Aaron Corwin – Brimstone and Marmalade, Tor.com
A short and adorable story about a girl who got a demon pet for her birthday. Yes, in the author’s world, demons of all varieties are sold as pets – in specialty demon stores. They actually make good pets.
Simultaneously funny and sad, sweet and quirky, it was a miniature story about real people and big problems. It made me smile. It almost made me cry. Its opening line is one of the best I’ve ever read:
Mathilde didn’t want a demon. She wanted a pony.
The cover art is unbelievably cute too.
You can read it here: http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/10/brimstone-and-marmalade-aaron-corwin
Big thanks to Natalya for her recommendation and her wonderful review on GR.