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June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  Edward Torrington on Wed May 30, 2012 8:36 am

"It certainly would have!"

Edward pulled a chair up for Vickery and settled on his chest himself.

"Isn't everything better with a member of the light division present? At least in their own estimation?"

He winked at Vickery, while offering another round of tea.

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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  John Vickery on Wed May 30, 2012 8:44 am

"I fail to see how half-drowning three captains could possibly be any improvement on half-drowning two captains," Vickery said, taking a seat and crossing one leg over the other. "In fact, my not being half-drowned has to be of some benefit as my man has not had to look out two dry sets of clothing instead of one."

He accepted the offered cup of tea and blew the steam off, though he did not taste it right away; it was likely to be hot enough to burn his mouth.

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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  George Hunter on Wed May 30, 2012 8:48 am

"I could say that it would have been even funnier, but I get the feeling you won't agree with me." Hunter shifted on his feet settling into a more comfortable position.
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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  Edward Torrington on Wed May 30, 2012 8:58 am

"The blame would be more easily shared."

Torrington deadpanned.

"And it was an accident suffered in the name of duty! We were striving to improve our fencing skills - and surely three officers doing so would be better than only two?"


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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  John Vickery on Wed May 30, 2012 9:01 am

"It only requires two participants to fence," Vickery replied. "Although I must say that it does seem as though a third pair of eyes may have spotted the river before you fell in. It is quite a large body of water for this part of the world, after all."

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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  Edward Torrington on Thu May 31, 2012 4:58 am

Edward inwardly grinned. He could hardly admit that at some point immersion in the river (preferably the opponent's) had featured quite heavily in their plans of attack.

Outwardly, he replied gravely:

"We will make sure that we choose a more illuminated and less watery spot for our next bout - or invite you toplay umpire."


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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  George Hunter on Thu May 31, 2012 5:31 am

George twitched, shot a sly look at Torrington from under his lashes. "You have to remember though, Vickery, an umpire could find himself in a vulnerable position if his judgement is not to the liking of others."
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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  Edward Torrington on Thu May 31, 2012 5:58 am

Edward tossed a napkin at Hunter, laughing.

"Speak for yourself, Hunter. I have to live here, so I will very much abide by everything Vickery says. - Besides, it is unlikely that he will find something to remark which we both see the same way, so one will always be around to defend him."

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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  John Vickery on Thu May 31, 2012 6:07 am

Vickery chuckled and inclined his head. "It is the sad duty of an umpire to be disliked by either side so, as I value both your friendships, I find I must respectfully decline the offer. You should ask someone else, and allow me to remain a mere bystander."

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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  George Hunter on Thu May 31, 2012 6:22 am

"So you suggest we find someone we both dislike for the role? Torrington do you have someone in mind?"
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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  Edward Torrington on Thu May 31, 2012 6:28 am

Edward's brow quirked upwards.

"Apart from the poor sergeant I harrass occassionally for the right tools, paper that isn't wet, mouldy or just plain crumpled, and a few other things the army doesn't seem to have in store, my few aquintances here include nobody whom this description fits, as far as I know, but perhaps you could introduce me to somebody, Vickery?"

Edward's eyebrow became an elegant arch.

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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  John Vickery on Thu May 31, 2012 6:40 am

Vickery considered for a moment. "Actually, I am not sure I can think of somebody of that description. Well, not right now, unless you count people currently still in England." He looked interrogatively at Torrington, and then smiled. "And somehow I do not think that would quite fit your purpose."

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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  Edward Torrington on Thu May 31, 2012 7:03 am

"Well, unless his lordship sees fit to grant us all furlough, I don't think it would be particularly practical. Hmm. In this case we will probably have to wait until such a personage makes his appearance here."

He grinned.

"Or we could have the whole company decide by vote of majority. It probably wouldn't work, but it might be an interesting experiment."

