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.
When you see people, what do you see?
Some people are amazing at seeing people as they are. Seeing the world as it is.
To be honest, I’ve always envied that ability, because it’s one I lack. Crazily enough, that’s what makes my work stand out in the vast, ever-growing sea of content out in the world.
In fact, what makes me stand out could in fact be one of my biggest flaws as a person.
See, I don’t see people as they are. I see people as they could be.
This is both wonderfully optimistic and idealistic… and also incredibly naive and stupid.
I am a perpetual innocent. Hopeful that one’s best can will out.
I’m optimistic and idealistic, yet over the years I’ve strived to balance that with pragmatism. To this day I believe strongly that the presence of the potential of one’s best is a thing that gives hope and renews our potential in the world.
Above all, that’s what I work to put into my Rucksack Universe stories. What could my characters be like if they lived based on their best selves? What would the world be like?
That’s what keeps me at my keyboard. Keeps the stories coming. And keeps me, I hope, continually trying to live my best self too.
The Martini of Destiny
Jake poured himself a cup of coffee and sipped it black. He never drank alcohol, since he never knew what he or a colleague might have done to it. And since coffee was the drink of ultimate perception, it couldn’t be affected by anything any of them did anyway. But coffee was the first drink each Jake and Jade mastered. It helped them be alert of themselves and beyond. It helped them see and feel all the world and what they had to do while living in it yet apart from it.