By Philip McCutchan
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Extra info for Halfhyde for the Queen (The Halfhyde Adventures, No. 5)
The reply was arrogant, scornful. “Why, damn you, Her Majesty looks after all her subjects abroad. ” The voice had hardened. “We shall stop playing games. You are Colonel Stanley from Madrid, much wanted by the politicos on orders from the government of Spain. ” “For now, Colonel Stanley, we do not say. ” “You will find out. ” The match was struck; Halfhyde’s personal bodyguard, who was still holding him on the floor, brought a stub of candle from a pocket and handed it up. Lit, the candle was held, shaded from the window by the other man’s coat, over Stanley’s slashed wrist, which was dripping blood.
No woman of any pretension to birth would speak to a stranger nor would she ever be seen unescorted in public, and the rapiers of the gentlemen were ready upon the instant to defend her from the touch of the commonalty. ” Halfhyde nodded, and followed the Spaniard along the bed of the river. A torrent in winter, the Guadal-Medina dried out completely in summer and was used as a high road. The two horsemen made down towards the harbour dominated by the 550-foot-high Gibralfaro Hill, a vast shadow in the night.
Officialdom is tedious. ” “You might not have been permitted to board. ” Halfhyde asked innocently. ” There was no immediate answer, though there was some whispering between the two men, so low that Halfhyde could pick up none of it. Then the knives pricked in again and the man who had spoken before said, “The reason is not important to you. ” “I was looking for shelter. The hovels looked deserted, derelict. ” “The knife across the throat. We would rather be rid of you. ” “I’ve taken on worse odds in my time.
Halfhyde for the Queen (The Halfhyde Adventures, No. 5) by Philip McCutchan