It’s always fun when authors write more than one story in the same universe.
Picking up one of the characters from “Homecoming,” Bradbury jumps six years in time, though references back to the first tale in memories. Einar is now happily married with a family of his own. It’s an interesting follow-up and an even more unusual way to tell a story about a vampire than the previous tale.
More striking to me is that there’s not a whole lot in the way of deep philosophies here, unlike the last two stories. There’s some generic things about adapting and being happy with your circumstances and such, but mostly it’s just a lovely little story about an unusual family, and how that family came to be.
In some ways, actually, it’s a bit reminiscent of the stories you hear out of mythology. You get the background of the major character(s), and then they find some novel solution to a problem and are shown to be marvelous and powerful and all other wonderful things. That’s not to say that the story feels trite or cliche. Quite the opposite, in fact. It somehow feels new and fun, even though it feels so inspired by countless stories from the past.
I don’t know what else to say here, honestly. It’s a fairly short story, and this pretty much covers anything I can think to say about it. It’s a fun story, to be sure, and I actually liked it more than “Homecoming,” probably because it wasn’t laden with all the heavy philosophical material that one had.