As far as Akasha why do you think she didn’t approve of the two of you? Do you think she instigated Santino in any way to attack so that you would be forced back to her?
I do not think that Akasha instigated Santino, but I feel absolutely that if she had wanted to, Akasha could have stopped him and all of his minions without so much as moving from her throne. Even from where Akasha sat behind miles of stone, she could have intervened to save me, to save Armand. I know it would have been an effortless thing for her to destroy all of them. If not could not have destroyed them, surely her keen ears and senses heard what Santino was planning. I did not know then, as I know now, that she was truly the all seeing Mother to us. I have no doubt that Akasha knew what Santino was going to do to me and that she did not stop him.
She could have at least warned me so that I could have gotten Armand and my boys to safety. Spared myself centuries of pain and fear.
So why did she not? Not because she could not, no. Rather because she did not want to.
The question is then, why did she not want to save me? And to protect Armand?
I think because she was jealous in a small way.
I used to house her underneath me, and I would visit her nightly to speak with her, to clean her, to brush her hair and apply new make up to her skin. When I moved into the heart of Venice and surrounded myself with mortals, I could take no chance of them finding her, and so I kept her far away in the distant mountains. I was only able to visit her every few weeks, and my attentions toward her waned. Perhaps she was also disappointed with me and my decadence, that I surrounded myself with innocent mortals, seeking to be something that I was not and could never be. Armand was the absolute epitome of that life I had apart from Akasha and her needs.
I loved Armand and I needed him more than I needed her. Because she needed me to care for her, I believed she loathed Armand. After all, it was she who dissuaded me from following Armand after he was taken by Santino. Of course, she was quite right to do so. In my weakened state, Santino would kill me easily. But she manipulated me in my weakness.
Most of all, Akasha wanted to see me brought back down and humbled, and in doing so, I would inevitably return to her because I needed her. If I was to be strong again, I needed her blood.
Akasha knew that Santino could not kill me no matter the number he brought against me. Her blood made me far too strong for an easy death. So she was safe in the knowledge that I would be cast down from my lofty pleasures, broken, and all of my worldly distractions would be lost. She certainly won, and she got what she wanted. Though at least Armand did not die. At least he lived and lives.