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6th August 1809, afternoon: Ransom

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Re: 6th August 1809, afternoon: Ransom

Post  Zachary Pye on Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:05 am

Pye searched his pockets and tugged his pouch free. It was the one where he had stored the money he was given by Torrington to him not too long ago. He had not spent much of it, though he had wanted to buy himself cake. It was more due to the lack of opportunity than anything else. He was just waiting for the right moment.

He took a few steps closer rather shyly. He knew he could not help, like Cotton could. The other man was the finest shot and neither he nor Freddie could compare, however, he had heard the officer mutter something about money. Money he had!

"Sir." He said and held the small pouch out. He no longer held the coin in the letter, though the letter had not been thrown away but safely stored. It had his name on it and he needed to practice those scribbles! "..This s' t' coin fer... this'un that you need. Here." He said. "N' you take Cotton with you. He's really fine.. and someone of t' others that can shoot nearly as good so that they can both protect you." He smiled.

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Re: 6th August 1809, afternoon: Ransom

Post  Edward Torrington on Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:31 am

Torrington looked oddly touched. He thought for a second, then said carefully:

"Thank you, Pye. If you really want, I will take the Spanish coins. I am sure Senhora de Almeida will pay you back in full as soon as she is able to."

If not, he would, but he felt he had not the right to deny Pye if he wanted to help, however little.

Freddie pulled at Pye's sleeve, needing a bit of a translation, but he too had his little money pouch pulled out from under his shirt.

Torrington squeezed his eyes shut for a moment, then asked Cotton:

"Will they be sending additional men now that somebody has reported back?"

He hated that he still did not know these things, but he thought it better to ask Cotton (who probably had as low an opinion of his soldierly abilities as he could have anyway) than loose time with guessing and wrong decisions.

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Re: 6th August 1809, afternoon: Ransom

Post  Gabriel Cotton on Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:52 am

Cotton nodded firmly. "Yes, sir."

He would have to find a way of teaching the officer, or telling Captain Vickery to teach him, things he would need to know. Without embarrassing him, or somehow making him feel foolish for not knowing. It wasn't as though the Engineer had experience of the Rifles' methods anyway... Cotton had decided to treat him a little like an inexperienced Ensign newly arrived with the Army.

"What do you want us to do, sir?" he asked.

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Re: 6th August 1809, afternoon: Ransom

Post  Zachary Pye on Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:02 am

"I do sir." Pye waited for Torrington to take the money that he wanted. He could as well have taken the whole pouch and Pye would not protest. He had observed curiously afterwards wondering what the officer would do next.

At the same time he mulled over places that could provide with more coin that it seemed the officer dearly needed. He was quite surprised actually, that Torrington even needed any money. In his opinion Officers were like pots of gold. Never without it, never empty.

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Re: 6th August 1809, afternoon: Ransom

Post  Edward Torrington on Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:32 am

"As soon as they are here, detail enough men to help the surgeon carry the man back. Then collect whoever you think is needed. Bring them, Rottlaender and Pye to Captain Vickery's tent. I'll tell him what has happened. Bring my horses, and blankets and dressings as well. Even if this should go well, the hostages might be in a bad shape."

The engineer took a deep breath, then quickly sorted out the few reales in Pye's pouch, and on Freddie's inststance in his, too. He made a careful note of the value in his book and pocketed the money, then mounted his horse again.

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Re: 6th August 1809, afternoon: Ransom

Post  Gabriel Cotton on Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:40 am

"Yes, sir... Hostages? They got more'n one, sir?" Not that really changed things all that much, if course.

He was slightly relieved to hear that Captain Torrington had caved, even a little, to what had quite frankly been almost rank mutiny, even if it had been meant with the best of intentions.

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Re: 6th August 1809, afternoon: Ransom

Post  Edward Torrington on Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:54 am

"Two and some horses, it seems. And probably eight enemies", Torrington replied, already turning his horse. He seemed to have rather forgotten that they had indeed had different opinions at the beginning. As soon as he had gotten over his initial instinctive reaction, he had seen that having the men at least close at hand would be more sensible - who knew what the kidnappers had really planned. So now he was completely concentrated on how to do this quickly and without forgetting anything important.

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Re: 6th August 1809, afternoon: Ransom

Post  Zachary Pye on Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:14 am

"So, .. wot's are you wantin' us to do now, sir?" Pye inquired, unsure whether the officer would still ride off into the direction he had meant to earlier, or whether he would return first to his tent, inform some other officer of his whereabouts and then proceed with his intention to do what the letter had asked him to do.

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Re: 6th August 1809, afternoon: Ransom

Post  Edward Torrington on Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:29 am

"Stay here until you are relieved, then sattle my other horses. And pack together what we might need to care for wounded. And bring me my greatcoat."

He was rather afraid of the state they might find Estefania in, and his greatcoat was the best he could think of to give her some decency. Urging his horse back over the ditch, he cantered towards the camp.

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