Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. ~ Helen Keller
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~ Albert Schweitzer
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. ~ C.S. Lewis
Hardly angelic, though I’ve been known to take men to heaven…figuratively speaking of course.
The name’s Evangilique. I’m not really sure what you all want to know. Hmmm…I guess I can start by saying, I’m human. I know. One might think this makes me subservient to my “master”. Bullshit. I’m no one’s pet. I serve because I CHOOSE to, not by the behest of someone else.
Granted, I’m not exactly your typical Vessel. In fact, I have never actually been merely a Vessel. I was born a Devotee. My parents, grandparents, even aunts and uncles have served some of the most prestigious houses in the world. My mother…oh my gods! My mother is fanatical. She adores the Aliment children in her care, almost more than she loves me. Though, I have to admit, sometimes I wonder. She works as a nanny for a wealthy Aliment family. She home schools the two little Lords during the day and sees them fed, bathed and to bed in the evening. Her’s is the face they see last thing at night and first thing in the morning. It’s one of the most honorable jobs a human can be given. And Sophia Aiello takes her status as Alla Pari seriously. She had hoped I would go that route as well. I had intended to. Really, I had!
Thankfully, the gods had other plans for me. I guess, in actuality that makes me the black sheep of my lofty family. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not the position of il Scelto they disapprove of. There is no higher calling. It’s simply Jacen’s lack of status. You see, I was chosen by a nobody from a house with no standing. I may have been born to serve a Padrone but this wasn’t what they’d envisioned.
I don’t care. As far as I’m concerned, he rescued me from a dull, thankless life and gave me more than I’d ever thought I’d get. I may be il Scelto of Jacen of Samsaveel but he is my chosen one. He ignited a desire within me I’d never before experienced. In a few short breath-taking days, I went from being simply the dignified daughter of a well respected Alla Pari to embracing the life of a Devotee in all it’s wanton glory. Plans to be anything else disappeared when he whispered Angel for the very first time. But, oh my gods, does he make it worth it!
Oh and before you tell me how foolish it is to love one of their kind, I must caution you. You have no understanding of the power of the il Scelto bond. They claim you body, heart and soul. You become theirs in every way possible. And you will love them despite your own reasoning. Somewhere deep within, a small part of you might resist…knowing that what you feel can never be shared…but you will feel it just the same. I understand that what we have can never be more than what he chooses it to be. It doesn’t matter. Jacen loves me in his own way. And I love him with all of me, I am his and he is mine.
Nothing will ever change this.
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. ~ Confucius
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist. ~ Albert Einstein
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. ~ T.E. Lawrence
This morning I put a post up on my Facebook fan page that really speaks to how I feel today. When I finished writing it, I felt compelled to share it here as well.
“Sweet Aita I love the sound of the falling rain. The pitter-pattering of drops as they pelt the leaves outside, my windows covered in wet rivulets coursing along the glass like tiny rivers. Oddly comforting, it makes me want to hunker down with a cup of joe and write my heart out. Jacen calls out to me today, more strongly than he has in a while. More of his tale is coming to light and in wonder I listen to what he has to say. I feel lucky to be the first one to experience his story. His incredible resilience, in the most dire circumstances astounds me. What a wonderful character he is. What a fascinating world he lives in. I hope I never get tired of bringing him to life!”
Have you ever experienced a world, a character, or a story that somehow went beyond the pages of the book/manuscript, grabbed you by the heart, enriching your life as if it were somehow alive? This is how I feel about Jacen and the world he lives in. It is funny to think that a few short years ago he was not in my life and that it took Nix to introduce me to him. What would my writing life have been if not for Jace? He is arrogant, brash, and selfish at times. Under it all he hurts deeply, loves fiercely and needs someone with whom he can connect. Jacen is all together real and like all of us is full of contradictions and complicated layers.
If you haven’t met him or experienced his world, think about doing so. There is a kind of magic there, lurking between the pages of Retribution, just waiting to be discovered.
So, come into our world. Jacen awaits…
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” ~ Milton Berle
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