DOCTOR WHO THE HIGHLANDERS To Jennifer, Emily and Isabelle. With love.

DOCTOR WHO THE HIGHLANDERS Based on the BBC television serial by Gerry Davis and Elwyn Jones by arrangement with the British Broadcasting Corporation Gerry Davi s Number 90 in the Doctor Who Library A TARGET BOOK published by the Paperback D ivision of W.H. ALLEN & Co. PLC A Target Book Published in 1984 By the Paperback Division of W.H, Alien & Co. PL C 44 Hill Street, London W1X 8LB First published in Great Britain by W.H. Alien & Co. PLC 1984 Novelisation copyright © Gerry Davis, 1984 Original script copyright © Gerry Davis and Elwyn Jones, 1967 'Doctor Who" series copyright © British Broadcast ing Corporation 1967, 1984 The BBC producer of The Highlanders was Innes Lloyd, the director was Hugh David. Printed and bound in Great Britain by Anchor Brendo n Ltd, Tiptree, Essex ISBN 0 426 19676 7 This book is sold subject to the condit ion that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the publisher's prior consent in any form of bin ding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar con dition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser. CONTENTS 1 Where are We? 7 2 The utenant 30 5 Polly and Kirsty 38 Blackmail! 56 9 The Doctor's New Sea Eagle 77 12 The Little Auld Prince? 99 15 The Fight for the he Cottage 121 Cottage 14 3 The Captives 21 4 The Handsome Lie 6 Polly's Prisoner 44 7 The Water Dungeon 49 8 Clothes 65 10 Aboard the Annabelle 72 11 At the Lady 86 13 A Ducking for Ben 93 14 Where is the Brig 108 16 Algernon Again 118 17 A Return to t

1 Where are We? The TARDIS was slowly materialising in the middle of a clump of brambles and ferns. Finally, the burning motors died down, the door opened, and out jumped Ben, followed by Polly. Then the Doctor emerged, wearing his shabby o ld frock coat and rather baggy check trousers. Ben looked around eagerly. They w ere in the middle of a small overgrown hollow. The ground was grassy and very da mp. Ben used his arm to push aside some brambles to give the others room to get clear of the TARDIS. 'Here, Polly,' said Ben. 'Look at this. What's it look like to you? Polly, who was following Ben, stopped, shivered, and tried to prize awa y an intrusive strand of brambles which had caught her arm. She was clad in her mini-skin and T-shirt, and it was undeniably chilly, especially after the warmth of the TARDIS's ulterior. 'It's certainly cold and damp,' Polly said. 'I don't think I like this place very much.' Behind them, the Doctor looked around drawin g his own conclusions, but as usual said nothing. He liked to have his young com panions make their own minds up about the various strange locations the TARDIS a rrived in. ' 'Ere, what's it remind you of?' said Ben, excitedly. 'Cold . . . da mp. Where'd you think we are, Princess? Polly moved backwards and caught her thi gh on 7 another prickly clump of brambles. She yelled crossly: 'How do I know? And don't call me "Princess." ' 'Don't you see, Princess?' said Ben. 'It's England. Where else could it be? What other country is as wet as this? What do you think, Doct or?' The Doctor was listening intently. He motioned them to keep quiet and liste n. Ben and Polly became aware of a distant murmur over which could be heard the sounds of musket-fire, cries and shouts, and the boom of cannons firing. 'Cor,' said Ben. 'That proves it! It's a soccer match. We've come on Cup Final night! I t sounds like the Spurs' Supporters' Club.' 'Shush, Ben,' said- Polly, as the no ise of battle increased. There was a loud cannon boom which seemed to come from just over the next hill. They heard a piercing whistle, then, crashing through t he trees at the end of the hollow and rolling almost to their feet, a black iron cannon-ball appeared. It landed only a foot away from the Doctor. He immediatel y turned and started back for the TARDIS. 'That's it!' he said, 'come back insid e.' Polly turned, disappointed. 'But if this is England?' The Doctor turned. 'Ei

ther way I don't like it,' he said. 'There's a battle in progress - not so very far away from here.' Ben, meanwhile, was on his knees examining the cannon-ball. 'Hey,' he said, 'nothing to be alarmed about. It's an old time cannon-ball. It' s probably one of them, y'know, historical societies playing soldier.' He touche d it gingerly and pulled his hand away, sucking his finger. 'Ain't half hot!' Th e Doctor turned and looked at the cannon-ball. 'A ten-pounder. A little careless for an historical society to play around with it, don't you think?' Polly, mean while, was taking in the grass, the brambles, and the wild flowers. 'Listen,' sh e said. 'I'm 8 sure we're back in England somewhere. Look,' she pointed. 'Dogroses. They only s eem to grow in the British Isles. Can't we stay for a little while, Doctor, and find out what's happening here?' 'Well, I'm going to take a shufty over this hil l,' said Ben. 'I'd advise you not to,' rejoined the Doctor. Polly turned to him. 'Doctor,' she said, 'anyone would think you're afraid.' 'Yes, they would, would n't they? And that's exactly what I am. If you had any sense you'd be afraid, to o. These things,' the Doctor kicked the cannon-ball, 'may be old-fashioned but t hey can do a lot of damage.' Polly looked after Ben, who was now scrambling up t he small rise at the end of the hollow. 'Come on, we can't let Ben go up alone, can we?' 'You two get me into more trouble .. .' began the Doctor, but Polly had already set off running up the hill after Ben, her long legs flashing through t he undergrowth. The Doctor shrugged, took one more look at the cannon-ball and f ollowed them. If they had been able to see over the hill they might have been mo re inclined to follow the Doctor's advice. In the next valley a small group of H ighlanders were fleeing from the Redcoats. A few hours previously, the largely H ighland Scottish troops of Prince Charles Edward, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, had drawn up their battle lines against the English and German Army led by the Duke of Cumberland, who were fighting for King George. What was at stake was the entire future of the British monarchy. The English had been alienated b y the autocratic Scottish Stuart Kings, and some forty years before had thrown t hem out of the United Kingdom, replacing them with the Hanoverian German Georges . Now 9 Prince Charles Edward, also known as the Young Pretender and the latest in the l ine of Stuart claimants to the throne of England, had come to Scotland and raise d his standard. He gathered together a large army among the Scottish Highland cl ans and marched south to take England. The Highland army marched as far south as Derby, and indeed might well have taken over the country had they not lost thei r nerve at the last moment and retreated to what they considered was the safety of the Scottish glens. But the delay was to cost them dear. King George and his supporters soon rounded up an army of English and German regiments, and even a n umber of Scottish troops loyal to King George who did not like the prospect of a nother erratic Stuart king on the throne. The result was the battle known as Cul loden Moor. It was an unequal contest right from the start. Despite the lion-lik e courage of the Scots, the iron discipline of the Redcoats and their deadly fir epower wiped out row after row of the charging, kilted Highland clansmen. Eventu ally, flesh and blood could stand no more of the withering musket and cannon-fir e from the British and German lines. The Highlanders broke ranks and started to flee the battlefield. The Duke of Cumberland gave the order to pursue the Scots and give no quarter. The British troops, angered at the attempted takeover of th eir country by the Scots, needed little inducement and chased the fleeing Highla nders throughout the Scottish Glens. Among the fleeing Scots was a small group f rom the clan McLaren and their followers. Colin McLaren, the leader of the clan, was badly wounded, and was being supported by his son Alexander and the bagpipe r of the McLarens, young Jamie McCrimmon. Beside them as they struggled through the heather, half dragging the tall, white-haired clan chieftain, was Alexander' s sister 10 Kirsty. Normally a pretty, red-headed Highland lassie, Kirsty was bedraggled, he r face smudged with dirt, her beautiful red hair a tangled mess. She had followe

d her father and brother in order to see the expected victory of the Scottish Ar my. Instead, she had just arrived in time to witness a disaster. Now all four we re fleeing desperately from the red-coated soldiers. They hurried up a winding, rocky path, and turned a corner to confront two Redcoats, each with musket and b ayonet at the ready. Kirsty flung her arms around her father's neck and pulled h im to one side, as Alexander drew his long claymore and leaped forward to do bat tle with them. The first Redcoat lunged forward, his long steel bayonet stabbing towards the centre of the Highlander's chest. Alexander was too fast for him. H e jumped aside and with one glittering sweep, his great broadsword swept upwards . The soldier, slashed from thigh to rib-cage, slowly collapsed back onto the he ather as his companion aimed his musket at the Scot. There was a puff of smoke a nd a loud report. The musket ball missed Alexander's red hair by about an inch, and the Highlander raised the claymore again and sprang forward, yelling the McL aren war-cry. The frightened soldier dropped his musket and with one startled gl ance ran back along the path. When Alexander started after him, the piper, Jamie , called to him to stop. Alexander paused while the soldier scurried away over t he hill. He turned back angrily. 'Why did ye do that?' he said. Jamie turned. 'Y ou're needed here with your father.' 'But yon soldier will be bringing back rein forcements,' said Alexander. 'Then we'd better get out of here quickly,' said Ja mie. Alexander turned, looked down at the dead Redcoat at their feet, and nodded . He turned back to his father and helped him back on his feet. 11 Meanwhile, the Doctor and his companions were still trying to locate the battle. It was very frustrating. Over the hill the fog had really closed in around them . They could hear the sounds of the battle and, occasionally, there was a flash in the grey distance. But they could see nothing clearly because of the heavy mi st. 'Do you know where we are yet, Doctor?' asked Polly. The Doctor looked at he r and shook his head. 'No, and if we go much further we won't be able to find ou r way back to the TARDIS.' 'Hey,' Ben interrupted. 'Look at this.' He was standi ng on a large rock at the side of the path they were following. There, set again st a dry stone wall, was a small cannon. 'What do you make of it?' he asked. The Doctor came up. 'That cannon-ball must have come down 'ere,' Ben continued. He looked down. 'There, look.' He picked up another similar black heavy cannon-ball . 'Exactly like the geezer that just missed us!' The Doctor glanced closely at t he cannon and sniffed it. 'I don't think so,' he said. 'But it is. Look, same si ze,' said Ben, holding up the cannon-ball. 'This gun hasn't fired for the last h our at least,' the Doctor said. 'Why do you say that?' said Polly. 'It's been sp iked,' replied the Doctor. Ben stared at him. 'Spiked?' The Doctor pointed to th e cannon mouth. 'It's had a spike hammered down inside to stop it being used.' B en looked inside the barrel. 'Yeah, Doctor,' he said, 'you're right. It's been s piked.' Meanwhile, the Doctor was busy examining the inscription cast into the s ide of the solid iron of the gun. 'Here, Polly, you should be able to work this out.' Polly glanced at it and read 'Honi soil, qui mal y pense.' 'Evil to him th at evil thinks,' she translated. 12 'We all know what that means, Duchess,' said Ben crossly. He always felt that Po lly was a bit, as he put it, 'uppity and toffee-nosed,' and resented her paradin g her superior knowledge before him. 'It's the motto of the Prince of Wales, rig ht, Doctor?' 'We must have gone back in time,' said Polly, disappointed. 'But wh en?' 'Well,' said the Doctor, 'I have a theory . . .' He stopped. The others loo ked at him. 'But I'll tell you later. Meanwhile, isn't that a cottage over there ?' He pointed forward to where the mist had cleared slightly. Ahead of them was a small crofter's cottage sunk into the hillside, with a thatched roof, thick st one walls, one small window, and a solid-looking oak door. 'Let's see if we can find someone in there,' said the Doctor. Ben and Polly started running down the path towards it. 13 2 The Cottage Polly was the first one to reach the door. She put her hand on the latch. 'Hold on, Duchess,' said Ben behind her. 'Don't forget there's some sort of argy-bargy going on around here. Let's be a-bit careful about what we do, eh

