Sage and Song, Chapter 15: The Busy Man

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Chapter 15: The Busy Man

The LORD hates those who don’t keep their
word, but he delights in those who do.

Evening sacrifices and evensong came and went. The two Worshipers grafted into Solomon’s household gathered up their afternoon’s work and made their way to the archive. While Asaph filed away their day’s work, Kester lingered near the door, ears straining for any hint of the king’s arrival.

Footsteps came and went. Voices drew closer, then passed by. Minutes became an hour.

“The king has many demands on his time and attention.” Asaph’s smile had a sympathetic twist. “He might disappoint you.”

Kester fidgeted. “He told us to meet him here.”

“And here we are. And here we’ll wait.”

The boy’s eyes widened. “He might not come?”

His mentor sighed. “Any man’s good intentions can be undone in a moment.”

“Has he left you waiting before?”

“Many times.”

Kester’s jaw dropped. “Why would he do that?”

“Many reasons.”

“Did he lie?” the young angel asked softly.

Asaph searched his young apprentice’s face. “Solomon may be wise, but he’s far from perfect. I can only assure you that his lapses in memory or manners are always accompanied by earnest apologies. He’ll be here if he can.”

Since his contact with people was so limited, Kester was new to this aspect of life as a Graft. Solomon was human, so Kester couldn’t expect him to be like angels. After a lengthy pause, Kester echoed, “If he can. What might prevent him?”

“Solomon is not simply the king; he’s a son, a brother, a husband, and a father. He manages many servants, makes many plans, indulges in many hobbies, and tames many pets. Even Solomon’s trusted friends must wait their turn.”

“I can be patient,” said Kester.

“For the sake of the king? Or for the sake of his harp?”

His mentor was only teasing again, but Kester faced the question squarely. He finally admitted, “Between the two, I understand the harp better.”

Asaph blinked, then chuckled. “He’ll be here if he can,” he repeated.

Moments later, a series of thin notes caught Kester’s attention. The careless melody was so far off-key, it put his teeth on edge.

“He’s doing it on purpose,” Asaph remarked in bland tones.

Who is doing what?” Kester felt as if his hair was standing on end, and he patted at it to check.

Solomon strolled through the door, dressed in light robes, wafting expensive scents, and whistling between his teeth.

Asaph ignored the king in favor of answering Kester’s question. “He has an excellent sense of pitch, yet he pretends to be tone deaf.”

“More scolding?” Solomon carried the lion’s head harp in his hands. Lifting it along with his eyebrows, he said, “I’m willing to yield to those with sweeter voices.”

Kester took a half-step forward and went up on tiptoe. “If it would please the king, I will play.”

Solomon knelt before him, proffering the harp. “Please do, Kester. I’ve been waiting all day for this.”

Had the king also experienced a slowing of time? Hugging the precious instrument to his chest, Kester asked, “Will you sing with me?”

“What if my singing is as bad as my whistling?”

“Fear not. I will tune my voice to yours.”

The king’s face went slack. “How did you know?”

Kester looked to Asaph for help, but his mentor only shook his head.

Solomon collected himself enough to explain, “Father used to say that to me.”

♦ Would you say you’re a busy person?

♦ Which do you look forward to more: getting together with friends or getting away by yourself?

♦ How important is faithfulness in keeping one’s promises?



Author’s Note: This story is a prequel to Christa Kinde’s Threshold Series [Zonderkidz] and updates twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays). More information can be found on the Sage and Song index page.

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11 thoughts on “Sage and Song, Chapter 15: The Busy Man

  1. Elayna says:

    I feel like I’m way too busy anymore. Must be an adult thing.
    I look forward to time by myself.
    In my opinion, a promise should not be made if it can’t be kept.


  2. Savannah Perran says:

    1. I’m not very busy most of the time.
    2. I LOVE hanging out with friends and family, so I look forward to getting together with other people best. But it is nice to have some alone time now and then.
    3. I agree with Elayna. We shouldn’t make any promises that we can’t keep. ~Savannah


  3. Emma says:

    I’m often busy with schoolwork, but in the summers I have a good amount of free time.
    I usually find myself looking forward to spending time by myself. I’m pretty introverted.
    And I agree with Savannah and Elayna. Promises are meant to be kept.

    Thanks for the postcards, by the way!! :)


    • You know, my question pretty much susses out whether you’re an introvert (looks forward to time alone) or an extrovert (looks forward to time with friends). Most people lean toward one or the other.

      Fun Fact: Those who can (or have learned to) be both ways depending on the need are called “ambiverts.”


  4. Noella says:

    I am a much too busy person! With work and school, I don’t have a lot of free time, but when I do I usually spend it with friends. So, I look forward to getting together with friends slightly more than having time by myself.
    I also agree with Elayna, Savannah, and Emma that it is extremely important to keep promises. (However, sometimes bad things happen that make it impossible to keep a promise, but if it is at all possible, promises should be kept.)

    P.S.Thank you so much for your writing, Ms. Kinde! I enjoy it tremendously and really love it!


  5. Arian says:

    I’m not very busy at this point. I resigned from my last job for health reasons, and I’m not yet recovered enough to be up to another one fulltime. It’s a bit of a balancing act trying to judge how much busier I can afford to get without unravelling altogether once more.

    I do like time by myself. I’m quite strongly introverted, although not as much as one friend of mine who scored 100% on a test called “How Introverted Are You?” I only got 89% or so. He was impressive. :P

    It is important to keep promises, and I agree that you shouldn’t make promises that you know you might not be able to fulfil. But I know people who value the keeping of promises so highly that when circumstances entirely outside their control prevent them from fulfilling their promise, they feel that they’ve done as bad a thing as if they broke their promise knowingly. I think a person is not culpable if, when they made the promise, they expected to be able to keep it, and fully intended to keep it, even if something they couldn’t predict means that they then don’t do what they said they would.


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