“One for sorrow, two for mirth.” Tom raised his flagon of ale at the bar, smiling at his brother.
“Aye, brother. Here’s to mirth.” Chris raised his as well and clumsily pressed the two together. Then they both drained their drinks by half and slammed them down on the counter before them.
Tom leaned over and hugged his elder sibling. I’ve missed you, Chris. You don’t know how boring things are when you’re not around.”
Chris broke from the clinch and patted Tom on both shoulders. “I must admit the same. Life just isn’t as much fun when you’re not with me. Whoa.” The large blond had to grab the edge of the bar to keep from teetering off his stool.
“Had one ale too many, eh, brother?” Tom took another drink, but just a sip.
“Not at all, Tom. The stool must be faulty. Here. Another toast. To family.” He again lifted his flagon.
“Yes, dear brother. Family.” Tapping their containers together, they both took another long swallow. Then setting his drink down, Tom said, “Of course, there isn’t much family left. Our father…”
“Yes, the dear departed. I miss him a great deal.”
“In spite of the lies he told?”
“Well, it was a hard lesson to learn.”
“And our sister?”
“Cate? Yes, our elder sister.”
“Who father never told us about until he was about to die.”
“She who almost killed us and almost killed the dream. She even took away my most favored possession.”
“Which you found you didn’t need after all.”
“You two ready for a refill?” The young barkeeper with the strange tattoo on her forearm shook her dark head in apparent disdain.
“What say you, brother?” Chris clutched the flagon’s handle.
“I say we’d better get on with it again before neither of us can stand.”
“We’ll pass. Thanks, Tessa.” Chris flashed a smile but she either didn’t notice or didn’t care.
Tom stumbled off of his stool, spreading his black mane upon his face. He drew a dagger and swiped the hair back with the blade.
His brother, whose yellow hair had recently been cut short, and not by an expert, staggered to his feet and pulled out his own weapon. “Yes, it is time once again. Father and mother are dead, Cate quite possibly has joined them, and all we have left is each other.”
“Unless dear old Dad sired others he never told us about.”
“You were adopted, so it’s not always a matter of siring.”
“Will you lift your blade or concede defeat.”
Grinning, Chris uttered, “Concede? Never. Let’s have at it once again.” Both men took a fighting stance but never got the chance to engage.
“Less fight. More ale.” Mark lumbered into the saloon and placed massive hands on both men.
“What do you want, you abysmal hulk?” Chris remained a defiant drunk, while Tom grew pale at the memory of his last beating by the behemoth.
Huge, sinewy arms picked both men off the floor and deposited them on stools, leaving one in the center for him. Mark took a seat, enormous buttocks threatening to engulf the wee platform beneath him. “Ale, Tessa.”
Tom still wore a dour expression, but grinning, Chris patted Mark’s rock-hard back. “He’s paying.”
I watched Thor: Ragnarok (2017) for the first time last night and it was a fun ride (with a few exceptions). I decided to use the cast of the film in my story without (hopefully) being too explicit. In my wee tale, I used the first names of the actors rather than their character names. See if you can figure out who is who.