Jump to content
  • Recently Browsing

    No registered users viewing this page.


  • Recently Used Characters

  • Posts

    • Mr. Smith knew a stacked deck against him when it was presented to him. He wasn't surprised really, the men were sticking up for the pretty gal instead of justice. It was the way of things. But he would try and get at least something out of his misery.   "Oh alright, I won't press charges but only if she pays whatever the doc here is gonna charge me for this here treatment," he answered.   "Of course, Miss Mundee here, well, she’ll have to wait on Anderson to decide her immediate fate.” Speed said. “With those others awaiting trial, have to take her to the County Sheriff’s lock up. Just about looking at a full house, well except for the basement cells.” He smiled at her.   "Fine! Not like I got any say in this do I?  Just a kindly young miss defendin' some poor innocent dog from mistreatment. Yeah, incar....incar..ser..?" Caroline was stumped.   "Throw me behind bars and lemme rot then," she shrugged.   "Hey Doc, you seem like a nice man? Can you let the saloon know where I am, please? Maybe my boss can post bail or somethin'? She is gonna need her singer/dancer tonight," she now addressed Danforth.   She pointed to herself, "That be me! You should come and hear me sometime. I admit my dancin' ain't the greatest but everyone sez I can sing real fine."   ooc: Forgot about this when I came home from my trip! We should be close to finishing it soon anyhow.   @Flip   @Bongo    
    • The good reverend had the kindness to offer to write down justwhat  it was the couple were going to have to recite from memory and scribbled the words down as he said them too. Clara was grateful for that much. Her dripping sarcasm seemingly had failed miserably on Jacob so she was stuck learning this. Fortunately it did not seem too long or so bad. That is if her nerves didn't fail her. Well, she would just have to find out. Besides, even if she bungled the vows, it could be easily sorted, nothing was going to stop them from getting married!   Hearing that all present would have to agree to the marriage gave Clara a bit of a new worry. Unanimous? So it would take only one to ....to scuttle the whole thing? A new thing to be nervous about. Afterall there would be Granny Miggins present.......oh and Arabella too. So far Arabella had been most supportive about the young couple but it was afterall Arabella. Mercurial described the child to a tee.   Clara took her copy, "Thank you, Reverend."   Then Jacob began to recite the whole thing. Now? Both Redmonds turned their gaze to watch and listen to the little performance. Strange.   When he had finished, Clara could only comment, "You are a bit early. This is not the ceremony yet."   Since Aurelian could not help with the ring, he then turned to the minister, "What is the cost of the marriage ceremony, use of the church and such? I will pay for it. It is tradition the father of the bride pay for the expenses."            
    • "Oh, really? Congratulations, then, Mrs. Soon-to-be Pike!" Lucinda smiled warmly, but her smile was tinged with sadness, as were her thoughts. This woman had found someone she liked enough to marry again, but Lucinda doubted that she ever would. Out here, anyway. Back east was a different story.   "I would be glad of the company if you could spare a few minutes," she answered. Now the question was...what would they talk about? All Lucinda wanted to know was news from the east, but it wasn't likely Emeline would know any more than she did. And as far as news went, living by yourself for six months didn't give you a lot of news-worthy things to talk about.   "Could I also have some water? I don't know about you, but stagecoaches make my throat terribly dry."
    • "White... fish?" José repeated, a little incredulous at such a name. Not that Kalispell was much better, but at least it was a name, rather than a color of aquatic creature. "No, I wasn't headed there. Why?"   "Uh, jest that it ain't there no more, an' you'd be wastin' your time huntin' her up.  Wasn't all that much anyway. I mean there was people what lived there, they had stores and all, but it jest never felt right. You know, somethin' off about the place." Carson explained as well as he could.   "Nest for outlaws mostly, a man had ta be careful what he said, an' such-like. But now Kalispell? That there's a growing concern. Most folks 'er friendly, Marshal seems to be a fair man. Yeah, a good place. So, what sortta work you looking for?" It was easy conversation for a lengthy ride across the range, pushing through the cattle when they crowded up.   "You might wanna douse that there lamp. Moon an' stars shed plenty of light out here." What he was thinking was, that a moving light crossing the Evergreen might bring on problems neither of them wanted, or needed.  @boshmi    
    • "Clara, your response is the same, merely with the first line as; 'I, Clara Redmond, take you, Jacob Lutz, to be my husband,' of course."   Jacob smiled warmly at Clara, his heart filling with joy at the thought of it, and catching Aurelian’s eye a lesser, more respectful one.   He wrote out the vow once more on a separate sheet, though with said amendment.   "Just before the vows, you will both declare intent, and I will ask the greater family if they give their blessing, at which point, Mr. Redmond, you and others of the family present must reply unanimously with 'we do.'" he told Clara's father. "Once that is sorted, you may exchange rings, or items, and say a piece of your own, if you so desire. I will bless the items, then your marriage, and finally, you will be man and wife, given that we have signed the certificate, either before or during the ceremony."   Compared to many other undertakings in life, the whole thing seemed ludicrously simple: there seemed to be only one factor that could make it go wrong; the usual one; people.   The priest took the vows he’d written and moved down from the lectern to pass them to Jacob and Clara. “They aren’t too long, so it shouldn’t be all that difficult to memorize them.”   Jacob glanced down his script, and then folded the paper, and closing his eyes intoned in a sort of sing song voice he used for memorising poems and passages of prose he liked: "So… 'Inthe nameofGod,…. I JL, take you, CR, tobemywife, tohaveandto holdfromthisdayf’rw’rd, forbetterfor worse, forricherfor poorer, in sickness and in health” for some reason he said these words more distinctly, like they were less familiar or didn’t quite fit into his mnemonic process “…toloveandtocherish, untilwearepartedbydeath. Thisismysolemnvow.In the name of God… yeah, I think I got it." He opened his eyes to see everybody staring at him.   “What?” he asked, blinking.   @Wayfarer @boshmi

