Her dress style is that of respectable school teacher. She has a healthy complexion and even skin tone.
Traits & Characteristics
Calm and Practical (+)
Determined (+ -)
Spending many years as a companion and then governess as taught her to be very observant. She learns a lot about people from just watching and listening them. She is also interested in volunteering to help out worthy causes (e.g. church bazaars). She is not afraid of hard work.
She is a practical dresser and sometimes wear trousers when necessary (e.g. astride horse riding). Can ride a horse either side saddle (for which she has an appropriate riding habit) or astride.
Katherine has had to learn to do things for herself due to her circumstances. Due to this, she is sometimes a bit stubborn to accept help when someone offers it.
She can be a bit adventurous at times.
When she is nervous, she tends to blurt things out all at once.
Employer Name: Kalispell School
Position: School Teacher
Details: Teaching, mentoring
Professional Skills: Intelligent; well-read; interested in local history and teaching children the things they need to know in life e.g. good manners.
Self Defense: She will defend herself the best way she can with whatever is on hand i.e. she won't go down without a fight as she will know she at least tried to do something.
Hobbies & Interests: Reading, knitting
Expanded her knowledge over the years due to access to her Aunt Emily's and employer's libraries.
Aliases / Nicknames
Boarding with Pastor and Mrs. Evans
Place of Birth
Kith & Kin
Father: Adam Bowen (alive)
Mother: Elizabeth Bowen (died in 1862)
Brothers: Michael (born 1848), Charles and Timothy (twins - born 1852)
Sisters: Sarah (born 1850) and Maud (born 1855)
Aunts: Emily Simpson and Myra Jones
| 1848 - 1952 |
Born to Adam and Elizabeth Bowen. The eldest of six children. Had a happy childhood. Developed a habit for self-learning and knowledge early in life. Attends school until 15 years.
| 1862 to 1867 (age: 15 - 20) |
Leaves school after the death of her mother to become a companion to her widowed Aunt Emily (her mother's sister). Emily takes her in as she was the eldest daughter in order to help the family out as Katherine's father Adam was incapable of looking after all of his children. Her two younger sisters were taken in by Myra Jones (her father's sister). After five years, Emily re-marries and Katherine takes a job as governess.
Living in the North during the Civil War, she heard and read stories about it. On a few occasions she did meet some soldiers but didn't get to know them that all well. Her brother Michael, even though he wanted to go and fight was kept at home to learn a trade (as a carpenter) - for which she was very glad. Her other brothers were far too young to go to war. She did see the effect the war had on other families and friends and was thankful when it was all over.
| 1867 to 1872 (age: 20 - 25) |
Governess to a rich family. Resigns and becomes a school teacher in Avoca, Wisconsin.
| 1872 to 1875 (age: 25 - 28) |
School teacher in Avoca, Wisconsin. Wanting to see more of the country, she resigns to take up the position of teacher in Kalispell.
Kate turned her head to face Shade as he complimented his niece and nephew. Being this close allowed her to finally see the colour of his eyes. They were the bluest eyes she had ever seen, almost dark enough to...
A comment by Mrs. Evans about Shade not needing to worry about having more children around in the future, suddenly bought her out of whatever had just happened to her. Quickly, she faced Mrs. Evans, who had taken a sip of her lemonade before continuing, "Now that you have settled down, you've become one of the most eligible bachelors in the area. I don't think you will have any problems in finding someone."
Kate frowned at what Mrs. Evans had just said. Shade probably would have a lot of women interested in them and a few who were far more beautiful than she was. In fact, she could think of a couple of ladies she knew in town who would have no problems getting Shade's attention. The thought of that saddened her. She had only been in town for a couple of months and this was only the second time she had seen him. The purpose of today's visit was to meet the children and to see the countryside. It wasn't to start something that maybe would finish before it really began.
Since she had already accepted his invitation to the dance, it would be rude to throw it back in his face but that would be it. She was here in Kalispell to teach school and nothing else. With that in mind, she looked over to the children. "What sort of things does Miss Clara like to teach you?"
As she listened to Pastor Evans tell Shade about the upcoming Harvest Festival, she ate slowly. The food was very good and she wondered if she would have more opportunities in the future to come here. Now that Shade had shown that he was interested in her by asking her to the dance next week, it seemed a strong possibility that there would be.
