Do any of our readers out there know the title of these stories?
Story #1: This story takes the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song and posits what would happen if a person were actually sent everything listed in the song. Diana Wynne Jones has done this recently in the STORIES anthology by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, but I am trying to find another version I know I have read in the past, but cannot remember either title, author, or where it appeared.
Story #2: This story has a protagonist living in an overpopulated world. As such, people are forced to share apartments, living whole families to a bedroom or even closet. The protagonist happens to find an empty room off of his apartment space and for a time lives it up in the empty room, filling it with furniture and toys and friends. Over time though, the protagonist lets more and more people in on the secret, until finally as the illegal room is as cramped as his/her former abode. And the protagonist finds that they like it what way by the end of the story
Can you name these stories?