[JMR20160909: This was a blind alley. I am currently working in the initial (rough) draft of this chapter, here: http://free-is-not-free.blogspot.com/2016/04/economics-101-novel-ch17-taking-rest.html.]
(The story starts here: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.jp/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch000-excuses.html.)
So, Professor MacVittie and Karel's and Bobbie's parents have been contacted, but do not yet know the extent of the situation: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch160-dorm-moms.html.
For the record, it's still Saturday back home, but it's Sunday in the islands.
Now, Sunday is a modern sabbath day for most Christians -- a day of rest.
Karel and Bobbie like each other when they are busy.
Let's see what happens when they take a day of rest and are not so busy.
A couple of hours after sunrise, Karel woke up. When he opened his eyes, he found himself looking into Bobbie's eyes.
"The storm is over," she said.
"How long have you been awake?"
"Dunno. Ten minutes? Half an hour?"
"Didn't wake me up?"
"I'm enjoying this." She smiled. "Is it a sin?"
"If we were at school, we'd be reporting ourselves."
aren't at school, ..."
"Uhm, we agreed to follow the school honor code here."
"... and there's nothing to report except two people
protecting each other in a storm, and the only bishop we can report it
to is God."
"I'm enjoying this, too, and that's something we can report. But we'd better sit up." Karel got on his knees.
"Spoilsport." But Bobbie got up on her knees, too.
took Bobbie's hands in his own, bowed his head, and started praying. "Father in Heaven,
we seem to have survived the storm. I am, ... we are grateful for thy
protection. We are also grateful for being able to talk with Wycliffe
and find out what our situation is. And we are grateful for being able
to enjoy each other's company. We really do enjoy each other's company." He paused.
"We have lots of things we will need, that we will need help figuring out
how to get, like sufficient food and building materials and things we
can use for medicine. And today is Sunday, so we need a little extra
help tomorrow to make up for the work we won't do today," and he
finished his prayer.
"Okay, so you're not feeling guilty about enjoying my company."
"No way." Karel grinned.
turn. Heavenly Father, Storms are dangerous, but I'm having fun. Thank
you for letting us have this experience. Other than that, what Karel
said." And she finished her prayer.
"It's getting warm in here."
"It was sure cold during the storm. I guess I shouldn't have wrapped the souvenirs I sent home in my extra blanket."
"At my suggestion and example. I'm sorry about that. Sort of."
"Yeah, ... okay, ... sort of, ..."
"Let's make sure there're no mules in ditches outside."
camp was in remarkably good shape. So they just removed the tarp covering
their trunks and hung it and their bedrolls out to dry on the wall they had built
the day before. Then, for breakfast, they ate some of the bread and cheese and
drank some water from their canteens.
"Good thing we boiled the water and refilled our canteens yesterday."
"Water's going to be a regular problem."
"Let's see if we have enough to get through the day, if we refrain from unnecessary work today."
"When should we have church?"
I suppose this bears some explanation.
Mormons will attend church services at the nearest branch of the Church
each Sunday. But there was no branch of the Church on any of the
islands where Bobbie and Karel were doing their research. The nearest
branch was at least five hours by air from any of the islands.
Professor MacVittie's help, Karel had obtained authorization to conduct
church services for himself and Bobbie while in the islands, when they
were unable to attend a regularly organized branch.
interested islanders would always be welcomed to their small (wherever
two or more of you are gathered in His name) meetings.
"Let's do it now."
Karel and Bobbie fished their scriptures out of their bags, and Karel
got a plate and the cups from the emergency kit and went down to the
water to wash them while Bobbie prepared a small topic to discuss.
he returned, they opened their Sacrament meeting with a prayer and
hymns, singing a cappella. Karel administered the Sacrament of the
Lord's Last Supper, and they partook of bread and water in
remembrance of the Lord's flesh and blood.
(Water, not wine. Mormons were early to substitute water for wine, viewing the consecration of symbolic tokens, rather than transubstantiation. Reference their Doctrine and Covenants, section 29, for those who are curious.)
Then Karel read from 2nd
Nephi chapter 31, reviewing the basics of faith in Jesus Christ and expounded on the idea that they needed to endure
to the end. And they closed the meeting with prayer.
they shifted to Sunday School mode, opening with a simple prayer. Bobbie read 2nd Nephi 9: 42 & 43 ("puffed up because of their learning"); and Alma 9: 28 ("reap a reward of their works"); and Deuteronomy 8 ("The Lord ... bringeth thee into a good land, ... Beware that thou forget not ... Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, ... then thy heart be lifted up); and James 4 ("because ye ask not").
And they discussed pride and academic honors and
choices about work -- especially their previous choices about work.
And they referred to something they had sometimes tentatively discussed in the past, whether two professors could live together in the same household. And they talked about whether they should have been letting their
desires to both be able to have professorships induce them to suppress,
as they now finally admitted, their feelings for each other.
And they ended with a prayer.
their discussion spilled over after their little Sunday School, when perhaps they should
have been studying quietly or writing in their journals or something, and the
discussion became warm. Some of the differences which they had in the past allowed to blind themselves to each other were revisited, and understanding still not found. And words which don't matter were exchanged, and
feelings hurt. And Bobbie took her scriptures and journal down to the
beach, and Karel sat on his trunk with his, and they didn't talk again until
hunger brought them back together for lunch.
the conversation was strained, and limited to safe topics like the weather. (Which was fine, now.)
They spent the remainder of the day
wandering separately around the parts of the island they knew, alone
with their own thoughts. When they met going opposite directions near
the lagoon, their eyes met, but they both looked down, passing
each other without speaking.
They ate supper
separately, and Karel rolled his bedroll out under the stars on one side
of the tent, and Bobbie rolled hers out under the stars on the other
side. And they had their prayers separately, and slept undisturbed by
dreams or visions.
Can our co-protagonists give each other a break? http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch180-preparing-for-long-haul.html.
The table of contents can be found here:
[The initial (rough) draft of this chapter is here: http://free-is-not-free.blogspot.com/2016/04/economics-101-novel-ch17-taking-rest.html.]
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