garlic clove, French landscape


January 2011
Last modified March 12, 2011

by Amy R.

G  Please see the endnote for disclaimers, credits, and all that good stuff.  This fanfiction is a tribute to the television series Forever Knight.

Pays de France, c. 974


The little girl's hands wiped themselves on her wool tunic.  Clean, they reached up to receive a roasted garlic bulb.

Mature fingers dropped the treat into the child's cupped palms, then brushed black hair out of her eyes before pushing her lightly on her way.  Breaking open her bulb and nibbling on a sweet, sharp clove, the girl watched older children pile up brush for the bonfire.  It was St. John's Eve, the longest day of the year.  When the sun finally went down, the big fire, like the garlic, would scare off the evil spirits that would otherwise gather strength as the nights grew longer.  Later, the men would ignite wheels of straw and roll them down the hill from the bonfire, round and bright like the sun.  Nights as well as days were warm; food was everywhere; even the sternest adults were in good cheer.  This was her favorite holy day all year.

Why evil spirits feared the garlic and fires that she loved, Janette did not wonder.  It was how things were — which was to say, how they always had been and always would be.




  • Mr. Parriot and Mr. Cohen created Forever Knight.  The Sony Corporation owns it.  I intend no infringement.  Please support all authorized Forever Knight endeavors!  (Buy what they sell so that they can make more.)
  • Naturally, all characters and situations depicted here are entirely fictional.  (Vampires don't exist. Midsummer celebrations did, though.)


  • Canon: This story speculates back from "A Fate Worse Than Death," assuming that Janette came across roughly a thousand years before that, and toys with the way she plays with matches in "Curiouser and Curiouser."
  • History: The components of the medieval midsummer celebration mentioned here come from the Cassell Dictionary of Superstitions by David Pickering (1995).


  • Inspiration: I wrote this mini-story for Skieswideopen in the 2010/2011 Fandom Stocking game on LiveJournal. (She's a Raven.)
  • Beta-Reader:My thanks to Ithildyn for checking the story, and feeling it was ready to go.  (The remaining errors are of course all my own.)
  • Timestamps & No Archiving:This story was posted in Fandom Stocking in January 2011, and posted to fkfic-l on February 21, 2011.  You're welcome to link to it on my fansite. Please don't lift it and put it elsewhere.
  • Thank you for reading! Constructive criticism is welcome. (Though sometimes it takes a while, I always answer each comment I receive about a story.) Again, thanks!