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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6270 on: September 13, 2019, 01:35:54 PM »
“We should be safe until at least Taunton,” stated the man who called himself Mr. Smith. “Special Branch will have to send someone from London.”

“How will they know about us?” spluttered Poldory.

“In our line of business, it pays to always assume the worst. Someone may have spotted us at West Porthsea station, for example. “Now, pull down the window blinds and lock the corridor door with this passkey,” as he passed a key from his pocket. “Now, what the hell has happened to this man!”

“What do you mean?” asked Poldory.

“I cannot wake him. Until he is awake, there is no point in injecting him with the truth serum I have.” He took out a slim leather wallet from an inner jacket pocket to reveal a filled syringe. Then staring accusingly at Poldory, he demanded: “You wouldn't happen to know anything about this, would you?”

“Hmm,“ swallowed Alan, “Well, I thought that you'd want him rendered unconscious, so I gave my man a bottle of a substance ...”

“And what would that be, Poldory?”

“Ere, it was given to me to spray over a horse to, temporarily, knock it out so that we could dope it, you see.”

“Yes, your employers had mentioned that, unsuccessful project. A failure that YOU were associated with Poldory! So, let me guess, ‘your man’ sprayed the entire contents of this bottle over the compartment upholstery, enough to knock out a HORSE!”

“Err, yes, Mr. Smith.”

“Wonderful, simply wonderful. He's dead to the world and likely to be for some hours! It's very lucky for you that you did not kill him because then,” the man patted his jacket, “I'd simply take out my gun, screw on the silencer and shoot you dead, Poldory! Keep a lookout for me from the corner of the window whenever we stop, in case there's any police waiting to board and on the corridor! I have to wait for your captain to come around. For your sake, hope that that is before Westbury!”
« Last Edit: September 19, 2019, 08:20:47 PM by Chris in Prague, Reason: Corrected. »

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6271 on: September 14, 2019, 07:02:17 PM »
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Many thanks Chris, it's starting to look rather less than good for Alan right now.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6272 on: September 14, 2019, 07:47:59 PM »
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Many thanks Chris, it's starting to look rather less than good for Alan right now.
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Many thanks, Derek. More to come, soon!

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6273 on: September 14, 2019, 07:52:58 PM »
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Interesting, were heading for Spain right now & next station stop is Westbury !!!
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6274 on: September 14, 2019, 10:18:05 PM »
The four friends, together with their new companions, Captain Grenville and Sophie Andres, were seated in their compartment, in the “Atlantic Coast Express”, with the corridor door firmly closed.

“Sophie, please, ensure that we cannot be overheard, will you?”

“Of course, Richard.”

Sophie rummaged in her large shoulder bag and produced a small dull grey, matchbox-sized device which she tapped three times before slowly waving around the compartment.

“Done,” she smiled.

“Thanks, Sophie.”

Susan, who had been carefully watching the recent events without comment, then spoke. “Sophie, that’s not from the 1960s.”

Sophie smiled. “No, Susan, it’s not. It’s from the Torchwood Institute, in Cardiff Bay.”

“Of course,” Susan smiled. “It had to be.”

Seeing Sofi’s quizzical look, Susan added, “the Torchwood Institute’s a secret organization founded by the British Crown, to help protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. It operates independently of the British government, law enforcement groups and even the United Nations. However, it does, as you all know, work with my grandfather.”

“Its commander in chief, Captain Jack Harkness, works with Admiral Tregowan, which is where Sophie and I come in,” smiled Captain Grenville.

“And that, damned orichalcum,” stated Sylvia.

“Err, yes.”

“Alright, Captain. So, what is this grave danger that we’re all in?” replied Sylvia.

Before he could answer, Eli burst out, “It’s that bloody orichalcum isn’t it?”

“Yes, Miss Guillou, it is, I’m afraid.”

“Please, explain Captain.”

