Mythical Drabbles: ‘Steamy Blind Date’ by Ben Umayam

Time for another round of Mythical Drabbles! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing more drabbles from our latest anthology, Mythical Creatures of Asia.

Please enjoy today’s dark fantasy drabble by Filipino writer, Ben Umayam.

Steamy Blind Date

Ben Umayam

Nenita goes on a single’s cruise, blind date nightly.

Blindly, she is swept up, a handsome mestizo. Half and half. Spanish-Filipino. A smooth talker. First course truffle spring roll and champagne goes to her head.

Mestizo’s eyes fondle her. He bends over, sticks his tongue down her throat. The room gasps, she is no longer blind. Mestizo is a manananggal, the top half.

Nenita grabs the vinegar, salt, garlic sauce among the condiments on the table. She finds manananggal’s bottom half, seated at the adjacent banquette, and sprinkles. Screeching, they melt, top and bottom, leaving behind a cloud of steam.


Ben Umayam moved to NYC to write the Great American Filipino Short Story.  He worked for political pollsters, then became a fancy hotel chef.  He recently retired and is working that short story again.  Recently, he has been published by Ligeia, EthelZine. Lotus-eaters, 34th Parallel, Digging Through The Fat, Anak Sastra,  and two of Insignia’s Asian Drabble Anthologies.


He can be found on FB at Ben Umayam, Twitter at @UmayamBen, and Instagram at benyum82

Works Published with INSIGNIA STORIES:

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Southeast Asian Fantasy Drabbles (Insignia Drabbles Vol.2.)

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Mythical Creatures of Asia (Insignia Drabbles Vol.3.)


Read more online drabbles here


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