‘Tis true that this world’s full of woe
And it feels like the further we go
In following Christ
We pay a steep price
And oft receive blow upon blow
Continued from Sex 303: Yaga Math
Scene 1: Baba Yaga’s Hut
Earnest the Sinner is still reeling from the revelation that he is not the true Leader of this group.
Earnest: But you’re contradicting yourself! You said we need five persons for the Quest to succeed.
But there’s only four of us: me, you, Lecher and Ang.
Yet now you’re saying our Quest is actually to find the fifth person, who is our true Leader?
We feel that nothing can go wrong
When we trust that we truly belong
It seems our salvation is sure
When we know it is us they adore
The charge of God
Is what attracts
Joy in what
The world detracts
When we are little God’s small
Though to us He seems all-in-all
But as we grow our brain
In a world filled by pain
That comfort is destined to fall
Death should seem to us a light thing
And yet we all feel it is frightening
Our ego recoils
From losing its spoils
And flails with a grip that is tightening
When He was among us
We walked where He lead
Now He has brung us
To walk in His stead
His cross has hung us
Then raised from the dead
From sin He has wrung us
Just as He said
So now He’s among us
Through breaking of bread
Though Satan has stung us
We now crush his head!
Continued from Part 4
I’m seeking the eagle
That serpents do fear
Hoping he’ll tell me
My quest’s end is near
Then I hear his cry
Shadow on the wall
And discover he’s not
What I expected at all!
Aquila: Ooh, you brought lunch!
Earnest: You’re a girl?!
Yes, the manly eagle I had sought turned out to be a female. And not just female, but a tween girl; some sort of teenybopper.
And I don’t like the way she’s eyeing my companions. Apparently, neither do they.
Qhuinn: I believe the correct canine response is: “Grr, stay away from me and my friends!”
A. Ooh, you can talk. Who’s a cute puppy? Who’s a cute puppy!
Q. I say, stop that. I’m not actually a dog. No, please, not your feathers. I’m really the incarnation of… Ooh! Right there. Ahh…
Qhuinn flips onto his back and starts flailing his legs while she scratches his belly. So much for my fierce protector.
E. Um, excuse me, we’re actually here on a serious quest.
A. Of course you are. Who’s a serious doggie? Are you a serious doggie? Are you enjoying your quest?
Q. Best… Quest… Ever.
I start to interrupt her, but then realize that tickling my friends is vastly preferable to her eating them. I decide to wait it out.
A. Okay, there you go. All done.
Qhuinn mumbles something inaudible from where he is sprawled on the floor. Aquila giggles and slaps him away.
E. What did he say?
A. “Marry me!” [snorting]
This encounter is not going at all like I planned. Sminthus is still too terrified to be of help. I gaze imploringly at Nehushtan. He sighs and raises himself up on his coils to look Aquila in the face.
N. Greetings, fair maid…
Before he can finish, Aquila transforms from dreamy schoolgirl into fierce predator. She lunges into the air and pounces on Nehushtan. One razor-sharp talon pins his head to the ground — facing away from her — while the other hovers a fraction of an inch above his throat.
A. Uh-uh-uh-uh-uh! No lookee-lookees from the snakie. I’m not old enough yet to face all my future fears. [She turns to me and winks] My parents don’t even let me date yet!
E. Oh! Parents. Er, could you perhaps call them? I’m sure there the ones we were supposed to meet. You see, we are on…
A. I know, a really serious blah blah blah save the world blah blah quest. My parents already know all about it. That’s why they sent ME!
The sight of a killer eagle batting her eyelashes is apparently enough to shock Sminthus out of his stupor.
S. My lady… are you really the one meant to help us? Then were you… just kidding about… eating us?
With a flick of her claw, the young eagle casually tosses the massive snake against the back wall of the cave. She walks over to stare out the opening, a heavy weight seeming to descend upon her young shoulders.
She doesn’t meet our gaze. Her voice is soft, almost a whisper, with none of the frivolity she so recently displayed.
A. I… am sorry. I did not realize this would be so hard. Yes, I am here to help you. But you know little of what you ask, and less of how much it would cost me. If I am to survive long enough to be of use to you, you must feed me… a sacrifice.
Cold dread freezes my bones. Could I really sentence one my companions to death, if that’s what it took to achieve my goal?
Well, maybe the snake…
No. That is not the way. At least, not The Way.
E. Eat me.
She turns at looks at me, then giggles. The toss of her head reminds me of Artemis, for some reason.
A. You? You have already laid down your life many times over. You will not get off so easily.
E. You don’t need all of me, right? Perhaps just a.. a part of me? My… heart?
A. You want to give me your heart? Silly man, I told you I was too young to date!
She snickers, then looks at me with a dangerous gleam in her eye.
A. And anyway, your Greek friends should have taught you the proper sacrifice required of those who would share the secrets of heaven to mortal man.
A sick horror overcomes me. I glance down involuntarily at my chest. I begin to shudder.
A. That’s right. I get to eat your liver. Every. Single. Day.
To be continued in Part 6
Continued from Part 3
Here in my own private Eden
I stare into the eyes of a snake
Like unto the one that deceived Eve
Seeking the truth that could unmake Satan
But seeing only the Face of Death
I am no stranger to Death
Hell, Hades and I are so close he loans me his keys
This is different
We need to learn
Compassion for our Self
Yet show it no
Christ died to kill sin
So that we could become
Finally, the day has arrived!
Our garden has been infested with poke-lizards at least as long as my son has been alive.
A few years ago we decided to get rid of them.
First haphazardly, then more methodically, we have been trapping them, sealing up the boundaries of our yard, and destroying the warrens they live in.
Now there is only one place left for them to hide.
Time to set off the lizard-bomb.
Continued from Part 5.
I thought I was done.
Then I remember.
I still have my Burden.
I’ve been to hell and back
So many times
I have frequent fryer miles
But found no flames
To unmake that ring
The place that most ignore
Only a handful willingly enter
From which only One returned
The main prerequisite
to being Revived
we are dead
As long as we think
we are victims to be rescued
or saints to be vindicated
or children to be protected
The Cross holds no answers