Sesame Street was surprisingly accurate in its depiction of vampires.
The capes and fangs are true, but so is the maths obsession. That’s why a circle of salt works as protection. They spend so long counting the individual grains they don’t have time to eat you.
I’ve tested this statement, and can confirm.
The creature hunched over our grotty kitchen floor, fingers so thin they blurred in the air, was there four hours before sunrise.
A pile of dust, mingling with the salt.
I stood up, breath still fast and shallow. I’d expected the shaking.
But I hadn’t expected the singing.