Deadwood: Life in the Black Hills

Shot 1: Bartab

A bar owner and a man of a cloth are in a bar

Kate Cassidy finds herself between a rock and a dry spell. The City, if it could be called that, of Deadwood is a rough place and the citizens of the area lead a rough life. She finds herself nursing a Paul Cartwright back to health who comes too screaming and looking around confused since he was knocked unconscious and robbed. Talk of smelling blueberries and wondering what was going on Kate explains as best she could what happened and asked if he needed a place to stay. Since Paul had a pair of boots, a hat, shirt and pants left after being robbed he figured having a place to stay might be a good idea.

Kate’s employees call her away while Paul get’s use to being upright without falling over and getting dressed. They’re curious on what Kate wants to do with the money they robbed off of Paul since she does have debt piled up and they hadn’t been paid for some time. Kate makes the decision to pay off her debts for now and doesn’t have time to figure out what to do with the rest since a commotion starts downstairs. Logan has two men by the collar tossing one to Terry so he can get a hook on the one wiggling around the most. The two hadn’t paid for their drinks and had attempted to just bolt before Logan snagged them he explained to Kate as she came down. Two more were attempting to grab a bottle from behind the bar in the commotion not seeing Kate, or her shotgun leveled at the newer drink and run patron’s barrel. The commotion settled down when the boom and flame from the shotgun exploded shattering the barrel and pelting one of the thief’s legs turning them into mostly what looked like ground hamburger. The other thief dropped to the floor the other screaming about getting his legs blown off (Not really but most of them were).

Terry’s prisoner bolted wondering what would happen to him considering what he had done as Terry pointed and laughed at the sorry soul. Logan made a grab but couldn’t hold onto a wiggling thief and snag the other before they got out the front. Knocking the runner out got Logan free but he like Terry was curious on what to do… much like the other 16 patrons to the bar considering the antics.

In the silence Kate reminded people drinks weren’t free and for the men to drink up since their sorrows won’t drown themselves. By now Paul stumbled down stairs wondering what was going on to see a man almost dead whimpering and shaking. Due to the loss of blood Paul did what any confused man of the cloth would do, convert the non believers and perform a small miracle. Paul was upfront with the man, it didn’t look good. If things didn’t come around the man by the name of John Smith, which he explained was fake, would be meeting his maker. John knew he had a lot of nicks on the what not to do list. He believed in God he explained and he didn’t want to die. Paul laid hands on the man and healed his legs. This got John up hoping and dancing with new found thankfulness for having two working legs. Paul reminded him that although his body was healed his britches hadn’t been and he might want to keep his back to the wall possibly find a new pair of pants or at least get creative with his hat. He’d expect to hear back from him on Sunday since Paul would hold a sermon. The man didn’t care it seemed and started to tell the story as he left to everyone of how he was about to die and how the ‘Preacha man’ put his hands all over his butt and healed him.

Paul’s eyes enlarged and yelled outside he wasn’t touching the man’s rear as much as the story seemed to imply. Scratching his head he muttered of any word of a priest and church in the area was good. Remembering Paul asked Kate if it was fine to hold a service in the bar… since he assumed she was closed Sunday.

As someone busted in and told everyone the other bar in town had drinks half price people started letting out yells and got up to leave. Kate reminded them that her competition watered down his drinks plus it might make you go blind before it made you drunk. Plus her establishment was ‘disease free’ getting some of the men sitting back down while others waved a hand to leave. Those leave wear reminded to pay by Kate as she pat the shotgun in her lap. At the end of the day Kate was thinking. She had four employees plus a man that needed to work off his drinks. She stated she might have to put him behind the bar. Logan couldn’t bartend and chase down everyone drink and runner it seemed. Paul reminded her it might be an idea to err on the side of prudence since making a man known for stealing drinks to be a bartender might cost more than it would make. Terry and Lenny seemed out for Kate since they had gotten into a wrestling match. Asking John Mitchum got her an answer and solution of sorts. He’d bartend for the next week. It would only cost Kate $50. With Paul asked to do the books she had to figure out how to boost her sales considering what her competition was doing, getting the bar going was slowing down her other side projects it seemed. Paul offering to help on how to run a business seemed like a silver lining to the cloud of trouble over her place until he explained except when it came to Alcohol. He wasn’t about to advice anyone on how to slowly kill and condemn each soul to hell one drink at a time since he didn’t think it was right.


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