Setting the scene ...

From the outside it didn't look anything special, just like many other country pubs and on the inside the atmosphere seemed very friendly. The woman behind the bar beamed at him as he approached.

"What can I get you?" She asked with a heavy, country accent.

"Just an orange juice, thanks" He replied, "And are you still serving food?"

"Yes, of course" She handed him a small  A4 menu, then turned to get his drink. She returned, in barely no time at all, and placed the drink on the bar in front of him.

"You're not from around here are you?" She asked.

"No" He replied, smiling, "Just visiting a friend. If I can ever find the house that is" He looked at her sheepishly, "You wouldn't happen to know how to get to Gael House from here, would you?

"Sorry" She said, shrugging. "What's the address?"

"Gael House, Brim - that's all I've got" He said.

She looked at him with raised eyebrows. "Not much of an address" She said, "Do they know you're coming?"

"Thought I would surprise them" He replied, "perhaps they really  don't like visitors after all"

The woman laughed, her accent making it sound warm, welcoming and contagious.. He laughed with her.

"Ah well" He lamented, "You don't know if you don't try"

#she looked at him, merriment and fun sparkling in her eyes. "Don't tell me you're giving up that easily" She said, with a hint of mischief in her voice,  "Brim is only the next village, I'm sure we can find someone who can give you directions"

"The NEXT village" He said, his voice raising with incredulation. He checked himself. "Sorry" He said, more quietly,  "I thought this was Brim. I've been driving around these roads for ages."

She laughed at him again. Then reached out and gently touched his arm. As he looked up at her she said "That's coz you're not local"

Still chuckling to herself she turned and hailed someone at the other end of the bar. "Edward" She called out, "There's a guy here trying to find an address in Brim. Can you help?"

Edward looked up from his paper, then moved around the bar. He walked up to the man. "Who do you know in Brim?" He asked.

"Anna" Replied the man, reluctant to give her full name, "Lives at Gael House?"

"Aye, that she does" Said Edward, "But you'll not find it, unless they want you there"

"Is that the one by the church?" The woman asked from behind the bar,  "Should've been called Jokers House"

"It's not anything house - it's just Gael" Edward said, with an air of knowledge. "So, what do you want with Anna. She not much of a one for visitors"

"Oh I don't know" Said the woman, "She throws a good party. And she's very popular"

"You said you didn't know where it was" Said the man, slightly offended.

"Well, I'd not be able to tell you how to find it" The woman countered, "But we were invited to the Moon Dance last year."

"What's a Moon Dance?" Asked the man.

Edward and the barmaid both turned and starred at him.

"What did you say you're name was? Asked Edward, of the man

"I didn't" The man daid, "But I'm David" David extended his hand toward Edward. Edward shook it, but still viewed the man with suspion.

"And how do you know Anna?" Edward asked.

"We have friends in common" Replied David. "So, can you tell me how to get there?"

"Easy enough" Edward said, letting out a small sigh, then taking a deep breath he continued "Head back out of Nist, cross the river and take the first left, then two rights  - and it's just before the church.If you reach Clark you've gone too far."

Davids' heart sank. He had been up and down this road several times already and hadn't found it.

"Thanks" He said to Edward.

   

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