(IC) The Train Station.   Posted by Game Master.Group: 0
Game Master
 GM, 6 posts
Mon 26 Feb 2018
at 20:32
(IC) The Train Station

Several people await the train to come into the station. Some people rest on some benches. Other people read newspapers and mingle. A old man sits behind a desk, wiping off his spectacles. It looks like he works here as well. Some people walk up to him, conversing and then turn to leave as he puts them back on. He then grabs another newspaper and begins to read it. Every so often, some people go down some steps and dissapear around a corner. New people enter from the same spot and go over to the man. One person seems to argue with him, getting flustered. A woman appoaches, resting her hand upon his shoulder. He pulls away and they go to a seperate area. Its hard to tell if he has calmed down. There is about ten people here, three woman and seven men. They don't seem to really know eachother besides the two seen before. Some converse here and there to be civil. Some just keep to themselves.

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Siobhan McCormmick
 School Teacher, 5 posts
Wed 28 Feb 2018
at 01:53
(IC) The Train Station
     Siobhan had been sitting and reading a book of short stories by Mark Twain when she noticed the slight kerfuffle between the bespectacled man and the woman.  She watched them move away and glanced around the room at the other passengers.  It had been a long ride from Chicago, and no one had come as far as she had.

     Pausing a moment, she pulled a folded want ad from the back of her book.  It was advertising for a school teacher in a small town out west, and had very basic instructions on how to get there.  She'd been traveling for three days, and had changed trains twice.  St. Mary's was where she would catch the last train to her destination.

     Someone laughed in a corner, and she glanced that direction nervously.  She was still 'on the run' after all.  Just when she started to feel comfortably far enough away from her parents and wannabe fiance, she started to worry that someone was hot on her heels.  Anyone could be a cop or a bounty hunter, looking to catch her and drag he back to Albany.

     Siobhan closed her eyes and took a deep breath, reminding herself there was no way anyone looking for her could have caught up this fast.  No one even knew she'd been going to Chicago, and she headed out West as quickly as she could.

     Putting the advertisement into the back of her book, she turned back to her place and continued reading quietly.  The next train should come soon, and soon she'd be on her way to a new life.
Zacharias Walker
 Deputy, 6 posts
Wed 28 Feb 2018
at 07:26
(IC) The Train Station
Stepping the train platform, Zacharias "Stonethrow" Walker was about to intervene in the squabble between the train man and the fussy looking passenger. But then the fussy man's obviously long suffering wife, or whatever, distracted him.
Durned fool.  As if the ticket taker could reach out and pull the train closer.
Rushing a train was like rushing a herd of cattle.  A helluva lot more trouble than It was worth.
He walked to one corner, glad that he wouldn't have to try to keep.the peace before he was even sworn in as a county deputy.  He looked down the tracks, for the train that would take him to his next job.  Hopefully this one would take a bit better.  He knew that looking for the train was a waste of time, but he couldn't help himself.  Though used to long, uneventful cattle drives, he was also impatient, in his way.

One passenger caught his eye.  She was a pretty little thing, with the look of a refined tenderfoot from back east.   Still, there was something about her, the way she looked around nervously.
He chuckled to himself.  If he didn't know better, he'd have thought she was on the run from the law or something.
More'n likely, he mused, some no account bruiser had bothered her.  A woman, especially a pretty one, traveling alone, was vulnerable to the worst kind of men.
He kept his distance,  to be polite, but resolved to keep an eye on the young filly.
Game Master
 GM, 14 posts
Thu 1 Mar 2018
at 01:13
(IC) The Train Station
A few moments later, the train pulls up to the station. The conductor comes out as well as some of the train people. Some of them help out the elderly and the ones with a decent amount of luggage onto the train. A few moments later, two of the train people walk up to Siobhan and Zach, asking for their tickets and if they need anything. Slowly people make their way into the train, each of whom are asked for their tickets as well.
Siobhan McCormmick
 School Teacher, 6 posts
Thu 1 Mar 2018
at 03:11
(IC) The Train Station
     Hearing the train approaching, Siobhan stowed her book in her satchel and stood up carefully.  She adjusted her hat and brushed off her dress as she waited for the conductor to come around with the porters.  She smiled brightly when she was approached and offered her ticket.

