A terrorist bombing in Bergama, Turkey kills twenty-three people including three children. Modern Bergama is built on the site of ancient Pergamon, a city whose art and wealth and culture rivaled Athens. It was also the home of the Aesklepion, the world’s greatest healing center, and the birthplace of Galen, the Roman Empire’s most famous doctor.
He would in this moment start his own religion, a faith without rules or rituals. A faith without icons. A faith in which fairy chimneys are steeples and trees minarets. A faith in which birds are the only angels. A faith in which all ground is sacred and all water holy. A faith in which breathing is prayer.
She could shatter him this second, splinter his soul, send him spilling into a thousand shards. She could compel him to share with her where the bones are, but her eyes are not directing him to. Instead, they offer trust that wings through him like a seraph—faith in him he is certain he is unworthy of.