The next day, after the boy’s parents had left the house, Tiffany harvested a few of the hard Devil’s-thorn seed pods. She then spread a large beach towel under the boy’s bedroom window in order to do some topless sunbathing. After she had stripped down to her bikini bottom, she knelt down facing the house. She picked up one of the Devil’s-heads and examined the long spines that represented the Devil’s horns. They filled her with dread.
Dreading what was coming, Tiffany fished some ice out of her drink and applied it to her already painfully erect nipples, hoping to numb them. Instead, the cold just made them hurt even more. Tiffany felt relieved at this, as she had felt guilty about using the ice. Besides, by distracting her attention from the thorns, icing her nipples had had the beneficial effect of calming her fears.