One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by HostileCacti » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:07 am

Absolutely amazing!! I can't wait to read the rest :nailbiting: :booky:
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by Kismet » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:20 am

More! More! I need the next part of the story!
'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: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by kylie_koyote » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:43 am

Bwahaha, oh, poor Ginger!
"For goodness sake stop that Yankee drawl, or you'll have us all doing it before you've finished."
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by Fairblue » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:59 am

Yet another fanfic writer who has learned to string out the suspense. :roll: Please put us (and Ginger) out of our collective misery.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by StoneRoad » Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:08 pm

Biting my nails in anticipation, here ...
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by Indian Civil Service » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:05 am

The fingers of her left hand firmly entwined with Ameena's right hand, Deepti held her tightly-balled right hand out towards Ginger. To the watching airmen, it seemed curiously almost a gesture of supplication.

Making sure that her extended hand was fully visible to everyone in the room, including the watchful paparazzi dangling from the windows, the girl slowly uncurled her fingers. Nestling in the palm of her small hand were two delicate red and gold threads, their glowing shades contrasting with the three small white pearls threaded in the middle of each.

"Please, Englishman of the red hair... " she began.

"Call him Ginger, it's shorter, " interposed Biggles from over her shoulder.

With a slight nod of acknowledgement, Deepti continued, the color rising in her cheeks as she addressed Ginger directly again.

"Please, Mr Ginger-ji, would you agree to becoming the rakhi-brother of Ameena and myself?"

A collective sigh rustled round the room.
:P "In my end is my beginning... " (T. S. Eliot)

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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:13 am

Ahhhh! This is an interesting turn, ICS. Looking forward to further enlightenment - but I presume this lets Ginger off the hook, marital-wise?

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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by Foolscap » Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:25 am

Oh...nicely done:-)
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by Kismet » Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:15 am

I shall consult Google to see exactly what she has done, but it looks like Ginger has been offered a get out of jail free card. This is of great interest and please can I have more story. More!
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by kylie_koyote » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:19 pm

I'm intrigued! Keep it coming, ICS.
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Post by Fairblue » Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:46 pm

Wot Kismet and KK said.
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Post by Indian Civil Service » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:14 pm

:P "In my end is my beginning... " (T. S. Eliot)

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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by Indian Civil Service » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:40 pm

Totally taken aback, Ginger could only stutter, "Ra--bro--what? "

The flush on the girls' faces deepened. "Rakhi, " Ameena spoke up shyly for the first time, pointing at the threads glowing on her friend's open palm.

"I--I don't understand, " stammered Ginger, still quite unable to take in this sudden and swift change in the situation. The erudite Mirza came to his rescue.

"If you would kindly permit me to explain, " he began suavely, stroking his beard.

Ginger cast a wild look around at his comrades. Algy and Bertie both looked understandably puzzled. Bertie caught Ginger's eye and jerked his head slightly towards Biggles. Turning, Ginger was astonished to see a strange expression on his chief's face, one he was sure he'd never seen before. Surely Biggles wasn't getting sentimental? What WAS all this about?

Mercifully, before the Mirza could launch on his complicatedly erudite explanation, the dry tones of the SHO intruded on Ginger's confused consciousness.

"I must say the young ladies have found the best--perhaps the only--way out of a bad situation, " pronounced that worthy individual.

"But-but, what is it they want me to do? " demanded Ginger, almost at the end of his tether.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by Indian Civil Service » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:53 pm

The Mirza reclaimed the explanatory mode. "They are offering you the Raksha Bandhan, the Knot or Tie of Protection, young sir! " he announced.

"But, why? How? " Ginger was completely perplexed.

Deepti spoke again. "Back there, when we fell and those boys were trying to pick me up, and I was so uncomfortable at their touching me, you stepped between them and me, did you not? "

"Y-yes, but that was totally natural, you looked so upset, " Ginger replied.

"It was that gesture of yours that gave me this idea, " admitted the girl and her friend nodded vigorously in agreement. "And also that... " Her voice trailed off.

