Failed Security Measures – Friday Fictioneers

Photo by: Kent Bonham

Failed Security Measures

Romania seemed strange to Jan and Jerry.

At the bakery, the proprietor insisted that Jan and Jerry should sample his garlic and feta poppers.

At the shoe store, they insisted that customers try the free garlic ice cream.

At the mountain bike store, the clerk pushed the fried garlic tofu on them. They bought their bike pump, and left.

Outside, Jerry noticed Jan was texting a message on her phone. “What’re you doing?”

Jan speared the last piece of garlic tofu with her fang. “I’m texting our fellow vampire friends. They don’t have to fear moldy garlic anymore. The really fresh garlic is right here!”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers. Each week, the lovely and talented Rochelle Wisoff-Fields presents a photo from one of the many FF writers as a writing prompt for flash fiction. Look here to see what everyone else wrote in answer to the prompt:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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34 Responses to Failed Security Measures – Friday Fictioneers

  1. ansumani says:

    Ha ha..Garlic immune vampires…what horror! Nice one.

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  2. So that’s what vampires veer away from – moldy garlic! Fresh garlic –not so much! Wonderful story!

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  3. List of X says:

    I wouldn’t get too excited. For all I know, this Romanian fresh garlic is packed with pesticides and nitrates.

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  4. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear EagleAye, Great story and I hope the garlic is fresh – it looks fresh to me. This take really surprised (happily) me! Good job! Nan

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    • EagleAye says:

      It’s not easy to surprise you clever readers. I have to work at it, and it’s very rewarding when it works. Glad you liked your surprise. Thanks much, Nan! 🙂


  5. micklively says:

    Some vamps are so picky!
    Good piece.

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  6. babso2you says:

    I was not expecting the story to go the way it did! Well done WordMaster! ^..^

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  7. Dear Eric,

    Who knew? I’ll remember to keep moldy garlic around to ward off any vampires in the area. Thanks for the entertainment. 😉



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  8. I knew vampires loved garlic and only used it to ensnare their victims!

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  9. Francesca Smith says:

    So it’s mouldy garlic…I will have to remember that one. This also reminds me of the 2004 film Van Helsing, and how Dracula could not be killed by the well known methods.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yes indeed. Just like many of the old folk remedies, some are quite effective, and others are nothing more than superstition. The trick is knowing which is which. The Van Helsing movie is awesome. It’s one of my faves. 🙂

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  10. storydivamg says:

    Great story, Eric! I love the way you turned the garlic myth on its head here. This photo prompt did have me googling vampire lore for information about the use of garlic against vampires. Honestly, your story is more insightful than anything else I was able to dredge up.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thank you! It was all just made up. It seemed the store in the picture was protected with garlic. I wondered, what would happen if it didn’t work, and they didn’t know it wasn’t working? It’s usually the tiny details like moldy garlic versus fresh garlic that trip people up. I’m glad you liked this. Thank you kindly! 🙂

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  11. Margaret says:

    You nearly lost me on garlic ice cream, but I’m glad I kept going because the story is a treat. I feel like cheering for the vampires now, they seem like such harmless, ordinary types.


  12. So the vamps are into homeopathy, eh? 😉

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  13. Garlic, garlic everywhere and not a toothbrush in sight. eeeww

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  14. i b arora says:

    well that’s quite a take on garlic; i too thought and wrote about a vampire

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  15. gahlearner says:

    Hah, this is great. I consider turning vampire just for the food they were offered (perhaps sans ice cream). Next would be the mold-free coffin, maybe a good business idea?

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! Could be an effective business. I think I would go to that town and wear dark clothes and put on pasty makeup. That way the shop owners will insist I take double samples just to be sure. I could shop and get a free lunch all in one! Thanks so much. 🙂

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  16. Shey says:

    Wahahaha, that caught me by surprise. Too funny!

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