Sunday, August 13, 2006
New Beginning 69
Sir Belvedere's Folly
A bell chimed as the Piers hurried through the archway into Horseguards Parade. "We have just half an hour."
"If your informant is reliable," said Sir Peregrine, keeping pace beside him.
Ahead of them St James' Park was lit up by gaslights. Strings of lanterns hung from trees and bushes. Here and there small crowds gathered around the welcoming glow from makeshift stalls selling drinks, or offering games of chance. Beyond them, dimly visible against the sky, Piers could just make out the towering form of the Pagoda.
"How wide a space will we need to clear?" asked Sir Peregrine, as they pressed through the throng towards the lake.
"I don't know. My contact suggested that it is only intended to be a small explosion, but if it brings the tower down--"
Sir Peregrine nodded, grasping the magnitude of the situation. He stepped to the middle of the park and waved his arms. "Everyone!" he shouted, "Free beer at the docks!"
Screams erupted as stalls were overturned in the stampede. Sir Peregrine was almost swept away with the crowd. He held his ground and rejoined Piers.
"Nice job," remarked Piers. "Now, let's get that box before the bomb explodes." The men unfolded the shovels they had hidden in their cloaks and began to dig.
Opening: anonymous.....Continuation: Chumplet