Plastic Teeth

Plastic Teeth
by A. P. Sessler

William Burke playfully gnashed at the air with his new plastic teeth as he unwrapped a peanut butter cup. He licked the chocolate from the wrapper, then dropped it into the white plastic bag his mother held before him.

“Thank you,” she said.

“Welcome,” he said, noticing the odd sound of clapping canines as his jaws met. He removed the green plastic teeth just long enough to eat the candy, then placed them back in.

“Easy, Count Chomperla. If you eat too much candy, you’ll get a tummy ache,” Mr. Burke teased him.

“I’m not a vampire. It’s a magician’s cape!” William reminded his father.

“He was just joking,” said his mother. “Now go play with the other children.”

“Do I have to?” he whined.

“Yes. This is your Halloween party, and they’re your new neighbors.”

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