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With: Ralph Flandry, Matilda Devereau, and anyone else who wants to join
Location: Stardust Saloon
When: September 1875
Time of Day: morning

 

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After an interesting conversation with the Pink Dick and a congratulatory bottle of applejack for Speed, Andy returned to her cart and began uncovering and untying her goods, crates of apple themed spirits, some bound for the saloon and some for the hotel. As she sorted the crates, Henry, her weathered old horse, turned his head and nickered at her, annoyed at being left unattended for so long.

 

"Don't worry, I ain't forgot about you," Andy said to her horse, pausing in her work to retrieve a foodbag from the cart. Filled with some oats and chunks of carrots and apples, it was a welcomed treat for the aging bay after the trek into town, and so he shuffled giddily as Andy came around the cart and slipped the foodbag over his muzzle and looped a strap behind his head to keep it in place. While Henry munched away happily, Andy gave the horse an affectionate pat down; this poor boy was getting old and she was going to have to retire him sooner than she'd like. Thankfully, her brewery was doing well enough that she'd be able to afford a new horse soon, but she and Henry had been through so much together...

 

With a sigh and another loving pat, Andy got back to work, hefting up a heavy crate from her cart and heading into the saloon. She paused just inside the door to let her eyes adjust to the dimmer lighting, then strode on over to the bar.

 

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Sam was on his way back to the hotel when he saw a woman with fiery red hair carrying a heavy crate and heading towards the saloon.  After yesterday's interview at Lost Lake, he and his brothers had returned to town to gather their things.  They would be hitting the trail in about an hour or so.  That meant there was plenty of time to help the lady out.

 

Approaching the lady, he took off his hat and smiled, "Begging your pardon, Miss but I would like to offer my services and take that in for you."

 

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"Oh, no need to bother, I've got it," Andy said with a grin. "But if you really wanna help, you can grab the other case from the cart, with the same bottles as this one," she offered in return. True to her word, there were several more cases in the back of her cart, two still tied down with taller bottles with a variation of colors of spirits, and one case containing more of the shorter, wider bottles that she carried. "Y'know, you look awfully familiar... By chance, you any relation of Matt Wentworth?" Andy asked with a curious tilt of her head.

 

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Sam smiled.  It wasn't that often he was recognised as a Wentworth due to his dark blond hair.  He and his sister had favoured their mother's side of the family while the others took after their father's.  "Yes ma'am.  Matt's my oldest brother.  My name's Sam."

 

He went over to the wagon and picked up the case which contained the bottles that were the same as the ones she was carrying.  "Me and my other two brothers only arrived in town at the end of last week.  I was on the way back to the hotel when I saw you."

 

As he followed her in, he wondered why she didn't have any help.  "Do you do this sort of thing often?  I mean do you always...well," he paused as he didn't want to offend the lady but being the gentleman he was taught to be he didn't feel it was right for her to carry such heavy loads.  "I'm sorry, I sometimes forget my place and it isn't my right to ask you about your circumstances."

 

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Andy snickered at the blond Wentworth's attempt at gentlemanly conversation. "You're alright," she said to assure him that he had nothing to apologize for. "I used to help my dad when he ran the everything, but when he passed on a few years ago, I started doing it all myself. I sometimes get help from some boys near my farm 'cause I just ain't got enough hands to do it all alone, especially during the harvest, but deliveries I can usually handle by myself," she informed him as they entered the saloon together.

 

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Sam took a moment to allow his eyes to adjust to the darker interior of the saloon.  He hadn't a chance to come here yet but he had no doubt that he would be in here the next time he was in town as he would be with the other hands from Lost Lake.  Somehow, he didn't see the bar at the hotel catering to a bunch of men letting off steam after a hard week of work.

 

When the girl had finished speaking, Sam realised that he didn't know her name or where she was from.  Since she had mentioned her father, he decided that it might be a good way to ask who she was.  "Your father sounds like he was a man with a vision.  Establishing a business here would have needed one and it's not every day I meet a woman of enterprise, Miss...?"

 

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"Carter, Andy Carter," the flame-haired woman introduced herself simply. "And it weren't so much vision as it was survival; he'd run the family business before the War decimated our farm, then when people started getting sick and dying, he knew we had to get out of there. Don't know why he chose to come out here, but I'm glad he did, the native apples and berries out here are perfect for brewin'," Andy informed him, her tone positive rather than saddened by the impact the Civil War had on her life. Upon approaching the bar, she set her case of applejack on the bartop and glanced around for Ralph or Matilda; she knew where the storeroom was where she could put her goods, but she didn't want to just go behind the bar without permission.

 

"So, what about you? What brings you and your brothers out here?" Andy asked in return as she leaned casually against the bar, content to wait a moment until Ralph or Tildy came around.

 

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After he placed the crate on the bar, he smiled.  It was good that she was sounding positive about what the war had done to her family.  He remembered the long talk he had with both Matt and Mike at the end of it when they all had been home for a brief visit.  What all three of them had been through would stay with them the rest of their lives and he had no doubt it would be the same for the lady.  Like her, he was one to be positive and to look ahead to the future.

 

"It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance, Miss Carter.  As for my family...as you well know, Matt bought the hotel a few months back.  My brother Mike was working at a ranch near Medicine Bow and I was working for one in Nebraska.  Our youngest brother Charlie joined us recently and we decided to come up here and join Matt."  He didn't want to go mention the fact that one of the reasons was to get far away from Washington and their father as they could.  There was comfort in numbers.

 

"Fortunately, we were able to get jobs at Lost Lake Ranch.  We're heading out there later this morning."

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"Been delivering fancier spirits to the hotel for a while, so I met your brother when he bought the place," Andy related with an easy-going nod. "It's nice that you all came out to support him, and that you were able to find work so quickly. Anyhow, if you're heading out soon, don't let me hold you up; I appreciate that you helped me get my goods in, but I got it from here."

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"Believe me, it was no trouble.  I was happy to help."  Sam shifted his stance a little, "I wish I didn't have to go so soon as I wouldn't mind learning more your family business.  if our paths cross again, I'll be sure to say hello.  Maybe even invite you to have a meal with me."

 

After grabbing his hat from the top of the crate where he placed it, he put it on.  Smiling, he said, "It was a pleasure meeting you Miss Carter."

 

He tipped his hat and then made his way out of the saloon.  As he walked to the hotel, he thought about their conversion and wished he had stay for a little while longer.  Mike would be not be pleased but it would be worth it.  Stopping he looked back at the saloon and realised that it was too soon to start thinking about things like courting.  The first thing he needed to do was to earn some money.  Besides he was new in the area and there would be other women to meet.  There was plenty of time to find out who they were before he could settle for just one.

 

With a smile, he turned and continued towards the hotel.

 

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