Felipe Moore - Chapter Forty-Four

Kingwell By Kingwell, 4th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/34noxshh/
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Felipe visits the minister's stateroom but refuses an invitation to spend the night and returns to the room that he shares with three others. His thoughts return to his sexual preferences and he becomes angry until he has another visit from Andrew.

An Unwelcome Invitation

Supper that evening was a favourite of most Newfoundlanders - Jiggs Dinner. Felipe could smell the aroma in the hallway that led to the kitchen and ate heartily when a heaping plate of the salt beef, potatoes, carrot, turnip, cabbage, and pea’s pudding was placed before him. He had been joined at the table by Rev. Forward, himself born and raised on the island and no stranger to the meal that had long been a constant in almost every Newfoundland home. Felipe's roommates were there as well and after all had eaten; Felipe went over to introduce himself. He learned that the young men were all in their early twenties, friends who were headed for Corner Brook where they were returning to work in the lumber woods with Bowater’s after a break of six weeks. Upon returning to the table that he shared with the clergyman, Rev, Forward spoke of the accommodations on the boat and how the rooms were much too small, especially for four grown men. As a minister and frequent passenger, he had his own stateroom and invited the young man over for a visit. Felipe was struck by the elaborate room and shocked to learn that despite such elegance all clergy travelled at half the rate charged to other passengers! He noted the queen-sized bed and night stand as well as a writing desk and chair. He was even more taken-aback however, when it was suggested that he spend the night there rather then returning to his own cramped quarters! Felipe did not answer immediately but the uncomfortable feeling he'd had earlier returned and he felt that something very strange was afoot here. There was only one bed in the room which he was certain the minister meant for them to share - but why? It was one thing for two boys especially friends, to share a bed but not an eighteen year old and a middle-aged man that he had just met - and Rev, Forward was a minister! When Felipe declined the offer feeling anxious to get back to his own room, Rev. Forward turned on the charm in a way that made the young man want to get out of there as quickly as possible. He left immediately despite the now almost pleading voice of the minister. Back in his own bunk, Felipe breathed a sigh of relief and determined to give the clergyman a wide berth for the remainder of the trip.

Andrew Returns

Breakfast was served at eight O’clock and Felipe sat with his three roommates and ate a delicious meal of sausage and eggs with toast and tea. He did not see Rev. Forward at breakfast and decided not to mention his invitation of the previous evening. While on deck later that day he observed the clergyman in earnest conversation with a young man who had joined the boat earlier that morning. The two soon left for the reverend’s stateroom and if the older man had noticed Felipe who stood just a few feet away, he chose to ignore him - something for which last night’s star could not have been happier! Felipe could not seem to forget the experience however and wondered if perhaps Rev. Forward had some of the same feelings as himself although he had no interest in sleeping with strangers for sexual gratification as he suspected was the case with the good reverent - was it possible that this man of the cloth was even more mixed up than him? Thoughts of his own sexuality began to trouble him once more and he felt the old anger rising within him. Since there was more than two hours before supper would be served he returned to his bunk where he lay in silence until finally slipping into a light sleep. Suddenly the face of Andrew flashed before him just as it had done some two years earlier! Felipe set bolt upright in the bunk all sleep gone from his eyes now. He had seen Andrew but for a second and he had heard no words yet the thought had been shared. Do not be angry - everything is fine.

A Clergyman's Reputation

Felipe remained in the bunk until the ringing of the dinner bell told him it was time to eat. He waited until his roommates in the bottom bunks had washed and dressed before exiting to the floor and in a few minutes all four entered the dining room to the delicious smell of cod au gratin and pan fried cod. Felipe ate silently still thinking of the vision he'd had of Andrew and the message he'd been given - but this time there was no Mona with whom to share it. He was as certain now as he had been two years earlier that the vision and message were real and already the anger he'd felt earlier had subsided for such was the effect that his late friend had on him. A remark by one of his roommates caused him to look up and then in the direction in which he was nodding, the trace of a smile on his face. There sat the Rev. Forward and the young man with whom he'd seen him earlier in the day. The three friends exchanged smiles, and Felipe suddenly understood that the minister had a reputation for enjoying the company of young men! Later as they were returning to their room he was told that the three had been betting as to whether he would return to his bunk the previous night after leaving the dining room in the company of the often whispered about clergyman. Felipe smiled but said nothing - Andrew had taught him that it was best not to judge.
To Be Continued - See Chapter Forty-Five
Read from the beginning - See Chapter One

Also see Chapter Forty
Chapter Forty-One
Chapter Forty-Two
Chapter Forty-Three

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Anger, Aroma, Breakfast, Bunk, Bunk Beds, Charm, Clergyman, Dream, Invitation, Jiggs Dinner, Kingwell, Newfoundland, Paranormal, Sexual Attraction, Troubled Teenager, Upsetting Experience, Vision, Young Men

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Oct 2014 (#)

Poignant and very profound the way you describe the feelings of Felipe. Also how Andrew is looking after him to calm him too. Life has a deeper meaning provided we reach that frequency - the dead are not gone. Thanks Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Oct 2014 (#)

Hi Siva, Thank you for your ongoing support and I agree that the dead are not gone. Andrew seems to have become Felipe's spirit guide or guardian angel. Blessings.

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author avatar Utah Jay
5th Oct 2014 (#)

Indeed, the dead are not gone, we can feel them if we try.

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you Utah Jay.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
5th Oct 2014 (#)

A lot of people assume that if they see a ghost it is bad, but I suspect more often or not they are good, guides, or watchful helpers.

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Oct 2014 (#)

I agree Mark. Thank you for commenting.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Felipe is perhaps, not in distance, but in mind set, a very long way from home...Andrew' s appearance again to Felipe could represent so many unfortold things or warnings...great chapter Kingwell...many thanks

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author avatar Kingwell
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you Delicia. So pleased that you continue reading and commending.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
9th Oct 2014 (#)

Great job of adding the links!
And I like where the story is going, as well. Good job, my friend!

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you Phyl. Blessings.

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author avatar ajit12
9th Oct 2014 (#)

Great post ..good writing skills. thanks.

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you ajit12. Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
14th Oct 2014 (#)

Interesting post and one of a kind writing!

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern.

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