Today we bought a new Nerf Sword. It’s one of the slick new Zombie Strike models that is almost exactly like the old model he had. So now he has two swords to come at me with. Joke’s on him, though, I’ve got a real shinken. 🙂
We also went to a birthday party for one of the kids in his school and he wanted to take the sword with him. I had to explain to him that birthday parties are not exactly the best places for swordplay, Nerf or otherwise. Turns out he didn’t want to fight anyone with the sword he was going to use it to destroy a vengeful ghost.
It turns out his school has recently experienced a spate of supernatural activity. He swears up and down, side to side, and backward to front that he and his friends played Bloody Mary and …
Wait a minute. What are kids doing with Bloody Marys (Maries? Crap, I don’t know the plural of Mary).
Turns out they’re not drinking Bloody Marys (see above), they’ve been playing a game which I had been unaware of: Blood Mary. I hadn’t heard of it before; in Farmington we were more concerned with Skinwalkers and aliens. We had real problems, damnit and couldn’t be bothered with pesky ghosts that haunt mirrors. Besides, who hangs out in bathroom anyway? Seriously, find a better place to haunt.
Apparently the game goes like this: You stand, alone, in a dark bathroom and look in the mirror. Say “Bloody Mary” three times and the ghost will appear and suck out your eyeballs.
Back in my day (damn, I’m getting old), we would have just said Beetlejuice three times and gotten this guy instead. He might not suck out your eyeballs, but he would demand your daughter’s hand in marriage so if you have a daughter (or three), you might want to reconsider.
Now, as for why the vengeful ghost of Mary, Queen of Scots or Mary Worth of Chicago would be interested in a mirror in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Proud member of the United States since 1912) is anyone’s guess, but who can really fathom the reasoning of a ghost? All I’ve got to say is if she shows up in New Mexico there’s an eight year old with a Nerf sword and an itchy sword finger waiting for her.
You’ve been warned, Mary.