Master Cox is a handsome man with summer-tanned skin and a dark mustache. Despite his title and position in the Order, he doesn’t appear immediately threatening or intimidating. In fact, he has the look of a regular dad. For the inductees, he looks like someone they might have met in life. He could be a teacher, an office manager, a future boss, or even the parent of one of their friends. At any other moment, he might disappear into the background of his suburban life, another face in a sea of handsome older men. But here, in the Temple of the Masons, he is imbued with power and authority that all inductees recognize.

Chapter 2 Disciplinary Action APPRENTICE JAMES

Apprentice James felt the first peg enter his hole with a fiery sting. He was not quite ready as he sat down on the shiny wooden bench, intimidated by... [read more]

Chapter 3 The Covenant APPRENTICE JAMES

Oliver did as he was told. Obediently, he stripped down completely and put on the ceremonial robe. It was big and loose hanging on his body, clearly not... [read more]

Chapter 4 Ordination Apprentice James

Master Cox had great affection for Apprentice James. The young man had shown incredible obedience and patience through his initiation period, doing whatever... [read more]

Chapter 2 Disciplinary Action APPRENTICE BASINGER

I didn’t know what I’d done wrong. They just told me to report to Master Cox in a room I didn’t even know existed. They said I was going to be disciplined... [read more]

Chapter 3 The Covenant Apprentice Basinger

I received another message from Master Cox this morning. I was to immediately report to Room 11 where I’d receive further instructions. I’d heard... [read more]