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Julep is on speaking terms with the Devil

Julep was into the full skip of her morning hoping time would ease up instead of spilling hours away so irreverently.
Then before afternoon could have a say the Devil appeared about a minute before noon.
Not what she expected in between the washing she’d hung out and the floors she was planning to sweep and mop.

In an awkward instant a micro sun was above her head shining down bringing honey warmth to the caramel flecks in her strawberry blond hair.
Julep gasped collapsing into a purple tasseled bean bag that also appeared from nowhere to catch her fall while her legs remoulded like jelly stuffing.

She didn’t feel particularly normal at this point in time.
There was the Devil sitting in front of her on an outrageous pink sofa edged with blinking fairy lights, on closer examination one would have seen they were really tiny gold serpents wearing flashing tiara’s.
The Devil shrugged his shoulders in a way that suggested he also didn’t know what was happening next.

He didn’t fit any of her ideals of what the Devil should look like.
There was a nerdy kitsch kind of presence about him which was more disconcerting to Julep than if he ‘d appeared in his red skin and pitch fork persona.
Maybe a bland version today she thought and immediately winced… oh he’d smoke her good on a roisterer for that.

Julep waited with the Devil for something to happen.
Ridiculous to wait for more one would think, when you just had Beelzebub the resident hell dude drop in unannounced bringing his own indoor sun to solar accessorize your kitchen and pop sixties seating arrangement.

A book was in his hands with Julep’s face on the front cover which was constantly changing to different expressions each time she dared to glance at it.
Happy, sad, defiant, perplexed, cheeky…..

Julep tried gulping away her fear but failed feeling more and more at the mercy of the unexpected.
You could try gulping down a mega watt fear pickle and you’d be in simpatico with her.

“Julep relax… I’m not going to eat you. Here ..have some lavender icecream, it’s the very best”
The Devil leaned forward with an icecream cone double scooped with light purplish icecream.
Julep accepted his out of character cold offering.
He was right it was sensational, the best her taste buds had ever been pleasured by.

“You really are not the regular kind of willow tree. Are you Julep?
No, yes… you’re the mighty oak. Likely why you’ve danced more to your own tunes and mostly ignored mine. Ahhh Julep the mighty oak…”

“Oh he’s lost his fuckn mind … I’d have to meet Satan when he is in the middle of some kind of psychotic break!” Julep thought not so calmly or quietly.

Julep eyed her mild mannered Clark Hellbent and said " Look just do what you’re here to do. "
She figured she was in boiling trouble and it was without question, a moment of ‘Do not pass go, go straight to jail deal’.
“What do you want?” she asked with a short dash of brave demand.

When you’re a single mum who has raised three kids without much more than token farthings from their father and scraped a loving home together nevertheless …well you just haven’t got time to muck around.
Your patience level is somewhat thinner than most, thicker in direct equations.
If the Devil was having an off day or not, he just needed to get straight to the point.
Julep drove from A to B, none of this C, D or Z deviation.

“Ah, my dear Julep. He was right about you”
“Who was right about me? Do you mean God?”
“Oh no we don’t catch up till the next millennium” the Devil replied in an exasperated tone as if this was common knowledge.
“Who then?” Julep asked, her eyes downward, her mind processing a million thoughts.

“Your lover " came the reply.
“Lionel! " Julep exclaimed.
Julep wanted to run and find Lionel that very minute and get answers to remove the scorch marks of “What’s going on?” in her brain.
She was not an oak to have words carved on about promises and love couplings.
Julep was a vine growing a little further away from the unreal reality she was witnessing.

© K S Hardy 2010

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A longer write on Julep, hope you will persevere as this does lead to more about her and Lionel. x

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Comments

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 4 years ago

    Oh I’ve missed Julep,
    what a wonderfully fantastical encounter,

    what has Lionel been saying about Julep? mmmmmmmmmmm it better all be good.

    I enjoyed every part my darling xoxoxoxo

  • Hi ya sweetcheeks ;O))

    Well this is my way of introducing Lionel and Julep as a
    a new couple.
    Thought it best to keep it low key though…. ;o) xxxxxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • tjs1010
    tjs1010about 4 years ago

    oh a wonderful story KS, must catch up with it.
    Cannot wait for more!! =)

  • Hi Tom

    Have something brewing about Julep and Lionel ….
    they simmering away together quite nicely at the
    moment…and the Devil will he is having devilish
    fun.. :O) xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindabout 4 years ago

    fascinating encounter. oh, could read more easily. sadly I could not get to your link. however it stands incredibly well on its own. just wanted to be reminded of Lionel. do want more, there must be more soon. this captivates. xoxoxoxoxoxo

  • Teacup
    Teacupabout 4 years ago

    love this last line… Julep was a vine growing a little further away from the unreal reality she was witnessing. great piece and awaiting more of the adventures…x

  • JLSeagull
    JLSeagullabout 4 years ago

    So great. Love your stories.

  • sandra22
    sandra22about 4 years ago

    “Julep was into the full skip of her morning…” a perfect opening line.
    Have you ever collapsed into a bean bag Doll, only to have it ‘explode’ sending little polystyrenes multi directional? (just wondering:)
    Must be just me then…hehe
    Kisses Karen
    sandrababy x

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldabout 4 years ago

    This is a real entertaining read Karen with plenty of underlying concepts. Excellent writing :-)

  • Hi Matt

    It was a busy Julep story this one …and it introduces
    that Lionel and Julep are a bit of a item…. but that
    is another story of course! xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • YouBet
    YouBetabout 4 years ago

    Ah ha ha! Julep & the devil & serpents with tiaras & purple ice cream & your animated face on a book cover and you made them all come together in true psychotic dialogue!! Gotta Lovett!

  • Well I do try…..takes practice.. ;O) xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Mel Brackstone.com
    Mel Brackstone...about 4 years ago

    The thought of lavender ice cream fills me with dread…great story!

  • I have had this lavender icecream….tis actually
    rather amazingly delicious but I could of been
    under a spell so don’t take my word for it! :O)))

    – Arcadia Tempest

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