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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  George Hunter on Thu May 31, 2012 7:42 am

Hunter smiled. "Experiments now, is it Torrington? I can just see you after you've retired from the army. A gentleman naturalist. Experiments, journals and stuffed animals all around you."
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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  Edward Torrington on Thu May 31, 2012 7:47 am

Edward pulled a grimace.

"No stuffed animals. I prefer mechanical instruments. But otherwise? To me it sounds perfectly appealing. Although I have not the slightest inclination to retire before I have thorougly beaten you at fencing!"

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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  George Hunter on Thu May 31, 2012 7:49 am

"If you are hoping to beat me, Torrington, your retirement is a very long way away." Hunter smirked at the Captain and bent to pick up the napkin, Torrington threw at him earlier.
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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  John Vickery on Thu May 31, 2012 7:49 am

Vickery finally tasted his tea, which was just about cool enough to drink now. "I think you might find either that the Company will abstain for fear of angering the wrong man, or that they will come down heavily in My Lord Torrington's favour. After all, everybody favours a lord, as we all know."

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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  Sir Arthur Wellesley on Thu May 31, 2012 8:02 am

Outside of the tent there was the snort and whinny of a horse, accompanied by a sudden commotion sounding suspiciously like that of riflemen stumbling unevenly to attention, and the panicked voice of Lt. Brady apologizing profusely to someone about an 'improper reception'.


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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  Edward Torrington on Thu May 31, 2012 8:07 am

Edward frowned, the good humour vanishing from his face.

"You'd really think so?"

He did not like that notion very much. - As much as he enjoyed his social status, if he asked people to pass judgement, he did not want it to enter the equation. Further thoughts on that subject were interrupted by a commotion outside, however, and he turned his head, frowning.


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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  George Hunter on Thu May 31, 2012 8:09 am

Hunter reached out and touched Torrington on the shoulder nodding in the direction of the tent's entrance, trying to draw the other men's attention to the commotion outside.

"This can't be good," he muttered so as only Torrington could hear.
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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  John Vickery on Thu May 31, 2012 8:09 am

"What the...?" Vickery hastily put his teacup down on the nearest available flat surface and got to his feet. "Beg pardon, gentlemen," he said before finding his headgear and ducking out of the tent in a hurry. What on earth was Brady doing, and who was he apologising to in such a panicked way.

The General. Oh dear.

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Post  Sir Arthur Wellesley on Thu May 31, 2012 8:15 am

Seeing his captain Brady dashed over, looking mortified. He saluted hastily.

"Sir, General Wellesley has just ridden into the camp!"

In the dark the picquets had not recognised the Commander-in-Chief, and so the usual early warning that would have been delivered to the duty officer had failed to be given. The general had been amongst the Rifles before Sergeant Fischer had seen his face and let forth a particularly filthy oath in surprise.

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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  John Vickery on Thu May 31, 2012 8:25 am

Oh dear God. "Who let him out unsupervised?" Vickery muttered. and, more to the point, how had he got past the picquets before being noticed? Someone was going to regret their lapse of attention, Vickery would make sure of that.

"Thank you, Mr Brady. I don't suppose you have any idea where he might be now?"

The sound of hoofbeats behind Brady answered that one without the Lieutenant needing to open his mouth. Vickery drew himself to attention and saluted smartly as the horse draw to a halt mere paces away.

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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  Edward Torrington on Thu May 31, 2012 8:25 am

Torrington had nodded in answer to Hunter's comment and gotten to his feet, with one hand gently dislodging Hunter's. Now he snatched his own hat and held the flap open for Hunter, assuming that the ADC would want to greet his general.

"I wonder what has happend?", he murmured softly to himself.

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Re: June 24th, evening: Having dinner with the Engineer

Post  George Hunter on Thu May 31, 2012 8:29 am

Hunter pulled on his boots in a great hurry, they made a disgusting squelching sound. He glared at Torrington as he walked outside past him, the man could have had the decency of letting him 'hide' behind him. He stepped out of the tent, glancing down briefly making sure that Vickery's greatcoat hid as much as it could.

He saluted the General.
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