Linnea’s boyfriends had teased her about the bulb of garlic she placed in bed. They said things like, “If you take a bite, your breath is going to make me sleep on the couch.” And: “Should I get a squirt gun full of holy water? Wouldn’t that do more damage to a vampire than just garlic?”
She took their teasing. Because their teasing meant that someone was in bed with her. That, of course, meant companionship and the very good possibility of pleasure.
But the most powerful thing it meant: she was not alone.
For it was in the alone times that she was the most scared. Dealing with her nightmares of vampires and waking up alone, she felt like she was the last person on earth. The last morsel of human blood for the flock of vampires approaching her bedroom.
When she was alone, she slept with her Bible and garlic bulb. A necklace with a cross. Doing whatever she could to ward off evil.
Because there was evil in the world. As much as her boyfriends teased her, they knew it deep down. They may not even admit to it. But evil existed.
It was in the news every single day, with murder and people being taken. Evil had to be prepared for, and she was going to do whatever she could against it.
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