She kept a bat as a familiar. It was goth as anything, and it intimidated rubes who didn’t know better.
The bond let her favor long, black dresses, allowed her to stay up well into the night, and granted her excellent hearing.
So of course she heard all the rumors and prejudices about her choice. She paid them no mind.
She would wait for it in the quiet hours, and as the rest of the world slept, she fed it cut strawberries while it perched on her shoulder and told her the secrets that it had heard in its flights.