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. The inquisitors and the policeman are fighting over who gets to arrest her. Aksinya is cold...
Aksinya was trembling. She shuffled her feet again.
The sergeant noticed. He stepped closer to her to block her escape.
The Captain nodded, “Good, Sergeant Nagel.” He turned toward Aksinya, “We will not allow you to escape, Fraulein. We have been seeking you for a long time.”
Aksinya’s teeth chattered, “I’m not trying to escape. I am very cold. Would one of you make up your mind, please?”
Archinquisitor Gallo sniffed, “This isn’t some kind of game—as you will shortly learn.”
Aksinya wrapped her arms around her body, “Captain Gerber, I surrender myself to you.” She held out her hands for a moment then quickly pulled them back for warmth.
The Archinquisitor stepped toward Aksinya, “That is not acceptable. Inquisitor Esposito take the woman into custody.”
The Inquisitor’s German was also strongly accented, “If you please, Fraulein, come with me.”
Aksinya glanced at the Captain. He returned the papers to the Archinquisitor, “I’m sorry, Fraulein Golitsyna, right now, the church has legitimate and legal claims against you, but in the near future, I will have the opportunity to arrest you again.”
Inquisitor Esposito stepped behind Aksinya and grasped her elbows. He turned her and marched her toward the waiting coach. At that moment, the doors to Sacré Coeur opened. The Reverend Mother ran out. She was followed closely by Sister Margarethe and Frau Drescher. The Reverend Mother cried out, “Countess, Countess, we were searching for you.” The Reverend Mother couldn’t take Aksinya’s hand because the Inquisitor held her arms. She bent her neck toward Aksinya.Archinquisitor Gallo took a deep breath, “Reverend Mother, do not show any respect to this woman. She is accused of sorcery along with much more evil. She shall be tried for these crimes.”
Aksinya is freezing. You do remember how sensitive she is to the cold. The police sergeant thinks Aksinya is about to run for it. Listen to the words of the Captain: "We have been seeking you for a long time.” Wait a second. Didn't Father Makar tell Aksinya, Father Dobrushin, and Ekaterina that no one was looking for Aksinya. Is this a trick of Asmodeus or did Father Makar hide the truth from everyone. If he hid the truth, then he did have some degree of compassion for Aksinya.
You notice, I get some levity into the terrible circumstances--Aksinya demands that one of them make up their mind so she can get to a warmer place. The Archinquisitor isn't very humorous. Aksinya makes a very good decision, she surrenders herself to the police. Look at how I use advanced writing techniques to tell you how cold Aksinya is. The inquisitors arrest Aksinya and look at the irony, the police will arrest her when the inquisitors are done with her. We still don't know the charges for the police to arrest her.
As they near the inquisitor's coach, the Reverend Mother, Sister Margarethe, and Frau Drescher come out. The Reverend Mother adds to our information--they were searching for Aksinya too. You knew the inquisitors were searching for her. Everyone was looking for Aksinya. The Reverend Mother shows respect to Aksinya, and the Archinquisitor warns her. You can see how this will go. Tomorrow, what about Natalya?