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Post-Session: 10

A look at what happened during and/or after Session 10.

Story - Keeping In Touch with the Old Ways

Game Date: 9/18/2004
Location: San Francisco, California

Who: Knight of Saint Michael

William was in Notre Dame des Victoires. He was doing his duty as a Catholic, and at least this duty had not changed over the years. William was soaking in the fact that he had to wait in line. Back in Crossing March he never had to wait in line. Then again, he had his own personal confessor in Crossing March. He had to share his confessor in San Francisco. As he thought about all this, his turn came up. He got up, passed the old lady who looked much more relieved coming out than she did coming in, and opened the door to make his confession.

It occurred to him that going to confession was much like attending the privy. You went in with uncomfortable garbage and waste, relieved yourself, then went out feeling much better. He saw John's face momentarily. It figured. John was always the physical prankster. He would have been known in the modern day as a fart jokester. He felt Mother's and Eleanor's displeasure and Jeffrey's and John's giggles. William straightened himself in all aspects and entered the confessional booth.

"Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been three months since my last confession." William decided not to mention that his last confessor was Chris Hamilton.

"Tell me your sins, my son," said the voice behind the screen. It had the sound of the monotonousness brought on by repetitive listening.

"I have thought of killing my fellow man. I have held anger against my father. I have idolized my uncle. I have been intolerant of my fellow man."

There was silence in the booth. The priest was thinking. Finally he asked, "Why have you been intolerant of your fellow man? Why did it prompt you to kill them?"

"They were not Christian, or they were violating God's law."

The priest thought some more. He said, "God wishes tolerance for all men so that they may know peace. You must become more tolerant of other faiths, because they are God's children, too. You must come to terms with the anger against your father. Your penance is ten Our Fathers to mitigate the anger against your father. You must say one rosary for your intolerance, and ten rosaries for your murderous thoughts. Say three Hail Marys to refocus your affection on your uncle. Go forth and sin no more."

William left the booth and proceeded to start his penance. The three Hail Marys he did in the church. He focused on the proper affection for his Uncle Jeffrey. The other prayers he did at home. He didn't want anyone else to see him doing this work. The ten Our Fathers were the hardest. It wasn't just that the spirit was willing but the body was weak. William's spirit wasn't that willing and his body agreed wholeheartedly with his spirit. If Bridie was there, she would have been frightened of the aspect William took on when he tried to come to terms with his father. And for William, Sir Robert was doing just as badly at coming to terms with him. As usual the rest of the family wasn't there. Some fights you just have to avoid.

Record Last Changed Date: 5/5/2007

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