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Flash Fiction

VisDare 23: Real Estate

Minerva looked at the room from over the tops of her designer reading glasses. How could anyone have gotten so much money in 2013 on such a dump, she pondered as she surveyed the mile-high ceilings, stained glass windows, and ornate woodwork in what was the formal dining room. She turned to the new owners and tried to put on a smile. “I am sure we can do something to, um, modernize the entire structure for you.”

“No! You mustn’t touch a thing!” The countess grabbed her husband’s arm. “It is perfect the way it is, darling.”

Dr. Szilagy lovingly patted his wife’s hand. “I know dear.” He approached Minerva and smiled, revealing a set of fangs she hadn’t noticed when he opened the front door. “Our dear realtor here had not seen the inside when she arranged the sale. I wanted her to see where she will spend eternity.”

I absolutely adore Angela’s choices for each week’s photo prompt! This one (and the others on the site from which it came–click the picture to go look!) conjures up so many different delicious possibilities, but I stuck with a round-about on a tried and true vampire tale. The reference to Szilagy comes from the story of Vlad the Impailer, which can be found here.

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  1. The Real Cie June 5, 2013 5:44 pm

    Reblogged this on The Cheese Whines and commented:
    Real estate agents and vampires–a favorite pairing since the days of Dracula! Loved it. 🙂

    • AR Neal June 5, 2013 5:45 pm

      Thanks ‘Cie and as always, thanks for sharing!!

  2. yarrpirate June 5, 2013 7:21 pm

    HEH HEH…humourous fellow, isn;t he!.

    • AR Neal June 5, 2013 7:54 pm

      Glad you enjoyed!

  3. Angela Goff (@Angela_Goff) June 8, 2013 1:09 am

    Darkly ironic, and I ADORE Minerva’s name. With such a moniker, I have a hunch she’s not going to go down easily…! Great entry!!

    • AR Neal June 8, 2013 1:48 am

      Thank you! It gets tough coming up with interesting character names 🙂

  4. The Fiction Vixen June 8, 2013 6:11 pm

    She sounds like a kick ass kind of gal…x

    • AR Neal June 8, 2013 6:12 pm


  5. zookyworld June 10, 2013 10:25 am

    What a beautiful place to spend eternity… and I’m sure there will be people passing by to check out the place and will stumble into the owners…

    • AR Neal June 10, 2013 12:55 pm

      Thanks so much, zooky! It is lovely…

  6. tedstrutz June 12, 2013 4:23 am

    Nice one AR. Great photo to play with too. Liked the Szilagy nod.

    • AR Neal June 12, 2013 3:55 pm

      😉 Thank you!

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