Announcement: “The Hospitality House of Jolysi” Site is Now Live!

That’s right, “The Hospitality House of Jolysi” now has its own site, where it will be published as a web serial novel!

You may have noticed that my preview chapters have all started with the time of a certain day, such as “the 4th day of the 1st month”. All my chapters start this way, and this not only indicates the day the chapter takes place in Jolysi time, but also the day in Earth time that the chapter will be posted on this new site, starting this coming January. The prologue will be posted on January 1st, 2014, and the story will start on January 4th.

For the moment, though, you can head over to hospitalityhouseofjolysi.wordpress.com for a quick look at the place as well as a note from the author (i.e. myself).

In the meantime, this blog will continue to be updated with announcements and news regarding this story, as well as other random things I like to talk about.

I’m definitely looking forward to see how this project plays out!

– Frank

The Hospitality House of Jolysi: Month 1, Chapter 4

Note: This will be the last chapter from my story that I will post here on this blog. Stay tuned for news on where (and when) you will be able to read more of this story.

Chapter 4: The Hospitality House

Esther looked over at Andrew. As far as she was concerned, meeting him was the same as meeting a random guy that happened to be her classmate. Nothing particularly stood out about him, other than the fact that he came from an entirely different culture. In fact, she still felt somewhat embarrassed over her outburst to him the previous night. It reminded her that there was a lot about the world, and even of just Greater Jolysi, that she did not know.

Maybe it was for that reason that, despite the fact that Andrew was not exactly the type of person she would normally hang out with, Esther still found herself caring about him. Of course, if the matter of her adoption ended up successful, then he would become her brother, and in that case it would be expected of her to care about a family member. In that case, there was no harm in caring about him for now. Sure, he was not particularly good looking – he was not ugly, but his appearance definitely had more of an academic, scholarly look, which was not her type – but that did not matter in a future brother. It is not like I am going to be betrothed to him or anything, she thought.

While Esther was sitting down thinking about these things, Andrew got up from his seat. “Okay, I am going to walk around the Hospitality House and learn more about how it works,” he said. “If I am going to work here, I better learn more about what I might be doing here. That must be the real reason why Father did not want us to work yet.” He started walking out of the room.

That sounded a lot like what he would say, Esther thought. Thinking of what she might do, she realized that she was alone in the room. And Esther, more than anything, hated to be alone. She got up and quickly caught up with Andrew. “Is it okay if I go along with you?”

“I do not mind,” Andrew said.

Another very Andrew like response, Esther thought.

The two left the house and entered the main building of the Hospitality House. They started by walking into the main lounge area.

“Hello!” Zoe said upon seeing them. “Are you two here to help out?”

“No, we are just exploring the place today,” Andrew said.

“Oh, okay,” Zoe replied. “Go ahead and walk around or sit down or order a snack.”

Esther and Andrew walked around the lounge area. It was an incredibly large area, easily as large as the main building of Esther’s high school, and that building had to hold five thousand kids. Esther figured that, given that there were not quite as many floors, with there only being a mezzanine like second and third floor, the lounge area could hold perhaps two or three thousand people. She noticed that in the back, there was a stage on which some people were playing music, with many of the tables in front of the stage filled by travelers who were probably listening to that music.

Looking more closely at the tables themselves, she noticed that each table had a number and a bell. If a traveler were to ring the bell, Zoe or one of the other workers would quickly go over there and serve that traveler. The numbers, Zoe assumed were just there to make keeping track of what the people at different tables wanted.

She and Andrew walked up to the mezzanine levels. There were more tables and longchairs there, and there were also some rooms inside the walls which seemed to have people in them. Esther figured that the rooms must be able to be reserved for travelers traveling in a party that wanted a room to themselves instead of being in the larger, noisier lounge. Esther also noticed doors that led to the rear balconies of the lounge building, which had plenty of tables and chairs as well.

As she went back downstairs, she noticed that a number of the servers were other people that she had not met yet. She wondered if they, too, were adopted by Father. There seemed to be a lot of them; would they all be her brothers and sisters? I kind of hope not, she thought. Having seven new siblings is going to be crazy enough as it is.

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The Hospitality House of Jolysi: Month 1, Chapter 3

Chapter 3: Father

Andrew had wondered how one could live modestly in a place as grand as the Hospitality House. That night, he found his first answer, when he was brought outside of the main building and led to another, smaller house in the backyard.

This house was still big, but it did not give off the feel of an extravagant mansion. Rather, it looked like the type of house an average family might buy if they had a lot of children. Compared to the ornate decorations of the Hospitality House, this house was a lot more modest looking, with a simple design and few notable decorations outside of the paint and tiling. The house itself was tall, being three stories high, and looked fairly wide, too, but despite being big, it still looked like a normal house.

Going inside, Andrew felt even more like this was just a simple home. There were no lavish decorations, just basic furniture one might buy from a common carpenter, plus some simple lamps and a feel of being in a normal family’s home. In fact, if only to look even more like the place has been lived in, there were clear signs that not everything in the house has been cleaned up, as Andrew turned a corner into the kitchen and saw pans and dishes piled up in the sink.

“Whoops, forgot to do those,” Ganymede said when she saw that.

Going further into the house, Andrew saw such sights as socks strewn about the floor, books left open on side tables, and papers lying in a pile on an office desk.

“I thought I had put those away,” Winstrom remarked.

Another voice was heard coming down the stairs… the voice of a dog, which jumped on top of Corrine.

“Hey, Lupie!” Corrine said as the dog, a large golden reclaimer, licked her face in happiness.

“You allow pets in here?” Andrew asked Blair.

“Of course,” Blair said. “As long as we take care of them and they do not enter the main House without Father’s permission… in fact, as long as we do not cause this place to fall down, he lets us take care of this house however we want.”

At this point, both Andrew and Esther gave a large yawn.

“You two must be tired after everything today,” Blair said. “Let me take you to your rooms.”

Andrew and Esther followed Blair up two flights of stairs to the third floor of rooms. There were a large number of rooms spanning the width of the house, all in one hallway.

“Andrew, your room is here,” Blair said, pointing to a room three doors from the end of the hallway, “and Esther, your room is here,” he said, pointing to a room on the other side, one door from the end of the hallway. “There will be two beds in your room, but as we have yet to find roommates for you, you can choose which bed you will take. And the bathroom is the room right at the end of the hall, and there is another one in the center of the hallway.”

Andrew went into the room and saw that it was fairly large, but only to accommodate the two people that would live in it. There was one small bed on each side, as well as one desk, one nightstand, one dresser, and one closet on each side. Because of this, the room looked large enough to be comfortable in, though not so large that, even with no one else in the room, Andrew would feel lost in a large open space.

He took out all the various things he had packed into his wings and placed them in the dresser, on the desk, or in the closet. Taking out some sleeping clothes, he got changed, and then went to the bathroom to brush his teeth. Going back to his room, he took out a book, turned on the lamp on the nightstand, and got into bed to read. However, he found the bed surprisingly comfortable for how small and simple it looked, and within moments, he fell asleep with the light still on and the book dropping out of his hands onto the ground.

When he woke up the next morning, he noticed that the light was on and turned it off. He then saw the clock on the wall, which said that it was already the ninth hour of the early day. Wow, I think this is the first time I have ever slept in so late, he thought to himself. He got out of bed and quickly got dressed, thinking that he might have been keeping this Father he was going to meet waiting. I hope he will not be mad; it is my first day of work and I am already late, he thought.

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