Economics 101, a Novel, ch_17 -- Taking a Rest
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[This suddenly turns religious, so I suppose it needs a chapter introduction to explain why.
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, maybe? 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."
"We aren't at school, 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 sat up and knelt down, too.
Karel took Bobbie's hands in his own and started praying. "Father in Heaven, we seem to have survived the storm. I am, ... we are grateful for the 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. 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."
"My 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 this tent."
"Let's make sure there're no mules in ditches outside."
The camp was in remarkably good shape, so they just removed the tarp from their trunks and hung it and their bedrolls on the wall they had built the day before, to dry. Then they ate some of the bread and cheese and drank some water from their canteens for breakfast.
"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?"
This bears some explanation.
Usually, 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 ten hours by air from any of the islands.
With 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.
And 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."
So 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.
When 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 the bread and water in remembrance of the Lord's flesh and blood. Then Karel read from 2nd Nephi chapter 31, and expounded on the idea that they needed to endure to the end. And they closed the meeting with prayer.
Then they shifted to Sunday School mode, opening with a simple prayer, and Bobbie read 2nd Nephi 9: 43; and Alma 8: 28; and Deuteronomy 8: 12 to 18; and James 4. And they discussed pride and academic honors and choices about work and whether they should have been letting their desires to both be able to have professorships induce them to suppress, as they now saw it, their feelings for each other.
And they ended with a prayer.
Maybe I should fill in chapters 1 through 9 of this novel so that you, the reader, might form your own opinions on the question of why they had been so hesitant to consider dating each other.
It's a thought. I'll consider it if I ever find the time to finish the part that is supposed to be an allegorical thesis on economics.
Interestingly, their discussion spilled over after their meetings, when they should have been studying quietly or writing in their journals, and the discussion became warm, 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 until hunger brought them back together for lunch.
Even then, the conversation was strained, and 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, and then they both looked down, and passed 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.
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