Deadwood: Life in the Black Hills

Shot 3: Trials and Tribulations

Paul noticing most of the bar’s employees and Miss Kate are out asks Logan where everyone has gone off too. Logan stating she’s teaching them how to be more ladylike and the boys are there so they know how to eat and use manners in a refined way. Paul says he’s thankful the man clarified since he reminds Logan on how Miss Kate killed a man the previous week when he was rude to her. A few hours later while assisting at the bar Logan sides up next to Paul motioning at the men who just came in spreading out. Stating they could be trouble and might possibly rob the place Logan went silent before asking Paul what he wanted to do since he had a share in the bar and if the place get wrecked he was out of his share. It was news to Paul but he figured it was the neighborly thing to introduce himself to the one in charge and see if they wanted a drink.

Salutations seemed to be lost on the man since he was mostly here to find out what low down sneaky man actually killed his brother since rumors he was shot down by Miss Kate seemed to just be some lie thought up to make Jimmy the Kid look… well like just a kid. Freddy Jackson the older brother to Jimmy stated his brother’s Tito and Michael were coming to town and for the most part it was a courtesy to let Paul as a man of the cloth and the good people of the town that the Jacksons were going to raze the town and salt the earth and to let Miss Kate know they were gunning for her. Paul commented on the fact that it wasn’t very neighborly to just come into town and declare it the future site of a tumbleweed farm. He was also interested in this ‘Tito’ Jackson since it sounded like a rather unique name. Freddie explained it was Italian on his mother’s side. Paul just mouthed oh before Freddie reminded him that the bible did say to go forth and be ‘fruitful’ and his father was a man that took certain parts of the good book seriously. Paul nodded remarking that indeed a quote from Genesis could be seen that way. With a final warning being in town was going to be mighty hard for the living soon Freddie and his four henchman walking out and Paul went back to cleaning glasses and mentioning to Logan that could have probably gone better.

Paul probably got about two glasses cleaned before the sound of glass shattering out front could be heard, with a grumble and slapping down his rag he went out front. It was Freddie’s gang, they weren’t tossing rocks at the windows like Paul had thought, they were tossing glass bottles of kersen at the bar. Freddie explained that as the location his brother was murdered the place needed to be lite a blaze to honor him. Paul took off his hat and wondered aloud if Jimmy had Scandenaian heritage which just seemed to rile up Freddie more since he said all the people inside plus the bar were going up. Out of respect for Paul being a man of the cloth he gave him the option of either being shot outright or going back inside and burn.

Paul sighed and put his hat back on, closing the front doors to the bar Paul stayed outside, he reminded Freddie most people assumed men of the cloth often were quick to turn the other cheek in this situation if Paul did it wouldn’t be his cheek that was being turned. He also reminded Freddie that God was a forgiving God just as much as he was a vengeful one. Paul would want to resolve the dispute peacefully but since Freddie stated he was going to smoke a cigar while he boys finished up and then set the place ablaze Paul gave him a counter offer after he prayed, to see if his threat of violence and destruction was stronger than Paul’s faith. If he really wanted to try and burn down the bar he could try. If it was meant to be it was meant to be though. But if it didn’t burn maybe it was because God didn’t want it to burn. Freddie’s men laughed as well as Freddie himself as they backed away and he flicked his cigar into a puddle of kersene. When the fire didn’t spread eveyrone stopped laughing after a few seconds and things got quiet. All eyes from inside were shoved up against the windows since Paul had offered to let the bar and it’s patrons burn.

Asking for a time out Paul went over and checked the cigar puffing on it to make sure it still had embers in it. After coughing for a bit since he didn’t smoke he got a puff of smoke and restuck the cigar to the kerosene and moved it around a bit before coming back and shrugging on the front steps looking at Freddie in the street with his surprised men before putting out the cigar.

Freddie declared Paul wasn’t a man of God but he was probably working with the Devil and everyone knows the Devil can control fire. Paul remarked that was a pretty good counter arguement if he wasn’t actually a man of God. He did remind Freddie that the flaw in the logic would mean everyone inside the bar was living a good life and walking the straight and narrow and by working for the Devil he just prevented a lot of people form going to Heaven. He also reminded him he was a man of the cloth not naive or stupid. If the people inside were going to burn it was going to be in the future and from fires a lot hotter than a few bottles of keresene and a cigar. Freddie had left his message and Paul though it the welcome and hospitality had been warn down enough. He could come back again Paul told him and they’ll leave the light on for him. Paul muttered that would be a good slogan for the church when it was built.

Paul explained he wasn’t really a man that got pushy but he prayed summoning up a small twister that grew rapidly in size picking up dirt and debris, tossing the remains of the kersene bottles and cigar into the windstorm as it kicked up spead gave it a bright feiry ripple effect as the tornado danced down the street with fire lashing out at time chasing Freddie and his men out of town. Which in truth wasn’t that far. Seeing Al Wilson on his bar’s porch Paul tipped his hat, reminding him church services were on Sunday Paul went back inside whistling ‘This little light of mine". Everyone paid their tab that night after seeing what had happened at Kate’s bar.

Meanwhile Kate and her crew were actually not out leaning and practicing manners but planning out a robbery on the highway. With the ladies out in the open with what looked like a broken wagon dressed in nun outfits that most of the girls remarked on showed a lot more than just a bit of neck and ankle to make them quite revealing even for ladies that weren’t nuns the supply wagons stopped with two of the hired guns coming over to investigate. Explaining they were broke down and needed help distracted most of the men before the attack happened. After the wheel was fixed and two of the hired guns admired their work Kate’s shotguns let everyone know it was time for the hold up. With one of the girls stabbing a man up through his lower jaw into his brain another shot a scrambling driver. Patience unloaded her shotgun on a guy almost dead. With most of the girls attacking or having killed someone in six seconds Kate turned to see one of the hired guns heavily wounded with his gun out, the lone living driven taking off with a knife in his shoulder screaming and two hired guns on horseback drawing their weapons.

Kate let the boy know it was time for them to shoot since it had been ladies first or they were just slow.


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