Heather O`Roarke Posted December 28, 2014 Share Posted December 28, 2014 Sacramento Valley (California), late April, 1849, early evening Spring had come to the valley, down the river delta. Ice in the mountain had thawed, swelling the rivers, and bringing with it new rocks and shiny things. Word had spread throughout the America's of the fields of gold in California, just newly required by the United States as a territory, but here were the pioneers that had taken up that challenge to fail, and fail again at finding that elusive wealth. The dominating colour, next to the fresh green of new leaves, was that of yellow mud, covering everything from wagons to the canvas of the tents. In the middle of the miner's camp, for lack of a saloon, stood a large tent that proudly proclaimed itself La Catina, serving chili and other local grub, while in the evening some entertainment and liberal amounts of whiskey were served. Inside, commanding the kitchen and ruling with an impressive wooden spoon over a group of rugged laborers that made do as serving wenches, was something rarer than gold in California.. a woman. Her goldenred locks were mostly bound up in a prim bun, though often, in the heat of the moment, curls tended to escape and frame her pinked face. The young woman wore practical muslin dress in some drab colour with a large white kirtle to protect it from the worst of the dirt, giving her an almost matronly appearance even though she was still in her twenties. Her name, together with her sparkling green eyes, easily pronounced her Irish heritage, and with it her famed temper. Heather O'Roarke. The working day was nearly done and the men started to line up to the large iron kettle containing this day's meal, the cook herself presiding over the handing out of the meals, a dollar each, delivered with a slab into the iron bowl that each costumer brought himself, mumbling a greeting to the tired matron who attempted a smile nonetheless. "There ya go Roger, just as you like it with plenty of peppers." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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