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.
Upcoming Rucksack Universe stories have been thinking about these words a lot. The bartender has a certain mythological quality to them: sage, mentor, comforter, mystic, near-wizard. To which I ask... what if they were?
The Martini of Destiny
I’ve poured a lot of drinks, I’ve listened to a lot of people tumble through their lives. The thing about being a bartender is you come to learn that you aren’t just serving up drinks. You’re serving decisions. Everyone has their moment. Everyone has their choices to make, their own destiny to set and follow. Over the years, it seems like people come in here to find their way. It’s a tough job to have, tougher than it looks, but I love it. I’ve always loved it. People come to me, and they aren’t just saying, ‘give me a beer,’ or, ‘I need a martini.’ What they’re really saying, most of the time, is ‘help me choose.’