Biggles and the Garden of Paradise

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Postby Fairblue » 16 Sep 2014, 09:13

There was a huge show of hands. Wilks came in just then. He looked at Biggles. "Where's Algy?"
Upon being told Algy was out for the count Wilks eyed Biggles with a little trepidation but went on bravely. "Sorry, Biggles. But you can't lead. Not with your broken leg. It'll have to be me or Johnny."
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Postby tiffinata » 16 Sep 2014, 09:15

"But it's an armoured weapon," Biggles said in a hurt voice.
'....you cannot flout Nature with impunity. Treat Nature with respect, and she will tolerate you, even encourage you; but treat her with contempt, and your days are numbered.' Hits the Trail
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"I'll tell you what," Wilks' temporised. "I'll lead, but push you in a wheelchair. How's that?"
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Postby Kismet » 16 Sep 2014, 16:48

Biggles had control issues. Would it be better to not be in control of his transport or not in control of the operation?
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
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Postby Fairblue » 16 Sep 2014, 16:51

But if he took Wilks up on hs offer he would have control of neither.
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Postby kylie_koyote » 16 Sep 2014, 16:52

But if he made too much of a fuss, he ran the risk of being left behind altogether. He ground his teeth in frustration.
"For goodness sake stop that Yankee drawl, or you'll have us all doing it before you've finished."
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Re: Biggles and the Garden of Paradise

Postby Kismet » 16 Sep 2014, 17:38

He couldn't let Wilks get the upper hand. Not after all these years. But Wilks was the most competent of all those around him.
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
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Postby Fairblue » 16 Sep 2014, 17:41

"How about a joint operation?" He temporised.
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Re: Biggles and the Garden of Paradise

Postby Kismet » 16 Sep 2014, 17:46

'Nope,' said Wilks. 'I'm taking charge. You're going to watch Algy sleep. We'll come and update you when it's over. C'mon chaps, help Biggles back to his room.'
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Re: Biggles and the Garden of Paradise

Postby Frederique » 16 Sep 2014, 17:48

"But---"

"No buts!" declared Wilks. "You're going to watch Algy sleep and that's final."

"He's snoring, though!" Biggles persisted.
"Where the dickens did you spring from?" he inquired.
"Oh, I was just hanging around, you know, in case I was wanted," returned Algy lightly.

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Re: Biggles and the Garden of Paradise

Postby Fairblue » 16 Sep 2014, 17:49

He didn't think he could put up with Algy's snores. To his disgust his next words sounded like pleading. "How about you push me then? "
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Postby Kismet » 16 Sep 2014, 17:54

Biggles watched Wilks remember various incidents that had occurred during their long friendship. Incidents involving humbugs, whiskey, gramophones and Christmas presents.

Wilks smiled evilly. 'No, old man. You are on Algy watch.'
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
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Re: Biggles and the Garden of Paradise

Postby Fairblue » 16 Sep 2014, 22:30

It was no use. Fuming but mentally chalking this up as one more payback due, he shook off his helpers and stomped back to his room. The airman in charge of watching Algy was fast asleep in the armchair, snoring. A Kit Kat paper beside him told it's own story.
"Great!" Biggles thought. "Snoring in Stereo."
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Postby Kismet » 16 Sep 2014, 23:02

Biggles was remarkably bored. He'd amused himself by putting a sheet of tissue paper over the faces of the sleepers and taken a photo of it fluttering in their breath, but he couldn't put it up on Facebook yet without compromising mission security.
He'd contemplated shaving half an eyebrow from each sleeper, but that was no fun when they'd know he was responsible.
He'd poked them to try to get them to change the pattern of their snoring, but with no success.
Surely he wasn't going to be reduced to playing Candy Crush on his phone.
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
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Postby Fairblue » 16 Sep 2014, 23:07

Algy stirred, muttered and turned over. He stopped snoring. For ten seconds. Biggles contemplated the pillows. For the very first time in his career he could see what made some people commit murder.
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Postby Kismet » 16 Sep 2014, 23:26

Presently Biggles began to become concerned, and then frankly worried. Surely Wilks' warriors should be back by now?
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Postby Fairblue » 16 Sep 2014, 23:27

Then he realised Wilks hadn't told him what the plan was. :doh: he thought.
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Postby Kismet » 16 Sep 2014, 23:36

'Did Wills have one?' he wondered. Experience suggested detailed planning wasn't Wilks' strongest suit.
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Postby Fairblue » 16 Sep 2014, 23:40

But he usually got the job done. He'd have to trust the old scout.
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Postby Kismet » 16 Sep 2014, 23:45

Biggles began to hyperventilate. He really didn't deal well with being out of the loop, and that snoring!
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Re: Biggles and the Garden of Paradise

Postby tiffinata » 16 Sep 2014, 23:50

He wondered whether his leg cast was classified as an offensive weapon.
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Re: Biggles and the Garden of Paradise

Postby Fairblue » 16 Sep 2014, 23:57

To calm himself down he tried rhythmic breathing. That helped a little, but the snores intruded. Then he had the bright idea of writing his memoirs. He took out his ipad, opened the notes app and started rough headings.

Biggles meets a redhead. Hmm, maybe not.
Biggles gets stuck up a mountain with a princess. Maybe.
Biggles in France. So-so.
Biggles Flies East. Nah, that title was too boring. Biggles in Palestine outwits German spy. THAT was much better.
Biggles Gets Stuck In... Where, he wondered. And should it be literally or figuratively?
He was so engrossed in this very profound question that he did not notice the door slowly open.
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Postby tiffinata » 17 Sep 2014, 00:32

A voice from behind startled him. "How about 'Biggles meets his maker'
He quickly turned, but the other person was faster. Biggles world went black and he slid to the floor.
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Re: Biggles and the Garden of Paradise

Postby Fairblue » 17 Sep 2014, 09:24

The first thing he saw when he woke up were the concerned faces of Wilks and Algy. His broken lag was suspended in the air by something, he couldn't see what.
"Where am I?" He muttered. God, he could do with a drink.
"In hospital," Algy said.
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Re: Biggles and the Garden of Paradise

Postby kylie_koyote » 17 Sep 2014, 11:13

"A real hospital, or a continuation of that nightmare rest home we've all been stuck in for the past ... however long it was?"
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Re: Biggles and the Garden of Paradise

Postby Fairblue » 17 Sep 2014, 11:19

"A real hospital," Algy laughed. "Wilks was only just in time to stop von Stahlein from putting you in the 'Garden of Paradise' Chapel of Rest."
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Re: Biggles and the Garden of Paradise

Postby kylie_koyote » 17 Sep 2014, 11:23

"Thank God for that," Biggles said shortly, although he smiled. "Now, if you two could order me some steak and kidney pie and an Edgar Wallace novel, I'll just lie back and enjoy myself until my leg mends."

(the end?)
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Re: Biggles and the Garden of Paradise

Postby Fairblue » 17 Sep 2014, 11:26

Nice ending, KK. Do you think Algy got a knife and fork and joined him?
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Re: Biggles and the Garden of Paradise

Postby kylie_koyote » 17 Sep 2014, 11:30

Fairblue wrote:Nice ending, KK. Do you think Algy got a knife and fork and joined him?


Ha! Probably.
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Re: Biggles and the Garden of Paradise

Postby Frederique » 17 Sep 2014, 11:38

Well done, KK. :mrgreen:

I'll miss this one! I think it's only proper that we read through it once in a while...
"Where the dickens did you spring from?" he inquired.
"Oh, I was just hanging around, you know, in case I was wanted," returned Algy lightly.

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