Stories tagged “Mr West”

  • The Inestimable Mr West

    The Captain chewed mournfully, swallowing with effort, before tasting the wine. He spluttered, and dashed the glass against the wall. “Essen ist scheiße. Wein ist scheiße. You people do not know how to eat or drink. No wonder you could not figh...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • Mr West Takes the Air

    Frost had turned the leaves to glass and the lawn into a glittering expanse, white and crisp as an unread letter. Lord Tor walked, trying to ignore the stooped figure of his companion, hanging beside him like a piece of tattered cloth caught in his per...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • Lady Tor Serves Tea

    “You will take tea?” asked Lady Tor. “Indeed. Thank you,” replied the Captain. “I hope,” she continued, pouring two cups, “that Mr West met with no misadventure during the night. It is past 11 and still he is n...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • The Captain's Sap Rises

    The Captain watched as Lady Tor tended her winter roses. “To bloom so beautifully,” he mused, “even in the snow.” “An old English rosebush,” she replied, “decades old, yet seldom dormant.” Caressing a blo...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Lord Tor Strikes a Light

    Lord Tor paced the drawing room. “Mother, I cannot tolerate this collaboration!” Sighing, Lady Tor set aside her book. “Eustace, if observing basic civility can be called such a thing then I confess: I am guilty.” “That ma...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Lady Tor Mislays the Salt

    Lady Tor sat at her dresser and applied her makeup – only pausing to wonder, now that the Captain had gone, who it was all for. And then she felt those unseen eyes upon her, and remembered. Being married to a ghost, thought Lady Tor, was rather like ...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • Mr West Sleeps Soundly

    The moon was high when Lady Tor awoke with a start. She had been dreaming of her roses, and of Percy, remembering a time when they had made love in the garden, among the very blooms with which she had sent them to war; a rose for each brave soldier who...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • Lord Tor Shoots Game

    Lord Tor stalked the woods with his shotgun, and longed for a life he had never known. A mere child when his father had been killed and the war lost in that final, decisive battle, he was now 19 years old – a grown man – and ready to reclaim his wo...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Lady Tor Says Farewell

    Lady Tor heard shots and felt the sky darken; crossing to the window, she saw the air full of birds, wheeling in a great mass above the house. And then, they were gone – and with them a pressure that, having lived with it so long, she only now recogn...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • The Reverend Holds Forth

    They enjoyed an intimate silence, despite the presence of Reverend Fludd, who slurped tea and ate cake with enthusiasm. Presently, Lady Tor rang the table bell, and Nancy appeared. “Do please check if Mr West has finished his nap and wishes to join u...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Mr West Causes a Stir

    The Captain gazed at the mortal remains of Mr West, wrinkled and flaccid as a deflated balloon. How tranquil he looked. “Blödmann,” he cursed quietly, sliding the lids shut over eyes already losing their transparency, like those of a dead ...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Epilogue: The Eternal Mr West

    They buried him one gloomy November afternoon, Mr West tutting and fussing throughout the ceremony much to the annoyance of the vicar, who took the ragged figure for an impious relative of the deceased. Thereafter, happiness reigned briefly at Tor Mano...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted about 5 years ago.