The Serpent’s atonement-The Rules of Retribution part 7

Atonement is difficult to define, or where we should draw its line.  Some say that atonement ought to be measured by the standard of the victims rather than the offenders who may belittle their crimes.  However, the victims may easily slip into the mentality of a leech that lectures the high ground outwardly.  The sense of entitlement of some former victims often kills off their talent because the temptation of milking the subdued offenders for more compensation money is far more attractive than diligent hard work to earn honest money.  All things considered, the amount of atonement is better left decided by a third party.  Still, it would be messy if the third party were receptive to bribes.  I hope reincarnation is real and the universe can, in the end, even the score.

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, ‘What, my looks disgust you?’  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.  ‘See this scar?’  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.. OOOUCH!

THE CHARACTERS

SERPENT, aka NAGA, the eight-headed deity.  The snake 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 anonymity.  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 hearts, 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.

NAGA represents the second chance and atonement in life.  

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.

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