The man took the present from his son. He looked at it for a long time, holding it in both hands. The boy watched his father, awaiting his gratitude.
“It’s great, Son. Thank you.”
The boy smiled, then took off.
After he left, the man switched it on, familiarised himself with the device – checked out the menu, the preloaded titles, the light it gave. He smelt it before switching it off. Sat it beside the box it came in.
His wife appeared in the doorway, holding a furniture catalogue, looking toward his packed bookshelves.
“All that lovely space,” she said.
Author bio: Raymond has been writing on and off for the past two years. He lives in Ireland with his wife, daughter and dog, Dolly. He has had a few pieces published online and is tweaking the ones that didn’t quite make it.
Makeover is part of 101 Fiction issue 24.