"Svetlana, don't go so close to the water, you'll fall in!"
"Yes mama." Svetlana was a thin, quiet girl for her age, though she was much taller than both her elder siblings. A mass of wispy, near-white hair made a halo around her head. Her creamy skin was so white she could blend in with the snow and she seemed delicate, wafer-thin. But it was her eyes that made people stop and stare. One retained the dark blue of birth, the other bloomed a deep, forest green. They were entrancing. In the sun, her hair aglow and her eyes aflame, she looked to be an angel. The village in which she lived was a Roman Catholic community and the resident priest often allowed her to perform sermons. They found her enchanting, the villagers, and even regarded her as holy. Some whispered she could be a saint. She was very devout and often hand-made rosaries for the villagers.
"Have you finished Vasili's new rosary? You know how devastated he was when he found the other one soaked through from the big storm."
"Not yet. There is something troubling me, mama."
"What is it?"
"Lucifer has sent a demon to corrupt me."
"She does not appear in the light, nor in the dark. Only in the transition betwixt the two. She touches the nape of my neck in greeting and does not let me look upon her, lest I bear witness to her corruption on her face. She assures me that she is innocent as a babe however I know that she tricks me. She would have me call her friend and anger God, but I know better."
"You must pray, pray to God. The slightest sin will send you to Lucifer, you cannot stray from your path now. Be strong and do not let it take over you."
"I'm scared, mama."
"You are not scared. You are not allowed to be scared. You have a great responsibility, Svetlana, to this town and most importantly to God."
"But why? Why me?"
"See! The demon in you speaks! It is God's will, that is why. You do not question God's will. He has given you the eyes of an angel, as a signal of his sending you to us. He has declared you his own and yet you question him!"
"I'm sorry mama. I shall see Father Yefim at once and repent."
"Good child. Be strong and don't give in to temptation. Don't even acknowledge the demon."