Latest topics
» WAR OF CHANGE
Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:18 pm by Guest

» ONE-THOUSAND ARMS (A Naruto Roleplay)
Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:54 pm by Guest

» 14th June: Building bridges of humanity
Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:09 pm by Estefania Lopes d.Almeida

» 7th October: Charming play
Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:36 pm by Estefania Lopes d.Almeida

» Recondite Reverie
Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:22 pm by Guest

» Into the Wild
Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:23 am by Guest

» Dragons' Cove
Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:21 pm by Guest

» Break the Darkness - Black Jewels Trilogy RPG (SMF, BJT RPG)
Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:52 pm by Guest

» Board closing date
Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:38 am by Sharpiefan

» All Together Now
Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:35 am by Guest

Calendar
If there is a thread not linked from the Calendar, please let me know so I can add it. ~ Sharpie

May 1809
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31

June 1809
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 262728 29 30


July 1809
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
        1
2 345 6 7 8
91011 12 13 14 15
161718 19 20 21 22
232425 262728 29
3031
Staff

Admin: Sharpie
Mod: Allhands

Affiliates
Affiliate with us!
(See here for details)

Show the Colours



RPG-Directory ~

The London Life ~ Aeterna Roma

~ Steamhawke

Rise of an Empire ~

Edolon:A Tournament of Shadows ~

~ Rise of the Immortals


~ ~ ~
BTM affiliates ~ the HAUTE Ton
Credits
Total Drama Website's Jade Rook Award ~ 3 Years & Counting
Header banner, ad banner, Chattery banner and StC button were made by Keiju

Forum icons were made by Sharpiefan, Keiju and sans nom, using base pics from Sharpe, Hornblower and Master & Commander and photos provided by Kinsella

Canon characters belong to their respective authors; original characters belong to their players.

We make no profit from this site.

Protected by Copyscape Unique Content Checker

Lisbon Harbour

Page 1 of 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  Next

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Lisbon Harbour

Post  Richard Sharpe on Wed May 14, 2008 5:25 am

Sharpe stood on the walls of the fort at Belem, just outside Lisbon, watching the sea through his telescope. There was a ship down on the water, making her way slowly up the Tagus against the current. He focussed on the small group on her quarterdeck, busy discussing something. A flash of red caught his eye and he smiled. So, the rumours were true after all...
avatar
Richard Sharpe
Captain

Species : 95th Rifles; Lieutenant
Number of posts : 2686
Location : First on the field and the last off it!
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile http://showthecolours.forumakers.com/characters-f4/lieutenant-ri

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Jonathan Padstowe on Wed May 14, 2008 5:43 am

"See anyone you know, Richard?" Padstowe asked as he observed the smile spread across Sharpe's face.

Padstowe had met Sharpe when the captain had first arrived in Lisbon, fatigued from a fortnight's hard riding and stuck for a place to billet himself. Despairing, he had found his way to the Officers' Mess and, fortunately for him, had met Sharpe. They had exchanged words over a pot of something that resembled tea, discovered that each had a mutual liking of the other, and the lieutenant had very generously offered to let the captain share his billet. That had been a week ago. Since padstowe had managed to find himself some rooms, yet the two officers were still quite often to be found in each others company.

_________________
Character courtesy of Latin_cat

avatar
Jonathan Padstowe
Captain

Species : Wellesley's Staff
Number of posts : 3594
Location : Somewhere near a bottle of port...
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Richard Sharpe on Wed May 14, 2008 5:47 am

Sharpe passed the telescope over to the redcoat officer, and gestured at the toy ship working its way into the harbour.

"I think Horse Guards have finally come to their senses, and sent a proper General out here," he said, keeping his eyes fixed on the tiny speck of red on the deck of the ship.

_________________
Character played by Sharpiefan. Icon by drbillbongo on LJ


O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
avatar
Richard Sharpe
Captain

Species : 95th Rifles; Lieutenant
Number of posts : 2686
Location : First on the field and the last off it!
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile http://showthecolours.forumakers.com/characters-f4/lieutenant-ri

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Jonathan Padstowe on Wed May 14, 2008 6:00 am

Padstowe closed one eye, steadied the telescope on the wall and peered through the lense at the ship. He smiled. So he had made it. Unlike Sharpe Padstowe had been privvy to the prior knowledge that Sir Arthur was definitely coming to take command of the army in the Peninsula, though there had been many fears for his safety. The weather had not been at its best and a huge storm had blown its way down the coast foundering several ships - but it seemed that it took more than that to stop Sir Arthur. He straightened, handing the telescope back to Sharpe.

