ONCE upon a time
a little old lady who smoked too much and drank too much and swore too much met the Devil on the path that led into the deep dark woods behind her house.
It was just before sunset when she saw the Devil, who did indeed have horns and eyes like a wolf’s and a head of long black hair that smelled faintly of tomatoes leaning against a Maple tree covered with flaming red and orange fall leaves.
Her name was Enid Oddworte and the Devil didn’t tell her its name but the Devil fancied Enid. She felt it in her dry aged bones. So it didn’t matter to Enid what its name was.
All she cared about was that in all of the world the Devil wanted her kiss.
But everyday the Little Old Lady said no.
“Why would you want a kiss from me?” she asked in her wine soaked voice as she took a long hard drag off of her cigarette. Then she blew a thin line of smoke over her shoulder and tossed her thin dark hair out of her watery dark eyes and smiled.
It was not an honest smile.
The Devil shrugged and it’s tail twitched from side to side, just like a cat’s. ” I don’t know Enid. I just know what I want. And what I want is a kiss from you. I would give up Hell, I would give up trying to get back into Heaven I’d do anything for a kiss from you.
Enid, who was usually a little drunk on her nightly strolls would walk away leaving the Devil with nothing more the the scent of unfiltered cigarette smoke and expensive perfume.
And it’s heart-because the Devil did have one. Sort of. Would ache just a little at the sight of her carefully picking her way back to her house in her platform shoes.
Then one day Enid said yes.
Yes she wanted a kiss from the Devil.
So she kissed the Devil’s slightly warm lips and the heavy scent of her cigarette smoke filled the woods behind her house and the smell of tomatoes and dark wet earth chased it.
Then the Devil put it’s hands on Enid’s shoulders and it pushed her back.
It’s Wolfish orange eyes blazed and she could see herself in them, burning.
Enid looked up at the Devil and whispered, ” I’d give it all up for you, if you asked.”
The Devil asked. ” What would you give up for me Enid?”
” My soul, my heart my life. I want this moment with you to last forever…”
” Mio ” the Devil said. ” My name is Mio Andira. And you Enid are my true love. I can deny you nothing. Nothing. If you want this moment to last forever. It shall. For you my love.”
And because The Devil- whose name is Mio Andira, was good to its word -Enid’s moment with her one true love on the trail that led into the deep dark wood has lasted forever.
You can see it for yourself- every day just after sunset- you can see Enid unable to leave the trail- unable to go back to her house or forward into the deep dark woods.
She is rooted to that spot, the very same spot where Mio Andira declared its love to Enid.
But she is not alone.
She has two things with her…because indeed Mio loved her- she has his kiss that still burns just a little on her lips and the endless scream- the one that started when her true love promised her forever
and gave it to her.