INT. Alchemy Lab — late night.
An alchemist is busy pouring candles. A round white table with seven sets of seven colored candles is arranged in a semi-circle around a pile of semi-precious stones. The lab also contains bubbling caldrons of hot wax and plant oils, mortar and pestles of various sorts, scientific and candle-making equipment, books, papers, and other tools of the alchemy trade. The Alchemist’s Apprentice enters and picks up one of the candles from the table.Apprentice The top of this candle is messed up. Alchemist That’s okay. When it gets named and first lit, it might soon look like any other candle. Apprentice So why not light it now and fix it? Alchemist Oh, it shouldn’t get lit the first time until it gets named by its owner on the other end. Apprentice How come you never let me help you make the candles? Alchemist Because I have to do everything myself as a ceremony in order to transmit my frequency into these sacred objects. I assemble the pieces, but when it gets re-assembled by someone on the other end and turned on and tuned up, that’s when it’s full potential will be revealed. You can’t turn on and tune up someone else’s set without wrecking the vibrations. That one broken top candle? That yellow candle? That set is for a master shaman and I that yellow candle is going to be extremely powerful and the fact that it’s uniquely damaged like no other can only make it more so. Apprentice Man, I’d just like to light up all the candles at once for a change. I notice you hardly ever light more than one at a time on your personal altar, and even then, you only leave it on for a few minutes at most. When I get my altar, I’m going to keep all my candles burning for hours and let the vibrations roar! Alchemist That could be dangerous. And that is exactly why you are not currently on the list to receive one. Apprentice Oh come on dad, cut the hippie crap.
Later that night, after the Alchemist is asleep, the Apprentice creeps into the lab where the seven sets of MCC are arranged in a circle on the table. He starts lighting them and turns on his boom box.
Apprentice on top of table dancing in ecstacy with candles raging all around him and the boom box blasting at maximum volume. Apprentice starts kicking the jewels and candles off the table to make more room for his dancing as he goes to the floor b-boy style. Suddenly, a change has come over him, and he looks and acts increasingly demonic. He erupts with a primal scream… and then falls quickly asleep completely spent.
The primal scream awakens the Alchemist who gets out of bed to investigate and discovers his lab has been completely trashed.
(Excerpted from Magic, Religion & Cannabis.)