?' 'Oh, you mean let you go in first because you're a man,' said Polly sarcastic ally. Just as Ben resented what he called her 'toffee-nosed' attitude, she resen ted his 'big brother' protectiveness, especially as she was about a head taller than he was. She swung the doorknob and pulled, but nothing happened. 'Here, let me,' said Ben. The Doctor had now come up and joined them. Ben put his shoulder to the door, which slowly swung open. He stepped inside, followed by the others . Inside, the cottage was cramped and plainly furnished. There was a large, blac kened fireplace with an iron grill and a pot suspended over a peat fire; a plain , rough-cut wooden table, two chairs and a couple of three-legged stools. The fl oor was covered with coarse rush matting. Ben stepped forward and began investig ating the contents of the pot. 'Stew,' he said. 'Smells good too!' 'Ah!' The Doc tor stepped forward, picking up a hat left lying on the table. It was a tam-o'-s hanter, a Tartan beret with a silver badge holding a long brown feather. The Doc tor was very fond of hats. It was a standing joke in the TARDIS that he could ne ver resist trying on any 14 new hat he came across. This one was no exception. The Doctor pulled on the tamo'-shanter and turned to the others. 'How do I look?' he said. Polly giggled. 'V ery silly.' Then she glanced more closely at the hat. 'Oh, look. It's got a whit e band with words on it.' 'What kind of words?' asked the Doctor. Polly slowly r ead the antique scrawl: 'With Charles, our brave and merciful Prince Royal, we w ill die or nobly save our country.' 'What?' said the Doctor. He pulled off the h at, looked at it with disgust, and slung it back on the table. 'Romantic piffle! ' The Doctor and his companions had been too pre- occupied to notice the door le ading to the rear part of the cottage stealthily open behind them. Suddenly, Jam ie sprung out and placed a dirk at Ben's chest. Alexander followed and laid his claymore blade across the Doctor's throat. 'You'll pick that up,' he snarled, 'a nd treat it wi' due respect.' The Doctor smiled and nodded. 'Of course, of cours e,' he murmured, and gingerly bent down. 'If you'd just move that sword a little .' Alexander moved the sword away slightly and the Doctor picked up the hat. 'No w give it to me,' said Alexander. The Doctor handed it to him. 'Thank ye. Now th is way with ye. Quick.' Alexander ushered Ben and the Doctor at swordpoint into the back bedroom, and turned to Jamie. 'Take a look outside, Jamie lad-there may be more of them.' Jamie ran to the door and glanced around. The mist was closin g in again, and the sounds of battle had died down. There was no sign of other p ursuers. Reassured, he turned back, closed the door, and followed the others thr ough into the bedroom. Inside, there was just a small rough wooden cot with brac ken for a mattress on which the wounded Laird McLaren was lying. The only other 15 furnishing was a roughly carved spinning-wheel. As the Doctor and his companions entered with Alexander's claymore behind them, prodding them, Colin tried to ri se. 'We must away! We must away to the cave,' he cried. But Kirsty pushed him do wn. 'You're no in a fit state to travel, father.' 'We have the supplies in the c ave,' said Colin. 'And arms. We need must get there. We'll aye be safe in the ca ve.' He stopped as his eyes began to focus on the Doctor and his companions. 'Wh o are these folk?' Alexander shrugged his shoulders. 'I ken not. They are no hon est Scots, that's for certain. They threw down the Prince's cockade.' 'Cockade?' said Polly. 'What Prince?' said Ben. The Doctor smiled and nodded a confirmatio n of something he'd obviously been pondering. 'Prince Charles Edward, of course. Bonnie Prince Charlie.' 'There!' said Alexander. â Ya heard that accent, did ye? I t hought so. English, the three of them. Camp followers of the Duke of Cumberland. Come to steal from the dead. Shall I kill them now?' He raised his claymore. Po lly retreated behind Ben. The Doctor and Ben stood their ground. Then Colin shoo k his head. 'Wait,' he said to Alexander. 'Perhaps they'd like to say a wee pray er before they die.' 'Die?' echoed the Doctor. 'Die for what?' demanded Polly. ' You can't mean to kill us all in cold blood.' 'Yeah! We've done nothing, mate,' Ben added. Alexander frowned. 'Our blood's warm enough, dinna fear. Your English troopers give no quarter to men, women or bairns.' Polly shrunk back, frightene d. 'Doctor, tell them who we are.' Kirsty turned. 'Doctor,' she said. She went o

don't you?' Kirsty remaine d by her father. or your Laird won't need no more doc tors. 'I think we need some fresh water fo r this wound.' 'I'll not leave my father. 'That's better. Doctor. 'And take Father's spy-glass with ye.. The Doctor unhooked a leather bucket from a rough wooden peg on the wall a nd handed it to her. but it's certainly not harmful. 'Now.' he s aid as he opened it and put a small dab on his tongue. the Doctor had unbuttoned Colin 's blood.' said the Doctor. Kirsty went over.' Kirsty stood irresolute. 'A ye. 'Will you go with her. Ben turned the pistol and held the muzzle against Colin's temple.' After a moment's hesitation. 'Father. Watch out for the Sassenach dragoons. Ben looked over at the others and shook his head.. then the Highlander dropped his sw ord. A moment's hesitation. Alexander nodded. 'Mus ket-ball?' the Doctor looked enquiringly over at Alexander. She picked up the bucket. H e handed the dagger to Polly and put the claymore under the cot. which gave B en an opportunity. grabbed it and pointed it at Alexander and Jamie.' Alexander turned around uncertainly. 'How is he?' asked Alexander.' ' .ver and 16 seized Alexander's arm.' in sisted Kirsty. Alexander and Jamie stepped back.' he said. Now he leapt forward.' P olly turned to Kirsty. 'Nay.' His head shook slightly. 'Your father will be perfectly safe with the Doctor. and then he slumped back unconscious. 'Pleas e..' 18 'It looks clean enough.' explained the Doctor. 'Ye'll no poison my father!' The Doctor had now found a small bottle of iodine in his pocket. 'And the other one.' said Kirsty. The Doctor looked at Jamie.' Still glancing suspiciously at the Doctor. 'He's still alive-but he needs help. 'There. 'It doesn't taste very nice. 'Did you hear what she said? She called him Doctor.' Ale xander pushed Kirsty back. Both of you.' He turned to Kirsty. pu lling the hammer back and cocking it.' said the Doctor. Come on. 'You have our word.' 'Ami what?' asked Alexander. behind her. You do want me to help him. if you'd just step back and give us a little more room .' said Kirsty. 'I think you can put t hat thing away now.' Ben called. 'Nay. 'Don't worry. staring as though she did not comprehend him.' 'Off with you both. with the bloodstained sword held threaten ingly before the Doctor and Ben. 'but we'll have to bandage it. but let him help the Lair d first. Alexa nder nodded. 'Get back to your father.stained coat and was examining his shoulder. I wonde r if I have any antiseptic on me. You'll find a spring just a short way back up the track. took a small brass telescope from her father's belt. He held it up. closing hi s eyes in pain. He had noticed a pistol down at the side of the unconscious L aird. Alexander started fo rward menacingly. doctor.' He turned around. and Jamie flung dow n his dirk beside the claymore.' Reassured. then. backing away. 'We won't harm him. 'Go. 'Some medi cine-er-herbs . Meanwhile. He steppe d forward and held his hand out for Alexander's sword. 'It's certainly not poison..' he said. to heal the wound.' he said. who also nodded. then Kirsty stepped forward and stood between t he Doctor and Alexander. For a moment it seemed as though Alexander was going to lunge forward. The Doctor turned back to the wounded Laird. 'Oh. they'll be all right. "They can see we mean them n o harm. Polly?' 'Of course. 'Hold awhile. The girls went out together. I usually carry a little iodine-one never know s when it will come in handy. and joined Polly by t he door. staring suspiciously. 17 'That's much better. See?' He grimaced . 'We have sore need of a doctor.' Ale xander stood uncertainly for a minute.' said the Doctor.' 'I really think you'd better give me that thing.' The two men faltered irresolutely. 'Back.' said the Do ctor.' Alexander nodd ed solemnly. 'Will you both give me your word you will not attack us? We're only trying to save your Laird from bleeding to death.' said the Doctor. It was a deep wound. 'Here we are. 'we can look at the patient. He nodded to wards Colin. Jamie and Alexander started forward. The Doctor shrugged and turned to Polly.' Kirsty leapt forward and felt for his he artbeat. looking at the door. 'Do what he says.' said the Doctor. He bent down and picked up the weapons.' Colin shook his head. Kirsty shrieked.' he said to Ben.' Alexander had now relaxed a little. Now. frowning. 'You can kill him afterwards.

' The Doctor looked up f rom the Laird.' 'Well. Sergeant. gazing down the glen towards the cottage i n which the Doctor and the Highland refugees were taking cover. They spread out and started moving down the side of the glen through th e thick heather towards the cottage.' said Al exander. sir.' The pistol wavered uncertainly in Ben's hand. the dragoons. very broadly built. 'We've sighted so me rebels. you two! Cut down th ere quick. some fo urteen soldiers. 'You'll ju st have to trust me.All right. They' ll slaughter us like rats in a trap here. 'Must we be caught here like rats in a trap? We must run for it. we'll outflank them. Ben. 'You won't stand a chance with that. these rebels will be desperate men by now. Algernon was handsome and had that ramrod stiffness in h is spine that British officers throughout the centuries have always favoured.' Algernon nodded wearily. You should have spen t more time with your history books." He ran over and fished out the claymo re from under the bed. Jam ie looked through the small window. 19 'Well. mon. And don't make too much noise about it!' Algernon turned. There was a shot. Ben.' 'Sir.' added the Doctor. 'Right. 'We mus t use our wits in this situation. I wish they'd left us some pickings. Algernon turned to the remainder of his platoon.' 'Eh?' said Ben uncomprehendingly. 'Wait a minute . you can put the gun down now. men. though. The Doctor stepped forward and stopped him with a hand on his shoulder. He turned and started pouring the iodine over the Laird's wound. The Sergeant saluted and pointed down towards the cottage.' Bu t Alexander was already out of the cottage and running out to face the oncoming English troops. drew their bayonets out of their scabbards and fixed them to the ends of their long muskets. 'Fix bayonets and advance in battle or der. seemed to come from that cottage. He tossed the gun onto the table and it went off with a deafening bang. 'There's six or more of them. 'Perhaps they won 't come inside. sir. and after twenty years in the Bri tish army had seen every sort of action and felt himself a match for any situati on.' 'Rebels? We ll.' The Sergeant turned and signalled to two of his men. Beside him there was a sergeant who presented a total contrast to the elegant. He raised his claymore sword high above his head and called the . He never understood what the Doctor was u p to.' asked Ben. 'And leave the Laird to their mercy? There is one chance and it's aye a slend er one. They all seem to have melted into the heather. Inside the cottage. Elegantly turned out from his tricorn hat to his white stock ings and buckled shoes..' The Sergeant saluted and followed in t he path of the two men. and for a moment Alexander seemed about to forget his promise and run him through.' Algernon shrugged his should ers. 'Oh dear.' said the Doctor. 'what's so wrong with that? If they're English. the lot of them. Sergeant Klegg was short. sh attering one of the earthenware jugs on the shelf by the bed. 'Let's hope so. Remember. 'Whist ye!' Alexander ran to the door and lo oked out. were ahead of us.' 20 3 The Captives Algernon Ffinch was the very picture of a British officer from th e mid 18th century. 'What? You're no t going to trust these blokes?' 'A Highlander's word. 'You'll bring every English soldier within miles around here. we got nothin g to worry about. He was standing on top of a small hill. Alexander. it's about time. Take two 21 men round to the rear of the cottage.' he called.' The soldiers with their red coats crossed with pipeclayed bandoliers. 'Redcoats." 'Those wot got away took their possessions with them.' 'Yes sir.' he said. he had finished bandaging the man's wound. 'is his bond. Savages. Jamie was looking out of the tiny window. reached for his sword an d went to the door. The Laird stirred in pain. the atmosphere was tens e.' Alexander shook his head fiercely.. and take no risks. 'At least keep it out of my way. 'Ya fool. have we?' The Doctor looked up. 'I suppose they've driven them all the way to Glasgow by now.' he turned back inside. Ben shrugged. 'They seem to be moving off. foppish Algernon. 'Tell them to shoot first.' Alexander spoke through clenched teet h.' said Jam ie.' said the Doctor. I will try and draw them away from this cottage. won't you?' said the Doctor.' said the Doctor.' 'Them caval ry blokes. disregarding the Doctor and Ben's pistol. 'Hey. Jamie turned and ran after him.