Recommended Posts

Just then, Mary came in and unconsciously echoed Shade's invitation for their guests to remain overnight, "Weather is coming in," she pointed to the windows that revealed a darkening sky. Sudden storms were not uncommon in the Chogun Mountains where the bulk of the ranch was located. "I suggest that you plan on staying over," Mary said to the Pastor, "you don't want to try to make it back to Kalispell in this. I can roust you out early so you make it back for your services in time. We can lend you anything you need."

 

Many people carried small overnight bags with them when visiting the far-flung ranches and properties around Kalispell. However, more than one person had found themselves stranded at Lost Lake Ranch without having an overnight kit with them. The family had gotten in the habit of keeping spare items for people to use when that happened. Everything from nightshirts to soaps, and even clean clothes were kept in stock.  Which was a good plan because just as Mary finished speaking, a tremendous clap of thunder shook the house.

 

Shade smiled at his guests, "I have to be up and out early as well so I can get myself and the twins to the abbey for mass. The rain will make the drive through the gorge dangerous tonight." He did not add that an opportunity to spend more time with Kate was a bonus to the treacherous weather.

 

Tags @JulieS

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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."

 

@Stormwolfe

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"It is no bother at all," Shade assured Katherine. "In fact, why don't I go ahead and show you to the guest rooms while Mary gets some overnight kits for you? After that, Pastor, feel free to examine our library for as long as you like. I will be playing nanny and keeping the twins out from under Mary's feet."

 

Shade rose to his feet. He was not totally comfortable with playing the part of wealthy ranch-owner and host. Still, he was managing to pull it off better than expected. It helped that he really wanted more time, private or chaperoned did not matter, with Katherine. Of course, it also made him uneasy. There were things in his past that might make her decide to have nothing to do with him. He mentally shook himself. Shade would have to wait and cross that bridge when he came to it.

 

@JulieS

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

 

@Stormwolfe

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Even with the unexpected guests, Mary outdid herself with the evening meal. Fried chicken, creamed potatoes, gravy, and fresh green beans cooked in the chicken broth left everyone groaning when they finished eating. Shade was determined to help her with the clean-up, but Mary shook her dishtowel at him, suggesting that maybe he wanted to take Miss Katherine for a walk. He couldn't help but think that was an excellent idea. It would, she said, allow her to relax and visit with her friends for a bit before bedtime.


The twins were sent to their playroom with a promise that baths could be skipped for that one night. Once they had offered hugs and kisses, Shade turned to Katherine, "Would you care to walk to the waterfall with me? It isn't far." He suddenly realized that he was holding his breath, waiting for her answer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

 

13 hours ago, Shade Thornton said:

"Would you care to walk to the waterfall with me? It isn't far."

 

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.

 

@Stormwolfe

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Shade smiled, hoping his expression wasn't as dopey as it felt. Just as he was about to head for the door with Kate, Mary handed him a beautifully made knitted shawl, "The rain may have stopped for now, but the wind is still blowing," she told him.


Taking the garment, Shade draped it around Kate's shoulders. "We won't be outside long," he assured Mary and held up his hand to forestall the older woman's next spate, "and we will stick to the walkway."


Shade led Katherine toward the main stairway but bypassed it in favor of taking her out the back door to the side courtyard. If they turned to their left, they could see the guest wing where Quentin lived. Instead of heading in that direction, Shade turned right and through a wrought iron gate and onto a cobbled walkway. Already, they could hear the sound of the waterfalls. They were louder than normal due to the recent rain.


Once they were in the shelter of the forest, Shade offered his arm. The cobbled walkway had been carefully engineered for water drainage, but some of the stones could still be slick. "I hope I didn't put you on the spot when I asked you to the dance this weekend," Shade said. "I know you barely know me."

 

@JulieS

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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."

 

@Stormwolfe

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Shade glanced over at Katherine as they walked along the cobbled walkway. For a moment, he was mesmerized by her loveliness and felt tongue-tied. He gave himself a mental shake. It wasn't like he had not met beautiful women before, even romanced some of them, broken their hearts and had his broken in turn. However, this was different...very different. Shade felt his emotions far more engaged than he would have expected for such a short acquaintance. Katherine's allure was not in just her looks. He felt an odd connection to her, like someone was weaving a fine strand of silk between them.

