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...she did not see the man who came along behind her, descending the sweeping curve of the stairs not in dress pumps but in old and range-battered boots. He wore faded jeans and a shirt of blue chambray instead of court clothes. One gun, a pistol with a worn sandalwood grip, hung at his left side, the holster tied down with rawhide. His face was tanned and lined and weathered. His eyes were his most striking feature. They were blue and cold and steady. Detta Walker had feared no man, not even this one, but she had feared those shooter's eyes.

* * *

Roland listened to it all, nodding occasionally. He said almost nothing. And when Overholser was finally finished, Calla Bryn Sturgis's big farmer simply looked with a kind of fixed fascination at the gunman who stood before him. Mostly at those faded blue eyes.

"Are ye what ye say?" he asked finally. "Tell me true, sai."

"I'm Roland of Gilead," the gunslinger said.

"From the line of Eld? Ye do say it?"

"By watch and by warrant," Roland said.

"But Gilead..." Overholser paused. "Gilead's long gone."

"I," Roland said, "am not."

* * *

He remembered the pieman who walked the streets of Gilead low-town in the hottest days of summer, and how his mother had called him seppe-sai on account of how sick such pies could make people. Seppe-sai meant the death-seller.

Aye, he thought, but I and my friends don't charge.

* * *

In Mid-World he is Roland Deschain of Gilead and of the line of Arthur Eld, son of Steven, gunslinger, and dinh of the ka-tet of the Ninety and Nine.

When the Unfound Door opened in the Doorway Cave in Calla Bryn Sturgis at the beginning of The Dark Tower 6: Song of Susannah, Roland Deschain and Eddie Dean were to go to East Stoneham, Maine.

Eddie went through, as was supposed to happen.

Roland did not.

The door led him to Milliways, where he's been ever since.

In Milliways, he is Roland Deschain of Gilead and of the line of Arthur Eld, son of Steven, gunslinger, and dinh of the ka-tet of Nine; friend to few, and fellow patron to many.

This wasn't supposed to happen. It has.

Where ka doesn't work -- he of the Endless -- all bets are off.

A note for what I feel comfortable calling the Constant (Milliways) Reader: this is an old journal.

Roland is not quite as he was back in the day; he's died in Millicanon, and has come back through a strange series of events associated with a young woman named Rose Toren. He still remembers his old friends -- and enemies -- but is not quite as people may remember him.

Not quite.

Oh, and me? I'm [info]agonistes. Roland (formerly [ profile] a_gunslinger) belongs to Stephen King, and the italicized excerpts above are from The Dark Tower 5: Wolves of the Calla. This journal is for use in [info]milliways_bar, no profit being made, no infringement intended, etc. etc. etc.
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