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Two Scots and Dinner | Sunday September 18th, dinner time

Duncan Melville

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Two Scots and Dinner



Settled comfortably on the main street of the town of Windsor, High Street, the Hen's Toes is a neatly turned-out establishment, clearly catering to a more well-mannered class of person than the local country folk. A Tudor façade gives way to a comfortable common room upon first entry, scattered with tables and chairs rather than the more rustic benches that might be found in the local tavern. A roaring hearth dominates the right side of the room, staving off the deep winter chill. A few comfortable chairs accompanied by small side tables offer best access to its warmth. Beside it, a flight of stairs leads up to the floors above, where the sparse but clean guest rooms are located. On the other side of the room, an inconspicuous doorway leads to a private dining room.

Behind the bar one might find either Mr Clarke, a middle aged, stocky man whose rugged demeanour hides his gregarious, jovial nature, or his wife, whose beady eyes keep close eye on all goings on within the establishment.


As agreed upon beforehand, Duncan arrived at the establishment to have dinner with his friend, Captain Douglas Fitzjames. After the viscount’s chat with Lady Alyth, there were several topics that needed to be addressed, the first of which was Fiona’s safety. Duncan considered the MacBains family, and he would not be at ease until that situation was resolved, whether by peaceful means or by blade and shot.

But there were other matters too. First, Cat had seemed tired, too tired. She was not one to ask for help, a true proud daughter of the Highlands, but perhaps Douglas could give the Lowlander a hint or three as to how he could help. Truth be told, Duncan needed to keep himself busy, and helping those he cared for was a far better use of his time than many other endeavours.

As he entered the establishment, Lord Melville went directly to the bar and asked if the private dining room was available. If it was, he would ask that dinner and beverages for two, the best the house offered, were served there. If not, he would choose a table in the common room, as out of earshot from others as possible. He had no preference regarding food, but mulled fruit wine and Highland uisgee were required.

Now, to wait for Douglas to arrive.

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