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I stared at the flashing sign with shock.
“Hey, Jase, close your mouth, if you don’t want to
have a dish of mosquitoes.” Said Ben.
“What’s with the sign there?” I asked, trying to eat
my chicken pie.
Ben followed my gaze towards the bright, flashy sign,
saying “Eat More Beer”
Ben took a bite and said casually, “They don’t bother
about grammar here, my nerdy boy. It’d be ‘drink more beer’, we all know that.”
“Not that,” I said, “Isn’t it totally unbelievable? To
see a sign claiming
eat more beer in a restaurant named ‘Teetotaller
“Calm down, boy! I get your point.” Ben patted on my
back. “Let’s check out the mystery.”
I called the waiter and ordered a drink.
Five minutes later, the waiter arrived with a glass of
fizzy drink, oddly pink in colour.
It smelled quite odd too, like a strawberry fondue.
I raised my eyebrows and cautiously watched Ben take a
sip of that drink… But what I saw made me more shocked than ever.
Odd scars and patterns grew all around Ben’s faces and
“Benjamin!” I cried, but strangely no fellow diner,
not even the one sitting next table turned at us.
Ben didn’t seem to hear me either. He resumed to drink
as if the whole world had paused.
“There’s something in the drink, I say!” I shouted,
shaking Ben by his arms, “Ben?! Do you hear me?!”
Caught in a frenzy, I grabbed the drink and gulped it
“What a fool am I!” I thought to myself as my vision
Slowly as if fogged by a pinkish mist, my eyes dragged
and closed and as if… I drifted off to a distant place.
“Uhh?” I struggled to force my eyes open. “W-Where am
I looked around cautiously around myself. There was
nothing I could remember. Everywhere where strange pinkish octopus like folks.
“Is this some kind of sci-fi movie set? Where is Ben?
Ben?” I cried, nervousness leaking in my voice.
“Calm down, Jason, I’m right here beside you.” Said a
voice that I instantly recognized.
I turned towards it and what a shock did I get! There
a tall, thick octopus-like creature wearing the same shirt like Ben.
“Is that really…you?” I stammered, my voice a barely
The creature nodded and said, “Look at yourself, Jase.”
Fearfully, I turned my gaze towards the glass table… And met the horror I had
I had turned into such a creature too. A monster like
the rest of them.
“Look at the sign,” said Ben, “The beer they asked you
to drink was a potion that turns you into one of them. We’ve already fallen in
the trap, Jason. So dear, let’s eat more beer!”