8 May 2011, A New Novel, Part 216 They Told You to Watch for Me?
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.
Aksinya is in the street before her house speaking with a man who is removing all her families goods from her house. The bills haven't been paid and her creditors have required recompense...
The man did smile at that, “You? Who are you?”
Aksinya lowered her head. Her voice was very low, “I am the Countess Golitsyna.”
The man’s laughter filled the street, “I find that hard to believe, but we were told to watch for a young woman who came to the house and claimed to be a countess.”
She raised her head, “They told you to watch for me?”
The man shut his mouth. He shrugged and shoved the paper back into his coat. After a moment, he announced a little too loudly, “When she is found, the alleged Countess will be in debtor’s prison for a long time. It serves her right for trying to fool everyone.”
“I…I didn’t.” The sound of heavy hooves and wooden wheels come from behind Aksinya. She turned around. A large carriage moved up the street behind her. It stopped quickly and a couple of men in priestly robes stepped from it into the street. Their eyes swept over Aksinya and the large man behind her. They ignored her and stepped toward the entrance of the school. The doors had not been opened yet that morning. The taller priest struck the door with his staff. Aksinya stood frozen in place. She was suddenly very cold. She had no coat and had not eaten anything since last evening. The day was above freezing, but not much.
The priests stood at the doors to Sacré Coeur. The taller priest paced in front of the large doors. The shorter tapped his staff impatiently against the ground. There was a long moment until the door opened. Before Aksinya could note what went on at the doorway, she heard another coach approach from the other side of the dray. She wondered with apprehension how all this would end up. The dray blocked the street so either of the carriages would have problems if they tried to maneuver around it. The coaches might be too large to pass each other comfortably too.
Aksinya thought she had problems before--now she has real problems. Do you remember, Father Dobrushin told her not to leave the Ecclesia, but Aksinya felt that she had too. She believes she must face the just punishment for her wrongdoing.
Helmut tells Aksinya he and Willi were told to watch for her. One guess where Willi went. Helmut goes on to tell Aksinya that she will be going to debtor's prison for a long time. Before Willi returns, a carriage comes up the street behind Aksinya.
Two priests get out of the carriage. Aksinya appears like a cleaning woman to them, they ignore her at first. I remind you that she hasn't eaten, and she is cold.
The priests received some kind of summons or message--they are looking for something at the school. What do you think it is. While the priests are trying to get into the school, another carriage comes down the street on the other side of the dray. Now, who could that be? The moment Aksinya gets out of the safety of the Ecclesia and her friends there, she falls under immediate problems. Tomorrow, more difficulties.