A muzzle flash ripped through the darkness. A bullet pierced the brow of a demon carrying the purloined presents. As the rest of its comrades began to panic, Lavinia readjusted her aim and muttered, "You're all dead." She intended to make an example of them to ensure no one would mess with Santa again. Each gunshot engraved fear into their souls. By the time the gunsmoke had been carried off on the north wind, the demons had drowned in pools of their own blood.
Lavinia is an English, German, and Italian feminine name of Latin origin; used since the 17th century. It was fairly popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, but rare today. Lavinia is the name of the legendary mother of the Roman people; in Roman mythology, she was the daughter of King Latinus and Amata, the last wife of the Trojan hero Aeneas. According to the legend Aeneas named the town of Lavinium in honour of his wife, but it is most likely that the character was invented to explain the place name. Or her name may possibly be derived from name of an Etruscan city more ancient than Rome.
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