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Ya could technically do both. An outlaw on the run who became a deputy somehow or a sheriff or deputy who broke the law in a major enough way that he had to become an outlaw.

I was actually considering something along those lines. A lawman, but strays from the straight and narrow. Perhaps he becomes corrupted by his lust for power or a love of money (or both?).
You definitely piqued my interest – I'm always down for a good western!
I am out of town at the moment, but I will be back by this weekend and I can get a post up then.

Fortunately, Kent did not have to rely solely on the colorful commentary provided by his morning crew to keep his day interesting. Shortly after Ray and Jerry had moved on to more menial tasks around the shop, a wealthy family from Texas had wandered in and inquired about his guided fishing excursions. The father quickly explained that the timing had forced him to bring his children along on a business trip and he was looking for a unique activity to β€˜atone for his sins.’ While Kent had doubted the man’s motivations, he was not one to turn away a prospective customer, especially during the tourist season; he had booked them for a 10:00 a.m. launch time.

It was now nearly 1:30 p.m.

Aside from a few notable disputes from his pre-teen passengers – which the father had made no attempt to bring under control – the outing had gone relatively well. They didn’t get any major bites, such as a salmon or lingcod, but Kent didn’t really expect them to; they were far too noisy for that. Hell, they were lucky to have snagged a trout or two. And thankfully, that had been enough to appease them – another satisfied customer.

With his boat secured once more in the marina and a decent tip stashed safely in his back pocket, Kent trudged back to his shop, an equipment duffel slung loosely over his right shoulder. The bell above the door jangled when he entered, and his gaze immediately went toward the counter to find Jerry sitting casually in the corner. The other man’s jaw worked slowly as he munched on a bag of potato chips, his eyes fixed on the small television set mounted on the wall. He waved lazily when Kent passed in front of the register and dumped the bag at his feet. Other than that, he barely seemed to notice.

This, of course, roused suspicion.

Leaning forward, Kent tried to get a better view of the TV to determine what had engrossed his friend, but when that gesture still did not generate a response from Jerry, he simply shook his head and sighed. Perhaps it had been a bad idea to install that damned thing in the first place; it always seemed to cause a distraction, particularly when the Seahawks or Mariners were playing. Not that he didn’t like to see the games – it was more about principle. He was trying to run a business here, after all.

Issuing a sigh, Kent parted his lips to confront the other man, but before the words could leave his mouth, the phone in his left breast pocket began to vibrate. With a quiet curse, he fished the iPhone out of his jacket and glanced at the lock screen, noting that it was his wife. Jerry would have to wait; he needed to take this.

Swiping the screen, he pressed the phone to his ear. β€œHey,” he answered evenly, shuffling around to the other side of the counter. From this vantage point, he could now see the TV quite clearly. It was tuned to a Channel 5 News report with the β€˜Breaking News’ headline scrolling across the bottom.

He frowned slightly. Did that say something about another shooting? Well, he supposed he now knew what was troubling Jerry. If he was being honest, it wasn’t all that surprising for this world, not when it seemed like there was a new shooting every other day. It was easy to grow numb to it feel helpless. Still, he took comfort in hearing Emily’s voice when it finally reached his ear.

β€œWell, there’s a surprise – I didn’t think you’d pick up,” she replied smartly, her tone holding a certain playful quality. β€œYou usually let it go to voicemail. Slow day?”

β€œI took the boat out this morning for a family from Houston, so it wasn’t a complete loss.” He shrugged, his eyes still directed at the TV when the camera pulled back to show a wider shot of the scene. It looked…familiar somehow. β€œI was about to head out and grab a quick lunch, so you caught me at a good time.”

β€œDon’t eat too much,” she chided softly. β€œThat’s what I’m calling you about – I got those reservations for tonight at McCormick’s.”

β€œUh, what?” His attention was divided now, the scene on the television slowly coming into focus – the houses, the streets, the people. He knew that neighborhood; it was right here in Baltham.

β€œThe place on the waterfront,” Emily continued after a moment, somewhat hesitant after his brief lapse. β€œYou know, the one we’ve been talking about since last weekend...the one that was apparently booked solid when I called on Monday. We’re in – tonight at 7:30.”

β€œOh, yeah...that--uh, that’s great, honey.”

There was another pause, followed by an audible sigh. β€œKent? Are you alright?”

Pursing his lips, Kent shook his head and turned away from the news report, regardless of the fact that she could not see the gesture through the phone. Somehow, knowing that a terrible tragedy had occurred locally gave the issue a lot more weight. Did he know the victims? Would this trickle down to affect others operations throughout the community? There were so many variables to consider.

β€œYeah, I’m fine,” he breathed in a huff, his voice sounding more gravelly than usual. β€œI just saw something on got my attention.”

β€œThe shooting?”

Kent narrowed his eyes, clenching his jaw slightly at her special kind of intuition. β€œSo, you know.”

