Random fiction event

"You see me from the outside, so you think I look beautiful. I'm afraid if I let you get too close, you'll slip inside me. Then when you look at me from the inside you'll see what I see in the mirror, and you'll be horrified and you'll leave."

Random fiction event

"Why don't you ever play games with me?" El asked, sitting cross-legged on the floor.
"What do you mean, we play games all the time?" I responded, feeling a very familiar sense of confusion.
"No, you just let me win all the time," she frowned up at me, "that's not the same thing."
"I do not let you win. If you must know, you are incredibly brilliant, El, and you beat me consistently. I'm actually a little sensitive about it."
"Oh... And you play anyway?"
"Sure. It's still fun, and who knows maybe someday I'll beat you at something."
She smiled that smile that makes you think the sun just came out from behind a cloud. "You're so sweet to me," she said, "So I'm really, really smart?"
"Yeah."
"Oh... Can I have a cookie?"
"Yes, El," I smiled at her, "You can have a cookie because you're really, really smart."
"Yay!"