Me, to Elayna: "You know I'd hunt you down."
Elayna: "Oh, I know! I would never do that!"
Me: "Your friends, too."
Elayna: "My friends would never do that, either. Because they know you. And they know you have a handcrafted spear."
Me: "Yes. Yes, I do."
Elayna: "Any boys who took them out? You'd take them out. And not in the fun way. In the blood and guts way."
Me, nodding: "No one messes with my girls."
The spear? Is legend. Is whispered around the halls of the middle school. "Don't ever mess with Elayna's mom. She has a spear." I don't think there's any doubt in her friends' minds that I would go all Xena on the ass of anyone who tried anything with them.
Which I kinda love. Because they know that there's always someone who'll come make sure they're safe.