Stealing a brief glance at the man seated next to her, she felt a tug at her heart. Having never felt something like that before, she wanted to know more but before she could get an opportunity to think about it more, she heard Pastor Evans mention her name and something about the school putting on a play.
In an effort to hide what she was really thinking about, she smiled, "I'm sorry, I was enjoying this wonderful meal so much that I missed your question."
Pastor Evans nodded, "Yes, the food is indeed delicious. Don't you agree, my dear?"
Mrs. Evans finished her mouthful before replying, "Yes, Mary has outdone herself. I will have to remember to tell her that before we leave."
Turning back to Kate, Pastor Evans asked her again about the school putting on play for the Harvest Festival. Kate spent the next couple of minutes talking about the plans she had for the children and the school.
Without a moment's hesitation, Kate replied, "Yes."
She smiled at him, happy with the fact that he had asked her out, which in turn made her more at ease. Wanting to say something else she was about to speak, when Mrs. Evans and the housekeeper returned. Seeing that his wife had returned, Pastor Evans rose from where he had been seated with the children and went over to his wife.
Mary after placing the platter on the table, looked, "Well, you can start when you're ready." She was anxious to see what the guests thought of the meal she had prepared.
Following the rules of etiquette, Pastor Evans escorted his wife to the table, leaving Kate to Shade.
Kate thought about her answer for a moment, "Yes, a lemonade will be nice."
As she waited for him to get the lemonade, she wondered why it was so hard to talk to him this time. The first time they had met, they were able to converse easily but this time she was at a loss as to why she was having so much trouble.
When Shade handed her the glass, their fingers briefly touched and what she felt surprised her. The sensation was new to her. It was both nice and a bit scary. In order, compose herself a bit more, she took a sip of the lemonade. "I must thank your housekeeper for making such a wonderful drink. I think I've never tasted such good lemonade."
She smiled at him, hoping that a conversation about the lemonade would as least make it a little easier to talk to him.
After accepting Shade's offer to wash the trail dust off, Kate followed Pastor and Mrs. Evans to the room where they could freshen up. Part of her wanted to stay behind to talk to Shade and get to know him better as it might be the only time they could be alone. However, her own sensibility and etiquette made her decide not to.
When she and the Evans returned, the two children were already seated, and Mary had begun to place the food on the table. Mrs. Evans delighted at the spread her friend was putting on, remarked that it wasn't very often that she got the chance to have a meal in such a genial location. Pastor Evans quickly agreed before going over to the children and chatting with them.
Mary had come out again and when she had finished placing another platter of food on the table, she asked Mrs. Evans to come with her as she wanted her opinion on something...Kate couldn't quite hear as she had been occupied with looking at the scenery in an attempt to avoid talking to Shade.
Nerves were now starting to get the better of her. She had no idea of what was going on. One minute, she wanted to be alone with Shade and the next she wanted to be as far away as possible. Now that they were the only two who were standing around doing nothing, well it was a bit unsettling. Deciding that going into schoolteacher mode was the only thing she could do, she turned to Shade, "I am glad that weather has cleared after the rain we had the other day. It would have been a shame to miss all of the wonderful scenery."
Kate smiled at the girl. "I think your Miss Mary cares for you very much. You are very lucky to have someone to make angel food cake as it is only for very special people and their friends."
She turned her attention to the boy. Seeing that he was a little shy, she just smiled and said hello. Knowing that she would have to wait until the boy opened up a bit more. Having lunch and spending a little time with him might do that. One thing she did know was that she didn't want to give the impression that she was using him to get to his uncle. A slight frown appeared on her face as she mentally chided herself at the thought that this visit was nothing more than getting to know a local resident and his wards, who were close to school age, a bit better.
Looking over to Pastor and Mrs. Evans, she replied to Shade's comment, "Yes, it was very brief and quite unexpected."
Turning back to Shade, she felt a bit awkward. Not knowing quite what to say, she blurted out, "I was sorry to hear about your accident. I had heard that the injuries were rather terrible. It is good to see that you are recovering well."
Kate had been too busy gawking at the house that she almost didn't see Pastor Evans come around to help her off the buggy. Growing up in Chicago she had seen and lived in some big houses but never expected to see one out here. Even when she was teaching in Avoca, the houses of the local ranchers were modest compared to this. Whoever built this one must have had a great vision for what he wanted this place to be.
