Neither Trick Nor Treat
Trick or treat!" they shouted as the door opened...
He watched the flickering shadows play across their eager little faces, ghoulish disguises not able to mask the innocence of their expectation.
Sparkling eyes still trusting life to hand out good things whenever they asked, he could not bear the thought of what he knew life would do to that.
It broke his heart.
The knocks, the hurts, the shine that would tarnish.
He longed to make them hardy, like plants he overwintered in his garden.
So he gently shook his head as he looked them straight in the eyes and he mouthed 'go away'.
Then he shut the door.
(exactly 100 words)