Day 3 Tuesday
Another important character in the story, although I don't think he really ever got to say anything, is Kirka. Krika and Loic were heart brothers. They grew up sharing many of the same privileges and yet both shared the belief that the Good Maker was more than they had been taught, and the spirit gods were something to be shunned, not worshiped. We meet Krika in the Prologue, where his father sacrifices him before the assembly of the Pagutsu clan, part of the Doreni people. His father is a shaman among the Pagutsu, and believes that his death is necessary to appease the spirit gods so they will not take revenge on them.
This action, and the inaction of Loic's father to intercede, as well as his own cowardice in the face of his friend's approahing doom, shape, mold, taint and influence Loic's personality as he grows up into manhood. When I was a boy growing up I had two circles of friends, basically because neither circle mingled with the other. I had church friends and I had neighborhood friends. Both of my neighborhood friends came from church families. It's just that they went to different churches. I had a favorite among the two, but I liked them both, most of the time anyway. If someone had said anything against my friends, either those in church or those in the neighborhood, I felt willing to stand up for them, or at least offer my encouragement after they had been maligned. Loic never had this privilege. He had the chance to stand up for his friend, but that would have meant standing against his father as well as the shaman and other elders. His cowardliness can be understood. Yet the feeling that his father had betrayed his friend to death, coupled with the fact that he would never get to encourage his friend made him feel guilty. In the best of times Krika, his friendship and his death, were always on his mind.
Do you have someone who is right in their thinking, but is taking flak for it? Are you brave enough to stand with them, to try to intercede on their behalf, to be there to encourage them later on? If so, hold them dearly. Don't be a friend that only loves when it is convenient. Don't be someone who leaves when things get tough. If you will do this, you will find help in the future when you are maligned. You will find those willing to stand beside you and fight for you. Your burden will not seem so unbearable. Loic's burden was escapable. All he had to do was be true to his friend. In his heart he was, but the seeds he planted, seeds of inaction, of not being brave enough to stand with his friend even if it meant death, grew and became a burden he carried for the better part of his life. Learn from him.
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