“Upon a Star” by Debbie Cowens

June 20, 2011

In a city where Prince Charmings can’t be trusted and getting what your heart desires can be deadly, a string of murders leads PI Robin Goodfellow to the Blue Fairy night club. Noir meets Fae in a tale of lust, betrayal, corruption and broken dreams. [22mins]


I ignored the people at the tables and they ignored me as I headed towards the bar. Ignoring the dazzling beauties dancing on the stage was more difficult, but I stayed focussed. Investigating the death of the city’s richest crime-lord had been dangerous and this was no time for distractions. I shouldn’t have taken the case. I’d known it’d be trouble from the start. But then, like most trouble, it had started with a dame.

“Puck!” the blonde barmaid came close to squealing when she saw me.

“I haven’t heard that name in a long time.”

“I thought you’d died.” Tinkerbell gazed up at me with her intoxicating blue eyes. “That’s what everyone said.”

“Almost. Who knows? Maybe tonight the rumour will catch up with me.”

“You haven’t changed a bit, Puck.”

“Everything changes, Tink. It’s Robin P. Goodfellow now.”

She giggled in her trademark pitch: piercing and perky. “And does Mr Goodfellow still drink peach nectar?”

“A double. On the rocks. I guess some things don’t change,” I conceded as she poured my drink.



Matt June 21, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Philip Pickard has done an excellent job voicing this story! I love the accent and performance – a brilliant match with the material 🙂

pauline June 25, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Wow!! this is clever on so many levels, entertaining, funny, ironic. Love it!

Alicia VanNoy Call April 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Rad film noir fairypunk homage short story. Thanks for sharing!

June April 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Entertaining story and worth reading.

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