A mason is someone who works with brick or stone, either building or repairing a structure. To become a mason, one must first apprentice with a master, then practice as a journeyman, and finally, attain master status after many years. Associated with this trade, the Freemason organization began in the early 14th century. It evolved from a craftsman organization to a more philosophical orientation over the centuries. An estimated 6 million people worldwide belong to the organization.
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The old man scanned the tower, his eyes red-rimmed and rheumy. He’d carried the knowledge of this secret for over 70 years. A 14 year old apprentice then, he was trained by his master in the building of this church. Watching the box get mortared into the wall, he knew it contained something powerful.
Today, that power drew him back. The heat pulsed the air around him, a tangible beacon. His master’s words gnawed at his diseased gut. “The auld magic’s strong. Thon box holds life itself.”
The climb beyond him now, he’d taken too long to return. Their secret would die with him.
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