Piano Movements

CHAPTER SEVEN Bill Sullivan took the time to call and explain the procedure for repossessing the lower ground floor apartment. ”You don’t want to do this thing unless you really have too. It’ll take too long, and it’ll cost you. Believe me you want to make peace, negotiate. They have a problem too. Speak to them, work out an arrangement …

Don’t Look Back

Bill Houghton intercepted Colonel Zadok as he entered the hotel. “Good afternoon Colonel. Come to check on my charges?” Zadok stared at the Englishman he had come to regard as a ridiculously dated figure left over from a British, World War Two film: The sort to be found sipping gin in a colonial club, or, preferably, face down in the …

Mysteries of the Seahorse

Andy had shrugged when she mentioned the wind anomaly to him. He said that Seahorse slipped along at around ten knots almost regardless of conditions. “Something to do with the length at the water line,” he said, more as a suggestion than a statement of fact, and left it there, finding the need to clean the cockpit windows a more …

On the Lam

If Bill was sensitive to what she was feeling he showed no sign; he pressed ahead with the immediate practicalities. “First things first. Luca, where is the key now?” “In the house. I never took it out.” “Well we have to retrieve it, and we have to keep you from returning to jail. If Zadok gets his hands on you …

Engines

The Olympus engines, located in pairs near the wing-roots, were further reminders of the Comet with its Rolls Royce Avon engines located similarly, at the wing-root, and in pairs. Placing engines so close to the fuselage, and to each other, makes it easier to control the yaw should an engine fail, and can be useful in minimizing drag but it …

Elizabeth

. . . Her hand was cool despite the August heat and unexpectedly firm. ”Christopher Conroy,” I said. ”Have you lived here long?” “Nearly two years. My boyfriend and I bought the house when he got his new job. I love it here.” “These building have certainly got something,” I said covering my disappointment at the discovery of a boyfriend. “Oh, …

All at Sea

Chapter Three Peter . . . See, not daft. Knew I wasn’t completely daft. She was here. Been here, sitting along this quay, at one of these tables. She was here planning her trip to oblivion, her apparent demise – a disa-fucking-pearing trick. Well she didn’t fool old Peter. No, no, she can’t do that. I know too much, seen …

Into the Tangled Web

. . . Hessnie Mazou had made all preparations and was now allowing events unfold. Relaxed for the first time in more years than he could remember he was not surprised when the doorbell rang early. She would be as as excited as he – how could she not be? For nine years they had missed each other. Nine years …

Post Secrets . . . Technical Training

Chapter Four Back in the Customer training Centre we four were joined by eight pilots, two each, as we began the type technical course in earnest. It was to be long as type conversions go, seven weeks long in fact, just for class work, and conducted at a pace – not quite the pace of the secrets course but one …

The Secrets Course

The Secrets Course On the first day of the Flight Engineer Concorde Conversion Course we were late because the bus was late to the hotel. The driver, it turned out, was not sure of his way either to the hotel, or to the British Aerospace factory in Filton, Bristol. It brought the wrath of the Customer Training Manager upon us …