O is for …

Oath.

I’ve always loved this word. The age it invokes. The promise. The sense of honour and duty.

Not sure what it means?

oath
  1. a solemn promise, usually invoking a divine witness, regarding your future acts or behavior; “they took an oath of allegiance”
  2. a commitment to tell the truth (especially in a court of law); to lie under oath is to become subject to prosecution for perjury
  3. profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger; “expletives were deleted”

In one of my new favourite books, Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh, the main character Elena has offended Raphael, archangel of North America. He wants her to do a job for him, though. So Elena tries to figure out if she can get Raphael to swear an oath to her. She has to word it carefully, she thinks. And then the thread drops. It’s not a huge part of the book, but I really wished that the author had spent more time talking about blood oaths. She comes back to it in the most recent entry in this series, Archangel’s Storm, but not so much. I absolutely love the series, though.

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