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A short story part of The Never Mythos. It can be found here.

Leonard Staple, waiting in a destitute neighborhood in some broken-down corner of Toronto, is picked up by a concerned old friend. Or he would be an old friend, if Leonard could just remember who he was...

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  • Affably Evil: Gideon is the friendliest Humanoid Abomination ever, acting entirely polite to his victims, even claiming to be an old friend.
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  • Bad Samaritan: Gideon offers to help people down on their luck, even claiming to have known them. He takes them home and feeds them to his "sister".
  • Downer Ending: Leonard is presumably devoured by Gideon's "sister."
  • Eldritch Abomination: "Lila" Gideon's "sister" is described as a "drooling mass" and devours humans.
  • Remember the New Guy?: In-Universe. Gideon claims to be an old friend of Leonard's, who doesn't remember him, but chalks it up to fading memory. Too late, Leonard realizes he never knew Gideon, he was watching him the whole time.
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