Poster: Raphael O'Keeffe
Post # 32
to Know Others
"No, I think I will wait to do that till I have decided if I will
fit here." Also, she had to make sure that the one seeking her had
not followed. No sense in exposing these good folk to such a madman, nor
to getting her hopes up about this place if it was not going to work
Charlie just smiled, she knew that everyone had a past, she did too,
still she never let it stop her, "ah well I am sure that spring
will bring more then a good time to plant." It would allow her to
survey the areas that were suitable for hunting ...
"Indeed, that is my hope. I will just winter here, I think, and
work on crafting what furs I have brought with me." Smiling, she
drank more of her mulled wine.
Charlie hummed, "it will give you time to meet everyone, though I
must say, with all the youngings coming around lately, I feel very
old." Which in measure of time she was, but of course she was
timeless in other ways ...
The woman chuckled, looking Charlie over: "You do not look to
have very many years with you, mam'selle Charlie. But you do have
that look of wisdom that generally comes with it."
That made her laugh softly, "some times wisdom is no fun ...I live
life to the fullest every day ...keeps Kenneth young," the gypsy
was in constant motion ...
"Ah, now who is this Kenneth you name so lovingly, hmm?" A
soft smile to the other woman as she listened.
"My sunshine, my beau," she mused, "he is a gypsy, he
parks his vardo on the ranch where he works the cattle and horses. I
spent a lot of time between here and there," though there was
not given a time frame or origin ...
Evony nodded her head, smiling a gentle, serene smile for the woman and
the man she described. "It is a wonderful thing to have a soul
mate, non? I am so glad you have that, mam'selle Charlie." It
was a true sentiment, clear in her eyes.
Charlie nodded her head, "he is my ground to the world, and yes he
is my soul mate," after years of seeing handsome men, and thinking
none were for her, there was Kenneth and he made every thing seem right
The girl envied that, though she feared such would not come her way, or
if it did, she would have to pass it by, considering her circumstances.
She did not have much to offer, she felt, because of them. Another smile
was given to Charlie before she moved to another subject. "Tell
me, sil vous plait, who are these youngsters you mention, hmm? I
think that I met two of them, anyway. The two lads how are born of
three? Erm," searching for the words. "Triplets!"
"Ah the MCAndrews boys," nodding her head. "Most of the
people I know have children who are coming of age, Joshua ..Kenneth's
nephew, Shawnessey.. and several young ladies that are relatively new to
the region ..." Charlie was terrible at names most of the time ...
"McAndrews." She nodded her head, trying to put the name in
there. "Well, every land has those who are coming up to adulthood.
Are these young people of good heart?"
"I have watched many grow up, chased a few from places that they
should not have been," almost caught one or two, but scaring the
bejeebers out of them, had been a valuable lesson. "I know their
parents better," since they had all wandered the same taverns, and
A warm chuckle came from the French woman as she sipped her mulled wine.
"The young are wonderful, very energetic, oui?" She was in the
group herself, being some 22 summers old.
Charlie grinned, "wonderful until they start asking what
their Fathers did at the taverns and the like," though Charlie told
the truth. She polished it some what, because men will be men, and their
secrets were safe with her, and had been for many years. "They
look for adventure and that in itself keeps one young I think," of
course having Charlie tag along meant a lot of adventure with a twist of
"Oui, they will." There was a smile with a distinctly sad
taint to it, her blue green eyes fixed on her mug. It lingered for
long moments, before she moved to yet another subject. "Can
you tell me something of the royalty here, mam'selle Charlie?
I hear there is a queen...is there also a king?"
Charlie nodded her head, "yes there is ..Lahoneee, though I seldom
think of her as a queen, we use to run together to the tavern, to see
what trouble we could find," she mused, continuing. "Karl is
her king, and a very nice man. Very private, but still he has a sense of
humor," he had too. "They are good people and very fair in
dealing with those that make their kingdom .."
Sadie, fresh from a bath, sort of slid down the stairs, stockinged feet
bumping from one tread to the next without much lift. Visiting her old
patients all day had been both lovely and a little heartbreaking, babies
she'd delivered were already in school. Emotionally and physically
tuckered, stepped into the main room with damp curls and a stifled yawn.