' 'Ear that. To Ben's astonishment.' The Sergeant saluted. 'Y ou're a right shower.' he said. astonished. take 'e m through there and hang them. ye ken.' 22 There was a ragged chorus of musketry as the soldiers fell on one knee. the Laird. had witnessed it all and. 23 'Who do you think you are then?' he said. you. I am Germa n.' He stumbled slightly over his consonants in a way approved by the London dandies of the time. from Hanover where your King George comes from.' said Algernon. 'I'm the officer here.' The Sergeant stepped forward fearfully.' He clicked his heels and bowed again. as the Sergeant and the two troop ers took up positions behind them with levelled bayonets. Th . 'Let's see who else we have here.' He turned to the men. you may prepare to h ang them. shrank back covering his eyes with hi s hand. You'll hang just the same. 'He thinks we're French. 'Froggies!' he said. One of the musket-balls hit Alexander in the shoulder. Algernon walked thr ough.' T he Doctor turned to him and bowed. 'Desert er. Me and the Doctor here. caught between the two troopers and the advancing circle of R edcoats. What have we done?-Nothing. 'Do we look like froggies?' He turned to the D octor. He raised his claymore for one last act of defiance. Jamie Mc Crimmon. 'Ach. but th e troopers seized hold of him and pulled him out of the way. 'No. ' you vill perhaps learn to keep a civil tongue in your head. 'Silence you re bel dog. nein? Are you in cha rge here?' While the Sergeant stared at him. 'And I'm his piper.' Ben turned on him. and the Sergeant. Ben and the Doctor watched transfixed. 'Ah.' The Sergeant was astonished at the Doctor's easy authority and his strange clothes. 'A poor lot. 'Creag an tuire. sir. unable to stand the sight of his friend's gallant but futile death. 'We'll ge t no decent pickings here. 'No. no.' said Jamie.bloodcurdling shrill rallying cry of Clan McLaren. 'Right. 'Rebels are not treated as p-p-p-prisoners of war. 'Rebel.' said the Doctor. eh?' That was too m uch for Ben. And what have you got against them two? They lost a battle.' he said. Sergeant. the Doctor spoke in a heavy German accent.' he said. Jamie looked wildly arou nd for escape but. Sergeant. 'Ven you find out. He stepped i nto the cottage and looked around. 'Oh. you are.' Ben started back. sir? Treason it is! Shall I hang them now?' Alger non shook his head.heard the Doctor's words. realised that escape was out of the question. 'One of those demned froggies that came over with the Pretender. 'Surrender in the King 's name!' The Sergant's rough voice startled the three. He turne d to Jamie. right? Doesn't that make them prisoners o f war? Algernon turned slightly towards Ben and spoke over his shoulder coldly. Alexander jerked convulsively as the balls hit him and slowly crumpled forward.' Jamie trie d to get between the officer and the bedroom where the Laird was resting. 'W-wait a moment. 'I a m glad you hav come.' The Sergeant shrugged his shoulders. 'Sir. but the sword dropped from his hand a nd he fell over face downward in the heather. 'Me? I'm on your side. 'it's nice to hea r a London voice again. speechless at being spoken to in th is way by a man he considered one of the rebels.' The Sergeant who had been keeping his temper with some difficu lty now burst out. and he staggered but continued his advance up towards the onco ming English troopers. 'Colin McLaren. and looked over at the now unconscious Colin lying on the bracken bed. we just arrived. The second rank of the English Redcoats fired. Behi nd him. upset. the Doctor. followed by Ben. Doctor von Verner a t your service. 'You. a gentleman at last. raised t heir muskets. 'Blimey. Let's hang them and have done.' he said. then. and fired at the Highlander. Jamie.' 24 The Sergeant turned and spat on the floor. He turned to the Se rgeant as he drew out a lace handkerchief from his sleeve. holding it to his nos e against the close smell of the cottage. he was so astonished. what you talking about? I'm no rebel. 'I hav been vaiting for an escort.' he said. you can't-' But the Doctor put his hand on Ben's shoulder and stepped forward. standing by the door of the cottage.' The Doctor shook his head. Ben looked curiously at t he Sergeant's red uniform and the tall hat.' Ben could hardly speak. Algernon Ffinch came up to them having over.' 'Hang!' said Ben. 'Who is that man?' he said. And I speak English much bett er than he does.' he said.

'Ben here and myse lf. 'sturdy. 'our brave Duke's troops are busy bayoneting the w ounded. 'Oh. Perkins. Perkins. His pockets bulged. still half conscious. Jamie tried to run up to them but the other two men held him fast.' He indicated the barrel top on which he had laid out cold chicken. half dragging the wounded Highlander and urging him on with kicks and blows. ham. 'It must be th is sharp northern air. 'Don 't really know. sir. He turned. In fact. Tm quite ready for it. never fear.' he said. 'This one was over in but a brief hour.' The Doctor stepped forw ard. who was standing by an upturned barrel on which he was spreading out a cold lunch for his master. his sleeves were ragged at the ends.' He picked up a napkin P erkins had neatly folded and placed on the barrel. who carefully put it away in the large food hamper beside t he barrel. lank 25 grey hair carefully held back in a bow in the manner of the period. 'And I'll have them.' 'And take him too. .' he continued. 'Ya canna do that. and his hands were covered with inkstains becau se Perkins was a solicitor's clerk.' said the other soldier. 'Yeah. 'You'll get plenty to eat where you're going.' said the Sergeant. He had been watching the battle through a telescope. no dou bt sir. even tones.' said Grey.' 'Indeed.' he said. thin man with a face the colour of his name. His clothes were mussed up and untidy compared with the solicitor's ne atly tied cravat and well-buttoned waistcoat. used to hard work and little food. the Scot turned and looked longingly at the food. doesn't it?' As he talk ed. Perkins was a complete contrast to hi s master. Perkins. Solicitor Grey was sitting on the high seat of a supply wagon for the Duke of C umberland's British Army. and fastidiously tied it arou nd his neck. 'He's . 'Now. swallowed it hastily. his eyes lighting up at the mention o f food.' 26 Perkins rubbed his hands enthusiastically.' He shook his head in disgust and handed the t elescope to Perkins. Perkins . 'Yes. no?' Algernon turned to consider him for a moment. He never allowed his feelings to get in the way of his business.' continued Grey. old mate. Grey shrugged his shoul ders. a short. ve are witnesses. and a bottle of red wine. 'I vould advise you not to do this. No doubt at all. 'at least it's given me an appetite. 'And when you're done wit h those two. I have never seen brave fellows so poorly led. yes sir.' s aid one of the soldiers. 'Well. and everything was considered in a purely logical light without th e softening shadow of ordinary humanity or human feelings.' he said. in contrast to Grey's neutral. who had been trying to stuff a piece of chicken in his mouth while his master was distracted looking at the wounded Highlander. Such a waste of manpower. His voice had the dusty echo of the law chambers and the pen etrating edge acquired from years of pleading cases in court. considering. most like. and dragged him out of the door. I've never seen a battle before. He started to pour a gl ass of wine for his master. bread. from his mud-spattered coat to his long. 'He's next. 'All these fine fellows.' he said. Grey started clambering down from the wagon. two soldiers came along. H e was a tall.' He called after the Sergeant.' Perkins. There was a danger ous stillness about the man. Think what a pric e such men would fetch in Barbados. and his long grey riding boots. cheese. laughing at the man.e Doctor stood back. Gives one quite an appetite.' He spoke with a slight Co ckney accent. slightly fat man . w hich he now shut up and placed back in a leather case beside. Perkins had filled a plate for his master with meat.' he said. I did not leave a thriving legal practice at Lincoln's Inn just for the honour of serving Ring George as his Commissioner of Prisons. Get on with you. 'A pretty penny. sir. 'w orms.' He turned and walked out of the room. everything a bout the solicitor was grey. looked as though his buttons were in the wrong holes. 'that's right. or Jamaica. As he passed. you can hang these riffraff. as two of the troopers pulled Colin to his fee t. Perkins?' Perkins looked up. yes sir.' And he kicked the Highlander again as they wa lked away up the path. ' Not a very inspiring battle. him on the seat.' He brought out a handkerchief and wiped dust from the wagon off hi s hands. onions . sir. and his main duties were the endless copying and drafting of legal documents. He turned to look dow n at his clerk. yawning and stretching. Grey sat down on an upturned crate set beside the barrel and held the wine up to examine it for pieces of floating cork. wouldn't you say. I think I'll have a little wine.

Something in the other girl's tone gave her fresh hope. shook her head in resigned sorrow.' Kirsty. 'Look through this. Perkins picked up the wine and held it up t o the light. The solicitor was striding away a cross the moor.' said Polly. but couldn't see what his master was annoyed about. with small groups of Redcoats scouring the brakes and pitches for the few knots of Highlanders still left. spat it into Perkins' face. and the rope with the noose hung over a branch of the tree. Kirsty brought the Laird's telescope out of her pocket and steadied it a gainst her arm. won't you. Perkins started back in surprise. The wine was corked. raising the bottle to his mouth. 'D o you want to get us both killed .' She started to wee p. and handed it to Grey. 'What did you do t hat for?' gasped Polly. 'let's go. on how many of these wretched rebels we ca n deliver from His Majesty's over-zealous soldiers. 'They're goi ng to hang our men.' She handed the telescope to Polly. Perkins. of course. although we've nothing but corpses left on the battlefield. 'Dinna pretend ye canna recognise English Redcoats when y e see them. 'What are they doing?' asked Polly. The stone fell jus .' Without more ado. and for a moment the siniste r force of the lawyer became apparent as Perkins shrank back. the Doctor . She looked over. we're safe. fat clerk hastily sh oving the food back into the hamper. 'I thought there was more behind it. 28 Perkins!' Grey's urgent tone came back to him. Th e mist was beginning to clear and around them they could now make out the dimens ions of the battlefield of Culloden Moor. haven't you?' Kirsty looked up. then. said. 'You're a weeping ninny. eh Perkins? Come. 29 4 The Handsome Lieutenant Following the Scots girl's intense gaze. shall we?' She looked around her and picked up a stone.' he said. The so ldiers were placing the rope around Colin's neck. almost choking. sir. leaving the small. 'It's horrible. used to the more passive ways of 18th century women. If you wish to continu e in my service you'll have to be more careful. She turned to Polly and pulled her arm. 'Who are those two men?' Kirsty turned furiously back to her. shrugged her shoulders in disgus t. 'I thought so.' Polly took the spyglass from her and looked through.' said Polly. Polly. Perkins?' He turned a nd glanced at the frightened little man beside him. Through the eyepiece she could clearly make out her father and J amie. flung the bottle away in the heather th en. each bound. 'How?' Polly shook her head. sir. 'You're right. Perkins. 'Th en. gaping at his master as he brought out a hand kerchief and started wiping his face.' Grey took a mouthful of the red wine and then.' 'W ith Mr Trask and his ship at our service. She started to rise. I promise you. Grey dabbed at his mouth with a fine lace handkerchief he carried hi his top pocket and as though nothing untoward had occ urred. It really w on't happen again. Grey mounted the step of the wagon and looked over in the distance.and bread. she flung it as hard as she could towards the group around the cottage. scrambled after his master. took a deep swig. He shrugged and . stumbling over his words. In line were Jamie.' Kirsty pulled her back down beside her.' As he spoke there was a ragged burst of musketry. 'You'll have to be much more careful. 'We must be about our duties. dragging her down into the heather. there must be something we can do. Gr ey jumped from the wagon and strode off.' 'Look. Then. Grey frowne d. we may expect to clear some measure of profit from this rebellion. running forward down the path a little way. grabbing the hamper.' s aid Kirsty. suddenly rising as he tasted it. nodding. Polly looked down towards the cottage to see the Redcoats and the soldiers clustered around a n oak tree which stood just outside the front door. 'I dunno. Perkins?' Grey repeated. 'And corpses ar e little use to us. 'let's create a diversion... and worse!' 'I don't understand. 'That's all right. Perkins nodded apologeti cally. My apologies. even at this distance. sir. 'We can but mourn.' He looked down at Perkins and smiled a cold smile.' 'Depending. You've still got breath to run. and Ben. won't you. 'I'm very sorry. eh Mr Perkins?' 27 'Oh yes.' 'English?' said Polly. an independent girl from the sixties. sir. Can't they be stopped?' 30 Kirsty looked at her in tears.

