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 frowned a little when Shade stopped abruptly. It was nice listening to him talk about his home and future plans. She was also glad that he didn't think she hadn't overstepped the line. Whatever it was that made him go quiet, she knew she couldn't ask. It was up to Shade to tell her when and if he wanted to.
No really knowing what to say next, she wander aimlessly around grotto listening to the sound of the waterfall. After a few minutes, she turned to look at Shade and smiled, "It is such a lovely place. I would like to come again another day to see what it looks like in the daylight."
"I would like that too," Shade said quietly, "in fact, I would like that a lot." Although his voice was quiet and low, there was a depth of feeling in his tone. "I would like to share all of this," he waved his hand at the landscape, "with you."
Kate stood there, briefly shocked by what he had just said. In a way it was unexpected but in another way it was what she was waiting to hear. It was still early days but the promise that this could lead to something else making her feel all warm inside.
"Yes, I would like it a lot as well," she answered hoping that her voice conveyed what she was feeling.
Kate felt a little bit disappointed at the mention of Miss Redmond. She knew that the girl was young, so it wasn't jealousy. It was more envy due to the fact that the girl was able to spend a lot of time with Shade when she had only been with him on two occasions. However, there was a silver lining in the fact that Shade was interested in getting to know her more. Maybe in the future she would be able to spend as much time, if not more with Shade than Miss Redmond.
She gave her a head a little shake. It was way too early to think of things like that. Later on down the track her feelings towards Shade would change as she got to know him. For now, she would be content in spending what time she could with him.
As she listened to Shade talk about the surroundings, she could hear the pride in his voice. To feel that way about your home must be wonderful feeling and she wondered if she would ever feel that way about any place. Her previous homes had all been temporary and so she never really took the time to enjoy them. Even her time here in Kalispell would be temporary especially since she had her teaching contract for only the current year.
Looking at Shade, she realised now was not the time to think of such things. Here she was in beautiful surroundings with a man she had started to feel deeply for. Smiling, she looked at the benches he had just mentioned, "Yes I think you are correct, they are too wet."
Facing him, she continued, "I want to thank you for being such a nice host, showing me your home and making me feel welcomed." Then on impulse, she reached up and kissed him on the cheek.
When she finished, she felt a bit embarassed, "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to be so forward. It's just that I am very grateful and I..."
Kate smiled, "No, you didn't put me on the spot. Even though it was unexpected, I am glad that you did ask me and as me barely knowing you, I can say the same thing about you barely knowing me."
As she waited for his response, she walked a few steps ahead of him. The sound of the waterfall was very loud but the thoughts and emotions running through her now were even louder. Now that she was out here alone with him, she didn't want to be too bold but she didn't want to be too missish either. She still wasn't certain if this was just some of sort of game for him or if it was something more.
She turned to face him, "I guess what I'm trying to say is that during this visit, we have gotten to know each other but in a way, we still have a long way to go and I'm not sure where it is leading us."
When she heard Mary suggest the walk, Kate knew when Shade asked she would say yes, so she had a little bit of time to compose herself while the children were saying goodnight.
Hoping that she looked calm and in control, she slowly nodded, "Yes, I think that would be nice. It will give me an opportunity to talk to you about the children and their education."
The last bit was for the benefit of the Pastor and his wife. She didn't want anybody seeing more into the situation then there really was. It was still early days and this flurry of excitement could dwindle away quickly. There was also the question of why Shade was paying so much attention to her. Was it because he was just being a good host or was there something more?
Her own feelings throughout the day had gone up and own so many times, ranging from caution to wanting to fully embrace what was happening to her. All this was happening very quickly and what she wanted to do was to make sure of his intentions. Hopefully, the walk to the waterfall would answer all her questions.
After Shade had shown them to their rooms, Mrs. Evans went back to the kitchen to join Mary, as she, Pastor Evans and Shade went to the library. As she listened to Shade tell the Pastor a few things about the books, she casually investigated the room. There was plenty of things to take in.
