I still need to take a recess after Readercon, which makes me think of “Just Before Recess“, by James Van Pelt.
Parker kept a sun in his desk.
The incongruity of something as vast as the sun inside a school desk charmed me. I was also charmed by the way he fed it. Feeding things is such an easy way to make them happy.
But something so charming can’t stay that way. The dark turn feels like the end of the first scene of a longer story, but it wouldn’t be so cheerful much longer.