As they returned home and entered our driveway they spotted one of our neighbors, and Robert (in an admittedly unusual outburst of conviviality) waved and called to him, "Hi there! How're you doing?"
The neighbor, without addressing the question, answered, "Is that your dog I hear barking at night?"
To which Robert simply answered, "I don't know."
Evidently the neighbor said something after that and Robert didn't bother to answer him or ask him to repeat himself; he just kept going instead.
Madeline told me the story when they got home and I have to say that I am once again impressed with my husband's natural ability to ward off vampires.
He's always doing this stuff.
Because if that had been me, I probably would have ignored the fact of our neighbor's rudeness and gotten all concerned and rushed over to try and make it better with him -- even without knowing for sure that it was our dog bothering him.
Talk about invitations to vampires!
Listen: I know for a fact that one of our other neighbors has dogs that bark like clockwork every evening at 9:30.
I also know that this particular neighbor who's doing the complaining is pretty weird and maybe even a little looney. I haven't gotten close enough to know for sure and don't care to.
I also know that vampires just love to catch us off guard. If this guy was among the living he would have come to our home and spoken to us directly and politely. But The Undead don't do business that way. They wait for you to open the door and then rush in with their own agendas, just as this neighbor did.
And did you notice what my clever husband did when approached by the vampire? He gave himself time to think before he answered! He said, "I don't know," which is the perfect time-buying tool.
Anyway, I was thinking about all this after Maddie told me the story, and I was wondering: What do you guys think? Do you consider my husband's behavior rude? Or was it just good slayer technique?
What would you have done?