by Bryce McBryce
© copyright Charles Bryce
Smashwords Edition 2009
Published by Darling Newspaper Press
PO box 176, Kalamunda, Western Australia 6926.
First published Darling Newspaper Press 2006
in "Short Trips, tales that entertain" isbn 095906303X
Extracted from "Wee Charlie's World", 2006, isbn 0959063048, CIP A823-4
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Cover art depicts Ravana, mythical demon king of ancient Sri Lanka, courtesy Wikipedia.
BRILLIANT, simply brilliant. The Colonel reflected on his cleverness. Brilliantly simple. Such sound planning won Britain’s battles, created the Empire itself.
Levitating a smoke-ring, he watched it hover towards his comforting bookshelf of Wisden’s cricketing almanacs, while savouring the thought that his sure brain deserved a brigade, even a division, a whole damn army. The idea had been small in itself, yet showed how he always found the fast and effective answer to the problems Fate kept tossing his way.