' He raise d his hand. 'Rea dy. 'I vill. 'One moment. and the men looked around towards the two girls. sir . at a price. 'That looks like Polly and that Scots girl. Sergeant. brought o ut a lorgnette and looked Ben over carefully.' Kirsty thought for a moment. Sergeant. you scum. I'll go. and then turned and pointed at Ben. 'You won't. fast.' The Lieutenant. because you won't be here when he gets back.' Ben whispered to the Doctor. of course. 'Hey. The thing is. sweating in their heavy uniforms. 'Shall I go after them.' he said.' Algern on shaded his eyes and stared.' he called over his shoulder. 31 .' He turned t o the soldiers. you stay here. 'Sorry. 'Why do you think he went away? Delicate stomach.' Kirsty shook her head. Algernon and the soldiers also burst into a trot . you know. 'Vat a great devotion to duty your Lieutenant shows. the re's another one. proceed with the hanging.' He looked at Colin who had now slumped down unconscious.' she said. you could. 'Devotion to the £30. h e has. 'And demme. 'Keep quiet about it.' K legg grasped Lieutenant Algernon Ffinch's arm. girl! We're younger than they are. the Doctor and Ben had not iced the two. 'you can't hang us with your officer away. 'It'll do nay good. 'They're trying to create a diversion.' Th e Sergeant shrugged his shoulders and brought out a small clay pipe which he pro ceeded to fill with tobacco.' he called 'haul him up. It ain't proper. 'Ach! Sergeant. Just then. They' ll never catch us. .000 reward for the capture of Prince Charlie. 'Get to the point. but you won't. followed by the two soldier s. dragging the protesting Ben over to the tree. 'Take the strain. 'We'll start with that ruffian. 'Right. felt the rope tighten around his neck. The Sergeant turned cynically to look at the Doctor.' Algernon said crisply. followed by Perkins.' He turned and beckoned to two of the R edcoats.' 'Never mind the price. ' Puts me in mind of what Sergeant King of the Dragoons said. Disresp ect to your superior officer. sir. and perhaps I von't.' as Kirsty got up and ran out beside Polly.' The Sergea nt smiled at him. sir. but the Sergean t turned and stiffened them back to attention with a fierce glare. 'Devotion to duty my . Perkins. Solicitor Grey strode around the corner of th e cottage.' He turne d back to look at the two figures on the hill. sensing an opportunity. then seeing the Doctor's gaze he closed his mou th. and obviously no match for the agile girls.' said Ben. .' They turned and began scrambling along a narrow cow track in dicated by Kirsty.' he called. Come on. 'The Dragoons have orders to stop every woman. 'Away on that hill there.' A couple of the soldiers standing by caught his words and laughed. 'No.' 'Rubbish. 'It looks like a wench. ' he laughed. shaking her fists down at the group of British soldiers. they've heard the Prince is trying to escape disguised as a girl.' the Doctor returned. 'Aye. They can't hang them with the officer away. 33 'Who the devil may you be?' asked the Sergeant.' said the Doctor. 'This is our chance. 'then let's take it. Not that they need orders like that. Behind them. 'Yeah.' said the Doctor. You must know the moors better than they do . H .' The soldiers took the rope from around Colin's neck a nd. 'You think he'll catch t hem then?' 32 The Sergeant spat.' he said with the hint of a sm ile. also waving her ar ms and gesticulating. Polly and Kirsty made sure that they were being followed. t hat's what he's after. Behind them.' The Doctor raised his eyebrows. made it fast around his neck. Perkins reached in his pocket and pulled out a large parchment commission sealed with a red seal. and Ben.t short of them.' The soldiers bunched around the rope and b egan pulling it taut.' said the Sergeant. But. 'That young whelp? He couldn't catch his own grandmother. Always leaves the dirty stuff to others like me. and then Polly tur ned to Kirsty. sir?' Alg ernon thought for a moment and shook his head. then nodded.' 'A what?' Ben began. strode up the hill towards the girls. 'Right. Sergeant. 'That officer's coming after us. sir. there is a track. He came over. now on tiptoes.' said the Sergeant.' He turned to the soldie rs. I could report you for that. 'You two men come with me. Grey ignored him and finished hi s examination of Ben. Time to go. 'Stand by. The Doctor cl icked his tongue in disapproval.' 'Good.' 'Perhaps. 'Look.' sa id Polly.' said the Sergeant.' 'Uhh?' Algerno n didn't follow the Sergeant.

felt in a pocket. The Sergeant turned uncertainly and start ed blustering. 'I'm the only law that matters to you now. Mr Grey is. his authority challenged. 'we'll see about that. Sergeant? I have charge over all rebel prisoners. 'Perkins. delicately taking a small pinch of snuff between finger and thumb and sniffing it. his Majesty's Commissioner for the disposal of rebel prison ers. I thou ght you vere a gentleman of the law.' he said importantly.' Perkins. 'the other pocket. and brought out a handful of silver coins which he procee ded to count out from one hand to the other. The Doctor gave a slight bow. He turned back to his men. 'Article XVII.' corrected the Doctor. looking from Grey to the Serg eant. and if this gentleman don't want you.' he said.' 'Set him down. and began to count out another handful. mate.' The men took the noose from Ben's neck and released him. and a doctor. 'I am a lawyer. He turned to the Doctor.' The men raised the n oose for the Doctor. All prisoners. 'Not these. 'is Solicitor Grey of Lincolns Inn Fields. Solicitor. h olding it upside down. He obviously was unable to read. 'Can you not read. matey. ' Claims to be a frog doctor. Grey turned back to the Sergeant.e handed it to the Sergeant. 'You can dispatch this one. 'encountered by you and'. . Thanks a l ot. I think. Sergeant. 'I don't care who you are. and'-he turned and rai sed his lorgnette to look at the Doctor-'this strange looking scoundrel here. but Grey raised his hand. you hang.' 'Ho. and then continued. as Perkins counted out ten silver coins.' echoed Perkins. 'Article XVII . Jamie pointed to the wounded Colin. .' said the Doctor. You can send him along with the other prisoners. 'Take the noose off and set this yo ung man down.' he said. The Sergeant.' Perkins nod ded.' continued Grey. we need doctors in the plantations. sir.' Jamie spoke for the first time. German. The Sergeant nodded. 'A trifle. 'Perhaps I can help. 'you've no charge over my men. Ben turned to the Solicitor. The Doctor. All right. 'And bette r acquainted vith the English law than you seem to be. 'Appointed by the Chief Justice of England. 'Continue. sir. amused. get him down smart like. to Inverness. who had a habit of repeating his master's orders. I regret any trouble. his voice a whi plash. 'You cannot hang a citizen of a foreign power vith out notifying his ambassador.' Perkins finished counting out a handful of silver coins and held it toward the Sergeant. 'How dare you speak to Mr Grey like that. I 'll no go without him. leaned over and took it from him. Sergeant.' The Sergeant took the commission a little suspiciously and looked at it. 'You show a touching faith in His Majesty's justice.he looked at the other three and nodded towards Jamie-'t his young rebel here are needed at His Majesty's colonies.' instructed Grey. 'This. ' The Laird McLaren.' The Sergeant pushed the Doctor back.' he said. The soldiers paused irresolutely.' he repeated.' 'Then you are doubtless familiar with Ar ticle XVII. He gave a dainty sneeze. I assure you. then sto pped. 3 4 'I admit a prior claim. Either the Laird goes wi' us or you can hang me right here. too. and you and your men are ordered to give me every assistance. Perkins. A sergeant's pay at that time was five shillings a week.' He turned to look at the wounded Laird. that feels better. he ain't!' Grey looked at him for a moment.' The Ser geant was watching the coins. 'I'm not sure. puzzled.' 35 Perkins elbowed him back. 'Wait. lads..' Grey gave him a slight bow.' 'Of course he has.' said the Sergeant. took the money and placed it in a pouch hanging at his belt. Aliens Act 1730.' Grey gave a slight smile.' 'Sergea .' Grey turned. flushed angrily.' P erkins burst in self-importantly. ' What about the Laird?' Grey turned to him. 'Strong ruffians like you and .. 'Pardon?' asked Grey. He watched.' he said as Perkins looked up at him. then turn ed back to Perkins.' 'No.' He reached in a nd took out a snuffbox. . Aliens?' Grey turned to the Ser geant. Sergeant.' he said. 'Who is this extraordinary rogue?' The Sergeant shrugged his shoulders. raised his tatty grey wig and s tarted scratching his scalp. 'Phew.' P erkins snatched the commission from the Doctor's hand. 'Of course. Grey turned to the soldiers. looking at it. fascinated. 'You heard the Co mmissioner. .' he said. Bu t if this will help .indicating the other soldiers-'these fine fellows. Well . 'Ah. stretching h is bound hands. Perkins shrugged his shoulders a little unwillingly. but I think you are a reasonable man.

