The Builders

Photo prompt curtsy of B

Photo prompt curtsy of Roger Bultot

The abbot had arranged for new stepping stones to be placed allowing the monks to once more cross the river in decency. Once again monks habits no longer had to be hitched up. Now the abbot had arranged for the abbey to be revitalised. The team of builder included a raven haired girl.

As Septimes returned to copying the abbeys historic bible, he noted the abbot looking at him. Rather too much like Septimus looked at girls. Septimus decided that it was time to give up being a monk, for a stone mason with ivy in her hair had caught his eye.

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  1. neilmacdon

    Septimus is a lovely rogue

    1. Michael Humphris

      He would certainly agree with you.

  2. Iain Kelly

    Who could resist?

    1. Michael Humphris

      He had no chance, having been snared by ivy

      1. Alicia L Jamtaas


  3. trentpmcd

    Lecherous abbot or stone mason with ivy in her hair? Not a hard choice πŸ˜‰

    1. Michael Humphris

      Ivy in raven hair wins out every time for me, it was good to read your comment

  4. Eugenia Parrish

    A well-done point of view! πŸ™‚

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Eugenia,

  5. granonine

    I hope Septimus manages to get out of there with a whole skin. The abbot sounds like a man who won’t like seeing his plans walk away.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is very true, thank you Linda.

  6. gahlearner

    Better the stone mason than the abbot if he likes girls. Imaginative story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is what Septimus has decided, her smile and the ivy in her raven hair had him hooked

  7. Jelli

    Great story! Man and temptation… eden all over again, eh! πŸ™‚

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Jelli, I had not consciously thought about Eden. With your mention of Eden another story beckons to me.

      1. Jelli

        Glad I could inspire. πŸ™‚

  8. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    I’d say Septimus has made the wiser choice. This made me smile. Nicely done.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Smiling is great, thank you Rochelle

  9. draliman

    He seems a fickle sort, but maybe he’s now found his true calling!

    1. Michael Humphris

      He has found his calling and in time will become a builder of magnificent bridges

  10. patriciaruthsusan

    If Septimus and Ivy leave together they better do it at night. It sounds like a leave-taking full of danger. Good story and writing, Michael. —- Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      I have past on your sound advise. Glad you enjoyed this story, thank you Patricia

  11. 4963andypop

    Loved the ivy detail. Septimus is smitten.

    1. Michael Humphris

      He certainly is smitten. My garden has a bank of ivy, it keeps the weeds at bay, and adds colour in winter.

      1. 4963andypop

        Very poetic touch.

  12. Liz Young

    Raven haired stone mason or lascivious abbott? No contest!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Septimus knows which side his bread is buttered, thank you Liz

  13. ceayr

    Go Septimus!
    Girls are more fun than bibles any day.

    1. Michael Humphris

      They certainly are,

  14. plaridel

    i think the raven-haired girl was put there to challenge their monastic vow of sanctity. πŸ™‚

    1. Michael Humphris

      One could say that she saved his bacon.

  15. Dale

    Well done, Michael. Never could understand that vow of chastity…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Neither can I. Glad you enjoyed the tale of Septimus Dale.

  16. Abhijit Ray

    The raven haired girl made septum’s break his vow of priesthood! May be Abbot wanted Septimus out, that is why he hired the girl.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Now there’s an angle that I had not thought of, which creates a whole new story, thank you Abhijit

  17. Alicia L Jamtaas

    A delightful take on the prompt.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Ivy can have a powerful grip, Septimus had no choice, so glad you enjoyed the story, Alicia

  18. Violet Lentz

    Here’s to hoping she doesn’t turn out to be poison ivy… Nice write, Michael!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I think that she will Violet, although some stories have a mind of their own.

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