Anne Rice - v1, Lasher

listen to me ashlar said the man from amsterdam im

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Unformatted text preview: all in one fell swoop. You might say, I bought the fantasy. I could not be stopped now from going home. "I will come with you, brother," I said. And before I could form any thoughts in my mind to the contrary, I submerged myself in the sense of my mission. I let it seduce me and overtake me. All night, I prayed only for courage, that if there was persecution in England, I would be brave enough to die for the true faith. That my death would have meaning, I never doubted, and by dawn I think I had convinced myself I was meant to be a martyr, but much adventure and excitement lay ahead before the final flames. But at early morning, I went to the Guardian of our congregation, and I asked him, to help me in my courage, would he do two things? First, take me into the church, into the baptistry, and there baptize me Ashlar in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, as if it had never been done before. And then would he lay his hands on me and give me Holy Orders, as if that too were happening for th...
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