After a while, they interrupted by the two children waking up from their nap. Nettie, happy to see that the teacher hadn't left, quickly took her hand and led her back to the playroom, eager to show off some of her dolls. They were followed by Cody and Shade. The four of them, in Kate's opinion, spent an enjoyable afternoon getting to know each other better.
During this time, Kate felt herself becoming more attracted to Shade than she already was. It made her a little sad to know that she have to leave in the morning and then wait nearly a week to see him when he would be coming to take her to the dance. It made her a little bit more determined to make this time worthwhile and give her something to remember during the long week ahead.
At the sound of thunder, Pastor Evans nodded, "It looks like we have no choice in the matter."
He turned to his wife, "My dear, you no doubt will now have more time to spend with Mary and if Shade will allow me, I can spend some time in his library."
Kate was not sure what to make of the change in plans. Part of her was happy at being able to stay here longer but part of her was also nervous at the prospect of being here with him. The house was very big and they were few in number there was bound to be a time when she and he would be...
She shook her head a little and took a deep breath. Hoping to divert her mind from the track it was going down, she addressed the group, "I am sure we will be able to put our time here to good use. When the children awaken from their afternoon nap, I will be able to find out what their educational needs are. It will save me a trip later on."
Turning to Shade, she continued, "I hope it won't be too much of a bother for you having us stay the night. We are woefully unprepared for this turn of events."
Katherine nodded. The more time she spent with him the more her earlier uncertainty went away. "i don't know about about the Pastor Evans and Mrs. Evans but if there is a possibility to spend more time with your niece and nephew to gauge where they are exactly in their schooling, I would like that. I would be able to develop some lessons to give to the young lady you have teaching them."
Feeling that she should add more just in case the pastor and his wife got the wrong idea, she continued, "This is something I plan to do with all the children who are unable to attend school on a regular basis especially during the winter."
She turned her attention back to her coffee. If truth be told she was more interested in coming here to learn more about him. That thought made her smile a little.
Kate shook her head gently, "No, thank you but some coffee would be nice."
As she waited for Mary to serve the pie and coffee, she sat down in one of the chairs. Looking around the room and how nicely it was decorated. She turned her head to face Shade, "I have to say Mr. Thornton that your family has created a beautiful home. It's a shame that we have to leave soon. I'm sure Pastor Evans would have liked to spend more time in your library."
Pastor Evans nodded his head in agreement, "Yes indeed. If I get a chance before the winter comes, I would like to come here again...providing you are in agreement and not too busy."
Before she could get a chance to say anything more, Mary served her a slice of cobbler and some coffee. After taking a bite and finding that it was very delicious, she complimented Mary. Mary thanked her and went back to serving the others. For the next few minutes, Kate concentrated on her dessert, all the while hoping that she might get a few minutes alone with Shade before she left.
Kate was a little surprised when she felt the small hand take hers. She looked down at the young girl and smiled. The child pulled her gently towards the main entry and up the stairs. Everything about this house seemed so big. For a moment she briefly wondered who Miss Mercer and Quentin Cantrell were before being ushered in a a large room. This was where the children probably did their schooling and as Shade took care of them, she had time to thoroughly investigate it.
The room seemed very adequate for teaching the two children. There was also the required primers needed and she felt a bit of admiration for Shade for making sure that the children's early education would be taken care. Maybe in a year or so they would be ready to go to the school in Kalispell but now what they had would suffice.
A few minutes later, Shade came out of the children's bedroom and showed them out back into the hallway.
A slight blush came on to Kate's face and it wasn't because she was embarrassed at the thought of the mere mention of a man's domain. It was because of the quick glance he had given her and the fact he wanted her to know where he slept. Why knowing this was so important to her, she couldn't rightly say but she was glad that he did.
Pastor Evans asked Shade about the timber the house was made of how long it taken to build. As she listened, she felt herself wishing that this visit could go on for a lot longer.
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