By Adrian Ludens

Three members of the "band" nod to indicate they accept Rebecca's apology, even though Miguel claimed to be the only one who understands English. She incorrectly identifies the violin, a common Mariachi instrument, as a fiddle, and Miguel does not correct her. Later, Rebecca asks which of them plays the stand-up bass. Miguel identifies another member of the group, but Mariachi music does not use a stand-up bass; the low notes are played on the guitarrón. Finally, Miguel apparently lost track of who he said played each instrument because he mentions Carlos twice, but forgets to assign an instrument to Esteban. Added together, Miguel's claim that they are members of a Mariachi band seems to have little credence.

Adrian Ludens is the author of Bedtime Stories for Carrion Beetles, available online on Smashwords and Amazon in multiple formats. His short fiction has appeared in: Blood Lite 3: Aftertaste, Blood Rites, the Stoker-nominated Slices of Flesh, and upcoming in Darker Edge of Desire, among others. Magazine and online appearances include Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Woman's World, Big Pulp, and Over My Dead Body!. Visit him at

Last year, omdb! published a longer story by this author; "Monday Mourning at the 'Curl Up and Dye'" (June, 2013).

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