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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by Fairblue » Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:32 am

"You in a lot of trouble, Mr Hughes," Mr Figgis broke in before Biggles could ask another question. "You need to start telling the truth."
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:36 pm

Taffy turned indignant eyes on the civilian. Then he looked straight back at Biggles.

"I have been telling the truth, sir. I"m sure you know that," he said stiffly.

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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by Fairblue » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:33 pm

"You're not going to believe him, are you?" Mr Figgis turned to Biggles. "I knew you'd take his side."
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:08 am

Biggles was finding it difficult to control his temper. He would not believe that Taffy was implicated in the plot Fighis was investigating. But he was furious with his subordinate for flagrantly disobeying orders and breaking out. But that was a matter between Taffy and himself.
“As a matter of fact, Mr Figgis, I do believe him. Mr Hughes, whatever failings Mr Hughes may have, lying and disloyalty are not among them,” Biggles stated coldly.

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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by Fairblue » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:01 am

He turned to Taffy. "You may go, but confine yourself to the Officers Mess. Is that clear? I'll see you later."
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by kylie_koyote » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:48 am

Taffy fled.
"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."
"That's better."

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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by Fairblue » Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:21 pm

Mr Figgis turned indignant eyes to Biggles. "He is hardly likely to confess to what is no less than treason," he began."I am beginning to wonder if he wasn't the only one involved."

Algy, lounging by the door, stood upright. Biggles' lips had formed a thin line. Algy recognised the signs and waited for the storm to break.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:36 pm

He wasn't disappointed. The storm broke indeed.

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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by Fairblue » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:51 pm

Algy thought Mr Figgis would explode, so red in the face was he.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:21 am

Bertie and Angus were both impressed. They hadn't seen Biggles explode so spectacularly, yet with such quiet deadliness, before.

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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by Fairblue » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:45 pm

Mr Figgis was escorted from the premises, threats of retribution falling from his lips.

Biggles collapsed in his chair. "Get the Air Commodore for me, Algy," he ordered as he lit a cigarette. "I need to speak to him before that man does."
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:53 pm

Algy handed the receiver to Biggles after he'd spoken to Raymond for a few minutes. He, Bertie and Angus all listened to Biggles' side of the conversation.

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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by Fairblue » Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:49 pm

"Yes, sir, he exceeded his remit. He as good as accused me and the squadron of being involved."
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:16 am

Whatever Raymond said next the others would never really know, but Biggles eyebrows rose, his lips thinned and his grip on the receiver tightened.

"Perhaps you would like me to come up immediately, sir," he said tightly.

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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by Fairblue » Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:23 am

"You're in charge," he told Algy a moment later. "I'm off to the Air Ministry. See what else you can find out about Godbett's farm but for God's sake, keep Taffy where he is."
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:41 am

"Before you go," said Algy urgently. "Do you think friend Erich might be involved in this? Because if that rattlesnake's behind this we really need to walk carefully. I wouldn't put it past him to have set this whole thing up to land you squarely in the mud!"

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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by Fairblue » Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:34 am

"There's probably quite a few tall men who walk with a limp," Biggles stated, "but I might be able to convince Raymond that I should investigate the goings on on the grounds it might be von Stahlein."
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by StoneRoad » Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:21 pm

At that moment there was a cacophony of noise.
A plane roared low overhead, the squadron office phone rang and the tender drew up outside and the driver indicated his arrival with a brisk triple honk on the horn (because of the plane's noise).
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by Fairblue » Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:29 pm

"What the..." Biggles was out of the door in a flash, followed by his flight commanders and Toddy.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:27 pm

He was just in time to see a Lancaster, escorted by two Spitfires and two Hurricanes all make rather startling landings. The Lanky rumbled to a halt just short of the hangar, narrowly avoiding Biggles' own Spitfire that Smyth had only recently finished overhauling.

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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by Fairblue » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:10 am

The pilot of the Lancaster thrust his head out of the window and bellowed for help and a medic. Toddy ran off to arrange this. Biggles realised, with despair, that most of his squadron were still out on the exercise which Taffy's exploits had interrupted his own participation of.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by StoneRoad » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:06 pm

One of Doc Lorton's orderlies drove over - at some speed - in the blood wagon, and swerved around to as near to the fuselage door as he could get, he then climbed inside.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by Fairblue » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:16 pm

Biggles scrambled aboard to find our what had happened. Holes in the side of the craft where the Navigator had sat told one part of the story. He could also see where other parts of the plane had been damaged. Whether the sortie they were on had been successful or not he couldn't say. He stuck his head out if the door and yelled to Algy.

"Get Bertie and Angus to get the Squadron back," he ordered. "We're washing out for the day."
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:32 pm

"And Toddy, ring the Air Commodore and tell him I'm unavoidably delayed." Biggles rapped the second order out and turned his attention to the crew of the stricken bomber, forgetting the four fighters that had escorted it down.

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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Post by Fairblue » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:39 pm

But Ginger was there, talking to the pilots who were now standing outside the main office as the casualty was taken away in the blood wagon and the rest of the Lancaster crew disembarked.
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