It’s time for this week’s Song Title Challenge.
Write a short piece of fiction, around 300 words, using the song title as your story title but don’t listen to the song. You can pick your own genre or use the one suggested to me. Remember to link back to this post so I can find yours.
This week’s song is Plastic Shadow by Blindspott. Thanks to Gigi from Anchor it down for the suggestion. No genre was specified.
“Can I help you, sir?”
Sven jumped. Being startled was a new experience. He didn’t like it. He turned to see a pasty kid in braces.
“Yes,” he drawled. “Vot is zis place?”
“Ghouls ‘R Us, sir,” said the kid, flashing a smile of metal and rubber bands. “The one-stop-shop for everything the discerning undead might want. We have stake-proof capes, fang-whiteners, parsley over in the fresh food section to counteract garlic, or perhaps some flea powder – I hear when one turns into a bat they can be a right pain in the…”
“I DO NOT HAVE FLEAS!”
Normally the Voice made mortals cower before him, but the kid just blinked and smiled again. “Of course not, sir. Not a classy gent like you.” All that metal was starting to make Sven uncomfortable.
“How did you know I vos a vampire anyvay?”
“You mean besides the Transylvanian accent? Just joking. Here at Ghouls ‘R Us we’re trained to recognise any and all undead customers. In your case it’s what you don’t have.”
“Vot do you mean?”
“You don’t have a shadow. Great big spotlights overhead, white tile floor all around you. Dead giveaway, if you’ll pardon the pun.”
Sven looked at his feet and felt somewhat relieved there was no blood in his veins. He had the most absurd urge to blush.
“Yes,” he mumbled. “Part of ze curse, I’m afraid. Nozzing to be done about it.”
“On the contrary, we have just the thing, fresh in from Undead Solutions Inc. I give you the Plastic Shadow. Not actual plastic, of course. Indistinguishable from the real thing and guaranteed not to snag. It won’t last in sunlight, but that shouldn’t be a problem, should it?”
“Er, no, I don’t suppose…”
“Excellent. Will you be paying with a gold card or just regular gold?”
Copyright © 2014 Herman Kok
I can’t find a music video, but you can still listen to the song.