Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Masquerade

PHOTO PROMPT – © Kent Bonham
As a weekend partygoer he was a true nocturnal animal, sleeping during the day, but showing considerable activity by night.

It wasn’t just him even his whole brood would turn up.  This narrow street with its dim crepuscular lights was their Elysium.  It was a gathering place for the Kindred who maintained a little Masquerade for any mortals around.  What better than fresh garlic braided together and hung over doors?

It made him smile, over the last hundred years the clan had acquired immunity to its repellent properties.  The bulb’s flavourful and aromatic deliciousness had even won the vampires over.

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Written for the Friday Fictioneers  Word Count : 100.  

To read other bright bulbs from Friday Fictioneer  go here

Update: Changed in in interests of accuracy.  Crepuscular animals are active primarily at twilight (the time not the the vampire series), so this time the context is about the dim twilight type of light.



14 comments :

  1. Ah. Even the vampires are evolving ;)

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    1. Garlic is too delicious to ignore. Thanks for reading and commenting Vinay.

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  2. Sounds like what is happening with germs and antibiotics.. overuse of garlic was a bad choice.

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    1. True, even pests become immune to pesticide in the end. Thanks for reading and commenting Björn.

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  3. What a great word crepuscular is. I'll have to find a way to use that one. Nice work! This is a great take, Subroto. I'll second what Bjorn said. Those super bugs are scary stuff. These vampires will be unstoppable now.

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    1. And probably use it correctly unlike me ;-) But I love the word and am now using it slightly differently. Thanks for reading Amy I am glad you liked it.

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  4. Crepuscular is active at dawn and dusk, like rabbits, not at night: that's nocturnal.
    Good piece though.

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    1. Thanks Mick and you are correct, crepuscular animals are those that are active primarily during twilight. That was my hidden joke as everyone knows by now "Twilight = Vampires". And I like the word but in interests of accuracy I have rejigged the story a bit - and used 'crepuscular lights ' for the dim lit street instead. Thanks for your feedback I am glad you liked it.

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  5. Dear Subroto,

    I learned a thing or two about vampires. Personally I love garlic but it doesn't love me.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. You've got to peel off layers and embrace your inner garlic. Thanks for reading and commenting Rochelle.

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  6. The vampires are clever, garlic is good for the heart and the bloodflow. Great story.

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    1. They are indeed. Thanks for reading and commenting GaH.

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  7. That's sneaky, an immunity to garlic and people are not aware. It's definitely in their favor. Well done, Subroto. :) --- Suzanne

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    1. On the other hand the garlic breath gives them away. Thanks for your comments Suzanne, I am glad you liked it.

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