Sunday, December 25, 2011

A.Word.A.Day drabble – “starets”

Knockin' 'em down! If I do two a day, I can be caught up to real time by....April 12, 2013. *facepalms* Maybe the world will end before then.

A.Word.A.Day drabble – 6/8/10: “starets”

A Word A Day by Anu Garg
PRONUNCIATION: (STAHR-its, -yits), plural startsy (STAHRT-see)
noun: A religious teacher or adviser.
From Russian starets (elder). In the Eastern Orthodox Church a starets is a spiritual adviser who is not necessarily a priest.
"Grigori Rasputin, was neither mad nor a monk, but an unconventional starets."
Cecilia Rasmussen; Shadowed by Rasputin's Evil Reputation; Los Angeles Times; Oct 10, 1999.

“Dmitri, I have been hearing rumors, and I am shocked and disappointed.”

Tears sprang up in Dmitri’s eyes, shocking him. He hadn’t cried since he was a child, but he couldn’t stand the disapproval in the eyes of the man who had always been there for his family, both as starets and as a friend.

“I’m sorry you feel that way, but I won’t stop seeing him. I love him.”

Sasha shook his head. “I’m not talking about the boyfriend. It’s lovely that you’ve found someone. No, I’m talking about your ties to the Russian mob.”

“Oh. Yeah. About that....”

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