Hym and Hur are a young couple who never age and have been in love for more than a century. They also possess an array of magical abilities, two of which are either to play pranks on humankind or to perform good deeds. Enacting both at the same time is now what gets them into trouble, especially since it's the unruly character of Death they must deal with to bring their plans to fruition.
The prank Hym and Hur have come up with must first
be agreed upon by Death, who happens to be a rambunctious, difficult
character. Once agreed upon, the prank is set in motion. Hym and Hur
soon discover Death had tricked them into a contract with dire
consequences for all of us.
During their attempt to break the
contract, Hym and Hur try to save the relationship of an earthbound
couple, knowing they are truly meant for each other. A good deed that
will bring Hym and Hur even more trouble. (-synopsis from Goodreads)
Hym and Hur are a young pair that never age and are truly good beings. In this story they are looking to play a prank on mankind that will bring goodness, not evil, to the world. When Hym and Hur bargain to choose one person who can save people from Death things do not go as they planned.
They choose Archie, a starving artist who is hoping to finally get a gallery opening. His girlfriend Sarah has had enough of his dead end job and is waiting to break up with him. When Sarah gets hit by a bus everything changes for them thanks to Death's bargain.
The writing is fun and kept me interested until the end. I usually feel as though there isn't much of a story in short stories but this time the story line just worked. It's fairy tale like and the characters of Hym and Hur are whimsical while the character of Death is sneaky.
I give this story 4 out of 5 stars.
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