His arrival at the Downsider was unnoticed, and Luke was glad of it. Relative anonymity gave him a chance to observe for a blessed few moments before people found out who he was and treated him with the wary respect he'd grown used to over the years. His gaze swept over the Saloon, taking in the girls that strutted through the bar area, the girl dancing on the stage, and the men that laughed and drank and offered lewd suggestions that would either get a smile, a wink, or a contemplative glance and a murmur from the girl in question.
"You look surprised, or possibly overwhelmed, at the establishment, Stranger." The voice that came to his ear was feminine and sultry, with a blend of accents that made it impossible to judge its origin. His hand lifted to tip his hat to her automatically, hesitating at the brim when he turned to get his first look at her.
A wry smile tipped the corners of her mouth, artfully painted a subtle shade of deep pink. Her hair was arranged into a complicated mass