'Three thousand miles?' said Ben. and we need something to bribe the guards with. Iâ ll show you. stumbled after Kirsty. 37 5 Polly and Kirsty Polly.' Polly returned. In one corner. Doctor? C an this man be healed of his wound?' He indicated Colin. looking anxiously at the Doctor. 'Whether he'll get that where he's going is somewhat doubtful. The Doctor nodded. 'Corporal!' barked the Sergeant. 'Whist. Then. The Sergeant refilled his pipe and sat down in front of the cottage. remembering her manners.' she said.' said Grey. teeth. Kirsty was leading he r through another part of the moor towards higher ground. We only steal from those who take from us .' 'Cattle r aids?' said Polly. sinister smile. Have you any money?' Kirsty looked up. He realised the danger of being separated too far from the TARDIS. to her astonishment. Send them all to Inverness. Kirsty turned angrily on the other girl. Then perhaps a sea voyage. 'Wit h proper care.' muttered Polly. Kirsty made for one.. 'You accompany this gentleman' . she offered it to the stranger.' she called. Never mind. 'For what do w e need money?' 39 'For food. 'When was it left here?' 'Ab out three months past. ' She led Polly through the rock fissure. hard dog biscuit. there were blankets and a rough cot. of course. Ben and Jamie and. 'That biscuit won't last us long. 'to start with. 'Ugh.' she said. What have you found?' 'It's a cave. But she had no time to panic before Kirsty suddenly emerged from a slender fis sure of rock. no! What do you take us for? We're no thieves. turning to Kirsty. . 'dog biscui ts!' Kirsty looked up.' Grey took another pinch of snuff. like the McGregor clan.' Polly looked down a t the dishevelled. and several old chests. What have we got to sell then?' Polly l . They'll never leave that place alive.' Kirsty looked blankly up at her.' Grey restrained him. and s et to work on it. you know . 'Och. but I'll 36 leave him in your care. 'We keep our food in here. 'To Inverness gaol.' excla imed Polly. 'Oh." Kirsty walked forward and op ened the nearest of the small wooden chests. He turned to the Doctor. 'You mean. I'll wait here for Lieutenan t Ffinch. One of the bigger of the soldiers shuffled forward and saluted. stoo d back. 'please go ahead.' Polly looked suspiciously down at the biscuit. and Polly. some as large as a house with great splits and fissures big en ough to hide a man. 'Och. found herself in a large cave worn from the inte rior of the rock by a small stream. three thousand miles?' He smiled at t hem: a slow.h e indicated Grey . annoyed. teeth. and when Polly looked up from rubbing h er leg.' 'Where's that you're taking us?' asked Ben. . The soldiers form ed a group around the Doctor. 38 'Nay.' said Kirsty. I'm not hungry.. They'll neve r catch up with us. sliding agilely around a slight bend. 'You thi nk we live in caves?' Tm sorry.' said Kirsty. I don't want to lose my fillings. the fleet-footed Highland lass. her companion had disappeared .nt. you steal people's cattle?' Kirsty.' s aid Kirsty. 'My clan use it as a hide-out after cattle raids. We must get t hem out. 'Oh.' She loo ked in it hungrily. now. We saw them be ing marched away. 'You don't mean to say you live here.'and the prisoners to Inverness. set off across the moor.' said Kirsty.' she said. 'we've only one wee biscuit left. Pol ly wrinkled her nose in disgust and shook her head. shaking her head. where would they be taking them?' Kirsty burst into tears . Shun! ' The men came to attention. annoyed. scratched for the twentieth time that day. Sergeant.. weeping girl. waiting for his officer's return. startled. their one hope of getting back to his own time. 'we're miles ahead of them now. 'What do you think. and started gnawing hungrily on a corner of the biscuit. We must make a plan. 'Biscuits are no bait for dogs. 'To Inverness.' 'Right sir. Say . then brought up some thing that to Polly looked suspiciously like a large. 'Well. Around them were tall outcrops of rock. The men must have got here before us. lifting the wounded Laird betwe en two of them. 'Oh don't be such a wet. fillings.. 'Do you want to draw them over here?' Polly c ame over curiously. away from the fissure which r an up twenty feet and showed a thin strip of grey sky. not for me/ said Polly. walking barefoot and carrying her thin shoes in her ha nd. and rummaged among some old parchments.

full of mysterious shapes that loomed up at Polly. 'Oh. The night seemed even darker now. 'Why do you wear the short skirts of a bairn? Ye're a grown woma n sure. She moved forward again along the rough track. 'Oh come on. and she found herself fa lling down through the darkness. reached out and grabbed the dirk that Polly had been wearing a nd had set down on one of the chests. dirty and very much afraid. and then shook her head in disgust.' Kirsty immediately covered the ring with her othe r hand and turned away. 'We're no se lling it. afraid of where she had fallen. a stone rattl ing away down the slope not far behind her.' She turned back towards the door. but there was no answer and the scuffling noises seemed to have stopped. 'This won 't fetch much. her t ears forgotten. it'll be dark soon. 'you're just a wild wailing peasant. P olly looked around. Polly screamed. you know. it's gold. Polly stared at he r for a moment. but that would have meant admitting to Kirs ty that she was scared. He'd kill me if I ever parted with it. Kirsty l ooked up.' 'Aye. ' 'I don't understand you people. Beside 41 the road there was a short. The clump slowly pulled out. For a couple of minutes. listening for more tell-tale noises. Polly lay still.' But Polly was already out of earshot.' 'Well let's see anyway. She picked it up and held it out as a c lub. watch out for yourself. calling after her. anyway. 'I will not!' she said. but it's a start. The moor. I'm off to help my companions. and a silly weeping ninny like her-no. with her head slightly tu rned and her ear cocked. You just sta y here and guard your precious ring. this she could ne ver do. Sud denly.What was that? Polly whipped around. She didn't notice that the path had branched and she was following a smaller path rather than the main track. Then with sudden resolution she held her hand out.' Kirsty shook her head.' Polly shrugged her shoulders. which was of twisted silver. as she exited. She shivered.. 'Och. 'And I m ust get myself some proper clothes to wear.' said Polly. winded. Might there not be some w ild animal beside her in this pit? She tried to remember whether they still had . 'can't I even look at it? You'll have to trust me. At all costs she mus t find out what had happened to the Doctor and Ben.' Kirsty shook her head firmly.' She looke d over at Kirsty and spotted a large ring on the girl's middle finger. but the grass did not ho ld her. 'Who's there?' she called. sh e reflected. . which had seemed harmless enough in the daylight.' said Kirsty curiously. 'Oh. She began to run along the track. mind your step o utside. Outside the cave it was indeed getting dark. We should get a lot for that. hardly daring to move. She'd heard a noise.' Kirsty snatched her hand back and looked up. Anyway. 'that ring. you're not one of us.' Polly looked down at her mini-skirt and the torn and laddered tights. and hobgoblins which so scared the eighteenth century Kirsty. warlocks. it 's my father's.' Polly shot back.' she said. 'You are English. too. remember. Then Polly thought she heard another noise behind her. Somebody was following her.' Polly stared back at her in disbelief. The air in the cave was chill and damp. and she slid down to the bottom of the trap . 'He'd no thank me. she didn't doubt her ability to talk her way out of any sit uation .. 'Keep your ring. 'Come on. it'll take too long to explain. Sh e stared to retrace her footsteps back towards the cottage. now took on a totally different aspect. She shook it. 'you see . 'Not even to save your father' s life?' 'No. frightened. ' Polly rejoined.ooked down at her bracelet.' Polly sighed.' 'Oh. ' Well.' 'Why would you help us?' said Kirsty. what could they do? They surely wouldn't harm an English girl.' said Polly crossly. anxious now that her one companion was leaving. and for a moment Poll y thought of going back to the cave. it's a gorgeous seal.' she said. Even if the English soldiers captured her. you're hopeless. 'It's no mine.. and clutched at some grass verg ing what was obviously some sort of animal trap or pit.. really scared this time. thick stick. Kirsty stood up.For the first time Polly began believing the stories of wi tches. Oh. Why. for goodness sake?' 40 'He entrusted it to me before the battle. 'Ah. . anno yed.' 'They've got my friends.' she said. the ground beneath her feet seemed to disappear.' Kirsty scrabbled away across the floor.' Kirsty reluctantly stretched her hand out and Polly examined the ring. 'give it to me. 'You'll get lost for sur e. or was i t some animal or . this time the crack of a twig.

' said K irsty. The Scottish girl was so startled she dropped the dagger. One heel had come off. She stood up and felt her arm s and legs. cross and very tired.' said Polly.' Polly said. help. One of them looked strong enough to stand her weight. She pulled her other hand up and t hen started pulling her way along the branch to heave herself out of the pit. managed to turn away as it stuck into the ground beside her. sir. 'I thought maybe a Redcoat had fallen into the animal trap . 'Red coats!' said Kirsty. but the Scots girl had not balanced herself on the edge. with an other proceeding with the lantern. 'I think it's some sort of wall. 43 6 Polly's Prisoner As Polly looked up.' Kirsty stretched her arm over. 45 Algernon sat gingerly on the stone wall.' Ki rsty's voice came from below. 'Don't. 'You clumsy fool!' he shouted. and Polly began scrambling up the loose earth. I'm sorry. help me get out of here. Polly. and was holding a dagger. with a qu ick twist.and I wish i t had been.' 'It's lucky for both of us that it didn't happen that way. S uddenly. Behind him was a single file of men.who did you think it was?' 'Och. and Polly scrambled up towards Kirsty's hand. but beyond one or two bruises and some thick-caked dirt.wolves in Scotland in the eighteenth century.' She now made the light out to be a lantern held by an approaching soldier. said cros sly 'Of course it's my self. she saw that the hand was now extended over her head. but now we're both trapped. covering the other end of the pit from where she had fallen thr ough. S he kneeled. Down Polly scr ambled.' said Kirsty. 'You're no light weight. As she neared the surface.' she wailed. and a lot of dirt. and he was lame. could you . there seeme d to be no damage. you know. 'Give me your hand. the distant sh riek of an owl hunting its prey. pu lled her back over. I ken. It had been a long hike through the mountains . 44 'Not on your nelly. 'No'. She felt her way around the edges of the pit. 'Quick wi' ye. 'What did you do that for?' 'Sorry. all she could hear were the usual night sounds.' said Polly.' Up above them. the hand that held the dagger seemed to b e raising it as if to fling it right down at the helpless girl beneath. a very weary Li eutenant Algernon Ffinch was stumbling along. A light was approaching along the path. 'I climb o n your back and scramble up. It was about te n foot deep and six foot square at the bottom. Sh e stopped and stared. Och. and Algernon's high-heeled elegant London-made boots were not up to the rugged Scottish moors. and her own gradually subsiding panting.' 'You get down.' cried Polly. angry because she'd been so afraid. but some 42 of the sides had caved in. so the both of them tumbled once more to the bottom of the p it. we're cornered now. or even-she shivered at the though t-bears! However.' she said.' s aid the man. and the two men hovered uncertainly abo ve him. 'It's your self!' she excla imed. 'Shush. you idiot!' shouted Polly. let 's just wait. 'there's a light. 'A wee bruise or two. Come on. raising her head above the lev el of the pit. She jumped down from Kirsty's back. and started reaching for a good hand-hold to pull herself out. She grabbed it. I give up!' There was a scuffle of leaves above her and t hen Kirsty's head appeared over the edge of the pit. 'Even you Scottish lasses must've played piggyback at some time. 'please. the man who was supporting the Lieutenant stumbled. As she looked up.' said Polly. then I'll pull you up. she said.' The soldier with the lantern turn ed back and revealed the remnants of a low stone wall used to separate the farme rs' sheep fields. 'Oh. and Polly. Then. Listen now.' Polly turned a nd looked down. and with a great eff ort she leapt up and managed to hold onto it. leaning on one of his men. 'Careful . now in obvious disrepair. she could make out a latticework of branches.' 'Oh. Algernon was in a flaming temper.' she called down. They'll soon move off. Polly got on her back and climbed up. 'Och. 'Couldn't catch two wenches. and Ffinch fell for ward. 'It's soldiers. the bigger girl.' 'I dinna understand. some fairly t hick and strong.' Polly shook her head. 'are you hurt?' Kirsty sat up and started brushing t he earth off her arms. the rustle of the wind in the trees just beyond the pit. wh en a hand came into view and shoved the branch back into the pit. 'Shhh.

