by Barry Ergang
Here is a fun very short flash fiction piece about a vampire written by mystery author Barry Ergang, perfect for Halloween. It was originally published in 2005 in an online anthology titled Ghosts Inside the Machine at the Mystery Island website
Exiled from his birth country for many years, the vampire spared one of the young women his servants captured—a woman from his homeland—and demanded she tell him of it. Nightly released from her cell, a terrified Scheherazade, employing dilatory embellishments she enchanted him with descriptions of cities, villages, and people that evoked his distant youth.
On the fifth night, her store of information and creativity exhausted, tremblingly she awaited her fate.
“You’ve given me great pleasure,” the vampire said. “I must show my gratitude.”
Hope flared in her breast. “Freedom?”
His gaze impaling her soul, he bent toward her with a wide grin. “Fangs for the memories.”
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