Biggles and the Approaching Storm

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Re: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Foolscap » Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:17 am

Kismet wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:31 am
Poor Algy, all alone.
Impressed that you are both still sticking with this:-)
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34/ Descent

Descending through the darkness to the rapidly approaching ground;
Rip cord pulled, and fall suspended, silk above, night air around.
Sudden drag, deceleration; time slows down; a different world.
Impact and a stumbled roll; parachutes are swiftly furled
And stashed away, both men unscathed. They get their bearings gradually.
Underfoot is sandy soil, above, a wide leaf canopy
With moonlight streaming through, attaching silver flecks to rolling sea.
~0~
Biggles hastens Ginger to the cover of a nearby palm;
Assumption is that foe are present, though they haven't raised alarm.
There might be just a basic guard; it seems, to Biggles, common sense;
Remoteness of the chosen isle provides the first and best defence.
They plan to trek across the island, check if those beliefs are true,
Relying on their three companions bringing their new aircraft through,
To meet the deadline set with Algy...tomorrow evening rendezvous.
~0~
Careful footwork in the darkness, roar of surf now acts as guide;
Moving just within the tree line, beach diminished by the tide.
Stealthy and painstaking progress, onwards for an hour or two.
A break, the trees are sparser now, the prospect of a clearer view;
Up ahead a ridge looms high, against the moonlight; jagged, stark.
Ginger clutches Biggles' arm; a glimpse of yellow light, a spark
Which disappears a moment later; something moving in the dark...
~0~
"If you're going to leave the beaten track the first thing is to make sure you've got your sense of humour with you."
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Re: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Fairblue » Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:49 am

Oh, oh, this is getting very exciting, Foolscap. :nailbiting:
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Re: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by kylie_koyote » Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:51 am

This is really good - I especially like the last line.
"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: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Kismet » Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:46 pm

There's no hardship in sticking with this! It's great and I'm enjoying it.
'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 Approaching Storm

Post by Foolscap » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:40 pm

Fairblue wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:49 am
Oh, oh, this is getting very exciting, Foolscap. :nailbiting:
Thank you all:-)

35/ A Close Call

They stare intently, check their bearings; spark returns, is quickly gone.
Gauging distance in the darkness; foolish to rely upon
Appearances, as quite deceptive, depth perception goes awry;
Could be closer than they think; much nearer than that ridge on high.
Carefully they pick their way round fallen rocks on grass-patched sand,
Grateful for the moonlight as pale beams illuminate the land,
Still wary of exposure if their enemy is close at hand.
~0~
A stretch of open land to cover, cliffs impede a sheltered route;
Biggles darts across, then beckons; Ginger starts to follow suit...
Then stops, retreats at Biggles' hasty, frantic signal, barely seen.
Into view two men come strolling, a scant few yards are in between
The shallow dip where Ginger lies, and where the strangers smoke and talk,
Complaining at their work conditions, no great hurry, cease their walk.
Ginger dare not move nor breathe, whilst Biggles watches like a hawk...
~0~
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Re: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Kismet » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:58 pm

:sweat: Oh this is tense!
'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 Approaching Storm

Post by alderaanian » Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:16 pm

:love: Wow I just caught up with this thread. I absolutely love this. Henry Harcourt is one of my favourites as well. The poem is amazing! So many feels. Giving Pushkin a run for his money :D

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Re: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Foolscap » Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:37 pm

alderaanian wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:16 pm
:love: Wow I just caught up with this thread. I absolutely love this. Henry Harcourt is one of my favourites as well. The poem is amazing! So many feels. Giving Pushkin a run for his money :D
Thank you very much
And thank you Kismet:-)

36/A challenge for Ginger

A glowing stub is flicked and lands so close that Ginger feels the heat;
They're nearer now, it feels as though they'll hear his heart, each single beat.
Everything is focussed on the need to stay completely still;
He tries to act as Biggles would, and harness every ounce of will.
The urge to cough or stretch or sneeze is stifled almost painfully.
He counts the seconds, every minute lasting an eternity
He knows he'll be discovered if they don't move on quite urgently.
~0~
Profound relief as one informs the other, too much time has passed;
They turn, reverse their route, thus leaving Ginger on his own at last.
Despite discomfort from the stony ground he's had to lie upon;
His instinct is to stay quite still, while Biggles checks the threat has gone.
A signal, and he runs across, to hunker down at Biggles' side;
They plan to take advantage of their close encounter; both decide
To trail the strangers to their base; their idle talk, a useful guide.
~0~
"If you're going to leave the beaten track the first thing is to make sure you've got your sense of humour with you."
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Re: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Kismet » Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:46 pm