Blonde brows rose up high, though a smile curled her lips. "A queen
who visits taverns? Oh, trés audace, oui?" Laughing softly.
"In France, such a thing would not happen. The arrival of the
woman she had seen in here once before brought a smile and a welcoming
nod from the Frenchwoman. "Bonsoir, mam'selle.
That had Charlie smiling more, "a good ruler has lived as their
people, in all aspects of life," she turned her head to the
appearance of Sadie. "Evening ma'am," smiling and waving
lazily from the hearth ...
Evony turned a surprised look to Charlie, thinking of all the terrible
things she herself had been forced to escape, because rulers could not
or would not do such a simple formula. She could see how it would
work to make the ruler sympatico with the people. She smiled, and
nodded. "Oui, c'est si bon."
"Bonjou." Sadie flashed a lazy smile at the two women. As she
liked company and was insanely nosy she'd likely join them. As soon as
she had some hot tea and a plate of food, that was.
Charlie had seen the same thing herself, how the privileges did not fall
down to the people, and the attitude of the rulers, as if they were
deserving of all things, "It is a good place here, as you learned
when you came looking for a room and a hot meal," by taking care of
her people, Lah earned respect and much more from those who lived in the
"I am really starting to see this, mam'selle Charlie, with the help
of people like you, and for which I am most grateful." A warm smile
for the older woman, before her eyes went to the other woman at her
greeting. "It is a very cold night, oui?"
"Too right," Sadie's changeable accent easily carried. She
leaned at the bar, robbing one foot along the calf of the opposite leg.
While she wasn't sporting shoes she did have on perfectly respectable
leathers and a white linen shirt. "But you two seem to know how to
keep warm." She turned to pass her order to Alex. Happy to slouch
against the bar while she waited for him to fill it.
Charlie did not mind another pair of feet on the hearth, she was
enjoying the heat, never quite warm enough herself, but she was willing
to share. It was so cold that Charlie had left Ears in his warm barn
with the other animals... "Best seat in the house, of course"
gesturing to the nice fire that they were enjoying .." looks like
you could use some quiet comfort," though quiet for Charlie was
As Evony was currently wearing her red sable fur coat, it was a very
good point that Sadie made. She chuckled, and finally feeling warm
enough, she pulled the fur from her shoulders and draped it on the chair
next over. Her gloves and hat already occupied that spot. She was
attired in a long wool riding habit of forest green, which highlighted
her eyes nicely. Black leather riding boots went up to her knees below
the long skirting of her habit. "I have learned, mam'selle, that
this place is an easy one to get warm in, non? I am Evony Jolie,
and this is Mam'selle Charlie. What appellation may we call you
The back of Sadie's hand stifled another yawn, so she couldn't help but
laugh and nod. "Feeling too lazy for anything else. "Shame,
that." Sadie's grin was lightning and sunshine. "A pleasure
t'meet you both. I'm Sadie Badeau." With an accent leaning heavily
on France and Australia with a lovely dash of who-knew-what thrown in.
Charlie waved her hand at the introduction, at some point in time, every
one had heard of her, "salutations and welcome to our fire,"
she grinned ...
Evony looked in somewhat perplexed manner for a moment at Sadie, the
accent something she could not place or parse out the sources of. The
French changed to something else, and she could not place it. It
was not important, though, merely a curiosity. She smiled warmly at the
woman who was clearly tired. "Well, do come and sit over here
where the fire is so toasty, hmm? You look tired..?" A lead
in for the other, if she wanted it.
Sadie certainly had, but then she'd lived here a number of years ago.
With plate in one hand and tea in another she joined them. "Thank
you," in answer to Evony as she did indeed join them. She actually
moaned as she settled into a chair, closing her eyes. "Got t'get a
horse if I'm going to traipse about the countryside." She opened
sea-glass green eyes and grinned. "Decided to spend the day walking
it like a great fool." Hence the lack of shoes. She wiggled her
toes then tucked her legs up under her, balancing her plate on one knee.
"You picked a cold day for walking, though it is always good for
the body." Charlie did a lot of walking when it was too cold, not
wanting to leave Ears in the cold nay longer then necessary,
"hopefully your walkabout was worth the effort?"
