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Ernesto Strozzi

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Farewall Jerusalem
« on: 28 September, 2018, 07:24:50 PM »
Father Ernesto's relief at returning to Jerusalem was to be short lived. He welcomed the respite from the horrors of the battlefield and looked forward to a time of peaceful prayer and study.

Instead he discovered that his servants were already starting to pack up his possessions and prepared for a hasty departure.

With astonishment he read the decree of banishment from Jerusalem. When he regained his composure he wrote to inform his ecclesiastical superiors.

Ernesto Strozzi

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Re: Farewall Jerusalem
« Reply #1 on: 28 September, 2018, 07:46:23 PM »
Ernesto took one last look at Caesarea as he boarded his ship, then he stood on deck and watched as the coast dwindled into the distance.

He wondered, what would become of his flock, and what would become of Jerusalem?

Emma Le Chappelle

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Re: Farewall Jerusalem
« Reply #2 on: 29 September, 2018, 02:46:31 AM »
In the bustling city of Cyrene, a ship docked at the harbour.

Emma was walking from her workshop to the academy, when she noticed some new arrivals walking up from the harbour.  One of them looked familiar...

"Greetings Father Ernesto, how nice of you to come and visit Cyrene again!"

called out Emma, but just then she had the strangest feeling that she had missed something, and somehow spoken out of turn.

Ernesto Strozzi

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Re: Farewall Jerusalem
« Reply #3 on: 29 September, 2018, 10:01:51 AM »
"Greetings to you also, Emma Le Chappelle, and congratulations on your appointment as Academy Director. I look forward to making good use of the academy, but that is not the only reason that I am here. I am refugee from Jerusalem. I was banished for the crime of healing some Roman soldiers. Yet, I believe that Immanuel would have done the same..."

Fabiotto Borgia

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Re: Farewall Jerusalem
« Reply #4 on: 29 September, 2018, 06:31:44 PM »
Fabiotto was looking for the Director of the Academy to be able to talk with her and know how things were going in the Academy.
He saw her talking to Father Ernesto Strozzi. He knew Ernesto, as he knew many others who came from the neighboring kingdoms to work on the different sites of Cyrene.
He approached the two and looked at Lady Emma.
Then he turned to Ernesto
"Happy to see you again Father Ernesto.The voices are turning.I already know the special edict that was made in a few minutes just for you" then smiled "You are lucky, not everyone is lucky enough to have a special edict"
But then Fabiotto returned seriously: "These are particular days of fear, and the weak kingdoms act accordingly.Our priest was called to go to Kiev to help the Romans, she informed us, and we from Cyrene have banned our priest  to do that. Our weak kingdom has acted this way.Your weak kingdom has acted differently, It has acted exiled. You do not have to blame your kingdom for your exile. Exactly like us, they too are afraid. We live every day with the fear of being attacked. People said we help someone, but who can we help? We are all young, lovers of life .The only ones who have asked for our help have been refused because our priest has arrived in Kiev to prove to be a true religious but then she returned home without caring anyone. Because we cyreneic ordered to come back home. The truth is that if they attack, they will do it because we are weak and we do not have anyone to help us.I really hope this will not happen,  we have built something really beautiful together. And to see to destroy what is beautiful,  it's  more sad there may be. Welcome Father Ernesto. "
Then he turned to the crowd he did not know and passed through the harbor.
He shouted: "WELCOME TO YOU, PEOPLE FROM EVERYWERE!  WHOEVER YOU ARE!"
« Last Edit: 29 September, 2018, 06:33:49 PM by Fabiotto Borgia »

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Re: Farewall Jerusalem
« Reply #5 on: 30 September, 2018, 10:47:39 AM »
Father Ernesto turned towards Ambassador Borgia and made a slight bow and a warm smile.

"Greetings, Your Excellency, Lord Fabiotto, it is so good to see you again. I look forward to seeing all the friends that I made at Cyrene and new friends as well. I thank you for your warm welcome. I hope Cyrene will not incur any political consequences for accepting a refugee, like myself. I do not wish to cause any trouble, and will leave quietly if asked to do so. For now I wish to apply for citizenship of Cyrene, so that I can live and work and pray among people of Theological faith, and indeed Cyrene belongs to the same diocese as Jerusalem. Cyrene has always been my home-from-home, now it is my home."
« Last Edit: 30 September, 2018, 10:52:32 AM by Ernesto Strozzi »