Historical Fiction: Walking Away from Midnight – Sample Chapter 8

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Last Updated on November 1, 2022 by ADMIN-TOM

Walking Away from Midnight
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Shots in the Dark

The drive of two hundred kilometres from Paris was going to take over three hours, mainly in the dark. But the Fordhams weren’t bothered with that, it was good to be so far away from the Embassy that nobody was tempted to take the drive on official business.

Albert changed down a gear as the old Humber Snipe struggled to maintain speed on the meandering tiny country lanes that led to the Midnight Lake.

“You know, we really should have stayed at our posts,” Armel said from the passenger seat, stifling a yawn at the same time.

“There are many things I should have done in my life, yet here I am, still alive and kicking. Besides, we both have permission from our superiors.”

“Yes, but…”

“Yes, but nothing. We need a break and I need to make sure my stupid error hasn’t caused me more grief to come.”

Armel smiled at the seriousness of her husband’s face.

If it’s not by the book, you think it’s wrong.

“It will be fine, my dear. Don’t worry so much.”

Albert snatched a glance at his wife. “You do know what I’m talking about? Enigma?”

“Yes, I know. The German code machine.”

“I trusted it in the hands of Basil, and what did the fool do? Stop halfway to the lake, go to a bar and have a few too many aperitifs and then attempt to drive on. There is only so much a Military Attaché can do for an idiot over a long distance. Luckily, I persuaded the Sûreté to keep him in overnight. At least the diplomatic bag would have been safe.”

As the word safe left Albert’s lips, a crack and hole appeared in the Humber’s windscreen.

“Get down!” Albert shouted as he shifted down a gear and then stepped on the accelerator.


“Get down!” Albert shouted once more, grabbing Armel’s shoulder, and pushing down with his right hand. “The car behind!” Someone is shooting at us!”

Armel didn’t need telling twice and kept as low as she could. Albert shrugged himself low and took evasive action.

The change of gear hadn’t made a whole lot of difference to the car’s speed, but that and weaving left and right across the narrow country lane would seriously hamper anyone trying to hit them with gunfire. Albert looked in the rear-view mirror and could make out a car following them. The muffled sound of machine gun fire belied the track of bullets hitting the car’s forward nearside fender.

“Oh, oh,” was all Albert could say as more bullets ripped into the rear of the Humber.

Armel screamed.

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Harker discovers Magda is alive but is unaware of who she is. Harker makes his plans to snatch Magda away from Blackmore. Leaving Blackmore as collateral damage and his life in ruins.


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