What's honestly most surprising to Nathaniel with regards to the situation immediately following the war, which the Guild undeniably waged and then undeniably lost, is not that the Guild's members (former members, he supposes) decide to come back together (many of them once again called back to the organization by the same man who called them in originally, though this time he calls them back with the intention of making them a *real* family, tied together by loyalty instead of duty). Rather, he realizes as he stares out of one of the many windows in the spacey kitchen on the ground floor, looking out across the lake on whose shores this house is build, what surprises him the most is that the Guild's former members are somehow capable of having quiet days.
It isn't even a Sunday. Even when he first originally joined the Guild, Nathaniel has never done any amount of work on a Sunday; it was his only real condition he refused to bend on when Francis first sought him out, and despite Francis very much giving off the aura of someone who would protest such a demand... even back then, before the fall from the Moby Dick which irreparably shattered one of his legs, leaving him needing a cane for the rest of his life and the rest of his life, and Francis the man himself undeniably forever changed, the great business tycoon had allowed Nathaniel's request with a wave of his hand and a smile.
And though it takes a while, Nathaniel eventually learns - from Francis himself, no less - why it was so easily honored, when he says *"I never was much of a religious man myself, but Zelda's father - he's always been more of my real father than the biological one, to be honest - before he had to retire, he never worked Sundays. Sundays are for church and family, and though I don't see myself caring for church anytime soon, I wouldn't - and won't - argue against spending time with my family."*
Sundays also mean that nobody has to worry about making "family breakfast", as (once again) Francis insists on calling it, because Sundays are also always included in their lists of days of the week in which attending them in the morning isn't required. That of course in turn, means everyone worries about their own states of breakfast affairs whenever they manage to wake up. And while Nathaniel doesn't really mind the monumental task of making breakfast for everyone who comes to join them, it's nice to be able to just make something for himself and be done, for once.
The following challenges were completed during the writing exercise:
Begin Start typing to begin
Words Reach 50 words
Words Reach 100 words
Words Reach 200 words
Words Reach 300 words
Words Reach 400 words
An account lets you keep track of your saved stories.Login with Google Login with Twitter View saved stories Log out