It’s Flashback Friday and because I’m already in the Halloween Spirit
I’ve dug up a story I wrote over 13 years ago- here it is
” Wax Teeth. “
” Do you have Wax Teeth? ” the old man asked the cashier at the Halloween Megamart.
” Excuse me?” she asked as she touched her fingers to her lips.
That was the problem with working in a Halloween store- you had to dress up every single day and sometimes you forgot about the devil’s horns on your head or the pirate patch over your eye.
” Wax teeth, the ones that look like Vampire teeth. I’ve been instructed not to buy the was Ghoul teeth or the Ogre teeth, but specifically the Wax Vampire Teeth- the edible ones.”
” The edible ones. “
” Yes, the edible ones- mind you, not the bubblegum ones, not the peppermint flavored ones but the Wax ones that you can chew into a wax ball the size of Barbie Doll’s head.”
” We don’t have those, I mean I think we sold them a long time ago. But now you can mold your own fangs and re-use them…like false teeth.”
” False fangs?” the Old Man said to himself.
” And then we have the hard candy fangs and glow in the dark teeth…”
” but not the wax ones…”
” Nope, we don’t have anything that will leave you with a mouth full of something the size of a doll’s head.”
” Well. I can’t say I’m disappointed to hear that. So let me see…” he opened his jacket and took a list from out of his front pocket ” what else I’m supposed to ask about. Oh here we go. Do you have Witch’s Costumes?”
” Sir, we have nothing but Witch’s costumes. ” she pointed to the wall behind her and the old man leaned forward and started to read the labels on the packages.
” Kissy Witch, Glamor Witch, Sassy Witch…my goodness. Are all of the costumes cut low…you know in the front?”
” Pretty much.”
” I see I see I see. Heavens. Well let’s hope we have a little more luck with with this one.”
He took a deep breath, looked up from his list and winced. ” Werewolf masks? “
” I think you’re in luck. On that wall in the back of the store we have Pirate Werewolves, London Werewolf, Psycho Werewolf and I think we still have some Werewolf Wench masks- that one is popular with women. It comes with the Werewolf Wench costume.”
” You don’t say.”
” It looks great with boots or heels.”
” Well. I guess that’s the fashion now days-Sassy Witches and Pirate Werewolves and the like.”
” Yep. It’s been that way for a while.”
” So if one wants to fit in during the festivities that’s the way to go.”
The old man shrugged. ” Well. That is the idea. Let have two sets of Vampire teeth-the ones you can make yourself and the glow in dark ones, let’s go with the Sassy Witch, The London Werewolf and if you have anything that could help me look like a Mad Scientist I think this could work.”
The cashier neatly stacked the costumes on the counter between them decorated with bats and palm sized walking brains. After she did that she went over to the accessories wall and started to pull little packages off the pegs and as she did that she mentioned different Halloween Parties that were opened to the public. They were family events she mentioned guessing that’s who he was buying all this stuff for.
She saw the Old Man writing something down in a little notebook with an actual pencil and she told him she had flyers and would put them into the bags. That way he could take his time choosing which ones to go.
She bagged each costume separately and when she was finished she told the Old Man that there were no refunds on the costumes.
” You’ve been very helpful, ” he told her as he took his packages.
” Well you’re welcome and have a Happy Halloween.”
” Yes, well…here’s to hoping.”
He walked out of the store, down the street and turned the corner and waiting for him at a bus stop was a tall thin man standing near the curb, a woman with long black hair and sitting on a bright green bench was another man with mismatched eyes-one was icy blue and the other was dark brown.
” How did you do?” the woman asked.
” I think this should do it. I think these will work. “
He handed them each a bag with dancing pumpkins on the front.
The man on the bench looked into his bag and looked up. ” London Werewolf.” he said
” It was either that or something called Psycho Werewolf. It came with a knife. Please, please don’t ask me why Marley.”
The thin man reached into his bag and took out the glow in the dark teeth and he asked, ” this is what Vampires wear now days?”
” I got expert advice in the matter Benton.”
” Sassy Witch ” the two words hissed from between her lips.
” I know Aridatha. ” the Old Man sighed. ” I know. “
” Sassy. Witch.” she said with her eyes closed.
