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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby StoneRoad » 13 Jun 2018, 08:48

Biggles looked over at the two of them "I hope you two aren't planning any mischief ?"
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Postby Fairblue » 13 Jun 2018, 08:49

Ginger looked affronted. "Bertie was only asking me to swap Wednesdays patrols with him," He protested.
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Postby StoneRoad » 13 Jun 2018, 09:05

Algy grinned "I know what you're planning, Bertie, have a good day"
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby Kismet » 13 Jun 2018, 15:37

Algy had realised that Bertie's new boiler suits would be back from the tailor's before this re-arranged Streak. He was very much looking forward to seeing Bertie's face when he unwrapped them.
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby StoneRoad » 13 Jun 2018, 18:42

Monday afternoon came around, and so did some parcels for Algy.
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby Fairblue » 13 Jun 2018, 18:52

Unfortunately, Bertie’s boiler suits were not among them. He had to wait until Bertie left the office before he could chase them up.
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Postby Kismet » 13 Jun 2018, 19:08

They'd been sent to his home address. Some one called Myrtle had signed for them.
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Postby Fairblue » 13 Jun 2018, 19:20

Algy knew Mrs Symes name was not Myrtle. He asked for confirmation of the address. “That is not my address,” he told them shortly. “I do not live in the Shetlands.”
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Postby Kismet » 13 Jun 2018, 19:22

'Are you sure?' the voice asked. 'Alfy Lacie, , croft seven, near Lerwick, Shetlands'
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Postby Fairblue » 13 Jun 2018, 19:25

Algy assured her that he knew where he lived. He spelled his name and address out and gave details of his order. "I need them by tomorrow evening," He added.
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Postby Kismet » 13 Jun 2018, 19:27

The voice on the other end was doubtful. Algy pointed out that their advertised twenty four hour service had now taken nearly a week.
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby Fairblue » 13 Jun 2018, 20:15

Meanwhile, Myrtle, in the Shetland, was gazing in rapt admiration of the boiler suits. These were definitely not what she'd ordered, but they looked as though they would fit. Her Alfie would look grand in them. It would make working on their smallholding just that little bit cheerier.
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby StoneRoad » 14 Jun 2018, 11:13

Algy told the voice on the phone "I don't care where they are now, I expect you to retrieve or replace my items within the advertised 24 hours, or there will be trouble ahead ... "

He put the phone down after receiving a tentative "We'll do our best, and ring you shortly to update you" just as Bertie returned from the canteen bearing a tray with tea and scones.
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby Fairblue » 14 Jun 2018, 11:46

"Everything okay, old boy?" He asked, sensing Algy's frustration.
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Postby Kismet » 14 Jun 2018, 12:48

'Courier companies,' Algy said in exasperation. 'Pass the scones.'
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Postby StoneRoad » 14 Jun 2018, 13:40

Bertie went to his own desk, to find the ghostly Alan was perched on the corner.
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Postby Fairblue » 14 Jun 2018, 13:42

Bertie looked across at the others and then back at Alan and shook his head. He couldn't speak now.
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Postby StoneRoad » 14 Jun 2018, 14:05

Alan whispered "see you later" and disappeared with a credible Cheshire cat impersonation.
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby Kismet » 14 Jun 2018, 16:37

Much to Algy's surprise, the promised goods were waiting for him when he got home that night. He carried the parcel, grinning, into his bedroom to check the contents before giving them to Bertie.
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby StoneRoad » 14 Jun 2018, 17:53

He was very pleased to find that everything was as he expected, so he wrapped the parcel up as a present and left it on the table for Bertie to find when he came back indoors - he was checking and fuelling up the Jag, ready for the trip on Tuesday night. He positioned himself with a book, to enjoy the results of his surprise.
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Postby Kismet » 14 Jun 2018, 17:56

'Parcel on the table for you,' he remarked when Bertie returned, not lifting his eyes from his book.
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby StoneRoad » 14 Jun 2018, 18:01

Bertie raised his eyebrow and then replaced his monocle "Not my birthday today, old bean, so who would be sending me a parcel ?"
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby Kismet » 14 Jun 2018, 18:08

'If you don't open it, you won't find out,' Algy suggested.
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby StoneRoad » 14 Jun 2018, 19:29

Bertie sat down with the parcel on his knee, and began to unwrap it.
The serious expression on his face was almost too much for Algy, who was having difficulty keeping his supposed attention on his book.
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby Kismet » 14 Jun 2018, 19:44

'Is this going to be a whatchamacallit I ordered so long ago that I've forgotten everything about it?' Bertie murmured. 'Or have I been sleep-shopping?'
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby StoneRoad » 14 Jun 2018, 20:40

Bertie untied the string, and removed the outer layer of brown paper to be confronted with brightly coloured tissue paper.
"What ... are we playing pass the bally parcel ... ?"
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby Kismet » 15 Jun 2018, 00:47

Algy laid his book aside. 'Is there a prize on every layer?'
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby StoneRoad » 15 Jun 2018, 09:01

Ginger grinned "Can I play ? Should we have music ?"
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby Kismet » 15 Jun 2018, 23:15

Ginger started whistling a children's nursery rhyme. Bertie passed him the parcel, then took it back again. 'You can't be in charge of the music and play the game,' he objected.
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Re: Bertie Buys an Engine

Postby StoneRoad » 15 Jun 2018, 23:17

Biggles started laughing at the expression on Ginger's face.
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