Poster: Garath MacShire
Post # 1
Xan had to
leave early though he was hoping to be back, leaving Garath dealing
with inventories, bills and other paperwork. He was in his office,
situated next to Xander's, but instead of staring at the books, he
was leaning back in his chair, hands behind his neck and eyes closed
while he rested them. The store was quiet, with the two clerks gone
but he hadn't put the closed sign up. This late one or two customers
might wander in but there wouldn't be many.
He had coffee brewing on the small potbellied stove in the corner of
the office, the scent drifting out into the showroom. Since it was
late, he had long discarded his vest, and unbuttoned two of the top
buttons of his shirt. Dress pants of black were also worn. The only
sound was the ticking of the clock in his office and the sound of
the coffee brewing.
had some more time to himself after another long day doing catch up
with the cattle, ranch and scheduled a meeting with his
investigators as well to catch up there. A whistled tune accompanied
him down the streets of the commons. Lazy long legged stride kept a
certain rhythm. The tune would cease with greetings as he passed
others by, known or not, all were greeted equally. Rounding the
fountain as it was in full flow, he continued down along the street
bringing him to the outskirts of both the commons and the port.
Seeing his cousin was still within his business, he was soon
swinging open the door as the whistled tune ceased complete.
"Any...booooooooody.... home?" Grin sweeping on the tail
end of his words.
nearly tumbled backwards when he heard Joe's voice. Chuckling, he
stood and made his way to the doorway. "I'm right here. Come
and join me for coffee and some of Hazel's cake." He called
over the displays, waving so Joe could see him.
neglected to mention some of the pastries from the bakery." Xan
came up behind Joe, clapping a hand to his shoulder. "It's
about time you came back, brother. We were starting to worry."
He was looking Joe over carefully to be
there were no injuries Joe was trying to hide. Dressed casually
since he had left his vest and string tie in his office, he wore a
shirt of white as well as dark brown pants over dress boots.
that sounds like as good an invitation I've had in a while!"
Continuing in only to stop with a turn around on a booted heel.
"Xander!" Embracing his brother clan style with a little
shake of his shoulders once done before releasing them. "Ah, so
that's the real reason you showed back up." Grinning as he
spoke the tease. He was attired in a loose fitting poet's shirt of
off white, brown leather vest and pants, boots a darker shade that
laced up to below his knees. They sported the wear of the day though
they had been polished in the morning as he always took the time
when he had time.
probably went home for a hot meal then came back." Laughing as
he leaned against the opening of the door. "Or he doesn't trust
me with the books." It was a project that they followed
faithfully every Monday and neither left the other to do all the
it wasn't to see his face, certainly." Xan laughed as he
motioned toward the office door, allowing Joe to go first. "In
reality I felt guilty leaving you with all the work." Right.
was soon making his way to the open door, satchel tucked under one
arm that was pretty thick. "Looks like a party, oui? Anyone
invited?" Smile sweeping as he spoke, wind tossed hair from a
storm that was brewing in off the ocean. "We will have rain, it
brings the flowers I'm told."
Andre. Come and join us. We're about to have coffee and cakes,
which, if it is going to rain, will have to keep you all warm on
your way back." Since he stayed about the store now, he
wouldn't be traveling. "How are Joshua and Tamara adjusting to
having you home, Joe." He waited for the three men to be seated
while pouring the rich Turkish coffee.
was an emotional moment, one I'll never forget. One that makes me
realize what they go through when I go on such a mission. Time to
retire until they are grown, train another younger who can run like
hell when needed.. not get hit over the head by a thrown
chair." He remembered that much, or more was told what hit him.
"At least I still have a thick skull, one hard to crack."
Though one would have questioned those words had they been there and
seen him immediately afterwards. He was over to take up a seat,
stretch his legs out and relax. A good hot mug of coffee and Hazel's
cake to be enjoyed.
decision to make." He nodded approval then offered his hand to
Andre. "And welcome home to you as well. It's been a while.
Just a break for you, or are you off again soon?"
took Xander's hand with his free one in a good grip. "Oui, it
is good to be back. I do not wish to take too long a journey again.
