By: Ariel Roberts
A few years ago during Art Fair, my friend was walking around and stopped at a booth with trippy paintings. Amongst the art was an older painting of Satan and my friend, who jokingly acts like a Satanist, decided to buy it. The artist offered to bag the painting, but my friend refused, saying it wasn’t going to rain, and it was fine in the plastic sleeve. Immediately afterwards it started to pour. He thought it was odd, but the rain had been building up that week anyways. He then ran to a school building in the pouring rain, using the Satan painting as a shield.
My friend decided to hang the painting in the main living area for all to see, but he hadn’t framed it yet. One night it fell off the wall, and he decided to leave it there, not having time to deal with it. That very night, my friend, who slept in the bedroom that shared the wall the painting was on, began to have night terrors. He continued to have night terrors, even after putting it back up. Eventually his first roommate moved out and he switched to the second bedroom. His night terrors stopped immediately afterwards. Although his first roommate never had night terrors in the apartment, he did say that when he was alone in the living room, the painting of Satan would watch him.
My friend got two new roommates, one of them being a girl who moved in the room with the shared wall. By this point my friend had finally framed the painting, and he hoped that this would make things better. The girl never had any problems, but my friend found that if you were to do anything against the painting, it would cause something bad to happen. He realized this after a few of his friends had shot Nerf darts at the painting and had bad luck for a few days afterwards.
One day my friend was coming home and he found a card with a saint on it. He contemplated bringing it in, seeing as it was something interesting, but he wasn’t sure if it was a good idea considering Satan was up in the apartment. He decided to prop the card up where it was and hope that the owner would find it and take it home instead. Interestingly, his female roommate came home later that night with the saint card in hand, happy she had found something cool. She decided to place the saint card in Satan’s frame, and they jokingly (or possibly seriously) believed that Satan possessed the saint, and that the offering had pleased him to some extent.
My friend’s lease on his apartment ended this summer, so his female roommate moved out a few months early for a job. He decided to move back into the other room in order to have his own space since he was originally sharing with his third roommate. The entire time he stayed in that room he had night terrors again. My friend is now my current roommate, and all of this happened before he moved into my apartment a month ago. I am highly superstitious and after hearing everything, I told him he was in no way allowed to bring the painting with him when he moved in and that was final. The painting of Satan now sits in his basement at home. He hasn’t had night terrors since moving into my apartment, but he’s not sure how things are going at home either since he hasn’t been back into the basement since. I’m convinced that the painting of Satan is highly upset and is waiting for him to come home.