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 residence of the Cardinal of Wien awaiting an ecclesiastical trial for sorcery. Aksinya is recovering from her experience in the cold cell under the house. Frau Becker and Frau Mauer are her guards...
Aksinya finally woke again in the early afternoon. Frau Becker and Frau Mauer both stayed with her and kept a close eye on her. The moment Aksinya woke, she tried to get up, but she didn’t have the strength. The room was bright and warm. A coal fire burned in the fireplace. The bed was large and beautiful. Aksinya couldn’t see much more of the room than that at first. Frau Becker had food and tea for her. The two women helped Aksinya sit with some pillows behind her. Then Aksinya could see the rest of the place. It looked like a guest room in a fine house.
The women fed her and gave her tea. Aksinya tolled her rosary and then recited part of Matthew in Greek. Frau Becker and Frau Mauer didn’t know what to make of that. By the late afternoon, Frau Becker thought about calling for supper for them all when a knock came at the room’s door.
Frau Becker, at Aksinya’s side nodded toward Frau Mauer. Frau Mauer went to the door, “This is a private room under guard. Who is at the door?”
“This is the Inquisitor Esposito. I’m here to speak to the prisoner about her defense.”Frau Becker nodded, and Frau Mauer opened the door.
Aksinya is still under guard, but her surroundings are much more pleasant. The Cardinal obviously decided that a dead sorceress would be difficult to explain to the inquisitors and to the Pope. She is in a guest room in the Cardinal's residence. They have provided her warmth and treated her so she will be alive for her trial.
I give you details of the care of Frau Becker. Frau Mauer could care less, but she doesn't want to lose her job.
Aksinya surprises her guards because she doesn't act like a sorceress. They expected her to be evil, and she doesn't act evil at all. She acts like a poor crazy girl who is caught up in something she can't fully understand. Then the Inquisitor Esposito comes to the door. He is here to speak to Aksinya about her defense. Tomorrow, we will see exactly what the Church has to say to Aksinya.