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The Treasure of the Etruscans

Postby Kismet » 10 Sep 2018, 20:32

'Listen to me, Lettice,' Algy pleaded. His sister was shouting at one of her numerous offspring and Algy suspected she was about to put down the telephone in order to better deal with the child.

'This is important. The oddjamacallits the kids borrowed when they visited last weekend. I need them back. Apparently they are very important to Biggles's uncle. Can you bob them into the post for me, urgently?'

The telephone receiver was replaced. Algy groaned and resisted the impulse to bang his head against the nearest wall.

'It's no good,' he told Biggles, 'we're going to have to go up to Merioneth and collect 'em ourselves.'
'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 » 24 Sep 2018, 23:45

"What's this 'we'?" Biggles asked him sarcastically.
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Postby Kismet » 24 Sep 2018, 23:52

'I need back up. And they listen to you slightly more than me. And it's your uncle that wants his thingies back.'
'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 » 24 Sep 2018, 23:55

It's your nevvy and niece that pinched 'em in the first place. Doesn't Lettice understand the meaning of the word 'discipline'?"
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Postby Kismet » 25 Sep 2018, 00:02

'No. She believes in self expression so the little darlings don't grow up fettered by convention, and screaming at them if they do anything especially vile. I didn't know that those things in the package from Dickpa were clues to a fabulous treasure, though. They looked like bits of rubbish that it was ok for them to play with, and their game was keeping them quiet.'
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Postby Fairblue » 25 Sep 2018, 00:17

Biggles sighed. "I suppose there's no chance of your mother being away, is there?" He asked hopefully.
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Postby Kismet » 25 Sep 2018, 00:21

'We can always hope,' Algy said hopefully.
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Postby kylie_koyote » 25 Sep 2018, 11:55

Biggles sighed and reached for the phone. "I'll ring Smyth and have him prep the Vandal."
"For goodness sake stop that Yankee drawl, or you'll have us all doing it before you've finished."
"OK baby - sorry - I mean, righto."
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Postby Kismet » 25 Sep 2018, 12:14

'You want to give all of Lettice's children joy rides?' Algy asked. Biggles arrested his hand. 'I'll get train tickets.'
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Postby Fairblue » 25 Sep 2018, 13:08

"Probably best," Algy grinned.
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Postby Kismet » 25 Sep 2018, 13:27

Soon they were on their way to Merioneth. The urban sprawl of London was left behind and all too quickly, they had changed trains from the mainline to a local line and were slowly chugging through the countryside. It was raining.
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Postby Fairblue » 25 Sep 2018, 15:30

"Where do kids hide stuff they don't want grown-ups to find?" He asked suddenly.
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Postby Tommy Smith » 25 Sep 2018, 15:35

'I have no Idea', replied Biggles irritably, wondering what the Hell he was doing on public transport. 'Just ask em'.
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Postby Kismet » 25 Sep 2018, 15:40

'Did you never want to hide anything when you were a kid?' Algy asked. 'Was there nothing you didn't want to share or have pinched or be told tales on? Not even a book that you shouldn't have been reading?'
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Postby Tommy Smith » 25 Sep 2018, 15:55

'No.' replied Biggles scowling at the rain as the train stopped yet again. 'Never have secrets', he said. 'They just come back to bite you'.
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Postby Kismet » 25 Sep 2018, 16:03

'You only say that as you didn't have any sisters!' Algy accused. 'If you'd had sisters like mine, you'd have had a whole series of secret hiding places protected by traps to keep your bits safe.'
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Postby Fairblue » 25 Sep 2018, 16:08

"Wih a bit of luck you'll fall into one of them," Biggles said unkindly.
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Postby Kismet » 25 Sep 2018, 16:16

'I shall tell Cleopatra that you've changed your mind and will marry her when she's grown up,' Algy threatened.
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Postby Fairblue » 25 Sep 2018, 16:21

"I don't have enough money," Biggles said smugly. "That child will be on the lookout for a Rothschild or Onassis."
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Postby Kismet » 25 Sep 2018, 16:27

'You want to risk it?' Algy grinned. 'She's tenacious. You've been in her sights since she was three and she's showing no signs of giving up any time soon.'
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Postby Tommy Smith » 25 Sep 2018, 17:33

'She's twelve. I'll take my chances and avoid her'.
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Postby Kismet » 25 Sep 2018, 19:18

'Anyway', Biggles added. 'we're going to be in and out. Quick cup of tea whilst they fetch back the dodahs then the train home.'
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Postby kylie_koyote » 25 Sep 2018, 19:42

"Uh huh. Right," Algy grunted. "Keep telling yourself that."
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Postby Fairblue » 25 Sep 2018, 19:46

Biggles did. All the way to Merioneth.
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Postby Kismet » 25 Sep 2018, 19:52

Algy's mother was delighted to see Algy and Biggles. She bore them off to the drawing room as they had arrived just in time to meet her dear friend Mrs Harrington and her three daughters who were paying a call.
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Postby Fairblue » 25 Sep 2018, 19:53

Three marriagable daughters.
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Postby kylie_koyote » 25 Sep 2018, 19:59

Biggles struggled to remain polite after the first hour and a half.
"For goodness sake stop that Yankee drawl, or you'll have us all doing it before you've finished."
"OK baby - sorry - I mean, righto."
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Postby Kismet » 25 Sep 2018, 20:03

Three marriageable daughters with a predatory look.

'Show them this nice book of etchings,' Algy's mother commanded Algy and Biggles, 'Whilst I have a nice chat with Mrs Harrington. You young things don't want to listen to us organise the garden fete.'
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Postby Fairblue » 25 Sep 2018, 20:27

Biggles shifted a little. His teacup fell into his lap. He immediately leapt up. "I'm so sorry," He exclaimed,"I'd better go and clean up. Nice to have met you both." And he walked swiftly from the room.
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Postby kylie_koyote » 25 Sep 2018, 20:28

Algy ran after him.
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