For those who haven’t been following this blog, let me introduce it a little. I am currently blogging my 21st novel that has the working title Daemon. The novel is about Aksinya, a sorceress, who, to save her family from the Bolsheviks, called and contracted the demon, Asmodeus. Her family was murdered anyway, and she fled with the demon from Russia to Austria.
When Natalya came to wake Aksinya, Aksinya is naked and asleep on her bed. She holds a rod of enchanted light in her hand. It is a new enchantment from the book that came from Ernst...
Natalya didn’t want to take her eyes off Aksinya. She replied without turning her head, “The Countess was up late studying. I don’t wish to wake her yet.”
Aksinya moaned. Her eyes snapped open. She glanced at the rod of light in her hand then turned her face quickly from it. She started to say a Latin phrase, Natalya touched Aksinya’s lips with her outstretched finger, “Don’t make it go away yet. Let me look at it a little longer. It is so beautiful.”
Aksinya yawned and stretched. She clasped the light a little more tightly in her hand. She pushed herself up and sat cross legged on the top of the bed then she held the light out to Natalya, “Would you like to hold it?”
“Take it in your hand,” Aksinya placed the rod of light in Natalya’s outstretched palm.
“It isn’t hot. It’s cold. It’s beautiful, mistress. Do you have to make it go away?”
Aksinya giggled, “No, why don’t you place it in the schrank then you can take it out whenever you like.”
“May I take it to my room?”
Aksinya’s lips turned up into a smile, “You may do whatever you like with it, but you must not let anyone else see it.”
Natalya’s eyes lit up, “Thank you, mistress.” Natalya cupped the rod in her hand and carried it to the schrank. She placed it inside and closed the door. When she turned around Aksinya sprawled with her legs open on the bed, “Mistress!” Natalya colored.
Aksinya turned her face toward her.
Natalya did everything not to point, “The way you are sitting. Everything…”
Aksinya laughed and stretched again. She scooted to the edge of the bed and hopped off, “Draw my bath, Nata. I didn’t sleep very much last night, but I feel very refreshed.”
Aksinya wakes. Her eyes are obviously attracted to the light in her hand. It is so bright. Aksinya's first thought is to unbind the spell she made. Natalya sees Aksinya's sorcery as beautiful and wonderful--remember Natalya worships Aksinya. Aksinya's sorcery is indeed beautiful and wonderful. Satan is depicted by Milton as an angel of light. Satan, according to Milton is beautiful. This is a metaphor for the evil in Aksinya. It is also a metaphor for the way Natalya views Aksinya.
Watch Aksinya's physical actions carefully. She is naked and sits cross legged. She hands the light to Natalya. She offers it to Natalya. Aksinya places the rod of enchanted light in Natalya's hand. Natalya is entranced. I give you a description of the rod of light through Natalya's conversation. Aksinya giggles--she's giddy. Aksinya rarely giggles. When she does, she is either drunk or otherwise intoxicated. Aksinya gives the enchanted light to Natalya. There is a precaution, but that would be expected.
I show you how Natalya respects the gift by the way Natalya handles it. She carefully hides it. When Natalya turns around Aksinya is sitting in such a way that she exposes herself. This is completely out of character for Aksinya. Aksinya is a perfect aristocrat. She is the kind of woman who sits properly and gets out of a vehicle properly. She would never show off herself. She is sitting in such a way that is indecorous and improper in the mind of Natalya.
The reason for this display is to show the mind of Aksinya without telling you anything. Aksinya was once so concerned about her appearance she didn't want to look at herself. The demon used her nudity against her more than once. This Aksinya is different than the one we first met. We could see her transformation. At this point, Aksinya doesn't care. She lost hope. She has no hope, and she has allowed herself to be tempted by sorcery again. She has reached the point where she doesn't care anymore. When a person has reached this stage, anything is possible. Aksinya could be capable of any evil. She has been tempted and lost to the point where desire is everything. She has no compunction anymore. She has no control. I will show you more of the indications of her descent, but none of this should be a surprise. None of this should be unexpected. Aksinya has slowly changed to what she is now. At the end of this piece, Aksinya feels refreshed because she has completely given into her desires. Tomorrow, back to school.