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Previously… for her latest assignment, Vera enters the convent to fill in for Sister Josephine, who forbids her to sit at her desk. As soon as Sister Josephine leaves, Vera uses the desk because she thinks it’s silly.
As soon as Sister Josephine shut the door, Vera put her purse down on the desk and stuck her tongue out at the now-gone Josephine. What did she mean she couldn’t use the desk at all? That’s insane.
Vera noticed that Sister Josephine had left a habit out for her on the bed. She picked it up and put it up to her chest. Soon, she adorned the white tunic and belt with the rosary attached, but it took her a few minutes to figure out the rest of the outfit (she should have asked Josephine for instructions). Eventually, she looked at herself in the “selfie” angle of her phone and decided she looked pretty. . .well, religious.
On the floor, she spotted a piece of paper. Here, Josephine had left instructions (just not for the outfit). It was a schedule.
2 p.m.: Silence: Study and Rest Period.
Silence? Study? This is something Vera craved. Usually, when she was on assignment, she had to be social, as being a Loan Some loaner required you to be a friend to those who didn’t have any. But in this particular circumstance, she found herself alone.
She pulled out the chair at Josephine’s forbidden desk, took a seat, and then rummaged for her journal out of her bag. She began to write down notes.
Day one as a nun. My homework? Silence.
I wonder what’s really going on with this Sister Josephine character. Given her look at me before she left, I don’t think she’s going to a clothing-optional bar. Then where would she be going?
Just another weird day in the life of my job. Do people really need people? Or does society make them feel like they need people? Could I live like a nun and be happy?
After she completed some writing, Vera wondered if this would be a good opportunity to practice some meditation. She always felt too busy to just sit down and do nothing. But this time, she was getting paid to be silent. She decided to find out whether silence actually was golden.
She took a seat on Josephine’s bed and crouched her knees to her chest. Then, she took a deep breath and shut her eyes. She’d read that meditation was supposed to be the act of turning off thoughts, but her inner monologue kept running like a ticker on the bottom of a news program. She couldn’t stop thinking about Greg and felt guilty that she had forgotten to call him when she came in (although she feared someone might overhear her conversation).
Eventually, after getting into the rhythm of deep breaths in and deep breaths out, her inner thoughts started to melt away and she found comfort in cleaning out all of the junk in her head. She liked the feeling of concentrating on nothing. For some reason, it gave her… peace.
Then, she heard a knock at the door. Vera’s eyes bolted open.
“Sister Josephine? Are you there? It’s Mother Superior.” Vote below on what will happen next or if reading by email click view poll.