“Well, Miss Trevelver, the fact that you three have all, recently visited Sonmel, has come to the attention of those who, at the very highest levels, we really do not want to know anything at all about orichalcum and you, Miss Foreman, are known to be the granddaughter of a very senior advisor to Her Majesty’s Government.”

“All true,” replied Sylvia, “but why the sudden concern for us?”

“I’m very sorry to have to tell you this, Miss Trevelver, but our mutual friend …”

“You don’t mean, Jeremy?” interrupted Sylvia. “I just knew that something bad had happened to him. I felt it here!” She clutched her right hand over her heart as tears welled in her big, brown eyes.

“It’s bad news but not as bad as you fear …”

“Tell me!” Sylvia almost screamed.

Captain Grenville swallowed, “Well, Captain Cador … Jeremy, I mean, was found in, we believe, a drug-induced coma, in an otherwise empty 1st-class compartment of the West Porthsea to Paddington boat train express at Taunton station, by Special Branch working with British Transport Police, and is now being taken care of in a secure, secret medical facility.”

“I must see him!” cried Sylvia.

“I’m afraid that will not be possible until he’s regained consciousness. However, the specialists are very hopeful that that will be soon and then, of course, you can, Miss Trevelver.”

“Thank goodness,” breathed Eli. “And do you know who was responsible for this awful attack on poor Jeremy, Captain?”

“Well, I wouldn’t, normally, tell you this but, as I’ve been assured that you four all have security clearance … so, I can tell you that we strongly suspect a known GRU agent and an, as yet, unknown accomplice ... However,” he smiled, “Special Branch have the best prints of photos. hurriedly taken at West Porthsea station, of both suspects, already developed and printed in the Special Branch photo. Lab, down at the photo. archive for manual matching. We’ll identify the accomplice soon, I’m sure!”
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6275 on: September 15, 2019, 08:34:06 PM »
“It’s no good, Poldory. I can’t bring him around and we’re nearing Taunton, if the train is still running on time. My bosses don’t like taking any unnecessary risks, so I’m off, but nor do they like loose ends and, Poldory, you’re a loose end …”

Alan turned from looking out of the window from behind the corner of the blind and moved across the compartment to the corridor door.

“Wait, wait, Mr. Smith. Let’s not be hasty.”

“Oh, I’m not one to do anything hasty, Poldory. I made up my mind quite some time ago.”

The train began slowing as it passed the large loco. shed on the left. “You’ll need me to keep keeping my eyes out for you, Mr. Smith. You can’t watch both sides at once.”

“True, Poldory, true. But, if I leave the train, here, I can keep an eye out for myself. We’re trained to do that, see and you’re just a liability, an asset which has lost its value, and you never had much value did you, Poldory? Your bosses over-promised and you … under-delivered. Now, enough talking.”

He moved his right hand into his jacket.

The train slowed further as it approached the central island platform of Taunton station. Poldory opened the compartment door.

“Where you going, Poldory? I can shoot you in the back very easily.”

“But, we’ll be stopping any moment, Mr. Smith.”

“So, I need to do it, now.”

The man removed the gun and, taking the silencer from another pocket, fixed it in place. The train drew to a stop. Poldory was still staring intently out of the corridor window when he caught a glimpse of something horribly familiar, two policemen’s helmets steadily moving through the crowd on the platform towards their carriage, accompanied by two men in dark grey suits and trilbies. Poldory heard the gun click behind him.

“Police! Police coming for us, Mr. Smith. We’ve got to go and now!”

“Good try, Poldory …”

Then, glancing through the corridor window, his companion, too, saw the approaching police helmets.

“You’re right, let’s go. I’ll deal with you, later, Poldory,” he stated as he replaced his gun and followed Poldory who was already out into the corridor and running towards the entrance. Alan glimpsed, as he passed, that the outer door to the platform was being opened and a smartly dressed businessman was entering, followed by a smartly dressed woman and, then, two uniformed police. Poldory, though, had dived for the opposite door, thrown it open and jumped down onto the track. There was the sudden blast of the whistle of a fast approaching train. Close behind Alan, the second man had also jumped through the open door and, without looking, down onto the track.

