A week or so passed and things continued to improve for Hullis. A whole string of orders had arrived and he had been able to place most of them. The result was his coin flow had increased a great deal. He’d been able to buy some new furniture for his uncle’s place as well place a decent amount in his city vault. He’d even been able to expand his vault which gave him more space for more crop storage. Hullis was even considered purchasing a farm horse but then realized he could get anywhere he wanted to by foot while in Bree. He judged it a silly purchase and simply placed his money back. However, what did strike him was possibly getting his own place soon. Maybe even a better place he could share with his Uncle.
When he had time, Hullis had taken to relaxing by a large rock next to the Inn. He liked leaning against it watching the sky, letting the ale and the dinner settle. There were performers in the plaza sometimes and it made for a relaxing hour or two. One late afternoon after he had made several runs with orders he stopped there. While getting his pipe out he witnessed a young woman come from around the Pony and calling a name. The woman wore average to rough looking clothes and seemed concerned. Hullis realized she was calling for a dog and after watching for a moment decided to help.
The lady was looking for her dog named Norman and asked if Hullis had seen the dog. Hullis had not and she next asked if he could whistle as the dog would often come for a whistle. Hullis did know how to whistle as his father had insisted on it on the farm. Hullis gave a loud whistle and within seconds a scruffy looking dog came bounding around the corner up to him.
A small conversation started between Hulls and the young woman. It was revealed she had been living on the street and in the hay bales by the Pony, to be exact. Hullis took pity on her immediately and decided he would do something to help her out. Flush with the success of the past several weeks, he offered to pay for a room at the Pony and to offer several hundred silver to help her get started.
Hullis promised her there were no strings attached. He also told her that if she wanted a job, he would give her one helping him sort and manage the crops and orders at the farm. He wasn’t sure what it was that struck him to do it. Regardless, it felt good and the right thing to do. The woman accepted and Hullis departed, heading home and feeling, for the first time, like he had truly helped someone.
The next morning he stopped by to check with Barliman and to inform him he would pay for the woman’s room. Barliman was happy with any kind of current coin and agreed to the deal. Afterwards, Hullis made another decision. It was time for new clothes. The old coat that he had worn since the burning of the farm was worn and had been patched numerous times. Things had changed and it was time to look the part when we went to visit city officials or just being seen about the town.
After a few stops he found a set of work clothes he liked and paid good silver for them as well. He wasn’t used to success but when he realized the cost of the clothes was nothing to his account he once again felt flushed with success. He finished up by going to the City and changing the name on the consignment form from just his simple first name to Hullis of Lakeside Farm. He was moving up in the city of Bree!