Under Cover of Daylight

Yes, Friday Fictioneers is still in swing this week, but I found inspiration from the headlines that grabbed my muse’s attention instead. Perhaps I’ll have a 100-word story for this week’s photo prompt later, but until then, enjoy this 110-word tale and the photo I found that seems to fit.

Deborah Tilley [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Deborah Tilley [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Under Cover of Daylight


“A tanning salon?” Lauren was incredulous. “I suppose that’s one way for a vamp to remain undercover.”


“This isn’t a single vampire.”


Lauren nearly spit out her coffee. “What?”


“It’s a ring. We’re sending you undercover to assess the situation while I set up a team to complete the sting.”


“But . . .”


“A vamp in South America developed a sunlight protection system a few years back. It’s a lacquer, applied like a spray tan. We learned about it during the 2014 World Cup.”


“The World Cup? You mean Luis Suarez is . . .”


Michael leaned forward. “Lauren, you need to start letting go of your preconceived notions.”


Disclaimer: The above story is entirely a work of fiction. To the best of my knowledge, neither Luis Suarez, any of his teammates nor any of the players he has bitten are actually vampires. For details on what really happened, click here.