“Two Bloody Mary’s please.” I tell the waitress.
“Don’t you normally get those after you finish drinking?” My date, Ellen, asked.
“Sorry, old habit, I like the name.” I explain. Ellen looks at me like I’ve got something stuck in my teeth.
“Are you a fan of really old nursery rhymes?” She asks, trying to find a reason why I would like such a violent name.
“Well, kind of, I like the urban myth, you know the one right?”
“Sure, the thing with the mirror that prepubescent kids do at sleepovers. Were you a big fan of that?” She had downgraded from seeing something stuck in my teeth, to maybe catching a whiff of bad breath.
“I just sympathized with Bloody Mary a lot.” I bite my tongue as soon as the words are out. That’s something only a crazy person would say. Now I would have to be on damage control for the rest of this date just to keep her from walking out. A second date was entirely out of the question at this point.
“Because she can’t control it.” Ellen says. Her look of revulsion is gone. Now she looks like she’s just finished a puzzle that she’s been working on.
“I know right? It’s like, what if she doesn’t want to appear and do horrible things to people.” I say.
“Maybe she would rather just rest peacefully by herself somewhere instead of being constantly forced to do bad things against her will.” Ellen continues my thought.
“She’s clearly got a cusre on her, has anyone ever thought of doing something to help her. Call a priest to exercise a mirror or something.” I say.
“Nope, they just tell whispers about her everywhere and keep forcing her to do things she doesn’t want to do.” Ellen finishes. It’s so refreshing to hear someone who feels the same way I do.
“How do you feel about horror movies?” I ask.