Orb's Year 914
Mark took a breath. "I need enlightenment. I keep making a mess of my life. I am too susceptible to my..." he cleared his throat, "my... er... passions."
"And how can we help you?" she asked, seeking clarification.
"I want to come here and learn peace and enlightenment," he said. "I have hurt too many people and I feel that I must stop." Mark thought of his messy relationship with Amy Baker and then Debbie Baker. He knew that she'd been married, but he'd met her at the market one day and fallen for her again. When she'd expressed an interest in him, he hadn't been able to resist.
"If you're serious, then let me speak with Abbess Abigail and see what she says."
Mark nodded his head. "I know. But, I am interested in the pursuit of enlightenment and balance in life."
Abigail nodded again. "And you are 100% committed. Once you join, you must stay."
"I am committed."
"We shall see. You will begin as a servant, studying the ways of the Orb and slowly build your way up to an Abbott."
Although, he hadn't know beginning at the bottom would be quite so... boring and dreary. Setting the duster aside, he glanced at the book in front of him.
Orb's Year 915
Orb's Year 916
Abbess Abigail did not answer.
And then Abigail was gone...