 

"We do have a lot to learn about one another," Shade said in response to her statement. "I don't know where this will wind up, I only know that, if you are willing, I want to see where it goes." Shade offered her a gentle smile that lit the depths of his eyes. "In fact, I am hoping that after Saturday's dance, you will be amenable to me calling on you when I can come to town?" 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Kate smiled, "I'm willing," she answered.  The fact was that she was more than willing.  Now that she knew that he felt the same as her, she wanted more.

 

Taking a step closer to him, she nodded, "And yes, you can call on me whenever you can."

 

Hopefully, she had told him what he wanted to hear and now all she had to do was wait for him to make the next move.

 

@Stormwolfe

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

img_0321-2.jpgHaving Kate that close to him was a heady sensation. He inhaled her subtle fragrance, wondering how she managed to smell as clean as the recent rainfall. Without hesitation, Shade reached for her hand, astounded at how small it was. Who said that spring was for romance had never gone for a walk after an autumn thunderstorm with Katherine Bowen!


As they walked toward the waterfall, Shade would point out items of interest. Trees that were native only to Montana, the tracks of animals coming out after the storm to forage, and where the lodge's mountain home dropped away to the vast crater lake below. Speaking about these things brought home the love he felt for this land, and it showed as he played tour guide for the lovely Kate.


Finally, the cobblestone path ended in a natural grotto of stone. A small circular area had been cleared, and the natural rocks polished to make a level surface. Two stone and log benches were set to either side of the outdoor courtyard. Before them lay a large, quiet pool surrounded by a towering cliff of rough granite. On the far side of the pool, a sparkling waterfall dropped from the cliff above. Just past the 'courtyard", the pool narrowed into a wide creek that plummeted in a series of cascades to the lake far below.


Shade smiled, "It's probably still too wet for us to sit on the benches. The creek that makes this waterfall forms several more going back into the mountains as far as you can travel. In fact, I was at one of the other falls with the twins and Miss Redmond when we ran across that killer Grizzly the first time."

waterfall.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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..."

 

@Stormwolfe

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Shade felt an odd tingling in his cheek after Kate gave him the quick, light kiss. It was a good feeling, and he would have liked to hold on to it. Her embarrassed apology made him smile.


"I don't consider you forward at all," Shade replied. "Although we have a lot to learn about one another, in some ways, I feel I've known you forever. Not sure that makes sense. Maybe it's feelings versus facts."


"Thing is, Kate, I love this place, this land, even the lodge. At the same time, I am glad the house goes to the twins when they are old enough to take the reins. I want to build my own place, make my own mark on the ranch. My brother set his will and the property legacy, so that will be possible someday."


Shade stopped talking suddenly, afraid that he had said too much. He was assuming quite a bit, considering they barely knew one another.  In fact, once Katherine Bowen learned about his past, there was a good chance she would prefer no more contact. Immediately, his heart dropped at that thought. Nevertheless, he would someday have to tell her everything. Keeping such secrets was no way to treat someone you cared deeply for. 

 

@JulieS

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

 

@Stormwolfe

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Shade took a deep breath and reached for Kate's hand. He raised it to his lips and lightly kissed the palm. Hopefully, the action would not get him slapped.


"I know we have only met twice and known one another for a few short hours," Shade told her. "I am not taking our exchange here for a done deal. We have plenty of time to get to know one another. I'll come to town as often as I can and, with proper chaperones, of course, maybe you can spend occasional weekends here."

 

The tingling sensation she felt when Shade kissed her hand made her feel warm all over.  As she listened to him, she could understand what he was trying to say.  How many times had seen and heard about the first blush of romance fading away to reveal a darker reality.  However, now was not such a time for thoughts like those.  She would enjoy the journey no matter where it would take her.

 

"Yes, I would like to see you when I can and I will take you up on your offer to spend more weekends here."  She smiled, "Although, I'm not sure about the chaperones.  We seemed to be doing fine without one now."

 

Shade grinned at her, a mischievous light appearing in his dark blue eyes, "I'd rather not always count on me being able to remain a gentleman in your presence, Kate. Fortunately, except for a couple of nights a week, Harriet Mercer is in residence. Mary is also usually here, not to mention Cody and Nettie." He pulled her arm through his for the walk back to the house. It got dark earlier now and he did not want them stumbling about or being out if more storms came in. As if to punctuate his thoughts, a rumble of thunder sounded in the distance. "We should go back now."

 

Kate was feeling a bit disappointed that their walk would be over soon.  Back inside, Shade would have to go back to being the host and not the relaxed man he had been out here.  The thunder didn't help matters.  She sighed, "Maybe, the next time we come here we won't have to go back in so soon."

 

"I will make sure of that," Shade said softly.

Edited by Stormwolfe (see edit history)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.

About Sagas

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.

Connect With Us On

discord_white

If you would like to join the Sagas' Discord server or are already a member, click the image to open the Discord web application.

Site Credits

Founders: Stormwolfe & Longshot

Sagas' Rating

sagas-rating

×
×
  • Create New...