another wail arose.' said the strange girl. 'Never mind. He had opened a pouch left by the soldiers containing bread. 'She will. no. but he stood up.. after all. and when he opened his eyes he saw be fore him a strange girl. As Algernon did so. 'Well. Now what can we do?' Ag ain. 'Imbeciles!' Algernon screamed after them. 'Go!' The men turned and started back along th e path. You two go and fetch my horse..) He put his foot on a clump of grass and crashed through into the pit.' began Algernon. chicken. 'Ach. Then he felt the co ld steel of a knife held along his throat. Here. He was. A low Scottish voice hissed in his ear. He drew his sword. Kirsty. Now. 'I've got an idea. a chicken le g.' Po lly unbuckled and pulled off his sword belt. quick march!' The soldiers turned and scurried away down the path. Kirsty whispered in Polly's ear. sending him over backwards with the boot . holding the lantern out. Here'-he turned to the man who'd been supp orting him-'pull this boot off. 'turn out his pockets. lantern and all. and as he held the boot . 'Ah. But Polly wasn't about to enlighten her on th e difference between a girl from the eighteenth century and a girl from the twen tieth century. 'I know.' she whispered.' said Kirsty. but Polly picked up the dirk and hand ed it to her. 'You and your kind have robbed our glens. But you' re not in charge now. her eyes filled with tears. Between them the girls trussed up the fuming young officer.' The soldier leant down. Algernon dropped the chicken leg back into the pouch and reached for his sword hilt. six lashes apiece .? Call yourselves "His Majesty's soldiers"? The terror of the Highlands? You wou ldn't frighten a one-armed dairymaid. Kirsty overcame her scruples. The fall completely knocked the w ind out of him.' said Algernon. His hand shook. 'Aye?' said K irsty. Algernon pushed against his shoulder. 'Do you know that for assaulting a King's o fficer .' 47 Algernon tried to move but felt the cold steel pressed deeper against his throat .' said Polly. 'so you'd better keep still. let's lure him to join us down here. Algernon quickly established that this ghostlike wail was coming fro m just behind the wall. T he sound was high-pitched and eerie in the extreme. Didn't the women of your age do anything but cry?' she whispered. 'You cannot mean to rob me. an E nglish officer and not supposed to be afraid of ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night. never mind a fully grown wench.' Kirsty. 'Now.' said Polly. that's better..' She opened his pouch. 'He has f ood. my gallant gentleman.' At his words. Polly gave an exasperated sigh. 'You're better with this thing than I 46 am.' 'By gad!' Algernon burst out. The two girls crouching in the pit heard every wor d. rising to a wail and then slowly dying away. He raised the lantern a nd looked fiercely around him. as he put it to himself. 'He's staying there. completely uncomprehending. a little shocked. of nearly twenty. I couldna do that. 'Right! Now. 'No harm!' said Kir . and we need it. Raising t he lantern. started back. (Algernon could not see the gaping hole lef t by Polly as the other end of the pit was still covered by a cunningly designed matting of branches and grass stalks. your pockets. bread. dressed in a costume that the prim Englishman would hav e found immodest on a girl of six.. We are. 'thirty lashes.' said P olly. It appeared to come from a clump of t rees beyond a rough patch of ground. Since our officer has so obligingly parked himself outside our pit. 'Leave the lantern here. and scra mbled over the wall just as a third wail of a slightly different timbre started up and then cut off abruptly in mid-sound. 'And why not?' she said. then wrapped it tightly around his legs. too.' she said. " Algernon spluttered.' 'Oh no. Now he raised the chicken leg and was about to bite into it when he heard a low moan from the pit. and onions.. and we can handle him between us. 'Move and I'll slit your throat from ear to ear. Do we understand each other?' The frightened soldiers saluted. And if you're not back in an hour. 'he has money. here's what we can do..' 'I have done you no harm .' Above them Al gernon was making himself as com. 'Oh. look . what are you waiting for?' said Algernon.fortable as the night and the damp air would p ermit. not again. 'Use the strap for his wrist. and for a moment all he could see was stars.' she said to Kirsty. 'I've done enough walking for one day. Now listen.' 'Why not. You think I want to be left in the dark?' The soldier with the lantern brought it ov er and placed it by Algernon.' 'Great.

' Ben intervened.' said Ben. a nd were covered with green moss. 'Ah.' he said.' said the Doctor. is it meet?' 50 'Oh no.' Jamie looked puzzled. They're p robably rotting in Inverness gaol by now. 'But that's daft.' 'Silence.' Ben scoffed. I'm rather glad we did. The blood-letting must wait until Taurus is in the ascendant. do you Doctor?' 'Of course I do. pr oduced an echo that took several seconds to die down. then turne d it upwards to where a few pale stars were visible through the grille. 'Huh. He's lost enough blood already. 'Killing them. don't you th ink.' The Doctor looked at him. 'So does he. It's not too clean. as Ben raised his eyes heavenwa rd-he would never understand the Doctor no matter how long he spent in his compa ny-the Doctor continued. 'Doctor. He began muttering to himself. ' said the Doctor. Jamie was sitting on the step beside the Laird. more like. 'When was the Laird born?' 'In the fifth month.kerchief? Here Doctor. they're all around us.' 'Why did we ever get mixed up with this lot?' said Ben. So it is willed.' 'Heal!' Jamie was outraged. to work. Jamie looked at it in disgust. 'Will you look at this?' she cried. Jamie looked over at Ben. Ben. Jami e and Colin were in a circular cell. 'So you are for the Prince after all?' 'Oh. 'There.' said the Doctor. wide-eyed.' sai d Ben. 'It is no thanks to you that my father and Jamie were not hanged. 48 7 The Water Dungeon 'Right old rathole this is.' 'Stone a crow!' said Ben. satisfied. As they looked up. who didn't seem to ha ve heard. And he's never heard of germs. 'what's he on about?' 'Blood-letting. 'Uh.' he said. ' Let's have another look at that wound. she saw in Kirsty's hand the gleam of gold en guineas. As Polly bent forward to look. King George has worse to offer. t hey could see an iron grille. he saw that water was begin ning to seep in through cracks in the rough stone walls. Ben?' said the Doctor. shrinking back and looking round him as if he expected to see germs hopping off the walls. Colin. 'What are you on about now?' 'Whist. . 'I bet this place has an echo. and through it the white gaiters of the English se ntry. don't worry. still only half conscious. 'Oh Isis and Osiris. 'Have you a handkerchief. man. I reckon you're right.' He tu rned abruptly to Jamie. seemingly un concerned with his surroundings. He pulled out a small pocket handkerchi ef.' said Ja mie. 'it wasn't exactly my idea.' Jamie reacted at this a littl e fearfully. 'Oh. 'If you think this is a rathole.' said Ben. 'What was that word?' 'Oh.' She felt in his pocket and brought he r hand out.' said Jamie. and humming gently to himself.' said the Doctor. It's quite an adven ture. shall we?' He started to pull Colin's pla id aside to look at the shoulder wound. It's a classic shape. Le t's try. Then reacted in wide-eyed incredulity. 'Gemini in Taurus. 'That wee lass's hand. 'I'm glad. 'that's what I thought.' said the Doctor. 'Y ou don't believe in all that codswallop. Illumination came from a spluttering tar torch stuck in a bracket beside the door. Tm right. 'I expect she's all right. 'germs. I think so. I don't think so. 'Doctor.' the Doctor shrugged. Jamie turned round to the Doctor. 49 'Well.' said Ben. at least. shall we?' He put his hands beside his mouth and at the top of his voic e yelled. you Jacobite pigs! Unless you want a touch of th is bayonet.' said the Doctor. lost in his own thoughts. He went over to Colin. his legs out. I'm just beginning to enjoy myself.' said Ben.' The last remark was directed at the Doctor. 'Oh. beh ind him the strong oak door with a narrow-barred grille.' Jamie was impresse d. the Doctor. As Ben looked down.' 'It is the only method of curing the sick.sty. was propped up on two steps that led down to the floor cell. 'And you claim to be a doctor? You've no bled him yet. He gave Ben a quick wink and nodded over his shoulder. and the Doctor was stretch ed out on a rough stone bench built against the wall.' The Doctor felt in his pocket and brought up a small telescope.' the sentry called. like a medieval dungeon.' Then. that Polly's out of this. 'Will you be letting him now?' said Jami e.' "Ere . 'With rest it should heal. The walls oozed damp. Well.' 'Yeah. not really. The Doctor took another look through the telescope.' Then. he went on. 'she got away. never fear.' said the Doctor. 'I ju st like listening to the echo. 'Down with King George!' His voice. picked up by the circular room. I wonder if she 's all right. as he saw Ben's face fall.

looking around a little nervously. Jamie. Soft as it was. but I canna do real justice to a tune without a bag and pipes ye ken.' he said. whose t aste in music leant more towards rock and pop. scratc hing his head.' 'Well. The floppy. the sentry. To Ben's surprise he was putting on his German accent again. to whom the tune of 'Lillibulero' was the very symbol of the rebellion which had so nea rly conquered Great Britain. and over by the door Colin opened his eyes and smiled faintly at the sound of the r allying song of the Jacobite army. Even Jamie was alarmed at this. with silken tassels. A moment later. The Doctor immediately stopped playing and passed Jamie back his pipe. 'You're a loyal Jacobite.' T he Doctor took it. well-' 'Besides. 'Here we go.' H e looked at the Doctor.' Jamie felt inside his coat and brought out the p laying pipe of a set of bagpipes . He felt in his 52 pocket and brought out the tin whistle he always carried in an inside pocket. it'll keep me warm. 'did you hear that tune?' The sentry nodded suspiciously.' he said . 'You'll not be able to play it. then buttone d his coat again.' he said. It takes a McCrimmon to play the pipes. 'Ach.' he said. he fingered the jaunty tune 'Lillibuler o'. Iâ ll do mah best. May I try?' Ben groaned and turned away. aye. Ben realised that the Doctor was up to some ruse.' The Doctor played louder.' said the soldier. plaintive little Highland tune on the pipe. They were playing it. 'Here. pointed the musket down through the grille.' He started to blow a sad.' he said. 'I am from Ha nover. 'Do you call tha t cheering us up?' Jamie looked wounded. 'Wh o's responsible for this?' he cried. opened his coat. not in the least com prehending the significance of the tune. 'What do you thin k you're doing?' The Doctor pointed at Colin. a ren't you? This is your song. whistle it with me. 'we'll see if a touch of this bayonet will hush ye.' he said. what've we got here?' said the Doctor. 'Ah. 'Silenc e. Jamie drew himself up a little proudly. started to whistle the catchy rhythms o f the march.' 53 The sentry scowled at him suspiciously. If the English find it-' 'Ah. Come on. 'I think this is yours. 'It's-It's. is that he'd like to hear something a lit tle more cheerful. Th en. himmel. ' play us a tune to cheer us up. give me a hand. and wrapped it around his body. heavi ly embroidered and ornate. a loyal subject of King George the Second. nein. the long bolts rattled back and the door was flung open. 'I've warned you rebels once.' 'Ach. and the Doctor gently put his hand on h is shoulder. 'The rebel dirge. but Jamie was completely outraged by this latest switch in the Doctor's shifting lo . Up above them. and Ben.' He turned and ran towards the staircase l eading down to the cell. Now put it back. 'whist ye!' The Doctor stopped playing for a moment. who began binding Colin's wound.try mine. Jamie started forward angrily. 'What's that to do with me?' The Doctor looked back at the others.all he had managed to salvage from his piper' s equipment after the battle. playing loudly and a little shrilly.' As the Doctor l ed them. The sentry glared around at them. he notice d the corner of a silken object protruding from underneath the Laird's bulky pla id.' he said. 'And what chance do you think he'l l stand of evading the gallows with this on him?' Jamie stood nonplussed. disreputable frock coat the Doctor wore looked lit tle different for the addition. To drive me out of my mind. 51 'Protecting it. never mind. so ft. I think. you know. turned to Jamie.' Together they unwrapped Colin's plaid and pulled out a large. wait. I say. 'And you were playing it. Prince Charlie's personal standard. Ben. the Jacobite marching song. 'Stop that noise!' he called down.' 'Then what's he doing with it?' Ben pointed to th e Laird. I'm rather good at this sort of thing myself. holding his head. As he did so. it carried to th e ears of the sentry above them. The Doctor immediately stepped forward. will ye. Ben. The one thing they always suffered from on this and other trips was the Doctor's musical effo rts.' He placed his hand on his heart. 'Eee. 'What Ben means. 'Ben. Now Jamie. The Doctor held it up.' the Doctor s hrugged. square silk standard. a loyal follower of King George. 'What hav e we here?' Jamie's eyes almost started out of his head. 'Och.' Jamie felt inside his shirt and pulled out a great square of linen g iving it to the Doctor. 'All right.

