Chapter 10:

Flashback: Father District


I knew Father District since I was a baby. He was kind to me. He did his best to be a paternal figure to me after my parents died. His sermons, whilst full of compassion for Christ lacked the warmth of Kathleen's hugs. I've forgotten all about the buzz from his teachings. He'd help me with his homework and when I told him I wanted to become a priest, he smiled at me and said, "You'll be a great servant to this church."

We were great friends until he found out Kathleen was a lesbian. Before I married Sarah, he offered me a place to stay in his home, but I declined. The day after that, I told him I didn't want to become a priest anymore because I was marrying Sarah. He offered us his prayers, but I never saw him smile again.

"If anyone here has a reason to why this man and this woman cannot be wed in holy matrimony, would they speak now or forever hold your peace."

The pause was long and absent and he repeated himself twice. No one spoke up. Of course not, nobody wanted to ruin the young love. He kicked Ruth out of the wedding simply because she was dating Kathleen and Father District would not allow any homosexuals in his church. The only reason he let Kathleen in is because she was my sister.

On one hand I think good riddance you homophobic prick. On the other hand, I wonder if the priest has put a curse on me. I haven't spoken to him in years. If he could see me now—he'd be laughing.