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What will you drink?

‘You will find Madame in the lounge bar,’ the doorman told him. ‘Through that door, sir, and on your right.’ The room was roughly circular, with the bar cutting an arc across the top. The...

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Nurse! Come back

The girl spoke for the first time. She said to Andrew: ‘Could you help me down, please?’ Her voice had the slightest touch of Irish brogue. Andrew assumed she wanted to add the weight of...

Bombs away!

Andrew did not at first hear the new command Chisholm gave. It was in a different tone, the voice of a man confident of his response: ‘Masks on.’ It was only as he saw those...

Obedience to orders

‘Stand back, all of you. This is a military patrol. Get back.’ The man who had previously spoken now said: ‘When I was in the Army we fought for our own folks, not against them....

Edible animals

They had a glimpse of Regent’s Park on their right. Andrew said: ‘What about the Zoo animals?’ ‘They killed them off the day before things were closed down. They brought the carcases of everything that...

An overlooked dinner

The cars rattled along Baker Street at rather better than thirty miles an hour. There were a few signs of life – some figures skulking away into doorways as the patrol reached them, others calling...