Episode 23: Lillenesse (Part 3)

I give you part 3 of my creative writing project… Enjoy!

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Torec came in with a smile on his face that day, and after a brief greeting, sat down to breakfast with me. We talked for some time about the state of affairs in our world — nothing terribly exciting — and he complimented me on a new addition I’d made to my home. It was nothing terribly special. I’d recently planted a particularly firm, broad-leafed plant that we use much as your own chairs, but had succeeded in guiding its growth into a rather curious shape. One of my better acheivements, but still nothing spectacular, so I was rather pleased with the compliment. Other than that though, our breakfast passed without incident. But as we headed to the door, Torec turned to me, and looking a little ashamed of himself, he told me that he needed my help with something.

I was not immediately suspicious. After all, this was a long-time friend. I told him of course I’d be more than happy to help, and we left together. As we walked, I asked him what he needed help with. “It’s kind of conplicated and I’m not sure I can explain it properly, Slissen,” he said to me. “But I’ll try. You see… I may have gotten myself into a spot of trouble with the guardians. I honestly didn’t know what I was doing was wrong at all, I swear it! But now they won’t listen to me, and I was hoping since you’re better at talking to people, maybe you could listen to what they say, and then maybe find a way to calm them down?”

I frowned then. The guardians of our world are much like your government, if significantly smaller and less convoluted. Elected by the people, they are responsible for upholding our laws, and adjusting or creating them as necessary. However, they act as a household unto themselves as well, and so while we are all mostly free to do as we please within the limits of the law, there are no taxes or other interference in our daily affairs. They grow and harvest their own crops to feed their… “Family”, as it were, so no levies are required to assist their survival. A large focus is put upon educating our children to be productive and courteous members of society, so greed is not so much a problem as it seems to be here. Especially since most people have common sense enough not to be taken in by greedy scams. These things sort themselves out typically, and guardian interference is therefore a very rare thing. “What do they say you’ve done?” I asked.

“I’m not really sure, I told you,” he replied.

“Well you know as well as I the guardians only concern themselves with serious issues.”

“Yeah, I know… They sent a summons for today. That’s why I showed up so early to ask you to come with me. I gotta be honest… I’m a little bit scared.”

“Well, we’ll get it sorted out, Torec, I don’t doubt. They’ll see soon enough you’re a good person and it was simply a misunderstanding, I’m sure.”

“Thanks Slissen. I really appreciate you helping me out. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t count on you.”

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