Such a Biggles thing to do! Amazing, as always.
'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 Approaching Storm

Post by kylie_koyote » Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:03 am

I concur. Very exciting!
"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: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Spitfire666 » Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:15 pm

Phew :shock: Ginger may have got some white hairs after that! (Or is it just me?)

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Re: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Foolscap » Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:19 pm

Spitfire666 wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:15 pm
Phew :shock: Ginger may have got some white hairs after that! (Or is it just me?)
Yep, he probably has, poor lad:-)
And thank you, very much, Kismet and KK...

37/ No rest for Biggles

In shadows and through undergrowth they follow their two targets back;
A stop and start progression, many obstacles along the track.
For Ginger, it's tough going, with the constant tension, rough terrain,
Though Biggles seems untroubled, nowhere near his limits, yet again.
A final curve, more signs of life, a group of dwellings edge a reef;
Some lit and clearly occupied, the ridge behind, in dark relief.
Ginger gets his breath back, waits for further orders from his chief.
~0~
Midnight comes and goes, as Biggles contemplates his choice of plan;
They'll stay well hidden, one on guard and one to catnap, if he can.
No aircraft currently in sight, no tracks of wheels identified,
Though signs of past activity, may well be cleared by rising tide.
Ginger sleeps, worn out by recent strains and stresses undergone.
Biggles, on first watch, observes the lights extinguished, one by one
And wonders how the others are, how Bertie's team is getting on...
~0~
"If you're going to leave the beaten track the first thing is to make sure you've got your sense of humour with you."
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Re: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Fairblue » Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:52 pm

I, too, would like to know how Bertie is getting on, please.
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Re: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Kismet » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:20 pm

Yes, news of Bertie would be an excellent Christmas present. Please imagine me greedily rubbing my hands together.
'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 Approaching Storm

Post by Foolscap » Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:26 pm

Kismet wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:20 pm
Yes, news of Bertie would be an excellent Christmas present. Please imagine me greedily rubbing my hands together.
And noted, Fairblue:-)

A little later that morning...

36/Problems for Bertie

Smyth and Henry fly together, Bertie's set to fly alone,
Back to Sandy’s island airfield, back to perils yet unknown.
Flight paths start in false direction, subterfuge their main intent;
Both curve high and far then seaward; putting watchers off their scent.
Later as the planes touch down, the sunshine lights the wave-tipped sea;
Everything is as they left it; no disturbance, thankfully.
Smyth and Henry load supplies, refuel, and take off rapidly.
~0~
Bertie plans to join them later, has to wait for time and tide;
Sorts through every office paper; files are all identified
And moved away and safely hidden...cannot be too cautious here.
He frowns, an aeroplane approaches, lands; two unknown men appear.
They study Bertie's aircraft closely, on the runway, in plain view.
Just one exit from the office; should he hide, or bluff things through?
A host of thoughts race through his brain; including...
What would Biggles do?
~0~
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Re: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Kismet » Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:10 pm

Oh, excellent! Happy Christmas, me.Thanks Foolscap. What would Biggles do?
'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 Approaching Storm

Post by kylie_koyote » Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:45 am

Ha!
What would Biggles do indeed.
The $64,000 question.
"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: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Foolscap » Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:54 pm

Kismet wrote:
Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:10 pm
Oh, excellent! Happy Christmas, me.Thanks Foolscap. What would Biggles do?
And, yes, KK...:-p

Sorry about this...

