Oman was an apprentice sorcerer who studied under the Grand Master of Upswich.
While practicing a spell one night something went wrong, because instead of summoning up his girlfriend, he got a visitor from Hell whose name was Dumas.
Like most demons, Dumas was fierce-looking and smelled like death. He was also thirsty.
“So where’s you good whiskey?” he asked while taking a seat at Oman’s crude table.
The only experience Oman had with demons was when his master summoned them to perform tasks. This was the first time he ever dealt with one by himself. He was wary, but he knew enough not to show fear. That was rule number one.
“I’m a poor man. All I have is beer,” he replied.
Dumas’ tail thumped the wooden floor hard, and he rolled all three of his eyes upward in exaggerated despair.
“If that’s all there is, I suppose I’ll suffer through it. Bring me a mug!” he demanded.
“Hold on there! This isn’t how it’s going to work. I won’t order you around, and you don’t order me around. As a visitor, it’s my obligation to offer drink and food. Is that clear?”
There was a sparkle of admiration in the demon’s eyes as he agreed to Oman’s terms.
After draining four large mugs of beer, Dumas was feeling groggy and agreeable. He politely listened to Oman’s stories for hours before his heavy head hit the table and he was snoring.
When he was sure that Dumas was sound asleep he got up and went over to the book shelf his master built, and stocked, with books on magic and guides for successful sorcerers.
It didn’t take him long to find what he was looking for – Enslavement Spells. After deciding on one, he prepared himself for when Dumas woke. It wasn’t long before the demon stretched, belched, and opened all three bloodshot eyes.
Oman stood before him and recited words from a lost civilization that came before mankind. The woozy demon focused his eyes in surprise and asked, “What’s this shit?”
Oman kept chanting.
The demon farted, and scratched his hairy ass.
Oman continued to chant.
“All right, already! Don’t you get it? That babble your spewing isn’t doing anything to me. Oh, by the way…it’s damn rude of you to treat a visitor like this.”
Oman stopped. He felt slightly embarrassed. Obviously his crude attempts were ineffective. To top that off he had to agree it was a hell of a way to treat a visitor.
“I’m sorry. I guess I have a lot to learn.”
“About what? Casting spells correctly, or how to properly treat visitors?”
“Fair enough. Have you got any more beer?”
“No, that was all I had.”
“Any drugs? How about some killer devil weed?”
“I do have some Witchy Kush that I recently cured. Pipe, or joint?”
“Let’s roast a bowl. I don’t like the taste of paper.”
Oman got his wooden pipe out, and blew into it to clear any ash out. He plucked a chunk off of a fat bud and stuffed it in. Then he handed the pipe to Dumas who snapped his claws and lit it.
They quietly passed the pipe back and forth until only ash was left. Oman started to pack another one and Dumas said, “Whoa there! That was some good shit. Let’s take it easy huh?”
“I wonder what my master would say if he came in here right now?”
“You know what I’m wondering?” Dumas asked.
“How did you ever manage to bring me here? I can see you’re just an apprentice, and a young boy at that.”
Oman’s face grew red with embarrassment. “I’m not a boy!”
“Okay fine. Let’s just agree you screwed something up, and now I’m stuck.”
“Yes, damn it. You closed the door on me. I can’t get back until you open it again.”
The consequences of what he’d done hit him like a thunderbolt!
He brought a demon into the world and couldn’t send it back. His master’s anger would be terrible to behold. How could he explain it? He wasn’t supposed to be looking at that book of spells without him around.
As if reading his mind, Dumas asked, “How long until you expect to see your master again?”
Oman coughed nervously. “Any time,” he admitted.
“He’s a famous sorcerer who will make short work of me. What will he do to you?” Dumas asked.
The thought made him tremble involuntarily. “I have to find a spell to get us both out of here,” he proclaimed. The tension in the room increased as Oman looked through the book of spells.
“Here! This should work!” He quickly intoned the sacred words from Solomon’s Book of Knowledge.
Suddenly it grew dark and they could hear rushing winds. They were outside in a storm. Unfamiliar vegetation surrounded them. Something huge let out a roar that shook the ground!
A Tyrannous rex stomped into view and stopped to look at the man and the demon.
“I don’t suppose you brought the book with you?” Dumas asked.
As It Stands, this tale was a lesson on etiquette, and unlikely friendship.