"I'm sure nothing short of the Apocalypse would have stopped him getting here," he said cheerfully. "And that includes those fools at Horse Guards."

_________________
Character courtesy of Latin_cat

avatar
Jonathan Padstowe
Captain

Species : Wellesley's Staff
Number of posts : 3594
Location : Somewhere near a bottle of port...
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Richard Sharpe on Wed May 14, 2008 6:06 am

"It's all them fools at Horse Guards," he said, accepting the telescope back and training it on the ship again. "If they hadn't sent him out here, they'd be up to their necks in snow. It's the way he freezes people into doing what he wants them to."

There was plenty of action on the deck of the ship, with sailors running here, there and everywhere. The General had retreated to the taffrail, a single spot of scarlet.

_________________
Character played by Sharpiefan. Icon by drbillbongo on LJ


O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
avatar
Richard Sharpe
Captain

Species : 95th Rifles; Lieutenant
Number of posts : 2686
Location : First on the field and the last off it!
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile http://showthecolours.forumakers.com/characters-f4/lieutenant-ri

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Jonathan Padstowe on Wed May 14, 2008 6:19 am

"Looks like he's brought Henry with him too," Padstowe said, squinting as a black coated figure hurriedly joined the General.

_________________
Character courtesy of Latin_cat

avatar
Jonathan Padstowe
Captain

Species : Wellesley's Staff
Number of posts : 3594
Location : Somewhere near a bottle of port...
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Richard Sharpe on Wed May 14, 2008 6:23 am

Sharpe turned, curious. "Who's Henry?" He felt this was probably something he should know, being an officer and all, but a man couldn't know everything...

_________________
Character played by Sharpiefan. Icon by drbillbongo on LJ


O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
avatar
Richard Sharpe
Captain

Species : 95th Rifles; Lieutenant
Number of posts : 2686
Location : First on the field and the last off it!
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile http://showthecolours.forumakers.com/characters-f4/lieutenant-ri

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Jonathan Padstowe on Wed May 14, 2008 6:31 am

"His little brother," said Padstowe, smirking as he used the phrase. Somehow the way the Wellesley brothers always eventually showed up en mass never ceased to amuse him. "He was out in India when Mornington, Sir Arthur's eldest brother, was Governor General. Same time as you, I believe."

_________________
Character courtesy of Latin_cat

avatar
Jonathan Padstowe
Captain

Species : Wellesley's Staff
Number of posts : 3594
Location : Somewhere near a bottle of port...
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Richard Sharpe on Wed May 14, 2008 6:36 am

"Never mixed much with the officers when I was there. Even after I got the commission, I was always somethin' to be wiped off of a boot." Strangely, Sharpe didn't feel bitter about it, though he did feel bitter that whenever the 95th got back out here, he'd be sent back to being a Quartermaster. He wanted to lead men on the field, and he knew he could do the job better than half the officer in the Mess ever would.

"So what's he bringing his little brother out here for?" Because he couldn't see for the life of him why Sir Arthur was dragging his relatives to Portugal.

_________________
Character played by Sharpiefan. Icon by drbillbongo on LJ


O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
avatar
Richard Sharpe
Captain

Species : 95th Rifles; Lieutenant
Number of posts : 2686
Location : First on the field and the last off it!
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile http://showthecolours.forumakers.com/characters-f4/lieutenant-ri

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Jonathan Padstowe on Wed May 14, 2008 7:01 am

Padstowe sighed.

"Henry's a political," he said flatly. "As you well know. Word says that he's going to be our ambassador in Cadiz. Be a nice change for him, I should say. Get away from all the gossip at home."

_________________
Character courtesy of Latin_cat

avatar
Jonathan Padstowe
Captain

Species : Wellesley's Staff
Number of posts : 3594
Location : Somewhere near a bottle of port...
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Richard Sharpe on Wed May 14, 2008 7:05 am

Well, that actually explained... not much at all. A memory tugged at him. "Henry Wellesley. Wasn't he the one whose wife ran off with Paget?"

