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Bottled Spirits

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It's hard for me to forget that intoxication was once considered (and still is, in places) influence from some sort of nature spirit, some elemental or duende or elf drawn evoked into a potion of grain mash or fruit juice or cane juice by building a trap and waiting, concentrated and purified by distillation, and bound and sealed in clay or glass jars.

Fermentation was necromancy, medicine was sorcery, and literacy was high magic indeed. Still is.

A can of Pabst Blue Ribbon ... lacks. It's like the industrial process captures one spirit per vat, and it's shared among all the cans filled per run. Wine has one spirit per barrel, whiskey one spirit per cask. That's better than per vat, but it's still not up to snuff.

The only real way to do it is one spirit per bottle. And keep the bottles small enough to be drained in a single draught. Anything else is watered down to the point of uselessness. For necromantic purposes, anyway.

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Posted by Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri

8th Oct 2008, 02:30   | tags:

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jc1000000 says:

I'm seeing the off license in a new light. Sprites and goblins curled up like tequila worms in the bottom of wine and uozo :)

9th Oct 2008, 15:04

jc1000000 says:

Incidentally my grandad's definition of a dirty bottle was one that had alcohol in the inside. Thus was in desperate need of cleaning out :)

9th Oct 2008, 15:06

My father informs me that my family was involved in the bootleg liquor industry back during the Prohibition era of the 1920s, which is unsurprising given the area of the country they inhabited. Thoughts about this burbled around in the vat of my brain and were eventually distilled into this yet-to-be-published short story, unfortunately password-protected due to its unpublished state, but the password is available by e-mail on request to friends and reviewers.

I didn't go as far with the the imagery as you did in this piece, but I've got plans for a "magical realism" story in which all the things that used to be magic are so again, to those with the right kind of eyes, only this time in the world outside the window....

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13th Oct 2008, 16:53

Dhamaka says:

:)
more please.. and the insights in the chats are worthwhile on their own.. Another challenge...

15th Dec 2008, 19:15