The shop was dark, dank and smoky. Candles were lit everywhere, and the smell of lavender incense overtook the room. No electrical light would ever make its way into this sanctum. I waited in silence examining my surroundings. Whoever this woman was she must have traveled the world.
“Why am I even here?”
That was a good question. She shouldn’t be, she was late in seeing someone.
“Diana?” A woman appeared from behind the curtain.
“Um…uh…yes?” Diana was startled.
“Mistress Esmeralda will see you now.”
Diana walked towards the woman to enter the next room.
‘How did she know my name?’ She thought.
“You filled out the name card, that’s how I knew.” Diana stopped in her tracks and slowly looked behind her. The mysterious lady was gone.
“Well fuck me.” Diana said.
“There is no need for that kind of profanity in my shop, Diana.” A woman’s voice called her from behind the velvet curtain, “Please, come and sit.”
A walk behind the curtain was like walking into another dimension. Silk covered the walls. Unique tapestries hung throughout the large room. Shelves filled with unique statuettes and crystals run the lengths of both sides of the room.
“Please sit, you have an interesting aura surrounding you.”
I sit, fearful that this old woman might put a hex on me, or shrink my head and hung me as a wall decoration.
“You have nothing to fear my child.” She took out this package wrapped in black satin. Unwrapping it slowly, she revealed an old, worn set of cards.
“The Tarot?” I asked. The old woman smiled warmly at me.
“Yes.” She paused, “Do you have any particular concerns? Questions that you want me to concentrate on?”
I thought for a moment. I couldn’t think of anything deep or important so I simply asked, “What will love have in store for me?”
The woman took a deep breath and started to maneuver her hands over the worn deck. It looked like it belonged in centuries past.
She handed me the deck. “Shuffle the cards until you feel they are in the right position.”
I shifted the heavy cards through my hands, not knowing how I will know when it was the right time to stop.
“You’ll know when it is time.”
Did she just say that? Or am I simply going crazy.
Suddenly a shiver went through her spine preventing her hands from moving. This is how she knew.
She placed the deck in the middle of the table and stared.
“Let us begin.”
A few shuffling movements later, her cards were spread onto the marble table top.
“I will do the three card spread. You seem a bit anxious and I don’t want to keep you waiting. Or him.”
“Your first card represents your past, what you have been through, what has happened, your environment, etc. etc.”
“The Lovers: but it’s reversed. You have had a difficult past with love. He cheated on you with another woman who was also close to you. This caused a disharmony, which seems to have not been fixed until recently. Deception was a huge part of that relationship, whether it was intentional or unintentional, both parties were at fault.
“Your second card which is directly related to your present; The King of Wands. Is see you have a new man in your life. He is generous, reliable, and is never hesitant with you. But because of your past you find it difficult to try and trust him, as much as you want to.” She smiled and looked at me, “He is an honest soul and genuinely loves you. There is only one flaw; he acts without hesitating. This might cause one ore two problems, but nothing serious.
“Your last card is what will happen in your future.” She looked at the card and was semi-shocked, “The very near future it seems: The Empress: Card of Domestic Tranquility and Maternal care. I see marriage and children in your future. You will have a steady life with this man, and have two beautiful children. And whatever goal you were trying to achieve will grant you and your family great happiness. You have a lovely life to lead, Diana.”
I paid her and I walked out of the shop. I felt uplifted and much happier than before. I met my boyfriend after it and told him of the whole experience. He laughed and hugged me, and said he wish he could of gotten to me first. That’s when he purposed.
I guess Fortune Tellers aren’t so bad after all.