_________________
Character played by Sharpiefan. Icon by drbillbongo on LJ


O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
avatar
Richard Sharpe
Captain

Species : 95th Rifles; Lieutenant
Number of posts : 2686
Location : First on the field and the last off it!
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile http://showthecolours.forumakers.com/characters-f4/lieutenant-ri

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Jonathan Padstowe on Wed May 14, 2008 7:11 am

"Quite, though I'd advise you not to mention it in front of him. Or Sir Arthur for that matter. I doubt Paget will have the nerve to show himself here now that the Wellesleys have arrived in force."

_________________
Character courtesy of Latin_cat

avatar
Jonathan Padstowe
Captain

Species : Wellesley's Staff
Number of posts : 3594
Location : Somewhere near a bottle of port...
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Richard Sharpe on Wed May 14, 2008 7:19 am

"Depends how long Henry's planning on staying here before shoving off down to Cadiz. Mind you, I dunno how desperate the General's going to be for a decent cavalry commander, either." He looked at Padstowe. "Don't worry, I can keep my mouth shut. Not that Sir Arthur ever cared much about owt I had to say."

_________________
Character played by Sharpiefan. Icon by drbillbongo on LJ


O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
avatar
Richard Sharpe
Captain

Species : 95th Rifles; Lieutenant
Number of posts : 2686
Location : First on the field and the last off it!
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile http://showthecolours.forumakers.com/characters-f4/lieutenant-ri

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Jonathan Padstowe on Wed May 14, 2008 7:25 am

"Really?" Padstowe raised his eyebrows. "That's not what I hear. I hear that Sir Arthur values you more than you give him credit for."

_________________
Character courtesy of Latin_cat

avatar
Jonathan Padstowe
Captain

Species : Wellesley's Staff
Number of posts : 3594
Location : Somewhere near a bottle of port...
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Richard Sharpe on Wed May 14, 2008 7:31 am

"He don't show it, then," Sharpe answered, remembering the cold blue eyes above the nose that gave him the nickname Nosey among the soldiers.

_________________
Character played by Sharpiefan. Icon by drbillbongo on LJ


O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
avatar
Richard Sharpe
Captain

Species : 95th Rifles; Lieutenant
Number of posts : 2686
Location : First on the field and the last off it!
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile http://showthecolours.forumakers.com/characters-f4/lieutenant-ri

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Jonathan Padstowe on Wed May 14, 2008 7:41 am

"That is more than likely," Padstowe said, turning back to stare at the ship. She was closer now, making her finally approach before she would pass by the forts into the harbour, and he could quite clearly see the individual sailors scurrying about like so many ants as they ran to take hold of sheets and sails. "Sir Arthur has never been one to reveal his true sentiments on any subject, but I do believe you do yourself an injustice, Richard."

In truth Sir Arthur had praised Sharpe most enthusiastically - well, what passed for enthusiastic with the General - when Padstowe had last been in his company; but he would not tell Sharpe that. Knowing his character the lieutenant would not appreciate such a compliment.

_________________
Character courtesy of Latin_cat

avatar
Jonathan Padstowe
Captain

Species : Wellesley's Staff
Number of posts : 3594
Location : Somewhere near a bottle of port...
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Richard Sharpe on Wed May 14, 2008 7:49 am

Sharpe wondered exactly what the General had said to Padstowe about him, and then decided he probably didn't want to know. He found himself caressing his telescope and thrust it back into his pouch, hoping the Padstowe hadn't seen how damned missish he was being.

Sharpe watched the ship make her final approach, gliding past the forts under the expert eye of her captain.

"At least he hasn't brought the 95th with him," he said, caught somewhere between longing for them and relief that they weren't here.

_________________
Character played by Sharpiefan. Icon by drbillbongo on LJ


O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
avatar
Richard Sharpe
Captain

Species : 95th Rifles; Lieutenant
Number of posts : 2686
Location : First on the field and the last off it!
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile http://showthecolours.forumakers.com/characters-f4/lieutenant-ri

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Jonathan Padstowe on Wed May 14, 2008 7:55 am

Padstowe had caught the brief,thoughtful caress of the telescope and smiled inwardly. Clearly it was not only Sir Arthur who did not like to admit his true sentiments on the matter... He suspected that the two might even like each other, though he doubted whether either would ever admit it.

