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.
Father Dobrushin and Aksinya have decided to marry so that they can get rid of the demon. They believe they know how to end this problem. They need to be married by contract in the church. That is the first step. They go to the Ecclesia for this reason...
When they arrived at the church, the lights were off except in the rectory. Father Dobrushin helped Aksinya down from the carriage and they walked together to the door. Aksinya held onto his arm. She kept very close to him.
At Father Dobrushin’s knock, Father Makar answered the door to the rectory. It was the same door Aksinya had fallen before when she came there to confess and be absolved. The moment he saw them, Father Makar pressed his lips together and tried to shut the door. Father Dobrushin held it open with his hand, “Please Father Makar. We need you to do something for us.”
“Dobrushin, I told you before, I don’t want to have anything to do with… her.”
“This last thing we need from you. Only you can do it for us.”
“If it has to do with the imaginary demon, you are both insane.”
They heard the voice of Ekaterina from the kitchen, “Makaruska, let them in. There is no reason our friends should stand out in the cold night. We have tea and a warm kitchen.”
Father Makar snarled, but he stepped out of the door way, “You are welcome only because of her.”
Aksinya and Father Dobrushin followed Father Makar into the kitchen. Ekaterina was standing. She embraced Aksinya and kissed her cheeks, “We heard you had been freed, and it was all because of Dobrushin.”
“Yes,” Aksinya still held to Father Dobrushin with one hand. She put her other arm around Ekaterina, “Father Dobrushin defended me. I am not going to prison.”
Scene setting is necessary here. You know the Ecclesia and the rectory. I remind you this is a church. The description I give you shows the attention of Father Dobrushin and Aksinya. She has totally decided to put her trust in her bridegroom (there is that metaphor again).
We see the estrangement between Father Makar and Father Dobrushin. This is sad because they were great friends. I remind you of the circumstances that brought Aksinya here in the first place. This is important and you realize this, but I wanted the picture to be in your mind. Do you remember Father Dobrushin carrying Aksinya into the rectory?
Father Makar rejects them. They are like Aksinya before seeking sucress and help. Father Makar does not want to help them. Father Dobrushin is not above begging for this help--just as Aksinya begged before this same door. They knocked...do you see the metaphor in this?
Father Makar rejects Aksinya and all she represents. He thinks she is insane and his friend is insane to believe her. Ekaterina speaks for them both. She welcomes them--remember who was the strength in the Ecclesia. They are only welcome because of Ekaterina.
I want to remind you of Aksinya's savior in the trial. This is a metaphor too. Ekaterina shows you this through her words and actions. She welcomes Aksinya completely. Aksinya demonstrates this too--she will not let go of Dobrushin. Tomorrow, the question and some revelations.