WORRALS ON THE WAR-PATH
by Captain W. E. Johns
III. DEATH STRIKES IN THE MOUNTAIN (Pages 35 – 44)
Worrals is woken at 6.00 am by
Lucien. Worrals and Frecks plan to be
away before dawn, up into the mountains.
Lucien will come with them, pretending to paint, whilst Raoul will stay
behind to keep an eye on things. The
plan is for Worrals and Frecks to stay in a cave. They will clear a runway where a flare path
can be lit by torches. A pre-arranged
group of letters are to be sent by radio to confirm that they are ready and
then a supply plane will arrive.
Reaching the plateau, Frecks agrees it is certainly a ready
made aerodrome. It is at least
three miles from the nearest cottage.
Worrals finds a cave that she has previously been shown when last in
that area. From the outside it looked
like a mere crack in the limestone. It
“quickly widened out to a cavity of considerable dimensions and unknown
depth”. Frecks thinks she sees something
move in the dim recesses of the cave.
For the rest of the day, Lucien sketches and the runway is cleared of loose rock, it is a trivial task as there are
only a few small pieces. Our heroes hear
a gunshot in the distance. Lucien
returns to the village. The girls return
to their cave where Worrals finds a button that doesn't belong to any of her
party. Raoul comes running up looking
for the cave and Worrals goes out to meet him.
He is looking for Lucien but has missed him. Raoul has news. Duclos has been murdered.