"The 33rd will be here, though," he said flatly. "From what you were saying before I hardly thought that was any better."

_________________
Character courtesy of Latin_cat

avatar
Jonathan Padstowe
Captain

Species : Wellesley's Staff
Number of posts : 3594
Location : Somewhere near a bottle of port...
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Richard Sharpe on Wed May 14, 2008 8:09 am

Sharpe frowned suddenly, wondering which of the two would be the lesser of the two evils.

"Hakeswill's probably dead and buried long since," he said, although from the sinking feeling inside, the Sergeant was still making the lives of those unfortunates in the Light Company hell on earth.

A thought struck him. "Wonder what happened to Tom Garrard, though," he said, watching the sailors below run out on the yards.

_________________
Character played by Sharpiefan. Icon by drbillbongo on LJ


O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
avatar
Richard Sharpe
Captain

Species : 95th Rifles; Lieutenant
Number of posts : 2686
Location : First on the field and the last off it!
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile http://showthecolours.forumakers.com/characters-f4/lieutenant-ri

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Jonathan Padstowe on Wed May 14, 2008 8:16 am

"Garrard?" Padstowe frowned. The name was unfamiliar to him.

_________________
Character courtesy of Latin_cat

avatar
Jonathan Padstowe
Captain

Species : Wellesley's Staff
Number of posts : 3594
Location : Somewhere near a bottle of port...
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Richard Sharpe on Wed May 14, 2008 8:22 am

Sharpe smiled, remembering. "He were me best mate," he said, unconscious that his Yorkshire accent was growing broader as he spoke. "He were a good soldier, nowt better, and a good mate too."

_________________
Character played by Sharpiefan. Icon by drbillbongo on LJ


O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
avatar
Richard Sharpe
Captain

Species : 95th Rifles; Lieutenant
Number of posts : 2686
Location : First on the field and the last off it!
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile http://showthecolours.forumakers.com/characters-f4/lieutenant-ri

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Jonathan Padstowe on Wed May 14, 2008 8:27 am

"I think I should like to meet him if he is still around," Padstowe murmured. "We are in need of good soldiers if we are ever to win this war, which he must be if he is to be given that label by you."

_________________
Character courtesy of Latin_cat

avatar
Jonathan Padstowe
Captain

Species : Wellesley's Staff
Number of posts : 3594
Location : Somewhere near a bottle of port...
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Richard Sharpe on Wed May 14, 2008 8:40 am

Sharpe glanced at the other officer. "He used to send money home, you know. I never learned how, on a soldier's pay."

The shouts of the naval officers drifted up to them as he paused. "His family got thrown out of their cottage after a bad harvest 'cause his dad was three days late with the rent. So Tom went for a soldier, to save them having to feed another mouth."

_________________
Character played by Sharpiefan. Icon by drbillbongo on LJ


O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
avatar
Richard Sharpe
Captain

Species : 95th Rifles; Lieutenant
Number of posts : 2686
Location : First on the field and the last off it!
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile http://showthecolours.forumakers.com/characters-f4/lieutenant-ri

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Jonathan Padstowe on Wed May 14, 2008 8:45 am

Padstowe's eyebrows shot up in surprise and he gave a low whistle. Army pay was not exactly spectacular, and the vast amount of it disappeared through stoppages to leave only a pittance to hand to the soldier.

"What did he do? Forgoe all meals and live off thin air?"

_________________
Character courtesy of Latin_cat

avatar
Jonathan Padstowe
Captain

Species : Wellesley's Staff
Number of posts : 3594
Location : Somewhere near a bottle of port...
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Richard Sharpe on Wed May 14, 2008 8:47 am

That made Sharpe grin. "No, but it was in India and stuff was cheaper out there. And he used to take more care of his necessaries than I've seen anyone else do."

_________________
Character played by Sharpiefan. Icon by drbillbongo on LJ


O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
avatar
Richard Sharpe
Captain

Species : 95th Rifles; Lieutenant
Number of posts : 2686
Location : First on the field and the last off it!
Member since : 2008-05-14

View user profile http://showthecolours.forumakers.com/characters-f4/lieutenant-ri

Back to top Go down

Re: Lisbon Harbour

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 1 of 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  Next

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum