09 Jun. 2018
A plot that twists like the back alleys of Ano Syros!
When Foti, from Syros, married Gulai from Kasudasi, Turkey, each of them knew they were going to have to do the impossible: rise above the historic and religious tensions between their respective peoples, and choose to be happy. And they did it. Two scientists who denounced traditional religions, Foti and Gulai had shown all the islanders a modern marriage of intellectual curiosity and mutual respect.
Until now. Something was changing. Each of them was keeping a secret from the other.
His secret was that, after years of being an atheist like his wife, Foti had recently become a devout Muslim. For the last 10 months, he had been secretly attending prayers at the home of Ali, the Syrian butcher at the Syros port. What would his wife think of his conversion to Islam, her former faith; the faith she had denounced decades before as 'backward' and meaningless? Would she still be able to respect him as a man of science now that he'd become a man of faith?
The more consumed Foti became with concealing his secret, the more distracted he was from noticing that Gulai, herself, was slipping away from the house for hours at a time. He wondered: could she be cheating on him?
One night, determined to find out who it was she was meeting, Foti followed Gulai through the dark street of Ermoupoli. Tailing her without detection, Foti watched her go down a dimly lit alley where she was greeted by a shadowy figure with outstretched arms. Foti followed them inside expecting to catch Gulai in the embrace of her lover. Instead, as his eyes adjusted to the hazy, candle-lit room, he was confronted with the sight of a shocked Gulai standing at a church alter receiving Holy Communion from the local priest.