After getting off the buggy, she looked down as she straightened her coat and dusting it off slightly. As she raised her head, her eyes went over to where Mrs. Evans was being greeted by a woman and that is when she saw him.
Her first reaction was to stand still. She wasn't sure what to do next. Knowing that it might seem odd, she began to move towards the group at the front of the house. There were two children with Shade, as well as the woman, she now assumed as the one that Mrs. Evans had come to visit.
Mary Miller, seeing that the visitors were now all present, introduced Pastor Evans and his wife to Shade. Pastor Evans then in turn, introduced Kate to Mrs. Miller and Shade. Not knowing whether it was wise or not to say she and Shade were already acquainted with each other, she just smiled. Besides she was a tad nervous at being so close to him that she couldn't say anything at all.
Kate listened as Pastor Evans and his wife pointed out various places along the way. It was a little bit overwhelming trying to remember who lived where but at the least she now had a good idea on who lived on this side of town.
At the beginning of the trip, Mrs. Evans had asked her husband if the people at Lost Lake knew of their impending visit. He had told her that he had sent a note back with Ben Hall, one of the ranch hands who did attend their church when he was able. Ben had been in town collecting the mail and some supplies for the ranch.
Pastor Evans remarked that even though he hadn't met Shade Thornton, he had been impressed by what he had heard about the man. Knowing that things needed to be settled at the ranch was one of the reasons why Pastor Evans had taken so long to go out there. His wife, Jemima, who was good friends with Mary Miller, the housekeeper, bristled with excitement as she told Kate that she hoped to get a few of Mary's recipes to try out.
As they continued along the road that lead to Lost Lake, Kate also took all of the different colours and smells. Summer was slowly turning into fall and some of the trees had already started to lose their leaves. Today's visit might be the only chance she could get to come here before winter set in. Teaching school during the week and preparing lessons on the weekends left very little time for going on long trips to the outlying ranches. There were a few more ranches and farms on her list to visit.
Saddened by the thought that this might be her only visit to the home of someone who was starting to figure prominently in her life, she immediately vowed to make the most of it and to learn as much as she could about him. Maybe a long winter would give her time to think and work out what she would do, if anything at all.
A comment from Pastor Evans, alerted her to the fact they were nearing their destination. She would put these next few minutes in getting herself composed and hopefully hide how eager she was to see him again.
Mature Content: No
With: Kate Bowen, Pastor and Mrs. Evans, Shade Thornton Location: Kalispell, then Lost Lake Ranch When: Saturday - mid September 1875 Time of Day: Morning
Kate took one last look in the mirror and nodded firmly. She was wearing a dark brown dress with navy blue accents on the cuffs and collar. It was not her favourite dress but it was one befitting her position as teacher. She had wanted to wear one of her more colourful outfits but thought better of it. After all, she had only talked to the man one and that was just before his encounter with the bear. It was too early...well it was just too early.
Today's trip to Lost Lake Ranch under the guise of meeting the two young Thornton children would allow her to get to know him a little bit better. When Pastor Evans told her that he was going to visit Shade Thornton to see how he was recovering and that Mrs. Evans was going to visit the housekeeper, she initially tried to think of way to join them. Thankfully, Pastor Evans mentioned that it would be a good opportunity for her to see the countryside and to meet the children.
In a way, the ride out would be beneficial in helping her to know what the surrounding country was like and who lived where. But, if truth be told she was more interested in seeing Shade again.
Once again, she stopped. Her thoughts were getting way ahead of the reality of the situation. For all she knew, he wouldn't even remember who she was. With his injuries and running a ranch, he probably never gave her a passing thought.
A knock at the door alerted her to the fact that the Pastor was ready to leave. Grabbing her coat and bag, she made her way out of the room.
To be continued...
(OOC: @Stormwolfe I will do another post about the trip to the ranch before arriving. You can do a post if you want for Shade.)
"Mr. Thornton, I look forward to visiting your ranch soon." If they weren't in such a public place she would have liked to talk to him a bit longer.
She smiled as he tipped his hat and made her way past him. For a minute or two she browsed around the store before deciding that she had enough of shopping for the day. Besides, Thornton's presence in the store was a bit distracting and it looked like he would be there for a while. Seeing that Ruth Johnson was leaving, she decided to go with her.
Ruth, who had bought more than she had originally planned, accepted Kate's offer of help and the two of them left together.
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