Preface: Last year, I started a story that was inspired by the phrase "Witch children fallow the elder's footsteps." I had intended to write that story within the month of September, 2007.
Obviously, I'm late.
Hopefully, this story will have been worth the wait.
"I don't understand why I have to be Samedi," Jeff whined. He was 14 and an only child, accustomed to getting his way. "I want to be Don Pedro."
"Because you're black, duh," explained Andy, rolling his eyes. "The lyrics say, Samedi the black man of Alchemy." At 15, he was the oldest boy in his group, and thus the leader. The fact that he was taller than the rest helped reinforce his position. "Anyway, I'm gonna be Don Pedro."
"That doesn't make sense," argued Jennifer, who was also 15 and frequently challenged Andy's leadership. "You're making Jeff play Samedi because he's black, but you're not Spanish, so how can you be Don Pedro? "
"Besides, the lyrics clearly say Samedi and Petre in Alchemy," offered Sean, his eyes huge behind too-large glasses. The youngest of the group at 13, he was nonetheless the greatest storehouse of rock & roll trivia out of all the children, due mostly to his asthma which had kept him sequestered within his house for most of his childhood.
Andy sighed and pinched his eyes shut. "Look, we don't know anyone Spanish, okay? If there was a Paco or Juan or Ramon in the group, I'd let them play Don Pedro. But we don't, and since I've already taken 2 years of Spanish in school, I'm the closest we have. Which is why Jeff has to be Samedi, since he's black and we aren't."
"But the lyrics..."
"Shut up about the lyrics!" spat Andy, his voice shrill with teenage frustration. "I know what the written lyrics say! But if you cleaned the crap outta your ears you'd know that he's saying Samedi the black man. So just to be safe we're gonna follow both versions! Now, does anyone else have a problem?"
Silence reigned throughout the musty confines of Jeff's basement.
"Finally. Okay, let's do this. Jennifer, get your sisters. Everyone else, put on your masks and let's get started. We've only got a few hours before our parents get back."