|Bela Lugosi as Dracula Via Wikimedia Commons|
There is no seating for the little ice cream shop, but the wall between the parking lot and the back drive serves well enough for outdoor seating. There were already two mothers sitting there, with their four young kids running off steam, evidence of their choice of ice cream and water ice flavors on their faces. When I had settled down to read, they ran circles around me, until their mothers asked them to the leave "the lady" alone. I think the "old" was unvoiced.
One of the urchins had a line of cherry red water ice running from his mouth, and when his mother asked him to wipe it off, teasing him that he looked like a vampire, he decided that he was a vampire, and so certainly should not wipe the sticky stuff off. Pretty soon, the whole lot of them were vampires, huddling by the garden, shooting glances my way. "How much blood do you think that woman has?"1
Maybe I should have had more garlic on my tomato salad?
1. About 4.7 liters is a good estimate.