Evony chuckled at the other woman as she wiggled her toes, and settled
in. Taking another sip of her warm mulled wine, she let Sadie have
a few moments to take a few bites before she spoke again.
Sadie smiled around her mouthful of food, swallowed. "Saw some old
patients, so it was worth it." She lifted her cup to take a sip,
then said, "I used to be a doctor here. Well, I'm still a doctor, I
just haven't been here." Clear, right?
Blonde brows rose up, Evony's eyes looking both surprised and delighted.
"Oh, how merveilleux! So rare is it, a woman doctor.
Magnifique!" She nodded her head in respect to the woman.
Charlie nodded her head, a doctor was always welcome in places,
"well then if all was well, it made for a good day."
Sadie smiled at Evony. Yes, and here it wasn't such a problem as in
other places. A good enough reason in itself to return. "Mais ouis.
But I've interrupted your conversation and I bet it was better than
fevers and aching bones."
"Umm loves and the royal family." Charlie mused, and in that
order too, after horses of course. "It was just easy conversation,
as Evony is still learning the area and people."
"Best people I've ever known." She nodded and blonde curls,
not well pinned, bobbed.
"Indeed." Agreeing with Charlie. "You did not interrupt,
not at all." Smiling, she sipped again, and offered something of
her new experience in case the woman needed an idea of where to go.
"I have only yesterday bought a horse. He is a fine animal. I
got him at the McDonough ranch, if you are interested in purchasing one,
Charlie hummed agreement, she had told Evony that too, "indeed ..
generous people.." listening to Evony speak of her horse, smiling,
any woman that spoke so of a horse was aokay in her books ...
"McDonough's I imagine?" Sadie grinned as she overlapped with
Evony. "I do. Didn't have one last I was here, but I'm thinking I
should have one this time.
"Oui, that is the place." Laughing softly at the cross in
conversation, she sipped again at her mulled wine. It was almost gone,
and the food that Sadie had looked good. She rose up, to move in the
direction of the bar. "Mam'selle Charlie, may I get you a refill,
as I am going that way?"
She shook her head, "no I am good thank you," eventually she
would wander off to check on Kenneth, since it was so cold ..
"Very well." A warm smile to the woman, and then she was
looking at the menu on the bartop, after smiling at Alex.
The steak and kidney pie was fantastic. Between talking Sadie was eating
"Rory has good stock, and he breaks them well," with out
breaking their spirits. "I imagine he could find one suitable for a
doctor," she mused..
"Oh, yes, Alex, I will have the Pork cutlets, sil vous plait. And
another mulled wine. It was very tasty!" She smiled again at him,
and then turned to face the others while he got the order for her,
"Oh, yes, he was amazing! I saw him breaking a mare, and he was so
gentil! Firm, but gentil, you know? He did not care to ruin and
subjugate her. It was the thing that told me I was in the right
"I don't know horses as well as I do people, but I'd trust his
reputation." Sadie took a sip of her tea. "Do you? Know
horses, not people. I imagine your good with those though." Sadie
looked over to Evony with another quick grin. "Handsome and gentle,
then, if memory serves." Inveterate flirt, she appreciated men
often quite vocally.
On a cold slippery night as this, there was only one way to get to the
tavern for a meal. Especially since he was coming from the tree house
built down at the lake. He no longer stayed there but visited it
frequently to check on the status of the vortex that hadn't open yet. He
came down in a whoosh of black wings striped in white and blue. Oh,
those stripes had their purpose too. Once landed he beat them hard,
having the snow all around to rush up in a dazzling whirl played off by
the dim lights from the street to shimmer.
"I have both horses and mules, I prefer the mule to any
thing," which was like Charlie herself. Charlie gurgled with
laughter, "they are all handsome .." she mused ..
The man gave her her plate of food and her mug of hot mulled wine in
short order, and she thanked him before moving back to her chair before
the hearth. A surprised look flickered in her eyes at Sadie's words
about herself, and then again about the description of Rory. She gave a
little chuckle. "He is a very prepossessing man, oui. His eyes are
all for his lovely wife, though, and his petit son." A soft smile
of enjoyment on her face at the memory of the happy family, she settled
in her chair and began to eat without commenting on her knowledge of
horses or people.