Though I have some maps of coordinates where wealth may be
found." He had still to go over the authenticity of them but he
would in time. "I have a list of merchandise I have brought
back while establishing contacts in many places of the
world." Which is why it took near two years. He set the satchel
down on the table before slipping out the neatly stacked papers, all
in order, easy to ready and prices listed afterwards. He would allow
buying direct, giving them a discount or sell his merchandise
through their business taking a commission fee. Either way
worked well with him. Some of the items were pricey for they were
rare. Weapons from the Orient included finely crafted katanas. Other
items of teas, statues, pottery, porcelain, garments, silks,
lanterns, armor along with others. From Spain, pottery, fans,
mantillas, lace, jewelry and armor. From Egypt, oils, spices,
jewelry and pottery. India, brass, silks, jewelry and spices. Each
had their own craftsmanship and scents. From The Colonies there
were items gained from Peru and the Natives, mostly it was the
tobacco and hemp. Various swords, knives, bows then down to ivory
chess pieces and board, games, dolls, artifacts and books, some
lord, I hope you had more than one ship with you." Garath
teased as he held out his hand for the papers.
chuckled as he watched, and since he had yet to sit, he took over
the handing out of the coffee and cake. He then was over to join
Garath to look over the papers. "This is quite a list, Andre.
It'll save us from doing some work." A few of their contacts
had gone missing for various reasons. "Do you need an answer
tonight or can we go over it all." He tapped an item that
caught his eye then another. Commission would work on some of the
larger things, outright on others. They could haggle later if that
through and nothing more, it was the store front that caught her
attention. Perhaps they could direct her to an inn before the coming
storm let loose. Leaving the small black mare at the store front,
the door was opened quietly and only enough for the petite figure to
pass through. A glance around to find a certain amount of others
within, she kept quiet, only offering a nod to those within and set
to browse the variety of availables.
wish I had another ship with me, oui. But I would be gone another
two years if I had. So, when it was full, we turned homeward.
Contacts made to gain more." Handing the list over to Garath.
"We will have our ships scheduled to make new runs. I may have
to speak to the shipwrights to have two more made." He and
Pierre would be able to afford them after all he brought back from
one long trip.
was listening to Andre and would vie to take a look at that list
once Garath and Xander were done. The door opening had him turn a
look over his shoulder and the hint of a lazy smile to appear.
"Good evening, my brother and cousin can help you out if you're
looking for something in particular." Figuring she was in to
buy something from this shop.
was China? We found some unrest there." He glanced up at the
sound of the bell.
straightened as the bell rang, saving any questions he had for
later. Joe had spoken out though, through the door of the office, so
he waited for the woman's answer.
is a warrior lord by the name of Chen Jiang, I was cautiously told
to avoid, keep my homelands discreet." He took hints well but
with the arrival of the lady, he smiled her way. They could get back
to the other later.
took a moment to realize that anyone was speaking to her, and just
to make sure, she checked over her shoulder to see if another had
entered that perhaps was being spoken to. Realization dawned, she
smiled to the gent who spoke to her. "Nothin' particular, sir.
I noticed th'store front an' thought I would come in an'
browse." though it seemed she'd interrupted something. "I
can go if I 'ave come at a bad time."
was up from his seat and into the main part than talking through the
open door. "Aye," there was an Irish accent that still
laced his speech. "I'm Joseph, Xander or Garath, who own this
shop can help you out. It is not an intrusion." He didn't mind,
he doubted any of the others minded. They were gathered but when a
customer came, they would be seen to. There was no rush on their
talks. Mostly business as it were with what Andre brought.
advice." He said in an aside to Andre, glancing briefly at Joe.
He looked passed him at the young woman. "Evening, miss. Feel
free to browse."
still felt the nag of intruding, but smile. "Thank ye, Sir.
Mind if I just wander for a few moments?" There were things
she'd like to find. Looking to Garath, a nod given. "Thank
miss." He echoed Garath then chuckled. "Give a call out if
you see anything you'd like to examine closer."
especially when it came up that his most wanted enemy was not of his
country, but McDonough and MacShire." Words low before he
gained his feet in the presence of a lady. Blue eyes held a glint
for certainly he appreciated the visual of a beautiful woman.
