Empty streets

A street scene for today’s photo prompt. Something caught my eye and that’s all I could see, then the words came.  This is Friday’s Fictioneers 100-word story, brought courtesy of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Photo: Kent Bonham

Photo: Kent Bonham

The street was deserted. Carried on the breeze, rubbish bounced along the pavement. Streetlights shone brightly, but not a soul remained. The signs of abandonment everywhere: the dropped shopping bags, the kids’ scooters, the half-eaten apple.

Above his head, hanging from a neon sign, a futile attempt at protection. He snorted – a derisory gesture: a few cloves wouldn’t defeat a horde. Neither would his gun. He holstered it and drew the weapon out of  the scabbard. He’d whittled the stake at one end to an infinitesimal point.

Emerging from the shadows, Van Helsing was back in business.



  1. Oh! I liked this 😀

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  2. Moody, dark and fun all at the same time!


    1. I must have watched a vampire movie recently!


  3. it was like being in a movie scene. great story-telling.


    1. Thank you. I probably have been watching too many movies recently!

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  4. I love this story and it is like being in a movie! You really set the tone with your descriptions. Nan


    1. Thank you. I don’t know if I’ll ever make a screen writer, but it was fun to do!


  5. Fantastic, as the others said above, it really was like a movie. Love it ! 🙂


    1. I’ve always been a fan of Buffy, so maybe that’s why it comes out as a movie.

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      1. I’m a huge fan of buffy too! 🙂

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  6. All you need is some moody music to complete the scene! Bril.

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    1. Perhaps I should try my hand a composing something… probably not! Thank you.


  7. Who needs Superman or Batman? Great writing!


    1. I’m more of a Buffy fan 🙂

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      1. I guess I’m showing my age, huh? 😐


  8. A lot at stake here


    1. lol. It would be pointless otherwise!


  9. Once again on the hunt! Well done, very enjoyable!


    1. No rest for the superhero!


  10. Francesca Smith · · Reply

    Very vividly described and it transported me there with Professor Van Helsing. Such a legendary group of characters.


    1. So many versions of him about and he’s becoming more popular than Dracula.

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  11. Wonderful scene-setting and a great character. Gripping.


    1. Thank you. I can blame that garlic, the signs were a distraction!


  12. gahlearner · · Reply

    Is this a grandson, or is VanHelsing living on? At any rate, excellent story, the atmosphere is great.


    1. It’s a family dynasty, one that keeps being re-born!

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  13. Well thank goodness there’s honest work for a vampire hunter again.
    I liked the tone and evocation of this piece. Nicely done.


    1. Thank you. Glad I could find employment for him.


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