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.
Dobrushin and Aksinya married. They came to the room Dobrushin took in the hotel near the center of Wien. The demon, Asmodeus, appeared and attacked Dobrushin but mortally injured Aksinya. With the destruction of Aksinya's surety, the demon disappeared and Aksinya's long hair returned to her head. Not much later, the angel Raphael appeared. Aksinya lies dying in Dobrushin's arms...
Dobrushin raised his hopeless face to Raphael, “Please help her.”
“I’ll do better than that. Just as her surety returned with the end of her contract, so the spiritual and physical injury caused by that creature can be removed.” Raphael held his hands over Aksinya, “In the name of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Remove the marks of Satan from this woman, your servant, Princess Aksinya.”
“Please, God,” cried Dobrushin.
Immediately the horrible wounds across Aksinya’s body sealed. As thought time turned back, from left to right, her flesh stitched together and the blood returned to her veins. Her face became less pale and her breathing returned to normal. In moments, she lay peacefully in Dobrushin’s arms. Her lips turned up in a gentle smile. Her dress still bore the claw marks of the demon. Her pale flesh showed through it.
Raphael shrugged, “I could not do anything about the dress. It is fully corporeal.” He stood and backed toward the fireplace, “That creature will not bother you again. I bound him for a time, and he shall not be released again until that time shall pass. Ensure you do marry her tonight, otherwise I can’t be responsible for what might occur.”
“I have married her.”
Raphael smiled, “Until you are one, there is no marriage in the eyes of God.” With a flash and a low gonglike sound, the angel was gone.
I didn't want to leave this novel a tragedy, and I set up within the concept of the novel from the very beginning with this in mind. A demon or an angel can't heal, but just like the surety returned to Aksinya's head (the entire contract was undone), likewise, the harm which Asmodeus was not allowed to cause could be turned backward. This isn't healing, but rather removing something which should not exist in the first place. Just as the angel had the power to bind Asmodeus, he likewise has the power to bind the acts of the demon.
Therefore, Raphael turns backward the evil the demon accomplished. So, the picture is this that I show you is the wounds going backward. There is humor here too--notice the dress. Raphael couldn't turn time back for the dress because it is not spiritual. This is a little piece of information, I intentionally interject. The converse is that Raphael could act for her, she is partially spiritual--the dress is not.
Then we get reassurance that Asmodeus has been captured and bound. He will not bother them again. I also repeat the concept of ancient marriage through the words of Raphael. He gives a warning. The angel is gone. Tomorrow, the rest of the night.