But this isn't the second part to the previous post's first. I realized that, what with Doctor Who finally starting up again this Saturday, it might be in a bit bad taste to post a list of particulars on why I dislike the current *handwave* attitude/atmosphere for the good Doctor.
Lol not really. I wish I was that respectful. Seriously, I just want to plug some of my own writing. Humility is strong with this one, amirite?
Anyway. This is a new project whose form has not yet been decided. More like it hasn't told me what form it should take. Right now it could be a novel, a novella, a collection of short stories... I'm not sure what incarnation it'll take.
Whatever form it does take, I do have a premise. Acts 9, just a few scant verses of it, forms the basis of this idea, which is roughly titled To Be Or Not. The stuff about Paul and Ananias. This is one of those ideas that causes me to black out during the sermon because characters are being dragged kicking and screaming into my head, determined not to tell their stories, but my magical powers of deduction wiling it out of them.
Ha, ha. Anyway.
The setting is a '30s Italian-inspired country, Salvare. Religious uproars everywhere. Just picture Israel after Jesus died/rose. That's the state of the place.
We have Aristides Aiolfi - our Saul/Paul figure, the Butcher of Salvare, a young zealot ruthlessly hunting down religious deviants at the encouragement of the Church. It's what he knows, the family business - almost all of his older male relatives are powerful Churchmen, all suffering at the hands of this dangerous new cult. Aris is set to follow in the family footsteps, and the holy war against the Following can only help him and give him peace.
And then we have Zelindo Foschi, the Ananias, the Angel of Via Retto, a young man who's supposed to die in a year or two of a painful terminal illness. He was one of the first believers in Arrigo (the Jesus figure), from the time Arrigo first showed up three years prior, when Zel was a young teenager still waiting to get out of the orphanage. And yet, unlike the thousand other people that got their mild needs healed, Zel is still dying. He covers up his waning belief by wasting himself on serving - on earning his nickname, the Angel.
And the Lord said unto [Ananias], Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth, And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
Ananias's reaction: "Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name."
In other words, "Oh heck no." But, of course, Ananias goes. And Saul/Paul goes on to being a big uppity-up in the Christian circles.
After Acts 9, I don't recall Ananias coming up again. (Maybe he does, I'm no Bible scholar, but I can't remember him.) But what's just occurred - this amazing meeting, these direct interventions by God in the lives of both of these men - it's just delicious. It makes me happy. It's simply begging to be turned into a friendship of Holmes/Watson opposite attraction, a violent implosion of two enemies who suddenly find they're on the same ground, a relationship that breaks itself apart before it heals itself again.
Or maybe my brain is just on overdrive and I'm reading too much into a handful of Bible verses.
Either way, the story has made itself known, and Zel and Aris are here to stay. It's a definite possibility for my Camp NaNo project (which I'll try to keep updated about once April comes [she will]). Even if it's not, I plan on writing snippets of it off and on starting now.
This is one of those projects I get really excited about. It's not so much plot or setting as character. And I adore character. Zel and Aris are some of the most interesting chars who've presented themselves to me in such a short time. Expect spam. Expect a lot of spam.