"Rebuild Whitefish?" Jonah raised an eyebrow. "Did they rebuild Gomorrah? Although I suppose it's possible, but that would take some time." He grinned. "Especially if they have to wait on the town council to approve everything!"
Then he smirked and shook his head. "The excitement of Kalispell, eh? Chicken coops and box socials?" He knew she was joking, although to her, this was home, so she had a fondness he had never felt for anything. A place was a place, and so long as no one was looking to tar and feather him, he was content.
"Well, maybe after the hospital is established, we can get an opera house going? Right next to the public library, of course!" He laughed, then shrugged. "I've always been one to let the wind blow me where it wanted to...there just hasn't even been a breeze lately, and I'm all right with that."
"Virginia City? Isn't that down by the Yellowstone?" Jonah knew that it was remote, and relatively far, but that the area was reputed to be amazing. "Of course, I wager they're on edge these days, what with the Custer massacre. I hear there is some spectacular scenery in that area, and I'd thought it would be nice to see the geysers and boiling mud-pits, but no longer!"
The Indian situation was just a small part of it, more important to him was that it was remote, and had no real redeeming services. While he was currently avoiding larger cities, he still wanted more than a mining camp, even just to visit.
"Kalispell and its drama will keep me engaged for some time, but when I have a chance to get away, it would be to a place like San Francisco, with all manner of entertainment."
"So long as it doesn't outshine your own good sense!" Jonah laughed, thinking that chances were good that none of the men on the council, regardless of how 'man' they were, could hold a candle to Miss Leah and her sense! And it was smart of her not the end up with a hangover in the morning, when there was so much riding on the outcome.
"I'm sure they've come around by now, they certainly have had enough time to look at the details and know what side they should be on." Maybe! And at any rate, he was certain she would forge ahead regardless, but it would be nice if she got a break for once and actually had things work out for her.
"When I came here, I thought I was going to be working a small office, just something local," he mused, "but now...to have a regional hospital..." He wasn't sure if, for him, that was good or bad!
"Well, until morning you can celebrate and stay positive." It was sad that there still might be opposition, but it seemed like that was becoming less of a problem. "If you'd like, I can get you some powders you can slip into their coffee to make them...more agreeable."
He grinned, although there was a bit of seriousness to his offer...not that he expected her to take him up on it, nor that he would actually follow through.
"I'd make a million if I could design a potion that would put some sense into people," he chuckled, "and save us all a good deal of misery." Although, he supposed, 'sense' was a subjective thing, but he was more than happy to judge!
Jonah laughed and shook his head. "Oh, dear lord, the World would be more dangerous, albeit more interesting, if you chose a gun for your primary weapon!" She'd certainly get her way, but run the risk of winding up in prison, and the World would be a sadder place. Of course, prison would be more lively!
"I'm sure you have plenty of advantage left, and after tomorrow, you'll have that in ten-fold!" Certainly, signing those papers would invigorate her, and she'd be ready to take on the next phase.
"Then, one day soon, there will be a hospital and an orphanage, and you won't know what to do with yourself!"
"So long as you are content and happy, or have the means to be that way, you are miles ahead of most people." While he was willing to admit that there was something to be said for love, too many people were made to feel that you had to have love, even if it wasn't really love and would eventually turn sour.
"Your project will keep both of us busy for a long time, and you have no need to fear, you are every bit a lady, and know how to use that to your advantage." Men could be pretty stupid when it came to women, and a lady who knew how to use her femininity was a formidable foe!
"I do think that you have the advantage where marriage is concerned, that it will be your free choice, and not something you have to do to please someone, or stop the whisperings of society, or because it's expected."
Women weren't the only ones who faced the expectation of getting married and settling down, although there was the attitude that women needed a man to function and guide them. Of course, Leah was a good example of how that wasn't at all true.
"At least you can do things in your own good time, and wait for the right time." He grinned. "I seem to have that advantage as well, no one is pressuring me to find a wife, save for a particular young lady who is far too young." And that was the least of her awkward traits!
"I'm content as I am, and work keeps me occupied, as well as this project, and if I get lonely, I can adopt a kitten!"
"Fortunately, you are not your family," Jonah pointed out, "So there is no need to worry on that account." Shaking his head, he chuckled. "And there is the advantage to not having family to sidestep or placate. I know it can be lonely, but forging your own path eliminates all sorts of complications, and opens options."
He knew that well enough, not that he'd had to worry about family since he left 'home'. But he was glad that he didn't have to be his mother's son, nor fret over what his sister thought of him.
"As for marrying..." he couldn't help but grin, "I pity any man who would have the audacity to marry you for anything but love. You are very much your own woman, and I can't imagine you having to submit..."
Or in the kitchen cooking, mending, tending to dozens of children...No, Miss Leah Steelgrave was meant for better things.
"Well, of course," Jonah commented with a grin, "but you are your father's daughter, so you have the advantage of knowing how his mind works...maybe play his games before he does." She wasn't nearly as diabolical as her father, but if she could at least think that way, she may be able to anticipate what he was planning next, and confound him.
Some people liked those kind of games, but Jonah wasn't one of them...he preferred that things stay uncomplicated and simple, but he was all-in with Leah on this, because it was Leah.
"You are certainly meant to be more than a housewife, I have no doubt on that." She'd be miserable relegated to that sort of role, but it seemed that that wasn't going to be a path for her anyway. She was a remarkable woman, and hers would not be an ordinary life.
"Indeed!" Jonah chuckled with her, enjoying the sound of her laughter, and hoping this wouldn't be the last time. She was so earnest in her wish to bring the hospital and orphanage here, and she deserved all the success she could get.
"Not past," he commented, "it will never be past, it will just be...here, and flourishing." He grinned. "Oh, yes, the groundwork will be past, but I have the suspicion that there will always be something laying ahead, but you're right...once you get this behind you, I suspect things will move smoothly, if for nothing else than you have shown them what you can do!"
No sense trying to challenge her anymore, Leah was proving that she was a force to be reckoned with, and wasn't one to back down.
Sagas of the WIld West is a roleplaying game set in a fictionalized version of the town of Kalispell in Montana territory. Our stories begin in 1875 and are set against the backdrop of actual historical events.Sagas was inspired by the classic television and movie westerns. Our focus is on writing, storytelling and character development.
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