Drabble: The End of the Beginning
Genre: slice of life
Takes place after The Apprentice’s Bread Story.
When he first started his apprenticeship, it was half because he liked bread and half because he needed the money. He hadn’t expected to spend the next five years struggling so much with even just the basics.
Faced with failures after failures, his feelings changed. He was no longer in it for the bread anymore, and the money wasn’t worth the heartache. What kept him going was the burning desire to prove to his master that he wasn’t a complete failure. He might be the slowest learner ever, but once he got it he made sure his creations tasted amazing.
One day, his master pulled him aside.
“From tomorrow onward, you are no longer my apprentice.”
He was too stunned to say anything. There was still so much he had to learn before he could graduate. He couldn’t stop now. But… it wasn’t surprising for his master to give up on him. So many apprentices who started after him had already completed their training and moved on. Only he remained, year after year.
“Instead, you will be my employee. If that is what you want.”
It took him three tries to talk properly.
“Yes. Of course. Yes. What time do I start?”
He didn’t know why his master would want to keep him around, but he was going to make it work.