Warning for violent misuse of religious iconography.
Water the guest rejects – vomits it forth, breaks the hand with the towel. Afternoon rain, drumming on Nottamun's rectory roof, sends him to the corner, rocking, cursing.
"Get out!" he screams at tear-blurred shapes, then claws his eyes. "OUT!"
"Pity inoffensive eyes!" Father Jeremiah rushes to restrain the madman. "Stop this, friend!"
A demon's cry rises; outside, men cower, then run to look. Father Jeremiah lies neck acrook, and the stranger...
"Jesu!" they murmur, staring at the priestly crucifix in one mutilated orb.
... as a hundred leagues hence, he opens new eyes – again – and wails...
1. Day 13: When Archetypes Fight: Hierophant and Fool.
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