the Duke of Cumberland. 'Well. perh aps you don't. 'Give me that knife. Polly was carefully counting out Algernon's mo ney. 'What are you going to do? ' he said. .' 'Why did you not speak before?' said the sentry. 'And I think we've found one. She pulled it out towards the light and read. 'how girls like souvenirs of their fellows. .yalties.' She nudged him with the dirk . mate. This finally convinced the sentry that the Doctor was sincere: Jami e's anger was too intense to be anything but the real thing. salt. Polly turned to him. 'This hair should be p roof enough that we captured you. 'What d'you mean. "tis just discovered. you know. calm down. Outside. I'm a' worriet.' said Jamie. .' He pointed up to a d ark line which ran all the way around the circular cell. U nderneath. don't w aste time worrying about the Doctor. wouldn't we. .' said Polly. . . 'He must have some identification on him. twenty guineas. 'But why would you be . What chance do you think he's got paddling aro und in here?' He looked down to where the water was now lapping around their fee t.' Po lly turned to her.' Jamie shook his head. Ben grabbed hold of Jamie's arm and pull ed him back. 'Can't you see it was all a fiddle?' 54 'Fiddle?' said Jamie.' She looked at him. still suspicious.' said Po lly.' He bent down and tasted the water. we're very brave all of a sudden. ye.' she said. and then walked out of the door. 'Oh.' Ben looked around the cell. He flung himself forward to throttle the Doctor. and why dinna ye join your friend with the other traitors?' 'A w. 'Well. was wide-eyed. 'Well done. 'They know the plan to murder your general. Jamie finally seemed to comprehend what Ben was saying. 'You know. 'That's a tide mark. He nodded behind hi m. aren't we?' sa id Polly.' She turned to Kirsty.' She looked back at t he unhappy Algernon.' 55 8 Blackmail In the lantern light. 'We may need an ally in the enemy camp. 'I refuse to tell you. She turned to Kirsty. There. . mate. 'surely you would not tell . and let us hope we may be in time to stop it. beside her. 'Never fear.' he said. 'You'll both h-hang for this.' Polly leaned forward and unbuttoned the top of Algernon's waistcoat.Ffinch. The sentry backed out and slammed the door behind them. Mr uh-h-h . 'Blimey.' sa id the Doctor.' 56 Kirsty handed over the dirk. 'I've never seen so much money i n all my days. 'Aye. 'I knew he was no one of us. nineteen.' he said. do you think?' Kirsty. Worry about us. listen. Algernon Thomas Alfred. 'I dinna understand ye.' This was too much for Jamie. how far will that get us.' said the Doctor.' She had an idea.' Polly smiled at him. there was a large crescent-shaped identity disc. 'That's where th e water level comes up to when the tide's in.' He pointed at Jamie.' She laugh ed.' Ben shook his head. 'Take me to Commissioner Grey. worn by all the Brit ish soldiers of that period. 'Go on. Let's find it.' he said. Algernon's ey es widened in fear. 'E re. and it ain't my bath night.she stumbled for a moment on his surname . 'I se e. Jamie turned round to Colin who was now sitting up and taking notice. She cut off a lock of his hair protruding from under the dishevelled white wig.' said Ben.' For the first time. but the sentry intercepted him with a bayonet levelled at his chest. 'Eighteen. Ben no dded approvingly at Jamie. but I'm just after a small souvenir of you. 'Trick. 'Ach.' said Algernon . he's got a chance to get away and get help. 'And that rogue is a par ty to it. Jamie was still furious. 'We ll.' said the sentry truculently. But nevertheless. furious. 'out!' The Doctor gave a quick wink at Ben. A ruse. still looking rather suspiciously at the Docto r. 'Yeah. Just in case the Colonel doesn't believe us. 'You're very fond of hanging. Algernon. 'That's a lie!' Jamie burst out. mate.' he said. Iâ ll bet the Honourable Colonel Atwood would be interested to hear how one of hi s lieutenants was captured by two weak girls.' 'Oh. 'Oh come. .' he said. Algernon braced himself. trying to comprehend.' Kirsty had been watching this with astonishment. Hmm .' he touched the mark which was some foot above their heads. un less I'm very much mistaken. to rescue us. to get us out of here. the n patiently tried to explain. 'Alge rnon Thomas Alfred Ff . what is your name?' Algernon set his mouth and turned his face awa y. With two "f's yet? A Lieutenant in the Honourable Colonel Atwood's Rifles.' She then rais ed the dirk and cut the cord that held the identity disc. 'Here. 'Y e filthy spy.

Grey turned back to Trask. 'A Highlander will do twice th e work of one of your black slaves. stopped laughing imm ediately and glared at him. his eyes searching the seaman 's face. his eyes staring straight ahead.' said the sentry. Captain. Kirsty. I assure you. The sentry took it and looked at it for a moment in disgu st. 'I won't have my clerk bullied in this way.' Beside him.' Perkins's laugh cut off abruptly.' he continued. was master of the brig Annabelle. 'Ahh. Sir. but Grey interposed and rapped the table with his snuffbox.' he said. reli eved to have Trask's attention diverted.' Grey looked puzzled for a moment. Tha t is why we must start loading the prisoners tonight. interesting. Don't forget. 'Right. Captain. 'S ilence. Algy dear. who'd obviously been drinking . Eh?' He roared with laughter. 'my old cattleboat's ready for its livestock. as he styled hims elf. and a full flagon at his lips-was in a raucous good humour. 'You got th at one right. Algernon?' 'It's sheer b-b-blackmail. 'Belay there.' he said. 'Well?' said Grey. 'The Ge rman doctor.' sputtered Algernon.' he said. Trask leaned forward. snubbed again. Henry Trask. tonight. she swung herself gracefully over the top of the pit. Solicitor Grey. Perkins.' The sentry saluted. his face serious. 'Come on. then exited. 'It's one of the prisoners. 'Aye. and Perkins beside him gave a mild.' 'Why come to me?" 'He won't talk to a nyone but you. 'Wh at in thunder do you think you're laughing at?' N-n-nothing. we shall have them safely on the plantations. 'By the time the King's judges are ready to try the reb els. The half-drunk Trask. 'Now. they won't be long.' She turned. begi nning to stammer nervously. 'It won't be a laughing matter for any of us if we are caught. But Grey leaned across the table. and then his face cleared.' he said.' Then as Trask scowled in his direction. was with them. 'I have enough evidence on you to send you to the gallows ten times ove r. then turned and helped Kirsty out the same way. his clerk Perkins. 'Come in.' Grey called. Then. 'Don't worry. 'Ah. The Sea Eagle was one of the finest inns in the town of Inverness. 'Well man. conciliatory titter in reply. T he door opened and the sentry stuck his head round. She looked down at Algernon. He insists on seeing you. always quick to take offence. the steely intensity of the solicitor's un flinching gaze made him uneasy and he slumped back.' said Polly. There was a knock at the door.' 58 Perkins smirked. Don't forget it. Trask. Perkins. 'Which prisoner is it?' said Grey. Captain Trask.' he said. 57 unlike the low thick-walled cottages that usually passed for inns in the highlan ds of Scotland. dropping his eyes and reachi ng for the wine flagon. Says he's got some special inf ormation about a plot on the Duke's life.there was an empty wine bottle on its si de ill front of him. we 'd better get out of here before his men get back. Right now. 'I sug gest you start loading the prisoners. 'Wh o asked for your opinion?' Perkins. Sir. 'Well. 'Yes.' he said.' Grey sighed and turne d to his clerk. standing lightly on his knee and should er. I'm sure. He selected the smaller and 59 gave it to the sentry. Sir.. bu t made no move to go. And we'll be looking out for you in Inverness. Trask's hard nature showed on his face. Sit up. 'that's what it is.' The last thing Algernon heard was Polly's light laugh rippling back as the two girls scampered away down the hillside.' he said. what are you waiting for?' Still the sentry sto od there immobile. It had been built largely for the occupying English s oldiers who had one of their main fortresses at Inverness.' For a moment Trask rose in his chair and seemed about to th rottle the quiet-spoken lawyer. A one-time pirate gunrunner and smuggler.' said Perkins. he leaned forward. nodding his great head. shrank back from the fearsome -looking captain. 'Bring him up to me at once.' He turned to a small leather case beside . 'At least twice. nodded and repeated Grey's last words.' Polly hel ped Algernon to a sitting position then. It was deeply lined with a livid scar r unning across the forehead. and a heavily-built ruffian i n seaman's clothes. Trask immediately turned on him. lawyer. and pock-marked with a blue powder mark left by the unpredictable guns of the period which often blew up in a man's face. Perkins rather reluctantly felt in his waistc oat pocket and brought out two coins.' continued Grey. and was a large hands ome timbered building.

' As Grey automatically open ed his mouth. 'Here is your warrant.' As Grey leaned forward to hear the Doctor's muttered confidence. Grey snatched up the pistol and 60 levelled it at him. Doctor. 'Open you r mouth wide.' he said. and you go with hi m.' He closed and fastened the cupboard door.000 be a "waste of your time?' Grey leaned back. . speaking casually over his shoulder.000. I've never seen a sile nt lawyer before. the Doctor y anked the standard from the table over Grey's head.' he called. then nodded to the sentry. 'There is no plot. Grey turned back to the Doct or. 'You thought what?' he said. 'I am on the track of some. followed by Perkins. Perkins.' said the Doc tor. 'Oh. went back to th e table and sat beside it. and came around to the Doctor's side to examine it. The Doctor yanked the door open. T he Doctor shook his head sadly.. the Do ctor glanced around. Pretender to the throne of England. 'Well. '£15.' There was a knock at the door. 'Would the chance to lay hands on £15.' he said. then opened his coat and started to unwrap the Prince's sil k standard from around his waist. 'Why employ them. it's swollen.' Grey came around to confront the Doctor. then pulled Grey ov er and thrust him inside. 'Indeed. What is the nature of this plot?' The Doctor looked at him for a moment and then shrugged and started picking his teeth.' he said. Perkins said.him on the table. . smiling. 'There are ways to force your tongue. but the Doctor continued unwrapping and then held up the sta ndard.' Grey studied it in astoni shment. fat Perkins who shrank b . snatched up the pistol and s tarted forward. To save comment . For a moment Grey looked surprised. 'Be careful. I need a free hand . 'You have s ome fresh information on his whereabouts?' The Doctor nodded and leaned forward confidentially. silver-mounted flintlock pistol. 'Please don't call out.' As he spoke he was gradually raisin g himself in the chair and staring across at the short. his eyes searching the Doctor's face. placed the pistol on his side of the table. then his face darkened. He looked at it for a moment and then put it down on the table in front of him.' he said. 'I thoug ht . man.' The Doctor laid the standard on the table an d Grey rose.' he said. Grey opened the leather case once more and brough t out a small.' he said.' said the Doctor.000?' For answer.' Slightly thrown. Which priso ner carried this?' 'That must remain my secret for the time being.' said the Doctor.' The Doctor turn ed Grey around and tied him up with the Prince's standard. Grey looked back at the Captain. 'Right.0 00 reward for Prince Charles is surely enough to satisfy both of us. wa tched carefully by the Doctor.' The sentry saluted and left the room. In the corner there was a large cupboard used to store mops. you know. then took the handker chief out of his pocket as he pushed him back into his chair. and other cleaning gear. 'that's better. 'It's the Prince's standard. 'Well. . 'Good heavens. Lucky for him I was called in time. and the Doctor entered. the Doctor stuffed Grey's lace handkerchief in it. his face the picture of astonishment as he saw the Doctor sitting there. 'but. all right.' The Doctor leaned forward.. wouldn't you agree? He would also know where his master was most likely to run to.' He looked around the room. The solicitor open ed his mouth to speak and the Doctor immediately looked at his throat.' Trask nodded. 'Enter. 'Now Doctor. 'You may go. The door opened and Perkins came in. I'd hate it to go off in your face. The £30. I t cost me a silver shilling. 'Here we have. fol lowed by the sentry. rose and. you vagabond? Where would you get £15. bring them through the back way. how you waste my time. He's gone to li e down. 'Whoever was entrusted with the standard stood closes t to the council of the Prince.' The Doctor s miled and shrugged. 'Your story. since we are both on the same side. Mr Grey. slowly. 'If you'll just wait in there. 'Uh .' The door opened.' he said carelessly. Grey looked up sharply. the Doctor looked aro und the room. fa intly amused.' The Doctor held his hand up and started examining his nails. broom s. For a moment he did not realise who the Doctor was. Let us hope it is an entertaining one. I can have every inch of s kin flayed off your back just by a snap of my fingers.' he said. Alarmed. walked to the door. pardon. opened it and brought out an imposing-looking parchment docume nt with ribbons and large seals attached. 'Your master is a very sick man.. 'the personal standard of Charl es Edward Stuart. 61 effectively gagging him. 'I'm not very expert w ith these things. 'I think I've got another patient.

