Come. The priest motioned to the door. Walk with me a ways, and let us talk as men together.
Hoagie shrugged his shoulders and moved forward. Spinachoza shut the door behind them, and the tall thin monk and the small fat boy walked down the stone passage. Hoagies bare feet felt cold on the smooth slate, and he struggled to match the priests sedate, even stride.
What is goodness, brother Hoagie?
He looked up at the grave face. The question was one he had answered often in the past few days, and he readily replied. Goodness is to love the blessed spinach and spread the news of the green leaf to far distant lands.
Spinachoza nodded. And what is it to love?
Hoagie froze. This hadnt been in the shorter catechism. A multitude of humorous responses flew through his head, mostly associated with what ladies looked for, but he discarded them. Love? He squeaked. Ummm
well, when you really like someone
No. Spinachoza closed his eyes. Not romantic love, Brother. What does it mean when it says to love the blessed spinach?
Oh. Hoagie fumbled for a minute. I guess
to like it and enjoy it in every way possible, as much as you can. It means that you are happy as long as you are around it.
Yes. Spinachoza nodded. And no.
A Part of love is what you have mentioned. Spinachoza looked down at the boy. The passion, the desire of a moment that so possesses some men when they are around women. This is what most people think of. But, He paused significantly. It is not all.
Hoagie looked at the man, puzzled, as he went on. Tell me. He said. Do you love food?
Hoagie blinked. Uh
yeah. How did you know?
Does that mean, Spinachoza ignored the question. that you immediately seize upon it and eat it whenever it is put in front of you?
Hoagie thought again. Yeah.
Wrong Spinachoza bent to look at him. When your mother cooks food, and you go in the kitchen, you do not eat the food, do you?
Spinachoza closed his eyes. But not always.
No. Not always.
And why is that, brother Hoagie?
Hoagie fumbled for words for a minute.
Whats shes making is usually better then what she has right there.
Exactly. Spinachoza nodded. Do you still love the food?
Sure. Hoagie shrugged. But I know itll get better if I wait.
In fact, Spinachoza rose back, smiling approvingly, it is your very love for the food that compels you to wait, instead of eating it immediately. And because you go through so much of what you do not love, that makes the thing you do so much more love-worthy, does it not?
Yeah. Hoagie wrinkled his nose. I guess. Im not sure exactly what you said.
Do you not see then, Spinachoza stopped suddenly and turned Hoagie to face him. Do you not see then, that love sometimes compels us to do what we hate?
Hoagie blinked up at the elder man in confusion. I
I guess so.
yeah, it's cheap to post these pictures, but it's fun, and I like to pad illustrate my stories, even if they're cheap emulations of TV shows. Besides, I'm still low on pictures and this one was sitting around.
Anyway. Numbuh 2 of the Kids Next Door talking with Baruchli Spinachoza, head of the Spinach Inquisition. (This makes sense in the Cartoon, trust me)
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