I loved loved loved this story! Yet another win for the Drabblecast's Lovecraft Month commissioned stories. Good work, Eugie!
And what is it with Drabblecast messing with the image of Teddy Bears, between this and Teddy Bears and Tea Parties?
I loved the reveal as we suddenly realize exactly what shape our demon overlord has taken, and the reveal as we find out why the mom is being such a terror lately. And how each demon's manifested form changes how they experience the world, and therefore what they value in it. The demon has always lived in a world devoid of sensation, and so he initially plans to wreak havoc in that world. Except that the first sensation he ever feels is the pleasant pressure of a little girl's hug, and he realizes that, dammit, that's all he really wants is a little affection. Brilliant.
And, I enjoy examining titles and picking out what makes one title better than another. I REALLY like this title. When you first see the title, it gives a dark Lovecraftian tone with unspeakable horrors, matching the beginning of the story. But once you find out what the actual wish is, for hugs and kisses, then by the end of the story it has a humorous tone, matching the end of the story. And it's extremely memorable because that wish is so wonderfully out of place in the mind of a demon. Loved it.