Finding It-666: the Beast
Cecile is the Au-pair girl of the Workmasters. We only encounter her briefly in the first book of the Saga. The French girl had been living with Caroline Workmaster and her son Michael to help out. The single Caroline is a busy doctor with irregular shifts which rendered an Au-pair girl invaluable.
Cecile is reliable and her nice character is well liked by the entire family. She gets on well with everyone. Her responsibilities range from babysitting to picking up Micky from school, passing by helping him with his homework.
She is mentioned a few times and makes a single appearance. It is when she collects the young Michael after school accompanied by the CIA agent charged to protect them, ‘Tango Charlie’, that the abduction of the young Archangel happens. While the agent is killed before her eyes, she is beaten up severely for her to let go of the child.
It is a very distressed girl that Azryel questions to know what exactly happened during the abduction, when she arrives at Gab’s clinic in ambulance.
What happened next to that character? She made a full recovery apart for one of her eyes, which lost its sight, and Cecile carried on living with Caroline and Micky until they were asked to move to the tree-house of Gabriel for their own security. She went back to France to see her family before applying for a job in the UK. Cecile lives in Cambridge. We will meet her there, later on in the Saga, for a blessed reunion with the Workmasters and their expending family.
Cecile is not the most important character in the world. She is a background one yet it is nice to have her there, she add a bucolic concrete reality to the story: from the French nursery songs she teaches to Micky, to her night out once a week as her only demand.
It-666’s Saga is embedded in a time frame. The Beast is discovered, age 16, by Walter Workmaster in 2012. This is the start of the Saga. But the Beast’s story or history in itself begins even before her birth. Hence the trilogy prequel will allow all readers to know the full picture. As a storyteller, I have the full whack/works in my head. It goes before and beyond. I put my finger and just pointed to a particular heartbeat in the lifeline of It-666’s existence. I started her story at a moment which had most resonance to her life: one of her turning points. It is set in the Autumn of 2012.
It is a dark fantasy yet set in a real background, Earth. To give the feel of that, I use some background characters like Cecile, background noises of events or a geographical background. Although I love the later to be most imprecise for the fantasy to infiltrate it with its imaginary magic. My writing is impressionistic rather than realistic down to a T. If I had to compare it with a painting of my favourite painter, J. M. W. Turner, as an example, I would pick ‘Rain, Steam and Speed’.
For the trivia in that painting there is a tiny hare running from the steam engine, full of meanings. In the second book, there is a little white rabbit scene running in front of Gab’s car, full of meanings too. It’s a little winking homage to Turner.
Getting back to Cecile: I was an Au-pair when I arrived in the UK for a couple of years, then a nanny to pay for my university fees. I cherish that time more than I can say. I was made to feel part of my British family so much, that they are family to me. The Au-Pair is a ‘clin d’oeil’ to my own past.
The character’s first name of Cecile is another little wink to my ‘souvenirs’. A lot of people called me ‘Cecile’ not getting my real first name of ‘Celine’. I didn’t mind the mistake for one bit. I preferred ‘Cecile’ to ‘Celine’ for a very personal reason. My parents called me ‘Celine’ because of a sad song they both loved, the one of Hughes Aufray. When my own life took the shades of sadness similar to the one in the song for years, I yearned to change my name. I did not mind ‘Cecile’ because it brought a much happier song to memory, ‘Cecile, ma fille’ of Claude Nougaro. However I chose to become ‘Cordelia Malthere’, and legalise fully the pen name I was writing under for years. It has much more depth of meaning than a pretty or sad song to me, the one who has to carry it for life.
Let’s hear Cecile, a French Au-Pair, like I was learning English while learning life and looking after children: Blessed time.
The only quote:
In the emergency room, Gabriel told his staff to leave and closed the door behind Walter Workmaster. Azryel went to the suffering Au-Pair girl, Cecile. He applied a cold compress upon her tumefied cheekbone and asked in French, -Cecile, ma fille, dis moi ce qu’il s’est passe? Gabriel is a good Doctor. He will tend to your injuries. You will make a full recovery under his hands. Speak, my girl, speak for his nephew is in danger right now.
The girl started crying and pointing to the hospital bed of the killed CIA Agent told,
-They got Tango Charlie. They killed him, the three of them. He had no chance. I was battered until I released Micky from my protection. Meagre, the space of my arms, they broke them. One, a tall bold man, put a chloroform tissue upon little Micky who past away immediately. He took him in a white van with ‘Electricity E & E’ written upon it. The cropped blond hair guy gave the final blow to Charlie and jumped into the driver seat of the van. While the Mexican one with a Santa Morte tattoo gave me a blow in the cheek that sent me miles away counting birds in Feather land.
