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#2: Enchanter on the Roof ® James Field. Part 44
In the last post: With Dick Charmer at Bert's mercy, he wanted to teach him a lesson he wouldn't soon forget…
Dick Charmer, back pinned against the knobby tree trunk, rubbed his fingers through his hair as if a pain throbbed deep inside his head. "Honestly, Bert," he whined, "I haven’t any designs with Olive. It's you she loves. She told me so."
"Didn't look much like it." Although Bert suspected he lied, he closed his eyes briefly and gave a compulsive nod. Despite the reassuring words, he didn't want to lose focus. He'd savour them for later. “I ain’t got time to stand here chatting with you, so I think I’ll just modify your mug anyway.” He grabbed Dick Charmer’s shirt collar in his left hand and drew his right fist back ready to strike.
“Wait!” Dick Charmer covered his head in his arms. “Don’t hit me. I’ll give you anything you want.”
Bert cocked his head and sunk his arm. “Yeah, like what?”
“You can pick any piece of treasure from my pouch of goods.”
Bert brought his callused fist up again.
Still Bert hesitated.
“Okay, show me.”
As soon as Bert released him, Dick Charmer dived for his small suitcase, snapped the locks, opened the lid, and plucked out his cloth pouch of stolen jewellery. His fingers shuddered as he tugged on the drawstrings and let Bert peek inside.
“Ah, me Rolex.” Bert dug in and fished his watch out. “And Olive's engagement ring.”
“One more thing,” said Dick Charmer. “Anything you like.”
Bert shook his head. “Three more things. This watch and ring belong to me. They don’t count.”
To be continued…
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Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
A curious book this, about an Englishman searching for his lost infant son in France just after WW2. Laski wrote this book just after the war too, and it shows its age, stuffed with adverbs, adjectives, and telling rather than showing.
It's a heartbreaking story, well worth a read for its stunning portrayal of war-torn France, but the hero, because of his weak morals, is a tough person to cheer for. Also, the plot is obvious and falls flat on its face at the end.
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