Judge to the Damned

I checked to see what was on my docket. I hold court down here every third Thursday. Don’t ask what sort of negotiations made that arrangement. And, it looked like a session in hell in Hell.

First up was an intellectual property, copy right suit. I hated those. Both sides trotted out their share of rapscallions, liars (how do you tell if a habitual liar is telling the truth?), and lawyers (plenty of those down here) to say THEY were first and infringed.

This time it was Pan & Bacchus v Beelzebub aka Satan, aka the Devil aka . . .  arguing who had the rights to a tarot card in the major arcana. “God, oops, Hell,” I thought, “this is going to be ugly.”

Apparently Satan thought it a minor nuisance case; he sent his B team of lawyers whose names would still sound familiar. Pan brought a Greek chorus for a cheering section. Bacchus a full scale Caligulian Roman orgy. Which was going to be rather distracting from the bench. And damn tempting . . . . “Clear head, clear heart, no mention of a soul” I mantra’d.

I won’t bore you with all the legalese, gookity-gobble, sly tongued devilishness, raucous spillage, and solemn moaning that filled the courtroom for what seemed an eternity. Down here, time tends to slow down.

To be brief (oh the punishment I can mete out): Satan: the original bad boy; current street cred; meaning of the tarot card. Pan & Bacchus: around for a hellava lot of years before anybody thought about Mr. Diabolical (who did make an entrance in Edwardian garb with wrap-around sunglasses). Covered lots of tarot interpretations as the Greeks and Romans understood Pan & Bacchus.

Both sides argued over the dating of the tarot card – hauling in faded decks on papyrus, vellum, goat skin, clay, limestone, Doric columns. The evidence table had to be reinforced by heavy metal bands 3 times.

I decided to take my thoughts on the case to the next level. The cafeteria. Over deviled eggs, a glass or two of wine, and a café Diablo, flute music on the headphones, I’ll consider both sides of the card question. I’ll let you know who ends up with the trump card. Oops – let’s just say: who cut the deck the best.

Some silliness in honour of Wild Child’s last tarot card prompt: The Devil is in the Details. Wild Child mentioned that the Devil tarot card is also aligned with Pan & Bacchus and thus a law suit was launched.

Good luck, Wild Child. Hope your tarot card readings are always good ones.

© taleweavering/phylor 2016


16 thoughts on “Judge to the Damned

  1. Shadeau July 4, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    This is too good–Bravo, standing ovation!!


    • taleweavering July 4, 2016 / 7:46 pm

      Shall I bow or curtsey and happy 4th of july. Been one long fireworks show in the neighbourhood since Thursday, so it’s headphones on the computer and thinking of hell.


      • Shadeau July 4, 2016 / 7:52 pm

        Hahaha–I was hoping to have today off from the blogs…no such luck…think I’ll bake myself a pumpkin cheesecake later :)


        • taleweavering July 4, 2016 / 9:58 pm

          Leave the pumpkin out of the cheesecake and I’ll be over.


  2. wildchild47 July 4, 2016 / 8:46 am

    Holy Wonders! OMG – I so totally love this! It is brilliant! Every line, word, phrase! I’m still doubled over from laughing and absolutely gob-smacked! This is such a wonderful story – imaginative, creative, amazing characters, ideas, and well, well …. everything – point of view narration, the thoughts, etc. it’s perfect. Clearly the inspired were letting you have a great session and we get to enjoy and revel in it! (Yeah, okay, I’m a closet hedonist! ;) )

    This goes into my “file” of inspired writing – few posts make it there – but this one does.

    I thank you for sharing and playing along with the prompts – all of them. For your wonderful ideas, comments, and all your good thoughts, and well wishes. It truly has been a pleasure TW :)

    I’m still reeling over the whole setting/scenario, my face is aching with the smile that is cracking my jaw. :D

    Happy travels my friend. :)


    • taleweavering July 4, 2016 / 1:20 pm

      Glad you liked my take on the prompt. The idea of a judge came into my head. I read a mystery series that has a woman judge as the main character, and I just went there, thinking Pan & Bacchus just might launch a law suit. If you hadn’t mentioned these two, I don’t know what I’d have written.
      Thanks! for everything.

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  3. Sheri July 4, 2016 / 8:08 am

    This was great. The thought of judgment in hell is intriguing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • taleweavering July 4, 2016 / 9:22 am

      I was thinking about the prompt, wondering how I could move away from the devil enough to give Pan and Bacchus a break. That’s when the first bit about what’s on the docket and being hell in Hell came to mind.
      Thanks, glad it intriguing.
      Yet another twist on the Devil and Daniel Webster!

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  4. Michael July 3, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Very clever take on the card…..oh to be a fly on the wall to a case such as this……

    Liked by 1 person

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