Friday, September 30, 2022





Chapter 2
Half a League To The Fort

"General, I have a dispatch from Fort Albert, Sir."

"Read it Lieutenant Baileigh?"

"Yes Sir. It says...."

"Captain Bartlett galloped his squadron the last league into Fort Albert."

"Galloped? Is that all?"

"Yes, General."

Back to Troopers Corey and Ham leading the squadron.

"Who are those infernal riders pursuing us?"

"It's Ragnar Khan's horsemen more than likely my dear Corey. Who else could they be? Anyway, we have our orders to lead our chaps into the fort."

 "To the gallop then! I hope we make it," shouted Corey. 

"We'd better or our game will be up! Look at Jack go. He's having fun," said Ham. 

"Half a league, half a league, half a league onward, all in the valley of death rode...."

"Wot's that Corey?"

"Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade. That's us here."

"This is no time for poetry, you witless soldier," scolded Ham. 

"Oh. Shut up will you?"

"They are closing in on our chaps," continued Ham. 

"Should we turn about and give 'em some carbine fire?," asked Corey.

"Yes, turning now on this rise of ground."


 "I'm almost unhorsed. Susan, steady girl. --- What was that blast?, asked Ham."

"The fort Gate Tower exploded," shouted Corey.

"Ragnar Khan's clever sedition, no doubt. Now we've got trouble front an' back," said Ham

"No! An explosive shell landed to the column's right. Was it a miss or....?

"Unknown. But, a welcome piece of luck," said Corey.

"And a fatal surprise for Ragnar Khan's men whether intended or not. Let's keep going forward," said Ham.

"Say, isn't that....?" asked Corey.

"It's Gupta, the water carrier from our last post," said Ham.

"Namaste Sahibs. Welcome to Fort Albert. Gupta, again at your service. Paani?"

(Nam-as-stay --- greetings...Masters) (Paani --- water)

"No time for that Gupta! Ragnar Khan's men just blew up the tower and his horsemen are behind us," bellowed Corey.

"No trouble, Sahibs. All is right. That's our cannon in the tower and the 27th Bombay Miners and Sappers just stepped through the hedge there with Captain Caddy."

A moment later a section of the 27th fired a front rank volley at the enemy riders.

Then, "2nd rank, aim. FIRE!"

"Look at 'em run! That's the ticket," yelled Corey.

Followed by a complimentary shot from the Lion Gun.

"I never doubted the outcome. --- You, Corey?"
"Certainly not. Our game ain't finished. Here's the Captain."

"Captain Caddy, Royal Engineers! I've never been so...."

"All in a day's work, Sir. Welcome to Fort Albert."

A final volley ended the affair.


1. Also see: Chapter 1, At The Gallop

2. Chapter 3 Fort Albert is completed. It will be posted near October 15, 2022. We look forward to seeing you return for this next exciting installment of Empire of Wrath.

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Friday, September 16, 2022






My dear readers, Empire of Wrath takes place in an imagineered region of The Northwest Frontier on the Indian Sub-Continent. There I will face my most cunning, dangerous and malevolent opponent ever. You will meet him soon enough. Meanwhile, perhaps you will remember my 10th Hussar familiars as they commence this new and perilous adventure. They are en-route to take post at old abandoned Fort Albert. Let's get started with.

Chapter 1
At The Gallop

"After this long ride, will you look at that, Trooper Corey?"

"What for all love? We're flanked by pine ridges. I don't see anythi'n. Ragnar Khan could be hid'n up there with dozens of tribesmen and their cruel jezzails. Well Trooper Ham?" 

"No, you blind man. Captain Bartlett is going to finally halt the troop. Look now."

"1st Troop. Halt. --- Corey --- Ham --- come forward."

"That's torn it Corey."

"Captain Bartlett, Sir," said Ham and Corey in unison."

"Ham, Corey, you've been breathing our dust this past hour and more. It's time for clear air. Ride out to the point relieving Thornton and Crisp. Though the ground ahead is something of a savanna, keep your eyes open for trouble from anywhere. Take Jack along for good measure. He might sniff something out before you do. Then take us into Fort Albert. It's two leagues up ahead. Questions?"

"None, Cap'n." 

"Then good luck. Dismissed."

"Onward Jack! What's a savanna? All I see is flat, open and rolling ground ahead."

"You just described it, Ham. It's in the context you know. Didn't you learn anything in school?"


Crisp shouted out, "Troopers Corey, Ham an' good Jack too. What's the story, then?"

"Well Crisp. It's like this. The Cap'n thinks you two are skylarking. So, you are relieved. Report immediately back to the column in shame." 

"Corey, you're a liar."

Winking, "No he ain't. We'll take over from here," said Ham.

"Like the Captain said, a savanna, remarked Corey.

"And Fort Albert. I'll be mighty glad to have walls around us tonight."

"Look right, will you?"

"Boars on a rampage?"

"Scared is more like it. They're really mov'n fast. Maybe a tiger is after 'em."

"They're heading for cover in the woods. Sows, boars and wee babies," remarked Corey.

"There's why, my dear Ham. Horsemen are bearing down on the column. The lead rider has stopped and is leveling his rifle at us."

A puff of smoke and delayed report exited the Pathan's rifle. 

The bullet hurtled toward Ham and Corey.

Captain Bartlett heard the crack of the rifle, turned to see where it came from and....

Bellowed, "At the GALLOP. Follow me to the fort!"

"We've seen worse, my dear Corey."

"Sure. When?"


1. Chapter 2 Half A League To The Fort is completed. It will be posted October 1st. 2022. We look forward to seeing you return at that time for the next exciting installment of Empire of Wrath.

2. Thank you for your interest and approbation. 

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