Easter Endeth, by Charles Matthias

Story name: Easter Endeth
Author: Charles Matthias
Publication date: March 9, 1998 (on TSA-List)

Date: Easter Sunday, 706 CR
Location: Metamor Keep (the Deaf Mule)

Overview

Matthias and his friends share one last drink as Father Hough shares his thoughts on Metamor Keep.

Summary

It is afternoon on Easter Day. Matthias and Kimberly walk past the shops and enter the Deaf Mule. They join Nahum, Habakkuk, Tallis, Copernicus, Michael (covered in a robe), and Father Hough at a table. Matthias pays for everyone's dinner while Nahum starts a conversation.

Nahum suddenly asks Hough if he is going to move in with them, as there are enough Ecclesians to make a priest worthwhile. Matthias is nervous about the topic, but Hough says it is up to the Cardinals and the Patriarch to decide if Metamor gets a diocese and who will run it. Matthias asks if there were a new diocese in Metamor if he would want to run it, and Hough admits that he doesn't know; he is afraid of the curse, specifically of becoming a woman. Matthias understands, as such an event would cause huge theological fallout. He rephrases and asks if he would risk that possibility to run Metamor's diocese. Hough decides that he would, much to everyone's relief.

Hough announces that he must leave to prepare his departure the next morning, but assures them he will be back in a few months. After he leaves to his private room, Habakkuk offers a toast to Father Hough.

Characters

Main Characters:

  • Charles Matthias: Headmaster of the Writer's Guild, here enjoying a moment with Kimberly and his friends from the Guild and the Way.
  • Father Hough: The Ecclesian priest. He is celebrating one last moment with fellow Ecclesians.

Minor characters:

  • Kimberly: Matthias's beloved. She is still amazed by Hough's sermon.
  • Nahum: A Writer's Guild member. He is very hopeful that Hough will come to the Keep.
  • Zhypar Habakkuk: A Writer's Guild member.
  • Copernicus: A friend of Matthias's. He has already eaten, and enjoys Hough's company. In his opinion, people are quick to adapt to Metamor's oddities. He gets uncomfortable when the conversation turns to religion.

Cameo:

  • Donnie: Owner of the Deaf Mule.
  • Tallis: A Writer's Guild member. He is quiet and focused more on eating bread.
  • Michael: A friend of Matthias's. He keeps to himself at the table.

Mentioned:

  • Thalberg: The Duke's steward, an alligator morph. Matthias remembers him bundled up in a blizzard, racing between buildings.
  • Bryan: A cobra morph. Matthias wonders how he deals with the cold.
  • Gregor: The Keep baker. Matthias and Kimberly were eating his bread earlier that day.
  • Loriod: A lord who angered Matthias earlier that day.
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