The Rules of Retribution part 7

If it was ever disclosed, my complete profile would reveal all sorts of minority groups, starting with my gender and race.  I have been harassed on many levels throughout my life, but I lacked the stomach to carry out revenge.  This was a blessing in disguise because retribution eventually manifested itself.  Revenge wastes our lives, but all that the universe asks of us is to be patient while rebuilding our lives.  Let's not ever get manipulated into feeling guilty for not trusting someone who has not yet worked to earn our trust through their actions.

Nemesis explains that 'The 'Takers' are better at sowing their demise than she.  It is the abused 'Givers' she must look after. Serpent assures Louis XIII that many good French people have adopted those abandoned pets. The dog is frightened of Serpent, and Louis XIII demands Nemesis to be more selective about who she associates with. But Serpent has redeemed himself in Greece, Egypt, and Asia, assisting farmers with rain.   Louis XIII insists that Serpent must have that vile he instilled in man as the original sin?

Serpent shows the old scar on his body.  In ancient times, the Asian deities casually decided to use Serpent as a rope to churn the ocean milk before he could object.  Serpent screamed in pain, but then, the lethal poison from the bottom of the ocean passed through his body, pushing at the same time his old vile out of my system.

CHARACTERS in my Graphic Novel

SERPENT represents the frailty that sees us stray from the path and often into darkness.  Big predators make the headlines, but ordinary people are tempted to commit small-scale cheating when shielded under the mantle of anonymous.  On good days we can fight off the temptation, but on bad days when we have lost something, and the world seems unfair, our hands reach out for it while a sinking feeling spreads inside our heart, warning us that this is not the way to get even with life.  However, God or the universe may not mind if the gain is minimal?  So we tell ourselves.

Perhaps, horror stories draw us in because we may slip into darkness any time of our own will.  We may need religion or fantasy stories hoping that they will take us back into the light.  The best you can do…or instead I can do is accept that I am not as good as I would like to be.  I may not have wronged individuals, but my integrity did not always hold out strong against faceless organizations.  My story combines horror and fantasy, but you will find it oddly accurate because I will not sugarcoat the truth.  To myself, I will be brutal.

GODDESS IRIS/NEMESIS: Instead of picking one from the existing religions, all of which I respect, I opted to represent the universe's will via Goddess IRIS.  God gave us light, and Goddess followed it up with the sound, but as sound travels slower than light, no one knows her existence despite benefiting from her gift, music.  Something turned this once open-book IRIS into NEMESIS, Goddess of Retribution.

THE SPIRIT of LOUIS XIII: The king of France, who reigned from 14 May 1610 – to 14 May 1643.  Enigmatic character the world may not have fully appreciated, not unlike the current, which can be substantial even if the river looks calm.

OMELETTE: the dog who was the pet of Louis XIII in its former life.