“Mother, why do we have all of these garlic strings hanging in various places all around our home,” Gloria asked.
“They protect our home,” Beatrice answered.
“Protect it from what?” Gloria asked.
“From evil beings,” Beatrice answered. “The church believes that garlic is apotropaic and is able, therefore, to ward off evil spirits.”
“What kinds of evil spirits?” Gloria asked.
“Vampires and werewolves,” Beatrice said.
“Does garlic really repel vampires and werewolves?” Gloria asked.
“Have you seen any in our home?” Beatrice asked.
“No.” Gloria said.
“Well, there you go,” Beatrice smiled. “The church is always right.”
Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Dale Rogerson.