Sky’s body visibly tensed at the mention of the name ‘Foehammer.’ In an attempt to keep calm she leaned back against the fireplace and closed her eyes for a moment as she replied to Scottie’s question, “Remember back about a year ago? The crazy temperance lady that burned down the New Champagne Rooms?”
After offering a nod Scottie answered, “Well yeah, I was there. I was a part of the mo-“
In that moment Sky’s eyes flew open and she pointed her finger directly at him, as if she was only just now remembering, “YOU were a part of that mob that was going to string her up!” Scottie’s eyes widened in surprise at her reaction. “Ugh, why didn’t you tell me to back off when I took her to the Church for safety?!” Sky growled as she balled her wrapped fists in frustration. One fist came down with a hard thud against the mantle.
Shaking his head in confusion, Scottie offered, “You didn’t want her to get hurt. It seemed the decent thing to do, really.” He watched his wife carefully, it wasn’t often that she spoke of regrets and she even more rarely got so upset.
“Decent,” Sky muttered, bringing up the hand that she had just slammed into the wooden mantle and pulling in a breath as she wrapped the tape tighter around it. “I shoulda let you lot have her. Would have saved the trouble…”
Not able to handle the vagueness any longer, Scottie interrupted, “Trouble? Huh? What’s wrong?”
Sky’s piercing blue eyes met Scottie’s, “She’s back. The battleaxe is back and she visited here just the other day, calling the place ‘wicked’ and threatening to burn it to the ground.” Scottie’s jaw set in a familiar way that showed he was just as displeased as Sky was, if not moreso.
After a moment of silence, Scottie said, “So the Church released her? Another bright idea by the boys in black, eh?” He had never hopped on the bandwagon against the Church of the Builder. He had even attempted to be more sympathetic than most towards them due to Sky having a soft spot for them, but as far as he was concerned they rarely followed through well with a task.
At that point Sky knew exactly what he meant and for once did not offer a sigh or ‘the look’, she simply said, “Yes, they obviously released her…or she broke out. Either way she’s loose about town. I even got word she tried to set fire to the Bucket.”
Scottie shook his head again, but this time in disbelief, “Damn, she really is insane. She needs to be locked up for good.”
“Ha, I actually ran into Underby down in the Gut that same day. We discussed it and he mentioned the possible use of stockades,” Sky’s countenance brightened at the thought as she laughed.
Scottie laughed with her, imagining aloud what that would possibly look like in a town like Babbage. Soon the couple was struggling to breathe from the hilarity of it all. People walking by ‘Cuffs gave them strange looks for making such a ruckus. Eventually, Scottie calmed enough to say, “So I guess we best find this Foehammer woman?”
Sky nodded and wiped the tears from her eyes, “Whew, yep. That and warn all of the other bar and pub owners in town to be on the lookout for her. In a town like this we must be careful of these temperance folks, they are a friend to no one.”