Discreet observance as it seemed she was taken care of. Taking up
his mug to cradle in one hand as he decided to stand for a few.
Thank ye." A warm smile was given, she turned to peruse the
goodies, pushing her hood back from her face so as not to seem rude.
will be a tale for some evening in the Thistle." He promised
before he was studying the list again. They were quite interested in
what was offered. He sat again, a slight frown appearing in
thinking that Garath needs spectacles." He said in a low voice,
but not so low that his partner couldn't hear him.
so her Cleopatra and Anthony scheme sank, she was on another
adventure hopefully one that would do no harm, but then again being
Charlie and because Kenneth was the source of her imagination, one
never knew what was going to happen, which meant it was more fun.
She headed to the shop, yeah after normal hours but the light was on
and there were indications of people inside, opening the door she
peered in ...
back to Garath with a sly grin showing. "Oui, I would like to
know the background story that got such a powerful warlord acting
like his britches had ants in them at the mention of certain
continued her way around, looking over various things until she
found some bottles of oil. That would hold her attention long enough
as randomly they were lifted and opened to take in the various
scents with a thoughtful smile.
books did it, she had reread a few classic and well here she was,
figuring she could find what she needed. "Erm .. excuse me may
I look about?" Not sure she would find what she needed to start
her Aladdin scheme ...POOR Kenneth, beware ....
lit the air, lighting the commons and port area up like it was day
for a few split seconds. Then the thunder followed, roaring in its
wake like battlements crashing before the rain. First a few
large drops pelted against the window panes before the sky opened up
complete in a torrential downpour. Still, there was one other storm
named Trouble that blew in through their doors.
looking to the door, "what the hay?" blinking at the
thunder and lightning ... Well she hurried in the door, closing it,
that was some rain ...
crash of thunder came in the middle of thoughtful delight and scared
her near out of her wits. Fingers fumble the bottle, almost dropped
it. Saved by kicking out a foot so it would fall against the
material of her cloak to slow the fall and give her means for her
hands to catch up with the bottle. Then a look around in hopes no
one saw. "So much for a nice ride 'ome."
that can be mostly attributed to one McDonough in particular."
He nodded toward Joe then started at the sound of thunder. "Ah,
can browse only if you come in here and say a proper hello,
Charlie." He knew that voice.
lass, do come in out of the rain." Giving a sweep of his hand,
"the place is all yours to roam." Bit of a wicked grin
flashed towards his brother and cousin before back.
grinned, "hey Xander" making her way to him, lifting her
arms for a hug, and you know what would come when that happened ....
had noticed more that the other lass had quick reflexes, better than
most ladies who would have been in a dither and crying the woes to
follow. And when Charlie went for her hug
Xander, he gave a tickling poke to her side. "I hear Kenneth
has taken some time off," which he never denied his friend for
the man worked as two in his duties about the ranch.
course, since every one who knew her gave her bear hugs. Not enough
room to spin her around in the office though. He might knock Joe or
Andre or both over. "Just in time." Speaking about the
rain of course.
at the poke, "yes he has, it is nice waking up to his smiling
face," because he didn't have to get up till she did. "EEP"
giggling at the hug ...
had lots of practice. She was a regular klutz most of the time. The
bottle was capped and put back in its place before moving on to
had no family to recognize and watched as one would who had none.
Appreciatively rather than with envy. He had them all as friends so
an adopted family.
there went that wink to the French man, "how do again,"
she mused, not sure she wanted to find her lamp just yet, with every
one here ...
ask if you were keeping him out of trouble but more than likely,
that's a loaded question." He grinned at Charlie and tucked
away the papers until later.
course ..he keeps me out of trouble," she grinned, "well
he gave a wink right back, smile tipping off to the side. "I do
well again, as you do well again, oui?"
her head to the question that she was doing well. "I am dandy
..better then candy," waggling her brows ...
you looking for anything in particular, Charlie?" He leaned
back in his chair as he asked, but not too far. Didn't want to tip
Charlie? How about you, miss? Care for some coffee?" He called
out into the showroom.