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Prelude 5 - Stories

Prelude 5

A look at what happened during and/or after Prelude 5.

Story - Shopping for Church

Game Date: 1/11/2004

Who: Guillaume de Rouen

Helena missed having Chris around to help with this. She knew Chris' size, but she couldn't quite figure out Guillaume's. But there was no time for wishing for Chris now, she had to get the knight some clothes so that he could go out in public without attracting undue attention. She also needed to get him so that he could get by without talking much, which would be difficult. She was thinking of what she should teach him so that he could get by in the modern day. She felt bad for him, because he was so lost. She wondered what the loss of his family would do to him. But did he really lose his family? Does getting transported away from them really count, if they died of old age? She resolved to find that out. Meanwhile, she had to check herself. There was no way she was going to put him outdoors in a Tickle Me Elmo T-shirt. Wait a minute, she thought. How bad would Tickle Me Elmo traumatize him?

She went back to her apartment with some jeans, colored t-shirts, and some colored muscle shirts. She arrived at the apartment to find him in his arming jacket, looking out onto the street. Then she remembered, she'd forgotten to get him some underwear. She hurried back to the store and picked up a week's worth of Hanes underwear. She figured boxers over briefs. She got back to find him looking at the television.

"It looks exceedingly difficult to light a fire in," said Guillaume. "I decided to wait and let you do it."

"You don't light a fire in that," said Helena. "You turn it on and receive images."

"What... images?" asked Guillaume.

"We'll get into that later," said Helena. "For now, we get you to church." She presented him with a pair of boxers. "You put these on first," she said. Then she gave him a pair of blue jeans and a dark blue t-shirt. "Then you put these on. Go to the bathroom and change. If you haven't relieved yourself, do so in the big white bowl on the floor. Pull the metal lever after you've finished."

"I was just going to ask you where your privy was," said Guillaume. "Come to think of it, I realize now I don't smell any privy."

"Once again, dress now, we'll talk about it later. Get your current clothes off and these on. You'll be late for Mass if you don't."

Guillaume went into the bathroom. She heard the sounds of human relief, then the sounds of relief disposal, then French cursing, then silence. Guillaume came out in his new attire. His shirt was on backwards and he was barefoot. "Take your arms out of the sleeves and turn the shirt around. I take it you put the slit in front when you put on your underwear?"

"I did, milady."

"Good. I'll have you some footwear in a minute."

Helena ran to the shoe store, cursing herself for forgetting shoes and socks. She returned momentarily. Put the socks on first, they're contoured to your feet, then put on the shoes. I'll show you how to lace them." Guillaume did as he was bid. "I trust I look acceptable?" he said.

"You do," she said. "Now I'm going to take you to church. We're going to Notre Dame Des Victoires, I figured it would suit you. If people ask you your name it's William, and if they ask you your last name it's Rouen. Do you understand?"

"Yes," said William.

"One more thing," said Helena. "Don't pray in Latin. Pray in English."

"I don't pray in Latin?"

"Pope Paul VI said it was okay to pray in your native language in 1967. And your native language is English, just so you know. Off we go."

Knight and bookstore clerk hurried off to Mass one wondering what God would think of praying in the vernacular, and the other one wondering what on earth you were supposed to do during Mass...

Record Last Changed Date: 11/28/2009

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