It's the night of the exciting season finale of Prancing Like a Minor Star, when the winners of this dancing competition will be decided. Among the finalists are Van Helsing and Vlad Tepish who are reluctant to say much about their off-screen rivalry, but it just might boil over on-screen, too.
"Smoke and Mirrorballs" is a stand-alone short story about a Dancing With the Stars style competition involving various characters from supernatural lore, including Van Helsing and Vlad Tepish. Their two teams, along with a third, have reached the finals and they're about to find out who wins. This story was written in the style of a television script, so it was a little harder for me to get into than one that has traditional narration. I'm apparently a little slow on the uptake, too, because I was a bit baffled by the ending and it took about half an hour before it finally dawned on me. Duh! Once I figured it out, it was kind of cute, but overall, this story was just okay for me. "Smoke and Mirrorballs" can be found in the anthology Blood Lite III: Aftertaste.
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