Big Bear

 Mattie wrapped her arms around Big Bear and marched down the road.  She refused to look back.  There was nothing for her back home.  Her mom and dad didn’t love her, not really.  If they loved her, they wouldn’t have yelled at her.  And they’d let her have ice cream for breakfast.  But they didn’t. 

 But Big Bear loved her.  His padded robotic arms hugged her as they walked.  "You know, I don’t know if this is the best idea," he said. 

 "What do you mean?" Mattie asked. 

 "Do you have a plan?  Where will we sleep?  What will we eat?"   Big Bear rubbed his belly.

 "I hadn’t thought about that."  Mattie stopped in the middle of the road.  "I am a little hungry." 

 "Let’s go home and see if your mom can make us sandwiches." 

 "Yeah, okay."  Mattie turned around and started running back home.  

About Jamie

Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cats. She has over 160 short fiction credits, and has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Escape Pod. She has a novella and two short story collections available from Air and Nothingness Press. In addition to writing, she spends her time reading, playing tabletop RPGs, baking, and hiking. You can find her online at

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