Alchemist Gift Renaissance History
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Alchemist Gift Chapter 2
La Signora and Il Signore along with the monsignor and Mayor Renaldi decided it best that La Famiglia Mezzi be the sole stewards of the Tree. They saw no reason why they shouldn’t find the Tree fruitful in a spiritual as well as a business way. Il Signore or La Signora would distribute the fruit. On a strong suggestion of La Signora they would collect what she thought a fair price, of course giving a tenth share to the church. They would also cater to the immediate needs of the visitors by offering the same fare the food vendors did. La Famiglia Mezzi could make a very tidy sum, and why shouldn’t they? They looked forward with an easy eagerness for the next groups of pilgrims and the monies they would spend.
Then on a terrible afternoon in October a stinging wind twisted and tormented the tree. The howling gusts stripped its branches naked of the few remaining leaves of the season. The wind bullied the tree; tugged at its very soul. The roots held fast clinging to the heart-shaped stone as if for dear life. Along with the wind came rain; not the gentle rains of March or April, but torrents of chilled rain interspersed with hail; all of this was in the dark company of crashing thunder and devilish lightening. The unthinkable came to pass; a bolt of lightning struck, like a silver snake from the blackness above, electrifying the tree’s crown and made a searing wound down the tree’s side and deepinto its roots. In minutes the rain tuned to a drizzle, the wind faded to a breeze and the breeze pushed the clouds off to the west.
From thence half the tree lived, and in time the other half withered and died. The half that lived bore very little fruit that was so small and knotted and dotted the very highest branches it was all but irretrievable.
Word spread and the wide path that was made by so many travelers over so many years now was seldom used; the grasses and wild flowers grew and all but a foot path, crisscrossed with animal trails remained. The mud and wattle wall fell to ruin as Signore Mezzi never got around to having it whitewashed and the woven wattle was scavenged for fire wood. Only the short door and its casing stood upright.
One morning a mounted soldier rode down that overgrown path and arrived at the villa and called out Signor Mezzi. The order was for fire wood. Six witches were to be burned in the town square. Signor Mezzi took it as a great honor to contribute to the cleansing. He ordered Franco Lucci, the father of Adamo, to cut the dead wood from the apple tree, stack it in six carts and deliver the wood to the mayor and the monsignor for the burning. Franco’s axe did not stop from sunrise to sunset. Adamo, a strong boy of twelve, armed with a bow saw cut the larger branches into manageable sections and loaded the carts sometimes with the help of his father and sometimes not. After three days the wood was harvested and carted to the town square. The mayor sent his clerk to accept the gift from the Mezzi family and the parish priest, Father Eduardo, came out and sprinkled the wood with holy water and gave the two woodsmen his blessing. Franco and Adamo bowed and thanked the priest many times and headed back to Signor Mezzi.
Franco was given a silver piece for his work and he related to Signor Mezzi how the mayor’s assistant sent the mayor’s thanks and also said he hoped the signor and family were in good health and was looking forward to their attendance at the burning. Franco also mentioned how Father Eduardo blessed the wood with holy water and even gave him and Adamo a blessing.
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