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 06th August; Preparations for extraction, Afternoon; Torrington, Vickery
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 Posted: Aug 17 2017, 06:42 PM
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(Thread originally started by Torrington)

By the time he came back to the rifles camp, Captain Torrington was considerably closer to the sum the kidnappers had demanded. But still there was a little bit missing, and there was also one last thing he had to do before he could put his (amended) rescue plan into operation. He sighed. He was commiting himself now. If he told Vickery, and Vickery refused to help, he would have to rethink - and most likely Cotton would make sure that he could not fall back to his first idea.

Pulling his bicorn straight and settling his sword, he approached the Captain's tent and called out:

"Vickery? Are you there? - It's important."
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"Come in!" Vickery glanced at his half-written letter before wiping his pen off and capping the ink-bottle.

"What can I do for you?" he asked, standing up. A look of concern crossed his face as he saw the worried expression the Engineer was wearing. "What's wrong?"

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Wordlessly, he handed Vickery the ransom note. Only when the other captain had looked at it, he explained:

"This was delivered by a badly wounded ... irregular, I suppose. And by delivered I mean that the man was deposited near our picket line. The men carrying him then fired a few shots to get our attention and disappeared."
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von Dorheim vomited profusely outside of his tent. Unsure of the time, he collapsed next to his pile of vomit and managed to light a cigar. 'Spanish wine is awful stuff' he said to himself. He shook his head and pulled himself to his feet. He stumbled to a bucket that was not tended by anyone. Putting his cigar down, he began to throw water on his face. He cursed Spain. von Dornheim hated this country. The heat. The foot. The land. All of them horrid in his opinion. Slowly, the Baron made his way back to his tent and pulled on his less formal uniform. Already the knee had been patched from the inside and the dye faded from the uniform. He had long lost his shako somewhere and had yet to receive a replacement. He cursed and retrieved his sword, hooking it to his belt.

von Dornheim had kept a low profile, an especially low profile for an officer. While he didnt shirk his duties, von Dornheim had been in a funk. He was determined to change things. Not out of self worth but in short, he was broke and out of alcohol. With nothing else to do, von Dornheim knew he would have to distract himself. He flattened out some wrinkles in his uniform with his hand and found his Captain's tent. He was unsure if the Captain knew one of his men had died in the night, but it was best to report it. The poor sap collapsed and died while answering a call of nature.

"Herr Captain?" called out von Dornheim sternly.
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Torrington immediately folded the letter back into his pocket and smoothed out his features.

Since the German lieutenant sounded so stern, he feared that something else had happened, but he hoped that it was not bad news in connection with the wounded Irregular.

Taking a step back to give Vickery room, he bowed ironically:

"It seems company business has joined me in preventing you from finishing your letter."
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There was no room in Vickery's tent for anyone else to join them, and it was far too hot anyway. He looked at Torrington. "One learns to write whenever one can spare a minute - I don't think I have ever managed to write a letter through from beginning to end without an interruption since I joined the Army," he said, and excused himself to see what von Dornheim had to report.

"Herr Leutnant... You look rather off-colour," he said. "Do you need some water?"

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von Dornheim frowned and shook his head. "I regret I had a rough night" he said, wiping his face with a handkerchief. He rubbed his eyes. "Sir, I regret to announce we have lost a sergeant. He was......" von Dornheim paused. "He was acting as nature" he said, unsure of the English. He hoped his expression would convey the right message. "He drop dead as you say. He just fell. Dead as nacht" said von Dornheim shaking his head. "I shall try to keep ze men busy. They are vorried" he concluded, shaking his head. He pursed his lips and stroked his mustache. He had too much on his mind and had been much too idle. He had done nothing for some time except drink. He desperately needed a kick-start.
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"You can say it in German, if it's easier," Vickery said, speaking in that language. "Which Sergeant?"

This meant that he would have to organise a burial party, and look to see which of the Corporals he could best put forward for promotion. And it seemed Torrington had been about to share some bad news with him, too.

What was it Voltaire had said? Oh - no, it was Shakespeare. When sorrows come, they come not single spies but in battalions.

It was starting to prove truer than Vickery could ever have wished.

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The coat needed mending, which he was doing now. The damage it has sustained due to fighting at the bridge should have been sewed up days ago, but Widmayer had never found much time for it. His knapsack lay draped over his knees and the coat on top of that. It seemed the conversation in that tent would last longer than he anticipated. Dusting the coat a little he yawned.

He glanced briefly in the direction of the two officers outside. After a few long moments he slowly stood up and pulled his coat, the 60th of course, on again. With that done he walked off in the direction of the 33rd.
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von Dornheim fumbled for a moment and produced a slip of paper with the Sergeant's name on it. He sighed. "The men seemed to like him a bit sir. They have asked you attend ze burial later" said von Dornheim, preferring to keep speaking English. "It would mean a lot to zem sir, only a few minutes of your time".
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Vickery noted the name. "Of course," Vickery said. He'd find his Prayer Book to read over the grave - he had some notion that Reibert was Lutheran, but he was unsure of the Lutheran burial service, and thought that the Church of England rite would be more acceptable than nothing at all, or the Catholic rites of the country.

"I think I shall promote Corporal Rauprich to Sergeant to replace him, Sandmeyer to full Corporal, and Bergmann to Chosen Man," he added, pulling out his Day Book to make a note. "Well, provisionally, at any rate - the final decision rests with Major Davy, naturally."

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He gave a quick and unformed salute. von Dornheim turned to walk away but stopped. "Sir, this Sergeant......I am sure the boys are still ready for anything. They are mostly good boys. I know I perhaps not the best officer and am far from ze richest. Know you can count on us and me" he concluded, giving a more intensive salute before walking away.
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Vickery nodded. "Thank you, Herr Leutnant," he said, and smiled. "I have always found them so; I am glad that you do, also. And becoming a good officer is as much about learning about the men as learning anything else, I have found. I am sure you have nothing to worry about on that score."

He returned the Lieutenant's salute and watched him walk away. von Dornheim might not consider himself to be one of the best officers in the Army, but Vickery thought that he had made a very creditable beginning, at least.

And now he had to see what Captain Torrington wanted him for, precisely. This was not turning out to be a quiet day. At least the French had not encroached on the British picquet line or anything, he supposed.

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Torrington waited inside the tent, trying to possess himself in patience. Unable to do nothing, he reread the letter, then rechecked his calculations, and finally looked around to see whether he could spot Vickery's copy of the map of the area, so he could recheck his memory of the meeting point.
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Vickery swept the tent-flap aside and ducked into the enclosed heat of his tent.

"My apologies," he said, and sighed. "It seems one of my sergeants dropped dead in the night with no warning or explanation and I must read over him at the burial later. What was it you needed from me?"

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