chapter xx: Liam Carr na Mboscaí

part i: pin money
myeck's family weren't Irish. In fact, his immigrant parents had never heard of Ireland. That remarkable fact was only partly due to the fanatical xenophobia practiced in their homeland - it was mostly due to a calculated effort on the part of the family to destroy any connection to a man so repugnant that even myeck's family was ashamed.  

He was a swindler, a thief, a murderer, and as a child he didn't pay taxes on his paper route money. All of these qualities being held in high regard by the family, he was nonetheless banished, for he was guilty of something truly unforgivable: he looked better in a dress than his sisters. 

   Poor posture plagued him his whole life, but eyewitnesses reported that he could dance up a storm. Forced to flee for his life, he took to the roads of Europe as a highwayman, using the simple yet effective ruse of dressing as a wandering noblewoman, his twin rapiers disguised as somewhat oversized hatpins in an outrageously flamboyant hat.  

Finally settling in Ireland, he adopted the name Liam Carr na Mboscaí. Here he found acceptance among the kilt-wearing Orangemen, and had great success robbing travelers and hijacking trains throughout the island - after years of British oppression, being robbed at swordpoint by a beautiful man in a dress wasn't deemed worthy of making much fuss over. 

He grew wealthy and famous.  And yet, another desire had begun to grow in his heart. Never satisfied with off-the-rack fashions, he had been making his own outfits for years, and now, with each rapier hole poked through his victims' waistcoats he began to see new possibilities. Finally he gave in to his desires and moved to Paris, where he became a fabulously successful fashion designer - "The Versace of his age" as a modern writer put it. 
His slashed and perforated designs predated "Punk" fashions by several generations.  
In Paris, he made one final attempt at a reconciliation with the family by inviting them all to travel to Paris at his expense to see his Spring collection. None of his relatives were clockmakers, however, and they all stayed home. Family rumors held that he committed suicide over the slight, but experts insist that he was much more likely to make someone else commit suicide for him. Whatever happened, he never again made contact, and he was expunged from the family records.