[Ed. Note. While the
following was done in RP mode, the tarot readings were done live and are
real! Make of that what you will…]
Lady Moldylocks fidgeted with the bodice of her red gown and
adjusted herself in the overstuffed chair.
The conversation of her guests in the library of the Essex Hotel was
beginning to wane, and she had been trying unsuccessfully throughout the evening
to convince Hyde to let her read a Tarot card spread for him.
“Hyde, really, the cards are just in fun. You can ask a simple yes or no question, or I
can do a spread with the past, present and future.
Come on,” she said to him with a
slight smile. “Fine!,” he relented, as
Samantha clapped with delight and Cyan, Steadman and the others perked up.
Lady Moldylocks opened the box, emptied the stack of cards
into her hands and began to shuffle. “Ready?”
she asked Hyde. “Just get it over with,”
he grumbled, looking unusually wary.
She pulled the first card and announced, “First card is a
Queen of Cups, reversed. This is the
present card. What’s happening now. This card represents bitterness and
perversion. Actually… it’s more like ‘happiness
turned bitter’ if you want to be precise.”
“I can’t imagine why anyone would see Mr. Hyde as bitter,”
Steadman commented as Lady M reached for the second card and placed it on the table. “This next one is the Past card, Eight of
Wands. Hmmm. This is for violence, aggression, domestic
disputes, arguments, fights and so on.
It can be in your recent past or your distant past.” She glanced at Hyde as he shifted
uncomfortably in his chair.
“Any violence in your past, Hyde?” someone asked teasingly,
and the room twittered quietly. Hyde
grumbled and said, “Just pull the next card for Pete’s sake.”
The third card was Future prediction, and it was a powerful
major arcana, The Emperor. Lady M.
explained this card represented indecisiveness, immaturity, poor strength, “…and
split personalities. How very interesting!” she said, feigning
Hyde’s jaw dropped and he seemed to be in shock, a nuance
which did not go unnoticed by Lady M.
She smiled inwardly, enjoying the entertaining turn of events. She quickly pulled the two remaining cards – a
four of swords representing unrest, activity renewal, restlessness for the
Reason Behind the Question, and The Potential Within the Situation card,
another major arcana card called The Temperance, for patience, fusion,
influence, confidence. “See? It all ends on a high note, Hyde. There
is hope for you yet!”
Her attempt at a little joke fell flat in the
crowded room, as each person watched Hyde carefully, pondering the cards’
meanings. No one seemed surprised by
the reading. No one.