Authors who take part in Rainbow Snippets each weekend are encouraged to post a few lines from one of their stories on their blog and then link back to the group post on Facebook. I always enjoy joining in with Rainbow Snippets, especially to read and comment on everyone else’s choice of snippet.
This snippet is taken from the middle of my story and includes Ben, another member of my ensemble cast. Best friends from childhood, Captain Ben Harding and Jo Everett work together on a charity that Ben has founded to help injured ex-servicemen.
When on duty at the charity’s office one day, a soldier leaves his two young motherless children in Jo’s bemused care. At a loss, Jo temporarily leaves them with his friend Percy in Mayfair before conferring with Ben. The discussion takes place in Ben’s Piccadilly rooms, ruled by his eminently capable manservant Cribbins, where Ben is somewhat surprised at Jo’s decision to involve Percy.
Ben was incredulous. “What? Percy allowing two brats to clutter up that gorgeous drawing room without complaining that they clash with his color scheme? And heavens forfend if they leave any dirty finger marks on his wallpaper or venture within ten feet of his precious possessions.”
Jo shrugged nonchalantly, “They seemed to be adjusting quite happily when I left. They were engaged in rearranging Percy’s dressing room as their bedroom which they found quite exciting.”
“I don’t expect such harmony to last,” Ben joked. “Ah well, if Percy has a conniption and shows them the door, we can always rely on Cribbins to find a dark cupboard to stash them for a couple of days.”