Friday Fictioneers

Holiday Feast

By Scott L Vannatter

“Oh, how I hate the holidays!” thought Trevor.

He looked down the street.  The lights bothered his eyes and played with his vision.  Things were not clear.  The halo effect and the shimmering was simply more of a problem now than the rest of the year.  He looked ahead and saw the lone man standing holding a package.  He liked them thinner and younger and, well, female, but…

“Beggars and all that,” he finished the idea almost out loud.
“At least, he’s too big for me to lose!”

He managed to keep his fangs protracted as he began the hunt.




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  • Shirley McCann  On December 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Ooh. Loved that one. Never would have thought of a vampire. And Namaste to you as well.


  • Debra Kristi  On December 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Ha! What a wonderful surprise at the end. Migraine headaches first came to mind when you mentioned the lights, but with my love of monsters and immortals I should have been thinking vampire. *face palm* I really enjoyed the flow of this piece.


  • Joanna (Lazuli Portals Trilogy)  On December 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    That ending I did not expect! Nice one, Scott. 🙂


  • billgncs  On December 1, 2012 at 10:36 am

    let us hope the package was a wooden stake, or a revolver with six silver bullets!


  • claudia  On December 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

    The eye problem captured my attention as you described my own sight situation this year. However..I haven’t taken a bite of anyone….yet!


  • mysocalledDutchlife  On December 1, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I’m so surprised that the pickings weren’t richer – this must have been a very late, last minute panic Christmas shopper ;-). That’ll teach him!

    I wasn’t expecting a vampire thriller from this prompt – well done!


  • Rochelle Wisoff-Fields  On December 1, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Well written story and apt title, Scott.


  • everydayclimb  On December 1, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Love it! What an original take on the photo.

    He liked them thinner and younger and, well, female, but…
    “Beggars and all that,”

    I enjoyed this snippet!


  • brudberg  On November 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Love vampire tales, though this the feeding frenzy, and not the animic lover kind. Very nice.


  • Joyce  On November 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Sounds like a scene from the ‘Twilight’ series, but instead of an ‘Edward’ it is a Trevor. I had to laugh at this in a way, Scott. My little 5 yr old grandson’s name is Trevor, and his mom (my youngest daughter) is a big fan of the “Twilight’ movie and book series and never misses them. She, my oldest daughter and my husband all went to see the last and final episode of ‘Breaking Dawn’, part II. Another thing I thought was a little funny was that it sounded like this Trevor (a vampire?) cannot see well and maybe has cataracts? Ha Ha. I have cataracts and have to really peer into, and focus on things far and near and am having cataract surgery done in a month. Then maybe I can see better too. Ha! Can I use this as an excuse for many of my mistakes in my writing? I try to. LOL


  • mari wells  On November 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Wonderful story! Vampires my kind of thing. 😀


  • bridgesareforburning  On November 30, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Hi Scott,
    You’re right on. The young women are the tastiest and I have a feeling that guy in the photo my be a little tough and chewy. Great the way you strung us along until that jarring last line! Ron


  • silentlyheardonce  On November 30, 2012 at 10:14 am

    🙂 Yes I can see a vampire having a problem with the Christmas lighting. Nice take on the prompt.


  • sustainabilitea  On November 30, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Retractable fangs are so much better than the old look-out-I’m-a-vampire type!! Send the address of that mall so I avoid it. Wait–I try to avoid all malls, so I should miss him.

    Off to get the business of the day going now that I’ve read through another row of stories and looking forward to the next break so I can read some more. Life has such a habit of interfering with my fun!!! Thanks for being a part of starting my day out well.


  • claireful  On November 30, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Hah! I really like this, especially the last line.


  • Sandra  On November 30, 2012 at 4:44 am

    I like a vamp who can be flexible. Too many people stick with the same old, same old. Very original take on the photo. Nicely done.


  • yerpirate  On November 30, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Very good! I liked the vampire’s musings!


  • thehappyhugger  On November 30, 2012 at 2:39 am

    That must be the quickest thriller I’ve ever read – loved it Scott. You write well!


  • rich  On November 30, 2012 at 1:08 am

    well, red is a christmas color. drink up!


  • Susan Keene  On November 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Not what I expected. Loved it. These stories are great.


  • boomiebol  On November 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Vampires take over Christmas… Scary!!! Nicely done


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