The Good, the Mad, and the Undead
EPISODE I: Silverton-Shining Beacon of the West
It's early October, 1865 and people are starting to settle down from the Civil War that ended just months ago. More people are moving out west to start over, while others are just looking for way way to make money.
The boom town of Silverton, New Colovada Territory is teeming with the hustle and bustle of a western silver & gold mining town. The good people of this town are doing quite well and their pockets are practically overflowing with wealth. Silverton is nestled up next to the mountains on the west with the crystal blue Los Anda River just to the south of town.
Big Jake Callahan is the man with a plan. He owns most of the town of Silverton including the First Bank of Silverton, Gritty Glass Saloon, and the Callahan Mining Company. He is a rather husky man of 41 years of age with big ambitions. He's been here for the last 23 years and has made Silverton what it is today. The townfolk of Silverton think of him as a protective & gracious father...always looking out for their best interests. He lives at a large estate just southwest of town near the mines. He's always looking for honest men to work for him in his mines or establishments.
On this bright sunny day in early October, 1865 a several men come riding into town and head into the Gritty Glass Saloon to inquire about a job at the mines. The first to enter is Eric Danforth, a tall man carrying a rifle. He walks up to the bar, gets a drink, and sits down at an empty table in the corner. Next Colton "Deuce" Douglas, a well-dressed skinny man with a sparkle in his eye and cards in his hand, saunders into the saloon looking for his next big payoff. The saloon doors swing open and in walks Hank Billingsley, a rugged looking man with a bald head, scars on his face, and a smell of black powder. The saloon doors swing open again and "Mad" Hank O'Hara, a young man dressed in skins & a coon-skinned cap, backs into the room looking quite nervous. The young man makes his way to the bar and jabbers on about ghosts, zombies, & graveyards from up north. And finally Cash Downing , a quiet dark-skinned fellow, comes down from the second floor balcony and approaches the bar for a bottle of whiskey.
All of those who inquire about a job at the mine are told that a man by the name of Alucious Pike, Callahan's second in charge, visits the Gritty Glass at about this time every night. At about that time another man enters the saloon wearing a long black dustercoat and carrying a shotgun. He is particularly tall and made of muscle. Patrons of the bar walk up to the man, shake his hand and offer to buy him drinks. He walks up to the bar and the bartender gestures in the direction of the men who have been asking about the job. He introduces himself as Alucious Pike and discusses the mines with them. He tells them that he should meet him and Mr. Callahan at the Mining Office at the south end of town next to the First Bank of Silverton tomorrow morning to continue the discussion. The fellas leave the saloon and seek lodging for the night, among other things.
In the morning Mad Hank, Cash, Eric, and Deuce find themselves at Molly's Eatery of Home Cooking for breakfast. They enjoy a delcious meal despire an episode with yelling & molasses. Bald Hank meets up with them on the way to the mining office while Deuce goes to buy a new gun at the gunsmith. They meet with Callahan and Pike and are offered jobs at the new mining site where a fresh vain of silver has been found. They are offered $5 a week with a bonus at the end of the month if everything goes well. Callahan invites them to his estate for dinner and to finalize the agreement.
As they're exiting the office they notice someone trying to exit the bank next door, but gets pulled back inside. Across the street from the bank, on the third floor of the hotel, there is a rifle sticking out of an open window pointed down the street in their direction. Cash heads off toward the hotel to investigate, Eric walks across the street to watch while the Hanks head off to the front doors of the bank. Bald Hank knocks on the door and is met with a reounding "Bank's Closed!" Mad Hank, thinking that the bank is now filled with zombies, drops to the floor and mocks the "zombies" inside. Bald Hank goes around the side of the bank and sees that there are 4 men inside pointing guns at people laying on the floor while another scraggly looking man is waving his guns at a bank teller and spitting a lot. Mad Hank decides that the best course of action would be to burn the bank down with the zombies inside, so he runs off down an alley or two to look for some firewood. Eric follows after Bald Hank behind the bank and notices a teenager watching all of this unfold and Eric decides to chase after him with no avail.
Meanwhile, Deuce, waiting for an opportunity to meet Callahan, has been watching all of this from across the street and doesn't get what all of the fuss is about. So he heads off to the corner of the bank and sees what's going on in the bank. At about that time, Mad Hank comes crawling across the front of the bank with his firewood and is trying to not make a sound. Realizing that he's got no tender, heads toward Deuce who then proceeds to the back of the bank. Bald Hank finds 4 horses behind the bank and starts to lead them off away from the bank. The men come out of the bank ithrough the back door and are suprised to find their horses being led away. They raise their guns and head toward Bald Hank. The scraggly looking leader goes off in the other direction.
In the hotel across the street, Cash finds the room where the rifle was, busts down the door and finds no one in the room but hears sounds from next door. He finds the man and chases after him down the stairs with whip in hand.
Will Cash catch up to the lone gunman?
Will our heroes make it out alive and save the day?
Will Mad Hank ever gain his sanity back?
Will the Sherriff & his Deputies ever show up?
Will the Molasses ever come out of the darn jar?
Find out this Friday in the next episode of......
The Good, the Mad, and the Undead.