     "Hello, Gentlemen.  I have this one steamer trunk, if someone would be so kind as to put it aboard for me.  Will we be assigned seating, or may we sit anywhere we like.  I'm partial to a rear car to keep away from the engine smoke, if possible," she said politely.
Zacharias Walker
 Deputy, 9 posts
Thu 1 Mar 2018
at 13:12
(IC) The Train Station
Having only one bag, Zach walked into the train after showing his ticket.  He moved to the back as well, to keep an eye on the lady, just in case.
He had been traveling for a while, and was happy to rest for a spell.
Game Master
 GM, 15 posts
Thu 1 Mar 2018
at 15:04
(IC) The Train Station
"Ma'am you can sit where you would like. And we can handle it." The two of them grab either side of the trunk and put it in the storage area of the train. The conductor waits to see if anyone else is coming aboard. The take the tickets and once the station looks secure and no one is getting on, the train starts to move slowly and surely."ALL ABOARD!" The conductor yells out.


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Zacharias Walker
 Deputy, 10 posts
Thu 1 Mar 2018
at 20:48
(IC) The Train Station
Zacharias settled into his seat, trying not to look out of place or overwhelmed.  He had never traveled by train much.   For his family, it was just too much of a luxury, and the trains didn't go most places they were headed.
It was a marvelous contraption though, if a bit smelly,  and he felt a little in awe of the huge machine,  and its way of showing man's dominance over the world
Siobhan McCormmick
 School Teacher, 7 posts
Sat 3 Mar 2018
at 18:57
(IC) The Train Station
     With a friendly nod, Siobhan thanked the men and headed for the back of the train.  She took the attendant's hand as he helped her up the stairs, then moved near the back of the car and found an empty seat on the right.  She liked to watch the wilderness, even when they were in a town, and she'd found that most stations were on a train's left.

     Going through her satchel again, she pulled out her book and a handfan.  Then she closed the bag and put it under the seat.  Adjusting her dress and all it's ruffles, she settled into the seat and settled back as best she could.

     This was it, the last leg of her journey and the first day of the rest of her life.  She'd read so much about the excitement of life out West, and the friendliness of small towns.  A teacher would be a valuable commodity, and she looked forward to making her own way for once.  Growing up rich had always bored her, and she was eager for a chance to live simply, while also distancing herself from those that would force her back into the bondage of marriage.

     With a heavy sigh, she returned to her book as the train got ready to move.
Game Master
 GM, 17 posts
Sat 3 Mar 2018
at 20:20
(IC) The Train Station
The train moves along its tracks. It leaves the town and heads into the west. Nothing seems to happen for some time. One of the train staff walks by, offering the woman and man some wine (I assume they are in the same area). They are also offered a meal as well. Several people are talking, conversing amongst themselves. Outside, its a beautiful day. Night begins to fall a few hours later.


Siobhan McCormmick
 School Teacher, 9 posts
Sat 3 Mar 2018
at 22:13
(IC) The Train Station
     After finishing her book and having a little wine, Siobhan started to feel a bit of a chill as night fell.  She stood and went for her satchel to retrieve a shawl, but the train lurched as she stood, and she stumbled.  Catching herself on the next chair over, she came face to face with the other man in the car with her.  Straightening up with a chuckle, she checked her hat to make sure it hadn't come loose from her hair.

     "Gracious, I must have stood up to fast.  I'll have to be more careful.  I hope I didn't disturb you, Mister ..." she said, letting the question linger.

