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Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:23 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Fairblue » 04 Mar 2015, 00:49

Biggles shrugged. He'd heard it all before.

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:23 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Kismet » 04 Mar 2015, 00:53

But he, himself, felt like he'd let the side down and needed to repair the damage. It was not a feeling that Biggles was used to or one that he liked.

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:24 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Fairblue » 04 Mar 2015, 00:58

The fact was, well....he'd better get him back. And he'd hang on to him this time. He'd been told Poodles was as slippery as an eel and today proved it. He left the Air Commodore's office slightly rattled but determined. If O'Reilly wanted a reduced sentence then he was going to have to work for it.

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:24 pm
by Fairblue
by Kismet » 04 Mar 2015, 13:24

Biggles looked at the contents of Riley O'Reilly's box on his desk and wondered if he'd made another error in judgement. It was one thing to have Riley trying to find out about an Escape Committee in Dartmoor when he, Biggles was holding all of Riley's worldly goods and family to ransom, it was another having Riley finding out about an Escape Committee when all Biggles had was a box of junk.

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:24 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Fairblue » 04 Mar 2015, 13:33

Bertie by now was back from the library and had dumped a pile of books on aromatherapy, herbal remedies and apothecary guides onto his desk. Biggles picked up the key, the one Raymond thought belonged to the old safe at Rawlham and turned to his team. "Anyone fancy a trip down memory lane?"

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:25 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Kismet » 04 Mar 2015, 14:12

Algy idly sloshed the bottle of ipecacuanha. 'Depends which lane. Some things I'd really rather not recall.'

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:25 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Fairblue » 04 Mar 2015, 14:21

Biggles grinned. Why don't we see if the old farmhouse is still there?" He frowned suddenly and shouted. "Algy, watch out!" for the stopper suddenly flew off and as the liquid therein splashed onto Biggles' desk there was a sizzle and the varnish bubbled.

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:25 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Kismet » 04 Mar 2015, 14:29

'I'll take the books back,' Bertie suggested. 'That's not ipecacuanha.'

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:25 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Fairblue » 04 Mar 2015, 14:33

A visit from the lab technician confirmed it was an acid. He'd let the Inspector know exactly what it was when he had run some tests. He took the bottle away, leaving the airmen to discuss this latest development.

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:26 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Kismet » 04 Mar 2015, 14:43

'The gun isn't a gun.' Biggles poked it irritably. 'The money is forged. The ipecacuanha is an acid. What else in this box is disguised and what does it tell us? Let's go to Rawlham and see if the safe is still a safe.'

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:26 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Fairblue » 04 Mar 2015, 14:51

"I saw a film once," Ginger began, to a chorus of groans. "No, hear me out. A man held up a bank with a toy gun. The next time he tried to get in a safe, but he couldn't because he didn't have a key. So he put acid into the lock and that did the trick." He smiled round at his staring audience. "Don't you see? This is his toolbox. The tools of his trade."

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:26 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Kismet » 04 Mar 2015, 18:44

'We don't want the tools of his trade,' Biggles pointed out, 'we want the fruits of his labours.'

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:27 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Fairblue » 04 Mar 2015, 18:58

"No, we don't," argued Algy. "We want his cooperation. He wants a slice off his sentence and he told us that there was something in this box that would help us. Perhaps the answer does lie with that key, after all. If we don't find anything at Rawlham maybe we should go and see him and invite him to explain himself."

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:27 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Kismet » 04 Mar 2015, 22:36

Rawlham was derelict. The weather was dismal, and every surface seemed to be running with some form of water. Rain, condensation, leaks. Biggles was surprised that the old farmhouse hadn't dissolved. He hoped their errand wouldn't take long.

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:27 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Kismet » 04 Mar 2015, 22:36

Rawlham was derelict. The weather was dismal, and every surface seemed to be running with some form of water. Rain, condensation, leaks. Biggles was surprised that the old farmhouse hadn't dissolved. He hoped their errand wouldn't take long.

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:58 pm
by Fairblue
Postby kylie_koyote » 04 Mar 2015, 22:56

Ginger was busy pointing to dings in the wall and bumps on the floor and reminiscing about each.

Biggles stopped him suddenly. "Say that again."

"I said this (pointing to dimple in the floor) is from when Henry brought Annie the Pig inside during a thunderstorm."

"No, after that."

"Oh, this mark on the wall? It's from when Tug and Ferocity were practicing some boxing maneuver and Ferocity put his hand through the wall."

"I never knew that," Biggles said, looking interested.

"Oh good, you weren't supposed to. We were afraid you'd be mad, so we hung a picture over it."

Biggles looked even more interested. His eyes went to the only poster left up on the walls. It was a common-enough one, warning against speaking out of turn during wartime.

"What's behind that one?"

"I don't know," Ginger said honestly. "It was there when we moved in."

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:58 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Fairblue » 04 Mar 2015, 23:02

He had to force the front door. Inside, part of the ceiling had fallen in and it would have been impossible to get up the stairs. They stood in the hallway, each with his own private thoughts of the past.

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:59 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Kismet » 05 Mar 2015, 13:58

Biggles was curious about how the one surviving poster was staying up in the pervasive climate of wet. He absently rubbed at an edge to free it. Then he tried harder to loosen it. Then he started to examine it.

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:59 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Fairblue » 05 Mar 2015, 15:26

"There's something not quite right here," he announced. He thought for a moment and after wandering into the next room and out again, he turned to Bertie. "Find me something I can use as a crowbar."

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:59 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Kismet » 05 Mar 2015, 17:45

'A crowbar for paper?' asked Bertie. Biggles looked at him and Bertie went to find a lever.

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:59 pm
by Fairblue
Bertie handed Biggles the tyre lever. Biggles went into the next room, the others following. They watched in some surprise as he inserted the end of the lever into a gap between the wall and the small mounted wall cupboard and gave it a heave.

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:59 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Kismet » 05 Mar 2015, 23:20

Neither the tyre lever or the cupboard gave an inch.

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:00 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Fairblue » 05 Mar 2015, 23:24

Biggles gave it another heave. Still nothing.

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:00 pm
by Fairblue
Postby Kismet » 05 Mar 2015, 23:29

Biggles attacked the wall around it, to try to gain access from the side.

Re: Biggles Loses His Man

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:00 pm
by Fairblue
by Fairblue » 05 Mar 2015, 23:35

"Maybe it is only a poster, after all," Algy said as he nonchalantly leaned up against the offending wall.