'd escaped, could make another try. But I must say, I was a bit confused at the end. Was the whole thing a dream under the anaesthetic? Was it his childhood dentist or current dentist?