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Zacharias Walker
 Deputy, 12 posts
Sat 3 Mar 2018
at 23:46
(IC) The Train Station
Zacharias finished his meal, and while he didn't really enjoy the wine (he was more of a whiskey with a beer chaser kind of guy) he drank what was in front of him, knowing that food and drink were sometimes hard to come by.
Looking out the window, he enjoyed the passing landscape.  It was speeding by so fast, though it was hard to really appreciate it.  Usually the only time he was moving this fast was on a horse, and rarely had time to appreciate the landscape, as much as he concentrated on riding.
He noticed something odd in the distance, as night fell, and moved to leave his seat to find a porter, when the pretty Eastern lass stood and stumbled.  The delicate thing had let her wine go to her head, it seemed.
Zacharias moved quickly, with the instincts of a gunslinger, and had his hands out to catch her, but she recovered well enough on her own.
He smiled at her, with a friendly nod.
"Nothin' to be ashamed of, ma'am.  These new fangled trains take some getting used to, I'd reckon.
Mah name's Walker, ma'am.  Zacharias Walker.   Mah friends called me 'Stonethrow', but a lady of quality like yerself can call me Zacharias, or just Zach, if'n you'd prefer. "

He looked out the window again.
"Beggin' yer pardon, ma'am, but I need to go talk to the porters, just fer a moment."
Siobhan McCormmick
 School Teacher, 10 posts
Sun 4 Mar 2018
at 01:18
(IC) The Train Station
     Siobahn smiled and nodded.  "Thank you for your assistance, Mr. Walker.  Please, don't let me hold you up," she sad, stepping aside so he could move off.

     She glanced after him as he went, noticing the gun at his hip.  A lawman perhaps?  He didn't seem to be from back East, but she would have to be careful just in case.  She retrieved her shawl and slipped back into her seat, pretending to doze but keeping one eye loosely open to watch this 'Zach.'
Zacharias Walker
 Deputy, 13 posts
Sun 4 Mar 2018
at 03:03
(IC) The Train Station
Zach smiled at her, a big Texas style grin.
"Thank you kindly, ma'am.  I'll be back in a bit to continue our discussion.  It's always good to meet new people, after all."

He turned and headed up towards the front of the train, to find a porter, or an engineer.
Game Master
 GM, 18 posts
Sun 4 Mar 2018
at 21:35
(IC) The Train Station
A porter is giving a young man and woman some tea as he is approached by Walker. He turns towards the man, and smiles."Hello. Is there something I can help you with? And it would be good if you were in your seat. Bumpy ride and all."

In the passenger car, some of the people has fallen asleep. A female porter comes around, asking if they could be place into the sleeping area. Some leave with her but some awaken and shake their heads.
Zacharias Walker
 Deputy, 14 posts
Sun 4 Mar 2018
at 21:52
(IC) The Train Station
Zach nodded to the man
"I don't mean to bother you none,  sir, but I saw movement to the side of the train as the sun was settin'.   They Might just be some boys chasin' the train fer fun, but it might be trouble, too.  Ya might want to have folks lookin' about for anything suspicious. "
Siobhan McCormmick
 School Teacher, 11 posts
Wed 7 Mar 2018
at 01:24
(IC) The Train Station
     When the female porter approached her about sleeping accomodations, Siobhan paused and thought for a moment.  "How much longer until we reach Purgatory?" she asked.
Game Master
 GM, 19 posts
Wed 7 Mar 2018
at 03:50
(IC) The Train Station
"I see. Probably some people just following the train. Curious maybe. But alright, I will see to it. Return to your seat sir. Thank you." The male porter smiles at Zach.

