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 locked in a cold dark cell under the residence of the Cardinal of Wien. Aksinya knows Asmodeus will return to torment her. Unless she can put crosses on her dress and blankets, he will take them from her. She uses her own blood to draw crosses on them. Unfortunately, she can't stop the blood once she started it...
Frau Mauer screamed and jumped up. Aksinya’s eyes closed and she slowly lay on the bench. The release of the pressure on her vein let the drip become a slow stream. Frau Mauer screamed again and ran toward the kitchen.
Frau Mauer grabbed Frau Becker’s arm, “The sorceress has committed suicide. She is bleeding everywhere.”
Frau Becker’s face clouded and her eye twitched, “Get the Secretary, immediately.”
“What will you do?”
“Just get the secretary.”
Frau Mauer nodded vigorously and ran off.
Frau Becker grabbed the kitchen axe from the wood pile and ran to the corridor that held Aksinya’s cell. The guards didn’t attempt to stop her. She glanced at Aksinya and the growing pool of blood and chopped at the lock on the door. The old wood splintered satisfactorily under the axe and the door swung open. Frau Mauer grabbed Aksinya’s wrist and immediately the flow of blood stopped.
Secretary Schwab followed by Otto stopped at the entrance to the cell. Frau Mauer didn’t wait for them to say anything, she yelled at them, “Get the doctor now. I’ve stopped the blood, but she may be dying.”
They almost trampled Frau Mauer as she hobbled down the corridor toward them.
This scene is very straightforward. The results of Aksinya's experiment are not good. She achieved the markings she wanted, but she couldn't stop the flow of blood. The demon couldn't imagine this result--could he. Whether he did or not, the result will be the same. It appears that Aksinya has tried to commit suicide. Although Frau Becker stopped the blood, what will the result be for Aksinya. It seems that she is slowly falling deeper and deeper in to a place that is impossible to recover from. Sad since she had the spiritual strength to face down the demon and pronounce her freedom from him. We see that she is not free from the demon. She has placed her trust in the right place, but Aksinya's problem is like all of ours. Do you remember Paul's great cry of dismay? "I do those things I don't wish to do and not those I know I should do." Still, can there be hope for Aksinya. If there is hope for her, perhaps there is hope for any of us. Tomorrow, she wakes.