Az asked further,
-As tu entendus leur noms? Their names my dear girl?
The French girl shook her head, replying,
-Code names. No real names. Tattoo guy is known as Scythe. The blond one was called the Aryan and the bold one was named ‘3’.
-Gab, stop doing postmortem on Tango Charlie. Cecile is alive and need your full attention to get well: two broken arms, contusions, a cheek bone fractured, one eye is almost lost and in need of immediate attention.
(verse 29: Speedy Recovery Company...)
The Compendium of Characters
- Book Dedication
- This comprehensive nomenclature will be ordered by the chronology of the published books and within it by the alphabetical order of the characters. Following the ‘Who’s Who’ of characters, you will find a ‘What’s what’ section, a list of created or combined words with their meanings. There are a fair few occasions where I applied this poetic license to fit closely to the heartbeat of the story or a particular individual within it. The last sections are the peep-holes to the future publications relating to those stories, spin-offs, prequels or next instalments to look forward to. It will offer the tangible glimpse of what is coming next or what happened before.
- Published the 21st of October 2014, this short story was born like many of my stories within the midst of a nightmare. I remember still vividly hearing some chilling noises, some eerie music, sad laughter, stuck in the darkness of a long box. I pushed the door open to realise that I was in my coffin. A cowardly glance outside revealed a hilly cemetery, a moonlight night and other corpses rising from their graves, some dragging others to do so. I was freaked enough at the sight to lay back in the safe darkness, thinking that it must be a bad dream and that it will all pass. But someone saw me, someone recognised me, called my name out loud and opened my coffin lid wide open. In front of that half decomposed cadaver, my heart seemed to fail to beat any longer. I closed my eyes of fright and I woke up in my bed safe and well. I was not exposed in a coffin, exhibited to other dead people, I was in my bedroom with for only witness, my black cat Mystic blinking her yellow eyes at me peacefully from the other pillow.
- It-666’s story can not be told in one sentence not even in one book. It has a fateful spin to it which will last for as long as it is meant to last. It is determined.
- The ex-wife of Walter Workmaster is the human and younger sister of the incarnated Gabriel Purallee and the mother of the incarnated Michael. In Angelic terms, she is a very special person chosen to carry one or more Angels back to their incarnated form. Did she knew about it? She had no clue at all. She had no conception that her son, brother and uncle are Archangels until she stumbles upon an Angelic meeting led by Raphael at his AA club in the middle of the night.
- We meet ‘It’ at the start of the saga, aged 16, in an appalling state. Kept in a cage, starved, tortured, left in her own mess, the teenager has only one wish, the one of dying. Representing all we fear, the incarnated Beast, is a young distressed Being. She had far from the most enjoyable start in life.
- Gabriel plays a very important character in the saga. We meet him in the first book as incarnated Doctor Gabriel Purallee. Strangely enough that ambivalent Angel is the one that all turns to for some sort of stability. His clinic and his house serve as a refuge, the safe haven where one can hide to stay alive.
- We meet Michael, age eight, called Micky by all. This important Archangel has only recently incarnated once more and his human childhood makes him be temporally at a vulnerable stage. However he was given parents of choice in Walter and Caroline. Both are nurturing and loving him to bits. Like the Beast, this character is at an early stage at the start of the saga. Unlike her, he was provided with a loving childhood, which makes him a very happy, bouncy kid Being. He has bags of tenderness for everyone which he wears on his sleeve. From his currant human parents, he gathers that loving understanding and open minded acceptance. Faced with a brand new member of the family, called the Beast, and not being an only child anymore, he just takes her hand and shows her what it is to enjoy a bit of childhood. His heart adopts It-666 almost like his father, without question.
- Wrath is a character which tells you how it is in his standards and will force you to them by any mean, without almost any regards for who you are. Raphael has a physical presence that can make you quiver and he knows it. He plays with it shamelessly like a cat on a mouse chase. He can make it as sweet or cruel for you depending on his plans, schemes and temper. Wrath is renown to have a very short temper, trying him is definitely a bad idea. He comes with strings attached. He is full of them. Worse, he is the leader of them: anyone he pulls can spell your doom or your blessing momentarily. Raphael as a puppet master could be all good if his mind would not switch in a nanosecond to an entire other direction. Raphael is frighteningly so impulsive yet it is also his main skill, quick thinking, acting fast, he kills anything in the bud before it can fester away.
- If Wrath was daunting enough, his henchman is even more unsettling. What can I say to bring justice to Azryel’s character? I absolutely adore writing him. Azryel Mortimer is a character which grew a life from my pages and into my own heart. If there was a fan T shirt, black with a big red heart in the middle saying: ‘I love Az’, I would wear it proudly with no shame at all. It is odd for an author to say that they are the first ‘groupie’ of their created characters but I can only admit that I am for this one.
