Countess Vampira, darling, why are you weeping so?
It’s that…that…ghoulish husband of mine!
The Count?! Oh dear. Have a Bloody Mary and tell me what he’s done to get you in such a flitter this time. Flown through the mirrored glass doors because he couldn’t see his reflection again?
No, he…he’s…he says he’s not pleased with our relationship any longer. It’s missing a spark. I’m just not his blood type anymore! And…and…I caught him glancing at the girl’s neck next door.
Now, now, my little Contessa. Dry those pretty eyes. There’s none lovelier than you. That’s why he chose you to be his eternal bride in the first place.
Oh sure. Eternity sounded like a grand idea back then. Now he wants someone who is more interesting, he says. Someone who can juggle more tasks in the daylight hours…
Someone who can…???!!! What???!!!!
Oh, Mummy!!! Whatever am I going to do?
Now, now…shhh, darling. You dry out your eternally lovely eyes before you cause a tiny crack in that thousands-year-old alabaster skin of yours. This is just another of those silly 700-year itches. Doesn’t mummy always know how to handle these things?
<Later that evening…>
You shared our conversation with…your mother??!!!
You know I share everything with her, darling – including my eternal home.
Our eternal home. You don’t have to remind me that I stuck myself in eternal hades with that bargain…
You’re only upset because, once again, she managed to get exactly what you requested – the very thing you specified you desired the most. Someone who could juggle more tasks in the daylight hours than can I, while you take your coffin breaks.
No doubt my vampiress-in-law is never at a loss to please me. The old bat is such a pain in the neck! She went directly for my jugular on this one!
A sexy vampiress AND her mother to take care of her wanton needs. A win-win situation, they said. Everlasting hades, I tell you!
And this one especially bites!
1a : to practice deceit or trickery on : beguile
b : to manipulate or rearrange especially in order to achieve a desired end
2a : to toss in the manner of a juggler
b : to hold or balance precariously
3: to handle or deal with usually several things (as obligations) at one time so as to satisfy often competing requirements <juggle the responsibilities of family life and full-time job — Jane S. Gould>
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The picture is brought to you by my walk through the park last week, in which this unsuspecting gentleman was kind enough to give permission for me to take his photo, but didn’t know I intended to serve him up to Count Dracula – nor did I, at the time. We’ll call this a fortuitous prompt (for me; not his juggling jugular, obviously!).