Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Flashfiction - sequel to vampire and tortoise story

A couple years ago, I posted a silly piece of fluff on Facebook for my friend Margaret. She asked for a sequel…

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The Midnight Carver Revealed

As my faithful readers well know, I have been on a five-year-long quest to track down and identify the ‘Midnight Carver,’ this talented individual who has been leaving small wood carvings all over town. You can click on the ‘gallery’ link to see all the carvings I personally found, and those found by readers such as you.

Well, my quest is now at an end. I have met the Midnight Carver and interviewed him. But let me start from the beginning.

I have never had the chance to mention this before, but I am a Special Enforcer, what people sometimes call a ‘vampire hunter’ although it’s a fairly misleading title. I do track vampires as part of my duties, but only when I identify a killer do I actively ‘hunt’ a vampire, and execute him. A week or so ago, a misunderstanding led me to track a vampire, whom I found on a park bench with a carving knife and wood piece in his hands. After clearing out the misunderstanding, I was delighted to talk to him and finally find out why he leaves his artwork over town, and why cats and turtles – sorry, tortoises – seem to be his favorite carving subjects.

“I trained as a carpenter when I was a human,” he explained to me. “And it’s just something I’ve been doing ever since to pass time whenever I’m bored.”

Two hundred years of practice would indeed explain the depth of his skills. As to why he abandons his creations for others to find…

“I’ve got shelves and shelves of carvings at home. I just don’t have room for them anymore.”

Cats and tortoises… he confided to me having been owned by eight cats to date. His newest companion – other than yours truly – is a tortoise named ‘Fluffy the Ninth’ – and can I just say as a side note that tortoises are surprisingly quick when they try to make a run for freedom?

So there you have it. The mystery of the Midnight Carver is now solved, and this blog has come to an end. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with a vampire.

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