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#698643 - Fri 17/01/14 15:33 GMT TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only)
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Chay

Heading through the Market Square, Chay glances at the sky which is dark and overcast and matches his mood this morning. A late night last night and an early start this morning, combined with a lack of breakfast, is taking its toll. He doesn't want to admit that he might just be suffering from nerves either. One of the main traits that has gotten him to this stage in his life is his air of confidence, some might say arogance, there is a fine border after all.. but this morning that is more of a front than something he feels.

A new venture, outside his comfort zone but his nervousness has more to do with what is at stake if he fails..

He pulls up his hood as the first few spots of cold rain being to spatter on the cobbles, definite signs of Autumn approaching. He weaves his way easily through market place as folk seek shelter, more sellers than shoppers at present, partly due to the early hour and partly due to hard times. Taxes have increased, people struggling to make ends meet, jobs scarce. Maybe not the best time to launch his new venture.. but then maybe what better time?

Further along he takes a right into Pond Lane, the spatter turning into a more persistent drizzle. Pond Lane is a dirt track and could easily turn to mud if the rain persists. That won't help get the customers in. More signs of hard times as he eyes drift left to the pond. There had been ducks on it not so long ago, he suspects they provided several folk hot meals over the last month or so.

Opening night tonight.

He hopes this works.

He hopes his new staff are already hard at work...

Reaching out a hand, he pushes on the front door and enters The Way Out.


Edited by Gypsy (Fri 17/01/14 17:16 GMT)

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#698653 - Fri 17/01/14 17:21 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Gypsy]
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Amy

As the door opens a cold gust of wind draws the little girl's attention in that direction. She may be young but she can recognise a scowl for what it is, even from this far away. Could spell trouble..

She is standing on a stool, bucket on the floor beside her, cleaning a large round table; the stool is the only way she can reach the middle. She puts her head down and scrubs, holding the brush in both hands. This table like most here were inherited along with the place and badly in need of more than just cleaning, but cleaning will have to do for now.

She has been promised a hot breakfast when she finishes the tables and that is worth waiting for. Her tummy rumbles quietly in anticipation. Two more to go after this one...

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#698656 - Fri 17/01/14 18:34 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Gypsy]
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Serena Mills

The stout woman worked hard at cleaning the windows in the common room. She whistled a happy tune as she scrubbed hard enough to make the glass squeak. Occasionally, she looked over at the young girl, which made her smile.

*That one will make something of herself.* she thought. The little girl had never been afraid of work and she always wanted to do the best she could. Two excellent qualities. of course those were both things that the people who knew her would say about Serena.

She looked over when Chay entered and she gave him a nod but said nothing unless he had questions for her.

Resuming her tune, she moved to the next window.

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#698675 - Fri 17/01/14 23:35 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Nivek]
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Lem

The ale had arrived the previous day. Not the best he’d ever had, but passable. More than passable, truth be told, and likely better than the previous proprietor had offered. The wine had arrived earlier that morning, but he’d left the judging of that to those with a taste for such. Of the mead there was no sign at all and they might have to open without. All of the other essentials were ready and in place.

He nodded at the owner when he walked in.

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#698681 - Sat 18/01/14 02:30 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: J-J Vomact]
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Zach


The door to the kitchen area swung open and Zach came in, a crooked grin on his face like he knew something funny and figured no one else had caught the joke. He moved up behind the little girl and tousled her hair.

"Don't work yourself so hard, Amy girl. You'll make me'n Serena look bad."

He cocked his eyes toward the waitress and chuckled.

"Well, make me look bad anyways."

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#698684 - Sat 18/01/14 02:37 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Exeter]
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Serena

"Bah, don't be filling her head with nonsense you. Hard work be good for the girl. Of course you'd not know anything about that, now would you?" she said giving him a smile and Amy a wink as she continued what she was doing.

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#698689 - Sat 18/01/14 12:10 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Nivek]
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Chay

Observing from the doorway it is not all bad. There is evidence of some hard work and the team seem to be melding. Maybe there is room for some optimism after all.

He strides in making straight for Lem and although he doesn't pause to greet anyone he slips a copper coin onto the table that Amy is cleaning.

"Should have some mead for you this morning. Not too much, only what can be carried on a couple of horses. Sent a couple of riders out yesterday. Got word that the cart had gotten mired on the road from Loriston, shed a wheel and broken an axle. Should be here around lunch time, rest will follow in the next day or two."

As usual Chay is direct and dealing with business straight away. He doesn't explain how he knows what is happening on the road when his riders have yet to return.. but as Lem knows his information is usually good.

"Any other problems?"

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#698691 - Sat 18/01/14 15:12 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Gypsy]
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Lem

The barman nodded at the news about the mead. "Good. If we didn't have it that's all anybody would want. Of course, now that we do..." He left the rest of that unsaid, but if he was a betting man he'd give odds he wouldn't pour a single cup tonight.

He shook his head at the owner's question. "No problems here. As far as the bar goes we could open now if you wanted." No real surprise there: Chay knew Lem was meticulous when it came to planning.

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#698693 - Sat 18/01/14 19:47 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: J-J Vomact]
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Zach


Zach winked at Serena, lightly touched Amy's cheek and then ambled over to where the boss and Lem were talking, as always wanting to know what was going on.

