In nature everything has a color. Many times the more dangerous things are colored so beautifully one might assume that they are harmless thinking that nature would make them unattractive in order to protect other living things, but in many cases that is not the truth. Belladonna or deadly nightshade has some of the most inviting berries found on a poisonous plant. It is said that the plant is the property of the Devil so anyone picking the berries had better be prepared to meet him face to face.
Well on a not too dark night in old Europe, a young witch dared to sneak into a grove filled with the plants and waited to pick the most succulent of these berries. She watched in fear as she began picking and placing them into a basket she had buried under her cloak. In moments she had nearly filled half of the basket and was delighted she had gotten away clean. But as the basket neared three quarters of the way full she heard a noise behind her.
“What might you be planning to do with those?” asked a male voice behind her. “You do know that those are deadly poisonous, and you might come to harm if you decide to use them in any untoward way. Not to mention the price you have to pay for simply picking them.”
“Are you the devil? I’m told that this is his province and that those who venture to pick it should be prepared to meet him, but how does one prepare to meet the devil?” she said to stall for time.
“I do not know I am sure, I have never met the man myself. Never the less I am required by the owner of this land to say thus to those who would pick the berries and risk inviting his presence that they must pay for the berries by the piece, by the pound, and by the parcel. For each piece you must endure a pain, for each pound you owe a service, and for each parcel you must provide a bounty of the type it normally holds.
“Couldn’t I just give you money for the berries and pretend I was never here?” She asked.
“Not if I am to live to tell the next young woman who ventures here to gather the beautiful ladies.” he said.
“Then what would you ask of me?” she asked.
“Let me see what you have.” he said.
The young witch withdrew the small basket from her cloak. The man poured the berries into a handkerchief and counted them into the basket, there were forty all told.
“What do you normally carry in the basket?” he asked.
“Bread and butter, wine and cheese.” she answered.
“Then for the parcel you must bring the master of the house a good wine, a loaf of bread with butter, and beautiful cheese.” he said first.
He weighed the basket and with the berries inside it weighed two pounds.
“For the master of the house you must kneel and service his manhood two times until he is satisfied.” he said.
The young woman started in horror. “That is an awful price to request of a young virgin girl.” she said
“Ah then you will hate the price per piece. Your choice, a strap, a whip, or a stroke.” he said.
“But I don’t know what that means!” she shouted.
“Never the less you must choose.” he said. “All you get is the choice, I have no further information than that.” he said.
The young witch said, “Fine I choose the stroke. It cannot be much more painful than either the strap or the whip.”
“As you wish, you must go there to the house to make your payment before you can remove the berries from the premises or risk the devil himself.” said the man.
The young witch thought to leave and not come back but she could not leave without the berries. After thinking loosely of a plan she agreed. She plotted to poison the master of the house and leave free after having obtained the berries. She placed several poisons into the wine and put it in the basket with the bread, butter, and cheese. She would encourage him to eat and drink first, to avoid the other payments and after he was sick or sleep which ever worked first she would then leave with her basket.
But when she arrived the master of the house came to the door with whip in hand.
“But I did not ask for the whip, I requested the stroke.” she said.
“And so you shall have it,” he said and tied her hands from behind and lifted her skirts. He stroked her nakedness until he reached twenty and penetrated her for the last twenty reaching climax just at forty. He then put her on her knees and positioned himself between her lips, reminding her it was death to bite. When he had climaxed twice he set her free. She was thirsty and tired and he offered a drink which she swallowed with gusto to wash out the taste. He handed her the basket and opened the door for her. She was beginning to feel sick.
“I’m sorry I ever came here,” she said to the young servant as she passed him in the courtyard.
He replied,” Never count on which seed the devil will sow first, no matter which instrument of punishment you choose it will almost always be the most painful, and if you dare to offer the devil fare containing poison make certain it was not intended for you.”
As she approached the outside gate she stumbled and fell lying in a forgetful sleep the berries lying beneath her. When she woke they lay nearly crushed upon the ground. She recovered those that were left intact and left the village never to return.
The Devil’s Property © DJuna Blackmon 2014, All Rights Reserved