” I know.” The old man said sorrowfully.
From down the street they could hear a bus making it’s way towards their corner.
” Well.” Marley said ” I’m willing to give it a try.
Benton opened his mouth and his glow in the dark teeth smiled at them.
” Sassy. Witch.” Aridatha agreed.
” Look. I’m a Mad Scientist. How amusing is that?” he asked the three of them as he reached into his bag and pulled out a little jar full of eyes bobbing in red liquid.
” Well. As long as we fit in that’s all that matters. ” Sassy mumbled darkly. “For one stupid night. I hate candy corn. Do you guys know that?”
The Mad Scientist ignored the dark cloud that was forming around Sassy’s head.
Marley pulled the Werewolf mask out of the bag and held it up and sighed. ” It’s a little obvious, isn’t it? I mean put this on and they can see you coming from a mile away.”
” What difference does it make Marley?” Aridatha asked ” We were bad at this the first time around. In fact at the end of the day we ended up becoming laughing stocks. Look at this stuff, will you? I mean really look at it.”
Artidatha grabbed Benton’s bag turned it upside down and a black cape and pair of blue spectacles fell out and landed on the green bench. She put her hands on her hips and looked at her friends. ” Go on. Say something.”
” We were losers” Benton sighed.
” Keep it coming guys.”
Marley shrugged, ” We never got into a fight we could win.”
Aridatha tapped the side of her nose and pointed at Marley”s crestfallen face.
” Stop this Aridatha”
Aridatha looked at the old man and said one word. ” Benji.”
” Not Benjamin, but just…Benji.” she sneered.
” You are one mean woman Marley said.
” No Marley. I am a Witch. And may I remind you, if it weren’t for me none of us would be here right now.”
The three of them looked at her and she shrugged.
” Let me refresh your memories which may be a little foggy. In case the three of you have forgotten we weren’t very good at doing the things we were supposed to do. In fact, I’d go as far as to say we were absolute failures in our given fields. I mean if I hear ‘ hung from your neck until you are dead’ one more time I am seriously going to lose what is left of my last nerve.”
” I got staked to the ground…”Benton whispered ” my best friend thought he was doing me a favor by releasing my soul.”
” Shot.” Marley sadly said more to himself then anyone else ” by my own Father.”
” Burned in my lab…” Benji shook his head ” It wasn’t the greatest work but it was all I had after losing my family- they died during the Plague you know. I worked for years to bring them back…but like you said Aridatha. We were failures in our given fields.”
Aridatha looked into her friend’s faces and realized she had done what the experts had been trying to do for centuries. She with just a few words had killed what was left of her friends great though somewhat dark Spirits.
” Yeah well, it was bad. Like you’ve been saying for almost a month now Benji it’s only for one night. I mean one night where we can actually enjoy being who we are”
Aridatha looked down at the ground below her feet.
” You would actually go along with this. ” Benton asked her.
” Well.” she mumbled in reply. ” For one night.. I guess it wouldn’t kill me.”
Marley held the mask up to his own face and said with a little lift in his voice, ” London Werewolf.”
” Psycho Wolf…don’t forget. There’s such a thing as a Pyscho Werewolf now.”Benton said with admiration.
” Well hey now. ” Marley said ” Look at this” he said tapping the coffin-shaped box in Benton’s hand that held the fang making kit. “Wow. People make fangs on purpose now. Back in the old days having a set of those in your mouth could get your head chopped off”
” I suppose after all we’ve been through ” Benji said ” we’ve earned one night of fun .”
” I suppose- but these costumes Benji.” Aridatha argued.
“But Ardi. London Werewolf…”
” You’re from Dundee Marley.”
” Yeah.” Benton said, ” Yeah that’s true but this stuff is….”
” Freaking awesome.” Marely roared as he pulled the mask onto his head. ” I’m doing it. I am going for it. Ardi you can either be yourself or you can be a little more and have some fun doing it. Come on. It’s just for one night. Let’s do it.”
” Be ourselves for one night.” she let the words swirl around her for a moment and she looked at her friends and told them, ” Okay I’m in. And who knows? “
They looked at her and she was relieved to see their eyes starting to burn a little bright in the darkness.
” If we can blend in for one night, we may consider blending back into all of the others.”