37/More Problems for Bertie

No time for any detailed plan, as both approach the office door.
He calls a brief and cheerful greeting, hopes to stall a little more.
Ruffles hair and creases clothing, monocle is stashed away;
Steps outside, adjusts his accent, bids the visitors, “Good day!”
Neither smiles and neither speaks as Bertie waits and stands his ground,
Acutely conscious that there are no other airfield staff around.
If any altercation starts, there's no one else to hear a sound.
~0~
The first, a grim, black bearded man, demands that Bertie steps aside.
Bertie indicates politely, office door is open wide.
He asks for their official papers, log books, passports; tone is calm;
Hides his growing apprehension, masks his justified alarm.
Both are armed, ignore his words, push straight past him, through the door;
Start to rifle through the papers neatly stacked on desk and floor.
Bertie is relieved that all the vital work was moved before.
~0~
Bertie shuts the door behind them; swiftly turns the office key;
Runs towards his aircraft, hopes to send a warning urgently.
A third man Bertie hadn't noticed, jumps down from the strangers' plane.
Clear, exposed, and moving target; Bertie twists and turns in vain.
Heart is pounding, muscles straining; Bertie hears a pistol crack.
Blazing pain across one temple, Bertie flinches, staggers back;
Stumbles on to scorched dry sand;
The world turns purple;
Fades to black...
~0~
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Post by kylie_koyote » Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:57 pm

Oh no!
Bertie!
"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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Re: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Kismet » Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:10 pm

Dear me. Bertie's in a spot of bother. Not sure how he's going to get out of this!Neither am I, but he'd better........ :evil:
'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 Approaching Storm

Post by Foolscap » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:17 pm

Kismet wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:10 pm
Dear me. Bertie's in a spot of bother. Not sure how he's going to get out of this!Neither am I, but he'd better........ :evil:
kylie_koyote wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:57 pm
Oh no!
Bertie!
Sorry about that...

38/ Algy is Suspicious...

Meanwhile...at the sheltered reef, Von Zoyton scans the skies again.
Relief at last, he spots a low approaching light amphibious plane,
Which circles once, then glides to join the schooner in the deep lagoon
Once tides are out, a second craft, he hopes, will join the party soon.
Smyth and Henry Harcourt greet their fellow team mates cheerfully,
But news about Von Stalhein's sighting causes some anxiety;
The sooner Biggles hears the news the happier his friends will be.
~0~
A meal, while Algy fills them in about the past two days events
And all discuss the complications Herr Von Stalhein's role presents.
Henry then describes his exploits, shadowing their greatest foe;
The meeting in the tavern with the hard-faced man he did not know.
Algy drops his fork at the description of his trimmed black beard;
It surely couldn't be...an old adversary had reappeared?
He looks at Smyth, the penny drops, a pre-war dark connection feared...
~0~
"If you're going to leave the beaten track the first thing is to make sure you've got your sense of humour with you."
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Re: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Kismet » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:58 pm

And all discuss the complications Herr Von Stalhein's role presents.
That's a nice way of putting it!
his trimmed black beard;

Ooooh! Should I be thinking of Black Peril?
'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 Approaching Storm

Post by Marinette » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:36 am

Foolscap, this is really amazing!

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Re: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Spitfire666 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:33 am

Marinette wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:36 am
Foolscap, this is really amazing!
All Foolscap's are really amazing, Marienette!

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Re: Biggles and the Approaching Storm

Post by Foolscap » Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:44 pm

Spitfire666 wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:33 am
Marinette wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:36 am
Foolscap, this is really amazing!
All Foolscap's are really amazing, Marienette!
Thank you very much, really kind of you:-)
And...in response to your thoughts, Kismet...

39/ Where is Bertie?

Bertie, Algy estimates, is due within an hour or so.
He fills the time recounting what had happened to them years ago.
A coastal picnic thwarted by inclement weather closing in;
A lonely Norfolk pill box, the suspicious markings found within.
A flight, a close encounter with a man who fitted Henry's tale;
A fight, a daring rescue, then adventures on the villains' trail.
A foreign fleet invasion stopped; new friendships forged which still prevail.
~0~
Bertie, Algy estimates, is thirty minutes overdue;
He frowns, and checks the skies, the tide is out but there's no plane in view.
A dozen possibilities disturb regarding Bertie's fate;
The certainty that only something serious could make him late.
Uneasiness builds up as time goes by and yet there's still no sight;
No hint of what has happened to delay their comrade's onward flight;
And Algy starts to readjust the plans in place to act that night...
~0~
"If you're going to leave the beaten track the first thing is to make sure you've got your sense of humour with you."
--Biggles on Mystery Island.

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