β€œI saw the report right before I called you. Last I heard, there were two dead, two wounded,” she relayed the information with surprising ease. β€œNo idea about the victims yet, but I’m sure that’ll be released in time. It’s a shame.” She hesitated for a moment, almost as if she knew she was about to tread on dangerous ground. β€œMaybe I can even call Curt to see if--”

β€œNo, he wouldn’t want to be bothered,” Kent countered quickly, his tone probably coming across more harsh than he intended. Even after all this time, his son remained a sore subject in any conversation. He knew Emily resented that fact, but Kent was a stubborn man; it was something she was going to have to deal with for the time being. The boy had made no effort to reach out to him, so why should he?

Sensing the tension growing between them, Kent inhaled deeply and tried to steer the discussion back on topic. β€œAnyway, Em, I’ll be home around six. Good job getting that table for tonight...I look forward to it.” He smiled sadly, his gaze drifting back to the television one last time. β€œI love you.”

β€œLove you too, Kent.”
I'm currently working on my post as well. It should be up tomorrow at the latest.

Kenneth, or Kent, is a native to Bainbridge Island. Like many others who came before him, he grew up exploring the natural wildlife trails, camping, and fishing on the sound. He fell in love with the picturesque environment and became an aspiring outdoorsman. Of course, his parents had more ambitious plans for their son, such as attending medical school to become a doctor, but that did not stop him from answering his true calling and returning to his roots. Naturally, when the time came for him to open up his own family practice, he chose to settle back down in Bainbridge.

Things remained small those first several years, his quaint office along the waterfront consisting of only himself, his friend Jerry, who served as his assistant, and his wife Emily as his personal secretary and receptionist. Even when word began to spread of his reputation as a humble and competent physician, Kent preferred to keep his practice small and manageable. This allowed for a more personable experience for his patients, and even accounted for quite a few friendships over the years. The only notable addition he made was his son, Curt, who joined the team as a second physician at the age of 29. Kent hoped that he would serve as heir for when he moved on to pursue other ventures.

Unfortunately, that would happen sooner rather than later. With the increase of big business and other residential and retail development in the area, the health care system became more standardized and strict with their procedures. As a result, more hospitals joined together into networks to coordinate and deliver a broad spectrum of services to the community and to stay up to date with the current initiatives passed down from the government. They often targeted small private practices to consolidate into their system; Kent’s family business was no exception.

Despite a hard battle, Kent could not withstand the constant pressure from these entities and ultimately decided to retire. His son, however, did not agree to follow in his father’s footsteps; he caved to the hospital networks and joined their team of doctors, causing a falling out between father and son. Kent has not spoken to Curt in nearly two years, his decision continuing to remain a point of contention between the two.

Now that he is retired, Kent finally has the time to fully embrace and appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape he came to love as a child. He has opened a bait and tackle shop and occasionally conducts fishing excursions for the tourists...or anyone willing to pay for his services. He remains close to his wife and his best friend Jerry, who is often seen hanging around the shop with the usual crowd of middle-aged prattlers and retirees. Life couldn’t be any better.

Physical Traits
Now that he no longer has to worry about maintaining a professional appearance in front of his patients, Kent has adopted a more rugged look in recent years. Depending on your opinion, some may call it disheveled or lazy. Tired, blue eyes peer out of a weathered face with grizzled features, a layer of stubble often covering his chin and cheeks. His shock of gray hair, while still kept at an acceptable length, is often tousled and greasy. He may have also grown a little soft around the middle with age, but he has managed to sustain an average weight for his fairly tall frame, standing at nearly 6’2.”

Kent’s clothes are what many would consider typical for the outdoorsman – plaid, flannel shirts, sometimes quilted depending on the weather, Carhartt jacket, sturdy boots, and a pair of dependable blue jeans.

Full Name
Kenneth William Archer





Having raised a family and worked for nearly 40 years of his life, Kent is on the downward slide and is seeking enlightenment more than anything. He is looking to find contentment for himself and his current situation, especially as he heads into his waning years. That is why he has turned his attention to nature; it is the one thing that brings him the most joy and helps him to fully relax. After all, the goal is to enjoy his retirement...even if it was thrust upon him by circumstances that were beyond his control. For that reason alone, he may also hold a bit of a grudge against those responsible.

And while he will never openly admit it, even to those close to him, Kent is also hoping to reconcile with his son and make amends for the incident that drove them apart. He still loves him and wants to share his life with him once more.

Retired Family Physician; he now owns and operates a small bait and tackle shop on the waterfront.

@Skelm I've gotta say, I like Kent a lot. We need more characters over age thirty.

Thank you – I really appreciate that! I kept going back and forth between a few different ideas, but ultimately decided to go with this route. We'll see if he makes the cut. ;)
And here we go:

Just a note that my CS is all but completed. I just need to work on my writing sample, and then I can have both posted either tonight or tomorrow sometime.
Excellent – thank you!

I will go ahead and get started on my CS.
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