In the early days of Charles Martel, Margueritte experiences everything a Medieval girl might want: fairies, ogres, a unicorn, dragons, knights to love and daring rescues. But it is Curdwallah the hag, the devotee of Abraxas, that haunts her dreams in the dark.
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M3 Margueritte: In the Dark
The woman came on her knees, her head lowered, her eyes downcast, the blood still dripping from her lips. “I have done all that you asked,” she said, and then held her tongue to await her god’s pleasure. The shining one stepped close.
“And what is it you have done?”
“My children have been my meat. Their bones litter my floor. And my husband has hung from the rafters. His blood has been my drink.” The woman spoke plainly. She had no guilt or remorse. She was simply obedient to her god.
“I am the god of light and dark,” Abraxas proclaimed himself. “I hold the night in my left hand and the day in my right. One hand covers with darkness and the other blinds with the light. I know what you have done in the darkness. What you do in the light will be proclaimed. You will be my witness, and all people will come to me through you, only not yet.”
The woman looked up, but still held her tongue for fear of her awesome god.
“The gods of old are gone and I am left to start anew.” The shining one spoke to himself. “This Aden from Iona must bring the people to uncertainty between the old ways and the new ways. When there is stress and confusion and war between the old and new, we will strike. In the meanwhile, grow strong.” Abraxas placed his hands on the woman’s head, and something flowed from him to her. “The fire and the water are forever at war,” he said. “Thus, you will know when to move. Strike when you sense the elements in opposition and war in the minds of the people.” He withdrew his hands, and the woman reeled from the power.
“Yet there is one annoyance of which I must be certain.” Abraxas still thought out loud and tapped his chin. “Right now, the Kairos is an old man in Constantinople. When the old man dies, it will be better for all concerned if the Kairos is not reborn in this time and in this place.”