- From all of Raphael’s Angels, Asha is one with a very kind heart and the patience of a true Angel. He will take the time to explain things to the lay human without being ordered to do so. He will offer his shoulders without being asked. Known as the ‘Philosopher’, he has a calm, poised and understanding attitude about him.
- We meet the character of Liz Arczy briefly in the first book. She then develops slowly but surely throughout the saga to a certain potency and consequence. Receptionist at the clinic of Gabriel, the red head human picked the interest by her quirky personality.
- What can I say about that character? That you will never be able to quite grasp The Tutor even with your best intentions and most clever brain cells fully switched on. Elusive yet fully on, it is a whimsical idea of God, a pure allegory.
- Nun Tess was the tough catholic sister who abducted the Beast at her birth on the 6th of June 1996 with Father Williamson. She is the one that took charge of her care up until It-666 was five years old. On the fifth birthday of the Beast, she was killed ruthlessly before her by men paid to abduct the child.
- Father Williamson is one instrumental character which changed fate by a simple trick up his sleeve: a curse. To be honest I do not let any readers know much about him at any stage in the saga. Although if we meet him again in book 3, he is still a short encounter, yet a vital one. However he is one of the main hero of the prequel trilogy to the Saga of the Beast.
- What can I say about that character? That you will never be able to quite grasp The Tutor even with your best intentions and most clever brain cells fully switched on. Elusive yet fully on, it is a whimsical idea of God, a pure allegory. I must confess that it is one of my hardest characters to write about. He is the Sum of all Souls. You may find him beguiling. You may find him intimidating for he is. However whenever he steps in, he brings immediate relief with his presence. However he is the one the Angels will seek out to resolve their issues and dilemmas. Daunting, mysterious, knowing more than he will reveal at any one time, talking almost with riddles and puzzles to work out, he is the hard core of entities.
- Wendy Workmaster is a character which is only mentioned here and there. Wendy is past, gone and dead yet remembered by many with a sore heart, especially her twin brother Walter and her fiancé Gabriel. How to describe Wendy? She was another little Walter, a pure Workmaster through and through. She could finish the sentence of her brother and he could finish hers. They would laugh and cry at the same time, at the very same things. Physically, she is a tomboy blond, the exact copy cat of her brother. Very pretty in understated ways, she grabbed the overwhelming attention of Archangel Gabriel.
- Cecile is the Au-pair girl of the Workmasters. We only encounter her briefly in the first book of the Saga. The French girl had been living with Caroline Workmaster and her son Michael to help out. The single Caroline is a busy doctor with irregular shifts which rendered an Au-pair girl invaluable. Cecile is reliable and her nice character is well liked by the entire family. She gets on well with everyone. Her responsibilities range from babysitting to picking up Micky from school, passing by helping him with his homework.
- Tango Charlie is a human character which only appear in the first book. CIA/security agent, code name Tango Charlie is one of the Service secret connections of Big Gab and his Uncle Raphael. However if Wrath uses the services of human secret agents with scarcity and sagacity, his nephew prefers using their services to soliciting the ones of the Angels of Raphael. On the part of Gabriel, you may call this pride, or an ongoing feud with Wrath which makes him reluctant to ever have to ask the elder Archangel for help.
- Mister ‘3’, ‘Santa Morte’, The Aryan, henchman Colt and Big Brother 4 are all humans at the service of Paul Peterson. They are all killers apart for Big Brother 4 who is the security watcher at ‘P’s’. They are all fearing the demonic politician. They will follow his orders to the letter to save literally their own skins and they will be ruthless about it.
- Well, here we arrive at a character which I kept in reserve for the last to be mentioned: Eremiel, the father of the Beast, aka, Evil. Fallen Archangel, the extremely handsome Eremiel is bad to an unsettling purity. He is the nasty piece of cake that the Angels have constantly faced for almost an eternity as their Arch-enemy. He ruled Hell for a long while, after being ‘fired’ by the Tutor and sent there, and after depositing Hades from his Hell throne, shortly afterwards. Eremiel is the evil character in It-666 Saga: we meet him in all the books written in one form or another. He is that undermining constant Being which wants none to have an ‘happy ever after’ apart from himself.
- You have just met the characters of the first book. You will meet more as the other books get published one after the other. I can tell you already that there is a crowd of characters in the universe of It-666. However you have just been introduced to the principal ones: It-666, Walter Workmaster, Azryel Mortimer, Raphael Wrath and Gabriel Purallee.