Date: 21 Jun 2014 19:35 Title: Bittersweet
Wow, that's a smart use of bitter sweet and I'm continually impressed by how you are weaving this story through these random prompts. Bravo, especially for the breadth of material you are managing to explore with them.
This one was a challenge to figure out, and then I realized - chocolate - and it all came down to food.
Date: 20 Jun 2014 16:13 Title: Bittersweet
Keeping kosher would be hard! Especially no cheeseburgers. So this congregation is Orthodox?
It's Conservative/Reform, which is how I grew up. My folks still keep kosher - separate dishes and everything. But their synagogue (as is Declan's) doesn't require that the men and women sit separately, and women can be rabbis. As I write the first Starfleet rabbi, she's a she (and is married to a woman). This congregation isn't Starfleet, but it's a similar level of practice. Anyone too Orthodox might not even venture into space at all, or it would be extremely difficult. This gives everyone a little wiggle room, but still clearly sets them apart. Thank you for reading!
Date: 18 Jun 2014 16:38 Title: Bittersweet
This has become an excellent series of linked short stories. Good to have someone challenge Declan on how far he plans to go with his new faith and the kosher issue of alien foods.
Many thanks! And this is going to be an issue for observant Jews (I grew up in a kosher household). To go into space, we'll have to adapt in all sorts of ways. This is but one of them.
Date: 18 Jun 2014 13:29 Title: Bittersweet
Ah, so Dec finally told the family. Another nice little piece you've got here jes. I'm really enjoying all the pieces your weaving together throughout this challenge. Enjoyable. I can't wait to see where you take this tomorrow.
Thanks for sharing.
Oh, thank you - yes, he's finally telling them. And, in true Lili O'Day fashion, it's communicated through food.