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Happiness Contest Entry n2It was so silent... I always assumed that there would be much more than what I saw...
Miharu was sleeping restlessly in his bed. He looked so unhappy. I don't like to see him unhappy.
I reached out to touch him, shaking him lightly.
The boy shifted slightly, peeking his eyes open. "Yoi....te...?" His green eyes widened in disbelief. "Yoite?!"
"Miharu..." I smiled, reaching out to him again. I could... I could feel again! I wasn't as cold... was this what death was like? But... If I were dead... Why could Miharu see me?
"Yoite, you're alive! We've been looking for you for so long..."
"...Don't cry Miharu...." I let the younger lean against him, a wide smile across his face, but with tears running down his face. "What's wrong?"
"...I was so worried... we all thought you were dead..... Why?" he looked up, his eyes wet and red. "Why were you gone for so wrong?"
"...I'm alive?" I looked down at myself. I felt more alive and revived then I ever had...
How It Began"God, your two o'clock is here."
"I have a two o'clock?"
"He's been here since 7:45. I figured it's only polite to... sir."
God sighed. "Fine, send him in."
While He waited God cleared His desk of papers and blueprints; no need for outsiders to see His plans. Soon enough the door to His office opened and God stood, smiled, held out a hand towards one of the two visitor's chairs.
"God! Great stuff you're doing in sector 2-7-0! Great stuff!"
The man's hands were clammy, his handshake limp. Rumpled suit, porkpie hat, briefcase... oh Jes-- oh dear, a salesman. God's smile slipped a little but He soldiered on gamely. With luck He could shoo the poor guy away in a few minutes.
"So, what can I do for you?"
The man sat, briefcase across his knees. "Sector 2-7-0! Everyone's talking about it! What do you call it? Man and merman?"
"Man and woman, actually. And thanks. But we're pretty busy around here, and..."
"Oh! Right! No time for the wicked, eh?" The salesman winked and popped his briefcase,
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