One drink changed everything. Influencing a man's fate should have been another day behind the bar. Bartender Jake Hongkong has served The Management longer than any other Jake or Jade, but now he doubts his role influencing people’s destinies and decisions. Declan is directionless and scared when he comes to the pub, yet one drink is all it takes to give him the courage to make a life-altering decision. Deeply shaken by something he wasn't meant to see, Jake doubts more than ever, and consequences ripple through destiny and the world. Soon one martini will forever alter lives and fates... especially Jake's and Declan’s.
** A Rucksack Universe Fantasy Novella **
This riveting fantasy novella is part of the Rucksack Universe series, the exciting world of wit, adventure, and beer that fans call “buoyant with a unique humor, twist and focus on international travel,” and “perfect for fans of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.”
Fantasy author and beer writer Anthony St. Clair has walked with hairy coos in the Scottish Highlands, choked on seafood in Australia, and watched the full moon rise over Mt. Everest in Tibet. The creator of the Rucksack Universe series, Anthony has traveled the sights and beers of Thailand, Japan, India, Canada, Ireland, the USA, Cambodia, China and Nepal. He and his wife live in Eugene, Oregon, and gave their kids passports when they were babies. Learn more at www.anthonystclair.com.
Jake Hongkong. Jade Agamuskara Bluegold. Jake Connemara. Jade London. Why do Rucksack Universe bartenders have such weird names?
The bartenders in my stories are all part of a special order. They work for the mysterious "The Management" (who you may have seen in this world from all the signs and flyers they tend to post). Known as the Jakes and Jades, these bartenders are assigned jobs in special pubs around the world. Far more than bartenders though, they influence the course of decision and destiny for people everywhere.
Jakes stay in one place for their entire service, and their last name reflects where they serve.
Jades are more complicated. They go where they are needed most. Their middle name reflects where they are, and their last name is based on their eye color.
While not superhuman, they are metahuman. They don't get sick, they have great longevity, they have listening skills that enable them to listen even to inanimate objects, and, above all, they can make any drink ever mixed or imagined, and at their touch any bottle of booze goes to its proper serving temperature.
The Martini of Destiny
THE GLASS looked like a mountain inverted, a peak held in the hand. Jake Hongkong mixed the martini with the mastery of years, the gin, vermouth and glass all coming to the perfect cold temperature at his touch. In a blur he topped it off with the final ingredient, a few drops from the special black bottle in the unseeable cabinet behind a panel of the woodwork below the back liquor shelves.