The marbled sky began to crack allowing hints of sunshine through. The pale light illuminated an otherwise dreary afternoon. Two robed figures trudged along the narrow cobblestone street that led out of the Abbey.
“And how goes the flogging?” asked brother Andrew, breaking the silence.
“Oh, quite well,” replied brother Thomas. “My back is still a bit scabby, but I’m certainly keeping the demons out.”
“Good, good,” Brother Andrew nodded politely.
Small talk among monks was always a bit dull. At least the Order of Penance was allowed to speak within the walls of the monastery grounds. The poor bastards in Bath took vows of silence which made for very boring Saturday nights.
The two men reached the gate and paused for a moment.
“So this is it, then,” sighed Brother Andrew, staring hard at his young protegé. “You haven’t changed your mind?”
“No, brother, I haven’t. God called to me once to serve him in this capacity and now I feel a new calling. I have no choice but to obey.”
“Very well then,” Brother Andrew said resolutely. “I’m sure the nuns of Amesbury will be pleased to receive you. I must say though, their attire is much less… roomy in the nether regions and there may be some chaffing at first.”
“The Mother Superior has promised that I may wear loose clothing until I’m healed from my surgery. I’m sure I’ll be fine.” smiled Brother Thomas.
Brother Andrew clasped his friend on the shoulder.
“Peace be with you, Brother Thomas.”
“If it’s all the same to you, I’d prefer you call me by my new name now.” the younger man replied.
A slight grimace crossed the face of Brother Andrew, but he shook it off and forced s smile.
“Of course. Best of luck Sister Loretta.”
As Brother Andrew walked back to the cloister, he muttered to himself.
“The Lord works in mysterious ways.”
[Author’s Note:I wrote this for a short story contest but never entered it. I realize some may find the subject matter a bit controversial but that’s never stopped me from posting before. If you liked the story, let me know. If you didn’t like it, let me know.]