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With: Mike, Sam and Charlie Wentworth
Location: Belle-St Regis Hotel
When: Friday 10 September 1875
Time of Day: Mid-Afternoon

 

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After gazing up and down the street, Matt settled back down in the chair he had been occupying on and off for most of the day.  There was still no sign of them, and he wondered if Mike had under-estimated their time of arrival.

 

Pulling out his pocket watch, he noted that it getting towards the time he would have to be checking on tonight's menu for the restaurant.  Friday and Saturday nights were proving to be busiest times and he wanted to make everything was up to standard.  Even though he trusted his staff, he just felt better knowing that things were taken care of.  In business, he had always had a hands-on approach.

 

When Mike had sent word of his, Sam's and Charlie impending arrival, Matt had been initially angry.  Having his brothers around would make things a bit more difficult in his other line of work.  He would have to make sure he warned his brothers to steer well clear of the Steelgraves, especially Leah, and anyone who worked for them.

 

Thinking over his initial reaction to the news that all three brothers were headed to Kalispell, Matt smiled. In the end it didn't really surprise him that Charlie had followed them instead caving into their father's wishes.  After Mike had make the break, he knew it would only be a matter of time before Sam and Charlie did so too.  Charlie just did it earlier than he expected him to do.

 

If Matt was to be perfectly honest with himself, then he was glad that his brothers were coming.  It would be the first time in years that all four of them would be together in the one place.  Hopefully, they would all be able to find jobs nearby so he could see them on a regular basis.  He suddenly remembered that Shade Thornton was looking for some help over at the Lost Lake Ranch.  Maybe it would be worthwhile sending them over to find out after they had rested a bit.

 

The noise of the hotel's front door opening pulled him out his thoughts.  It was one guests, who sat down in the one of the other chairs out front.  Seeing this an opportunity to do something while he waited for brothers, he began to engage the man in a conversation.

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While approaching Kalispell from the south, Mike took the time to look around.  They had passed by some small farms but nothing that would be large enough to hire any ranchhands but might be big enough to hire someone inexperienced like Charlie.  He would prefer if he, Charlie and maybe Sam could all work on the same ranch but he knew that might not happen.  The best option was that Charlie could be with him or Sam at any ranch who would take them both.  The worst case scenario, was that Charlie could work for Matt.

 

A smile crept on his face at thought.  It had been a long time since Matt had to look after any of them but he would do it.  They were all the type to be there when family needed them and would come running at a moment's notice for any them, except, maybe for their father.  Charles Wentworth Senior was a man who could look after himself and didn't need any help.  To his father, his sons were a way and means to establish a stronghold in Washington, his own dynasty.  Now, that Charlie had rejected the plan, what would happen next would be anybody's guess.

 

As they got nearer, to the town, Mike noticed a few houses that formed the start of the main street in town.  Matt's hotel would be somewhere nearby and probably easy to spot.  Looking ahead, he could see a few large buildings indicating that they were about to enter the main part of town.  Turning around in the saddle, he saw his two brothers had slowed down and were admiring a couple of young ladies who were exiting one of the homes.

 

Shaking his head, he motioned to them, "C'mon, you two."

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Matt had just finished talking to one of his guests out front, when he saw three men riding in from the south.  Immediately recognising them, he walked forward to the top of the stairs and waited for them to stop.

 

Mike was the first one to see Matt, since his other two brothers were still trailing back a little taking in the town and its scenery.  Getting off his horse, he walked up the few stairs and gave his brother a hug.

 

Taking a step back to look at his brother, Matt grinned, "Well, I see you've gained a couple of extra pounds since I last saw you.  Must be all that easy living since you became a ranch foreman."

 

Mike smiled, "And I see that life as a stuffed shirt has done likewise to you."

 

"Well, if you ask me, I think you both need to lay off the good stuff for a while."

 

Matt turned to see who had spoken and smiled, "And I suppose you young Charles will make sure we do."

 

Charlie nodded, "You bet I will."

 

"And I'll make doubly sure," Sam commented as he got off his horse.

 

Matt went down the stairs and greeted his other two brothers in the same way he had greeted Mike.  It was good to see his family again and he hoped it would be a long time before they parted ways again.  The job of keeping an eye on the Steelgraves would take a while but after that he didn't know what would happen.  Until then, he would enjoy what time he had with his family.

 

Looking at his three brothers, he smiled, "I expected you a few days ago but I'm glad you finally made it."

 

Glancing over to Sam, Charlie heaved a heavy sigh.  "We would have if hadn't been for ole brother Sam and that woman he met in Helena."

 

Sam put up hands in a stopping motion, "Hey, don't blame me.  How was I to know that she was engaged to the town's banker?"

 

"You could have taken the time to find out," Mike answered.

 

Matt frowned, "Let me guess, it's a long story."

 

"It sure is and I think I need a drink before I tell it."

 

"I think we all need a drink, " Mike turned to Matt, "Shall we?"

 

Waving his hand in the direction of the front door of the hotel, Matt smiled, "If you would like to follow me, I'm sure the owner won't mind giving out a few drinks on the house."

 

The other three voiced their approval and followed Matt into the hotel.

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