Roman & Me Chapter 1: Intoxication

Here begins my story. Can’t be bothered to write a prologue or warnings, whatever kids put before their stories these days. Enjoy the mystery.

“Mint Julep!” you said flatly, sliding the short glass across the dark wooden bar.

The lady didn’t bother giving you a smile or anything before slapping a bill on the bar  and disappearing in a crowd of people. You grab the piece of crumpled paper and rolled your eyes, not even a tip. You let out a faint sigh, grabbing a damp washcloth on the counter to wipe a few rim marks on the surface. You dump the cloth in the sink and spot a young man sitting down a few seats to the left of you. He hunched over the bar, his arms crossed on the counter. You swiftly make your way towards the new customer and lean on your left elbow.

“What can I get you?” you say, a devious smile on your face.

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(Conium maculatum) Poisonous.

Folk Names: Beaver Poison, Herb Bennet, Keckies, Kex, Musquash Root, Poison Hemlock, Poison Parsley, Spotted Corobane, Spotted Hemlock, Water Parsley.
Gender: Feminine.
Planet: Saturn.
Element: Water.
Deities: Hecate.

Magical Uses: Another poisonous plant, hemlock was once used in magic to induce astral protection, and in spells to destroy sexual drives. Its juice was rubbed onto magical knives and swords to empower and purify them before use.

(from Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham)


The understory of a virgin hemlock forest, such as the one along Little Laurel Run in Coopers Rock State Forest, lacks the diversity of that of a deciduous forest.   Yet, some communities, such as fungi, club moss, and slime molds, thrive here.  Even late into the fall season, fungi are going strong.  The turkey tails (top) are particularly striking and beautiful.