Meanwhile, the female porter tilts her head."Sometime tommorow. If we keep up the pace, probably in the morning. Need anything?"
Zacharias Walker
 Deputy, 15 posts
Wed 7 Mar 2018
at 03:56
(IC) The Train Station
Zach headed back to his seat, grabbing some food and drink along the way, if he could.
Siobhan McCormmick
 School Teacher, 12 posts
Thu 8 Mar 2018
at 21:52
(IC) The Train Station
     Siobhan nodded at the information.  "Thank you, but no.  I'm fine.  I'm much more content to rest sitting up than to try to lie down in this corset, or to bother removing it in the first place."
Game Master
 GM, 21 posts
Fri 9 Mar 2018
at 22:40
(IC) The Train Station
Some time passes. Suddenly, what sound like gunfire comes from the rear of the train. Several shots can be heard. People duck down, seeming to be afraid. A woman and her child look up from a set of chairs and her eyes open wide as she is flung back and hits the ground as she get hit by some random gunfire. Her eyes stare up at Sio, eyes lifeless. A bullet hole in the center of her forehead. Her child screams and wails in her arms. Someone on horseback rides up to the train, with a pistol of some type and aims it up at the passenger train!
Siobhan McCormmick
 School Teacher, 13 posts
Fri 9 Mar 2018
at 22:48
(IC) The Train Station
     Shocked awake by the gunfire, Siobahn drops off her seat and gets to the floor as best she can.  Hearing more shots, and then seeing the woman fall dead at her feet, she gasps in horror.  She reaches for the child and tries to quickly pull it out of the aisle and to temporary safety.

     "Hush, there little one.  It's all right," she whispers, cradling the child in her arms and staying below the windows.

     "Help!  Somebody help!" she shouts.
Zacharias Walker
 Deputy, 18 posts
Sat 10 Mar 2018
at 03:38
(IC) The Train Station
Unable to find more than a biscuit to munch on,  Zach had returned to the passenger car in a somewhat foul mood.
He was somewhat surprised by the gunfire, but was alsonjalf expecting it, having seen the suspicious movement before.
He was more than happy to take.out his frustrations on someone who deserved it.

Moving quickly to an open window, he took a shot at the unknown gunman
Benjamin Mueller
 Carpenter, 2 posts
 Widower
 Carpenter / Wainwright
Sun 11 Mar 2018
at 23:33
(IC) The Train Station
Ben, of course, wasn't used to accommodations like this. He had always lived particularly frugal, a trait picked up by his exceedingly frugal mother reining in his father. But, seeing as this was his first, and possibly last, trip on a train, he'd splurged just a little bit and bought tickets to the actual passenger car. Even though he had only purchased one ticket, he had the whole bench to himself, something he was thankful for. A man as big as him needed a little room to spread out. Thank goodness he'd been able to fit all of his tools into two steamer trunks, otherwise he would have been much more worried. But his carpentry supplies were carefully padded with clothes and the two huge trunks were stowed in the luggage compartments, putting his mind at least mostly at ease. He could hear people around him, talking and laughing in distant murmurs he wasn't paying attention to. The woman with her baby only made him grimace and turn away, his eyes closing. He reached up and slowly rubbed his shoulder, feeling the burn scars beneath the fabric. It still hurt sometimes. The doctor reckoned it would always hurt, especially in the winter. He tried not to think about it as much as possible.

It was hard not to think about it, knowing that St. Louis was so far behind him and only getting farther. He grimaced again as the child laughed about something. He kept quiet, though, not about to say anything, and pulled his hat a little lower over his eyes as he pressed himself back into the bench seat. He could feel the cool steel of his revolver on his hip; he was a dreadful shot, but what kind of man would he be without a side arm? Especially when traveling. It was just too dangerous.

As if to punctuate his thoughts, the sharp sound of gunfire rang out, and Ben's eyes popped open sharply. A body hit the floor, and people were screaming. Despite his lack of skill with a gun, he leaped to his feet, grey eyes wild like a storm as he jumped immediately into action. His pain in his shoulder forgotten, he moved forward quickly and knelt down heavily behind the window, shielding what he assumed was a woman and her child. "Stay down, ma'am," he advised Siobahn, his voice not a shout but quite firm, blocking their view of the corpse and hopefully keeping them apart from any gunmen that came up behind them. He drew his weapon, and his eyes spottted the horse drawing up beside the train, and righteous anger floods his body. He took aim, prayed in silence, and fired, not at the gunman, but at his horse. Much bigger target, and the desired result of getting him away from the train would be much the same.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:34, Sun 11 Mar 2018.