Happy April, folks! Even though our winter didn’t get underway until January, I’m well and truly done with the cold. Except that temps this coming week are supposed to be below normal *sigh* But the crocus, snowdrops, daffodils, hyacinths are blooming so warm weather’s right around the corner.
Spring is a creative time, and the other writers who join in the Weekend Writing Warriors blog hop have been busy. There’s science fiction, romance, YA, historicals, fantasy, and more—stop by and find your next favorite author!
You can find previous excerpts of my novel-in-progress Night Shift here. Now in the basement of Temple Beth El, Devorah and her mentor Kazimir are preparing to trap the high-ranking demon known as Thaumiel. Kaz’s friends Vishram and Kwame are with them. The main part of the trap is something called a demon bowl—a ceramic bowl engraved with “spells” and sometimes humanoid figures. The bowls were made in Babylonia, some possibly by Jewish captives. Kaz has set this one with a gem in the middle that will serve as a focus stone.
Kaz spoke in a reverential tone I didn’t hear often. “Holy of Holies, One Without End, Highest and Most Perfect, I come before you as your servant to ask that you bless this bowl and focus stone. Tonight I, together with your servants Vishram, Kwame, and Devorah, and a host of holy angels together with your servant Adrael, gather to entrap the lilu known as Thaumiel. I ask that you allow the centuries of ambient holy energy contained by this temple to enter this focus stone so that the trap may be powerful enough to hold a demon as strong as Thaumiel. Holy energy, fill this stone in the name of the God of Light. Almighty One, I give you eternal gratitude, for this and for the many blessings you have granted me.”
The hair at the back of my neck stood on end as a faint white mist covered the bowl for a split second. Or had it been my imagination?
They seem to be preparing well. There are four people, a large group of angels will also be in the room, and a key part of the trap has apparently been blessed by the Almighty. This should be easy, right?
I’ve been trying to shake the influence of TV to get back to my chapters. I don’t watch much TV generally, but have discovered that one of our local secondary channels shows Westerns; movies and some episodes from serials. This is bad for my muse. Westerns, oddly, are my guilty pleasure. I’d include chocolate in that but I don’t feel guilty about that!