Unmindful of the discomfort his malodorous proximity was causing to the patriarchal elders, Ginger leaned forward. "Go on, " he prompted. "And also what? "
:P "In my end is my beginning... " (T. S. Eliot)

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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by Kismet » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:49 pm

Aww. Biggles is getting sentimental. Are there going to be revelations from his past? This is working out nicely, ICS.
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Post by HostileCacti » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:21 pm

This is so very exciting!! :popcorn: Please please please tell us more!!! :flower:
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:35 pm

HostileCacti wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:21 pm
This is so very exciting!! :popcorn: Please please please tell us more!!! :flower:
HC has said it for me, too. :-) :-)

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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by Indian Civil Service » Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:47 am

Kismet wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:49 pm
Aww. Biggles is getting sentimental. Are there going to be revelations from his past? This is working out nicely, ICS.
:think2: :thumbchap:
:P "In my end is my beginning... " (T. S. Eliot)

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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by Indian Civil Service » Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:59 am

Slanting a quick glance at her grim-visaged progenitor, Deepti replied, "You see, I'm told I used to have an older brother, my parents' first child. But when he was very small, he got ill, typhoid or some fever like that. And because of the Partition, there were riots and curfew everywhere. The doctor could not reach him and my parents could not take him to the hospital. So... they lost him. Then after some years, I came and after me Dipu."

"My parents have never forgotten. So, often I wonder what it would have been like had he lived." The girl's voice faltered a little, then strengthened as she went on, half-smiling at her young sibling, who was dutifully at her side but preoccupied with practicing another hideous face to pull, "Ameena is my best friend, but she too is the eldest in her family. Sometimes, Ginger-ji, it is very hard to be the oldest, most responsible one! "

A ghost of a smile softened Biggles' features again. Ameena and Deepti's mothers sniffed audibly into their scarves. Even the grapevine fell into a respectful silence.

Bertie, following the exchange closely, interjected before Ginger could speak, "Well, now isn't that a coincidence, by Jove! Just earlier today, up at the Fort, Ginger was complaining about always being the youngest one of us and wishing his folks had had more kids after him!" He beamed at Ginger. "Looks like you're getting your wish after all, young feller!"
:P "In my end is my beginning... " (T. S. Eliot)

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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by Foolscap » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:40 am

Oh, this seems to be working out very well:-)
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Foolscap wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:40 am
Oh, this seems to be working out very well:-)
It certainly does.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by Kismet » Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:55 pm

Aww, this is lovely!
'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: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:34 pm

This is just lovely, ICS (says I most unoriginally :-) ). Hanging out to hear Ginger's response.

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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by Indian Civil Service » Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:51 pm

Shyly, Ameena added, "Please, we will not bother you after this. We understand that for you it is only a way out of this bad situation, but we..." her voice tailed off as she glanced nervously at her parents.

Somehow, her timidity brought Ginger out of his goggle-eyed trance. Groping for words, he echoed, "Only a way out? Doesn't it mean anything then?" Even as he spoke he was conscious of a vague sense of disappointment. The Mirza faithfully translated sotto voce .

Quickly, Deepti replied. "No, no Ginger-ji! For us it means everything. A rakhi relationship is as important as a real brother-sister blood relationship. More, even! But it is not easy for a foreigner to understand, we think. So we would not expect..."

Algy intervened thoughtfully, "Pardon me, but I'm confused too. Is this a Hindu or Muslim thing? Because you're both of different faiths, so how would that work for your families? "

The Mirza broke off his murmured translation to say with a benign smile, "It is a human thing, sir.The bond of brother-sister affection is beyond the call of any teachings, is it not?"

"Yes, by Gad, so it is!" agreed Bertie enthusiastically.

The Mirza seized upon the opening for his erudition. "History records a Hindu Rajput queen sending a rakhi to the Muslim king Humayun, father of the great Akbar. Her fortress was surrounded by foreign invaders and she appealed to him to come to her aid as an older brother would hasten to the aid of a sister in peril!"

"And did he?" queried Bertie.

"Most certainly he did, even though he risked facing a force greater than his own, fighting those who professed his own faith. Such is the power of this bond. Ah, to just think of Humayun, setting forth..."

A harrumphing from Deepti's father underlaid by some milder throat-clearing by Ameena's pater urged them back to the present.
:P "In my end is my beginning... " (T. S. Eliot)

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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home" (Reposted)

Post by Kismet » Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:23 pm

I love this story. I don't want it to finish.
'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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