Superstition is a Way

Photo by: Jean L. Hays

AP reporter Jane Swift said, “Miss Devereaux, you rose from horrendous poverty to running a top 500 fashion company in just a few years. How do you explain that?”

“The usual,” said Marie Devereaux. “Hard work. Dedication.”

“Now critics are claiming you practice black arts with voodoo dolls. True?”

Devereaux scowled. This wasn’t what was promised. “How silly. Who believes such superstitious nonsense?”

“Those same critics are dying, rapidly, under bizarre circumstances. True?”

“This interview is over,” declared Devereaux.

Returning to New Orleans, Devereaux held up some cloth to her assistant. “Doesn’t this match the skin tone of that AP reporter?”
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Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2019/10/23/25-october-2019/

Author’s notes:

The lyrics of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” were an influence this story’s title.

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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25 Responses to Superstition is a Way

  1. trentpmcd says:

    Not to self, when doing an interview, don’t bring up black magic or voodoo, even if you have proof…

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  2. Eek! And there was me thinking my angle would be unique! Nicely done in a chilling sort of way. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  3. Dear Eric,

    Oh dear. I guess that interviewers about to find out the truth. That’s what he gets for messing with a Black Magic Woman. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Not the wisest move by the reporter to annoy her!

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  5. bearmkwa says:

    Good one, best not to annoy her, I’d say.

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  6. M K Zebra says:

    A smart reporter would probably look into some counter curses before going on an offensive, I think!

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  7. Hah! Voodoo never goes out of FASHION. I had to say that…. 🙂

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  8. tedstrutz says:

    Nice take on the prompt.

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  9. Dale says:

    He who is a Doubting Thomas shall find out the hard way…
    Well done, Eric!

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  10. pennygadd51 says:

    Excellent take on the prompt, EagleAye. Your story has me wondering whether fashion designers are particularly good at making voodoo dolls through the use of their skill at matching colour and texture.

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  11. draliman says:

    Oh dear. She pushed too far…

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  12. Joy Pixley says:

    Well, *technically* learning how to become a voodoo princess and carefully picking off all your enemies could be counted as “hard work and dedication,” right? So she was telling the truth. But whew, she might be going a bit overboard — people start to notice when ALL of your enemies drop like flies!

    I love how you went from an innocent image of sewing materials to someone killing off her detractors with voodoo magic. Great job invoking the spookiness of the season!

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  13. Liz Young says:

    If he knew they were dying mysteriously he was taking a huge risk – silly man!

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  14. granonine says:

    What an interesting story, full of drama and intrigue. Fascinating take on the prompt.

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  15. Yes I really like that, Voodoo is a wicked theme today!

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  16. List of X says:

    You know, voodoo or not, but she has to have plenty of talent and put in a lot of hard work to get where she is – voodoo can help get rid of the critics and the enemies, but it can’t get customers to buy your products, win investors, and balance the books.

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  17. James McEwan says:

    From experience, never annoy a seamstress, well not until they have finished the alterations.

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  18. msjadeli says:

    Wonderful story with the perfect musical accompaniment 🙂

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  19. Abhijit Ray says:

    Ms Devereaux is one smart business woman. She is removing her critics and opening her career path.

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  20. Clever story and spooky for the season!

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