“Stop, police!” came from the open door only to be drowned by the non-stop whistling and the sound of screeching brakes.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6276 on: September 15, 2019, 08:41:18 PM »
Exciting stuff.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6277 on: September 16, 2019, 06:35:30 AM »
Brilliant!  Remeniscent of Paul temple.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6278 on: September 16, 2019, 11:41:57 AM »
Many thanks, Martin and Laurence

More to come, soon!

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6279 on: September 17, 2019, 09:21:30 AM »
Exciting stuff.
:hellosign:
  Gosh extremely,
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6280 on: September 18, 2019, 12:41:49 PM »
Parental Caution Advised!

Alan had already planned his move. As soon as the coach door swung open, he jumped down onto the wide stretch of ballast between the tracks due to a road underbridge and ran as fast as he could alongside the Paddington train. Fortunately, he had been a sprinter at school and still kept in very good physical condition. His plan was to get to the very edge of the station platforms, check that the opposite line was clear then slowly saunter up the platform ramp of the main platform and, unhurriedly, disappear into the crowd. After that, he had decided to make his way out of the station and on to London by as circuitous route as possible with plenty of changes of transport and several of new outer clothes.

As he ran alongside the Paddington train, Alan glanced behind to check that he was not being pursued. To his surprise he saw that his companion was not closely following him between the two tracks but was attempting, at an angle, to reach the opposite platform, closely pursued by the two uniformed policemen. The man was carrying a sturdy looking oblong black briefcase and looking directly ahead. There was no sign of the two plainclothesmen. Alan could only assume that they were in the compartment with the comatose naval captain. Glancing forward, again, Alan saw, then heard, a rapidly approaching train on the opposite line hauled by a grimy steam locomotive which was now frantically whistling.

Mesmerised, Alan stopped and turned to look behind him. The two policemen had also stopped, and a detective had appeared at the open coach door and was shouting something at them as he gesticulated at the man attempting to climb onto the platform with the heavy case. Alan’s former companion must have heard the whistling because he turned and attempted to clamber back across the track and to safety on the central strip of ballast. But he had left it just too late. The edge of the loco’s bufferbeam caught him a glancing blow. He tumbled forward away from the line as the lower half of his body slipped under the leading wheels and he was cut in half in a red mist.

The heavy briefcase flew out of his left hand and towards the leading policeman who had led his colleague forward, again, towards the fugitive. The briefcase hit the ballast then burst open, there was a flash of something reddish gold and the two policemen simply vanished! Its brakes squealing, the train was still travelling rapidly along the main platform. The briefcase tumbled over and over beside it. The detective jumped down from the first train and ran after it. Alan turned and raced back to where the top half of the dead man lay. Stealing himself not to look below, he quickly reached into the righthand inner jacket pocket for the wallet that he knew was there and speedily removed most of the cash. As he removed the fat wallet, a small red-covered notebook fell out which, without thinking, Alan also pocketed before replacing the now much lighter wallet. In the opposite inner pocket, he could see the gun with silencer still attached. Checking that no-one was approaching, he quickly closed the jacket and, ignoring the bloody mess below, left the remains and sprinted back towards the end of the now almost stationary train then, slipping behind it, slowly walked onto the platform ramp and vanished into the crowd on the platform, much richer although with his stomach churning, as he headed straight for the Gents.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6281 on: September 18, 2019, 01:40:02 PM »
Now there's a neat mess you've got us into.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6282 on: September 18, 2019, 02:56:05 PM »
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   Many thanks Chris, looks like Alan's luck is holding out for now. Gosh & two of are finest are some place else right now
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6283 on: September 18, 2019, 05:36:11 PM »
A rather “messy” instalment.
A good job that Poldory has a stout constitution.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6284 on: September 18, 2019, 07:57:02 PM »
Well I may be in Ingerland  but I had to see what was happening in Cant Cove. Glad I have had my tea!  :)
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