"Who we got doin' the cooking, Boss? There's nobody in the kitchen."

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#698711 - Sun 19/01/14 11:57 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Exeter]
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Amy

Seeing the coin, her eyes light up and she reaches for it quickly, tucking it away before anything happens to it. Her smile follows Chay to the bar.. turns briefly on Zack and then she gets back to scrubbing even harder.


Edited by Gypsy (Sun 19/01/14 11:59 GMT)

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#698713 - Sun 19/01/14 12:05 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Gypsy]
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Chay

He nods to Lem, then turns to answer Zach's question.

"Woman called Marion, used to cook at the Green Serpent a few years back. Husband got sick. She quit to look after him whilst her son went out to work. He died. Isn't she here yet?"

He frowns and turns to look at the door as if he expects her to come through it there and then.

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#698756 - Mon 20/01/14 01:09 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Gypsy]
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Zach


"Probably on her way," he said with a shrug.

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#698872 - Wed 22/01/14 12:18 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Exeter]
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Amy

She finishes the table she had been cleaning and climbs down off her stool, picking it up along with the bucket she moves to the next table. About to start again she realises that the water is both low and not very clean.

She looks over at Serna.

"Going to the kitchen for some more water."

It is an announcement more than a request for permission.

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#698873 - Wed 22/01/14 12:23 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Gypsy]
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Chay

He continues his discussion with Lem, including Zach also.

"I sent the word out to let everyone know we are opening tonight. And I'm going to put a notices in the market place. Couple of the stalls have agreed. The weather isn't helping though. Notices will likely get wet and folk might not want to venture out this evening. Any ideas on how we could get more people in?"

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#698915 - Wed 22/01/14 21:52 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Gypsy]
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Lem

The barman came out from behind the bar, using a stout cane to take a good part of the weight off his right leg as he walked. "Bonfire if the weather allowed," he said. "But since it don't, send a crier out. That might be a good idea even if the weather was better, no tellin' how many folks 'round here can't read."

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#698926 - Thu 23/01/14 00:54 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: J-J Vomact]
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Zach


"We had us a first rate entertainer here and got the word out, now that might help," Zach said with a happy grin.

"I can sing 'n tell stories and play my mouth harp and a little lute."

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#699006 - Fri 24/01/14 01:22 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Gypsy]
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Marion

The front door of the inn creaks open, and a tall woman slips in, pushing the door closed behind her before the wind can seize it. She carries a basket in her left hand, filled with what appears to be fresh produce and a few carefully sealed packets. Pulling the hood back from her face, she nods a greeting to the others in the room, a brief smile appearing on her lips as her gaze settles on Amy.

"Apologies," she says to Chay. "I'd heard that a merchant from Staverley had come in last night, and thought I'd see if he'd brought in any fresh spices."

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#699007 - Fri 24/01/14 01:25 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Halloween Jack]
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Zach


"You must be Marion," he said with a grin and a quick wink.

"I'm Zach, the tavern's new singer and all around entertainer."

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#699008 - Fri 24/01/14 01:35 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Gypsy]
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Marion

"Hmm..." Marion says, a bit doubtfully. "I probably shouldn't have bothered with the spices, then. No one's likely to stay long enough to taste the food. Might help with the liquor sales, though."

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#699009 - Fri 24/01/14 01:51 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Halloween Jack]
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Lem

The barman looked up and was about to say something when the new arrival beat him to it. Instead, he fought to keep a grin from erupting on his face. He had to drop his gaze for a moment to keep from losing that fight.

"Lem," he finally said. "Bar."

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#699025 - Fri 24/01/14 12:12 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: J-J Vomact]
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Chay

He is about to reply to the two men when the door opens drawing his attention. He watches as Marion approaches, his face non-committal.

He listens, noting the apology. Not the best start but the excuse is accepted.. this time. However he almost forgives her when she makes a comment on Zach's capabilities.

"Town crier is a goos idea. I'll go and see to that. As to the entertainment, we don't know yet what our customers are likely to want so don't make it official yet. Lem, your call if you feel the place needs some atmosphere."

He looks back at Marion.

"Kitchen's that way"

He says pointing to a door behind the bar area.

"I'll be back later."

He turns on his heel and strides for the door.

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#699026 - Fri 24/01/14 12:14 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Gypsy]
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Amy

The young girl smiles back at Marion, no trace of shyness there. With bucket in hand she heads for the kitchen to get more hot water from the pot on the kitchen fire.

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#699031 - Fri 24/01/14 13:09 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Gypsy]
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Serena

The woman washing windows took a moment to come greet the newcomer.

"Welcome to the inn. Me name's Serena. Glad to have you among us."

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#699047 - Fri 24/01/14 19:53 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Gypsy]
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Marion

Marion steps aside for Chay, then nods to acknowledge Lem's and Serena's greeting. "It's nice to meet you all." Shifting her basket to her other hand, she starts for the kitchen. "And past time that I got started."

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#699057 - Sat 25/01/14 00:58 GMT Re: TWO - Preparing to Open (Staff only) [Re: Halloween Jack]
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Lem

"Atmosphere," the barman echoed. He couldn't keep the smile off his face this time. "Right."

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