Bend back. do they?' Algernon.' said the Doctor. don't you?' He banged h is head again.' Algernon groaned.' 'H urry up. As he did so.' The Doctor tiptoed back towards the door leaving the clerk on the ta ble.' said Algernon.' said the Doctor. man. 'Get me out at once. 'Great Heavens.. in your eyes.' he said. 'You read too much. Here . 'What's that knocking?' he said. "Tis true. 'It's ver y deep. I'll see you get some money to drink wi . The Doctor turned back. 'Do you cal l me a liar. unders tanding him.' The Doctor strode around the table. ' I. what are you jabbering about?' 'What I me an to say Sir. Ignore it at your peril. 'y our eyes!' Perkins jumped. man. He realised he was in no position to offer the latter. It's true. was run almost entirely on small bribes or threats. and the belt and straps cut int o his arms and legs. 'Well don't just stand there. slid down onto the "floor. Just rest and the knocking'll get fainter and fainter and fainter. or I'll order you ten lashes!' 'Oh. The Doctor raised his hand imperiously. 'There's no knocking. man. My head does ache. Si r. like every army of that time. listening.' Algernon said. 64 9 The Doctor's New Clothes 'At last!' said Algernon. 'Oh. He sei zed Perkins' hair and banged his head back against the table. 'No. 'You suffer from headaches.' said Perkins. glared up. 'What did you find. He was tired. Come over here to the light.' he said. don't mistake me. not me. Doctor?' Perkins queried.' he said. 'It's in your head. Sergeant. you see. it' s just that. They're going to be rather curious and I wouldn't know what to tell them. pushed Perkins b ack over the table and. 'what do you expect when somebody bangs it on the table. 'How does that fee l?' 'Ow!' Perkins exclaimed. " Tis hard to see our way in the dark.' Perkins was really flustered now. a muffled thumping came from the cupboard. officers don't usually fall into pits.' He paused for a moment. Perkins looked up. ' said Algernon.. 'If you don't wish to go blind. bringing out a magnifying glass from his capacious pocke ts. 'Get me out of this infernal hole. cold and very stiff. raised his head. 'N-n-no . that's right.' the Doctor shouted. As he did so.. 'We made the best time we could. Sergeant. 'What took you so long. 'I'm willing enough to try. to rest them. 'I can see it 62 in your eyes. Sir. you jackanapes you?' Algernon was looking up to see the Sergeant holding a lantern over the pit.' said the Doctor. What must I do?' He rose to his feet.' Perkins raised his hand and tried to get up. I thought so. then lowered it back again.' said the Sergeant. 'It's your eyes I'm worried about. They're not used to it like. You'll hear the clock outside strike the hour..' said the Doctor. I'll handle this. 'One hour. you see.' The Sergeant turned to his men. unsuppor ted. began to examine his eyes. would I? Curiosity makes them very dry. I thought so.. 'My eyes?' The Doctor shrugged at the door. in your mind. 'Don't answer. 'Of course. 'Now lie on that table..' Perkins was really worried now.ack from the Doctor's intense gaze. The last thing he expected to see was his officer tied and bound.' said the Sergeant. 'Right you two. Sir. 'you must rest your eyes immedi ately for at least an hour. Remember. The British army. keep this ar ound your eyes for at least an hour. Do not get up before.. Keep watch by the Lieutenant's horse.' said the Sergeant. here.' he said.' Abruptly the Doctor got up. Doctor?' he said. 'Help me out.' confirmed the Doctor.' he said.' Perkins lay back on the table as the Doctor removed the little man's cravat and tied it around his eyes.' said Perkins. the muffled knocking from the c upboard grew louder. man.' 'Confound you.' 'But I'm busy. He raised his hand to his aching head. Do you understand?' 'B-but -' 'One hour. 'Oh.' He spoke a little huffily. sir?' said the Doctor fiercely.' He got up and Perkins.' 'Exactly. 'What?' 'Your eyes. no. I can see spots floating right in front of me. 'I am a clerk. 'All right. dear me.' The Doctor now reached the door and stealthily opened it. 63 Perkins reacted. Sir. alarmed. 'One hour.' he said.' The Sergeant looked down. 'it's the men I'm 65 thinking of. The Docto r blew his a kiss and then exited.' 'Oh. 'Print blind ness.. 'That is my prescription. his back against the table. 'You'll regret this. 'Now. 'We're not used to pulling officers out of pits.

turned wearily.' 'One more such folly. 'The Doctor said he must rest too. for that was the woman's name. The Doctor shrugged and turned to the door. 'Bide a wee. you idiot!' he said. mostly sheets and linens. lawyer. T he room was a long combined scullery and wash house. 'That one. he didn't notice the Doctor crouched under a table laden with dirty. As he ran past the scullery. Mollie.' called the woman in the sing-song Inverness dialect. He looked 67 around carefully. and reacted in horror as Trask ripped off Grey's gag. held it up to the candlelight and examined it.' he said. Grey nodded. 'A pretty sight you look . . and a large cloak thrown around her shoulder. 'What the blazes are you doing?' Perkins t urned his head slightly. Grey rubbed his arms to get the circulation back and then went over to the cower ing Perkins. And I hope it chokes you. 'I'll b e there. 'You let him escape. then got an idea and turned back. 'The Prince's stand ard. To his disgust. along one wall which obviously backed onto the main fireplace of the inn because of the warmth coming through. still laughing.' 'Damn your eyes. in a cold fury. Now for the last time. relieved to have got off so lightly.' she called. 'W here's your master?' The knocking from the cupboard suddenly resumed. louder tha n ever. 'Aye. greasy pewter and wooden platters. gazing down at the unfor tunate prisoners beneath. she was surprised to see a woma n exit.' said Grey. 'I'm resting my eyes. an apron. remembering what had happened to the money he carried. seeing what it was. then reached in and hauled the soli citor out.' Then to Trask. 'Good nicht.. Trask. scurried away down the corridor. meanwhil e. At the sink t here was a large. was walking along the upper level of Inverness gaol. some heavi ly embroidered. undid the catch and pulled it open. All she wanted to do was get her washing done. 'Where are we? You're wanted here. pointing at one of the prisoners. none of w hich was any concern of hers. The sentry reached forward and pulled his . 'And what have we here. an d carried the platters back to the already overfilled sink. get me out of here. and then took his coat off and started taking down some of the clothes off the line. Once he was sure she was out of sight. aprons-some plain. But he won't get far. working a pump handle and dipping the d ishes in the cold stream.' She turned and shuffled out of the scullery. 'You'll get it when we return to Inve rness.' The Sergeant started scrambli ng down over the edge of the pit. took off his blindfold . Trask entered the inn room where he had left t he solicitor and gazed in astonishment at Perkins. Then. then?' Perkins sat up. 'We've st arted shipping them-' he began. They were often to be found in the tap roo m of the inn.' he called down. Uh .' Trask turned holding up the standard. As they clattered on top of the other platters.' she said wearily. . red-faced buxom woman. As she came level with it. the Doctor crept out from under the table and looked around him.' Perkins. 'Good nicht. he used it to trick me. 66 'I did not know. 'and it 'll be cured forever.' he laughed. The woman was obviously quite aged and hobbled along toward the washerwoman. The soldiers were waking them up for Trask's inspectio n. t' ye. 'Mollie!' The coarse rough voice echoed from the corri dor. petticoats.' said Trask. having gathered u p another load of greasy platters. I have some money in my-' He stopped. It was a big inn and lots of people came in and out on various business. she turned round and her eyes widened in astonishmen t as she saw the Doctor's coat and trousers hanging on the line. lying on the table. At one end there were two l arge wooden tubs full of soaking clothes.' He turned to Perkins.' 'Rest!' said Trask. 'And you get the next ba tch of prisoners aboard before they get here. started unwrapping th e flag then. 'And what may this be a cure for-St Vitus's Dance?' 'Rele ase me. 'Call the watch. Trask. was slowly making her way back along the corr idor to the scullery. Mollie shrugged her shoulders.' said Grey. and rest.' Mollie. looking for the soldiers of the wa tch who patrolled Inverness at night. complete in a mob-cap which almost completely covered her face. wiping her hands on her apron. ret urn to her small attic room. the door. He went to the c upboard. was a long clothes-l ine covered with clothes of the period. a big burly Hig hlander who was crouched by. my head . a gown. At the far end of the corridor. the Doctor saw that they were all female clothes: large gowns. And even mor e interesting to the Doctor.

and the sound of water. The water had already risen almo st to their waists.' Two of the soldiers pushed them toward s a group of some fifteen dejected Highland prisoners. the Sergeant in charge ordered quick march and led them out of the gaol entrance. As Trask nodded. The British Redcoats form ed ranks around them. have you?' said Jamie. send them along. hardly making a splash in the dark waters of the firth. Now climb aboard. Aided by Trask. 68 Trask pointed down. 'Those three. As Ben and Jamie watched horrified for his return to 70 the surface. Col in and Jamie were now standing on the top step. A bove them in the moonlight-the fog now had cleared completely-they could make ou t a small knot of men standing at an open space between the gunwales of the brig . Underneath was a set of wooden steps 69 leading down. the hunched figure paused. 'you'll find out soon enough. H e stopped and turned back to Trask.' 'Next one then. In their midst was the bound figure of a man.' he admitted. As they watched. they seized an d pulled it open. down the hill towards the inn. The road was rough and flinty. half derelict warehouse and Trask led the wa y in. Colin and Jami e gratefully followed him up from the steadily filling water dungeon. 'Nah. but the old woman was already hobbling away through the darkness. 'Quick. 'Get them down there.' Jamie didn't answer. and as Trask nodded. and for a moment Ben thought he heard the familiar voice and tur ned sharply. In the shadows at the back of the warehouse. Trask turned round to the huddled prisoners. As Ben stumbled down the steps. He fell straight as an arrow. The sergeant hesitated inside and looked around suspiciously. that's the only wa y ye'll get off it.' he said. move them along. mutt ered something. They dripp ed up the corrider.' repl ied Trask. heading for the c luster of tall masts that proclaimed the river. sinister-looking brig. 'I canna swim. The long bo at had now moved alongside the sheer black hulk of the brig. exhausted Highlanders down the steps t owards the boat.' said the sentry. but the Highlander fell back.' Trask's rough voice shouted. 'Sorry. manned by half a dozen rough-looking seafarers. They started urging the tired. the crew of the brig pushed the man over the side. obviously dead.' Ben apologised. the tired Highlanders climbed up the boat ladder a . all they could see was an explosion of bubbles. They stopped before a large. 'Now get in the boat.' said Trask. and Ben. he became aware of a long boat waiting to take the prisoners. As they passed the lighted inn. 'where are you taking us?' 'Hold your tongue.' he said. 'in case you think of escaping. shivering as the cold night air hit their wet clothes. O nce out of the range of the lantern. 'Over there. old gi rl. no good. 'we can swim for it. his eyes open. 'H ere. As he looked he saw the end of the boat making its way across the dark waters of the firth towards a black. 'put 'em with the others. 'he's done for.' Trask turned to the soldiers. and the sailors rested on their oars. watched and then followed the file of soldiers as they walked along the street down towards the wharf.' With the sailors stan ding by with drawn cutlasses. the men cleared a couple of barrels away from the bare wooden floor to disclose a trap door with a ring bolt. He took three more steps and then looked down at the next cell.' said Trask. watch them bubbles! Once aboard the Annabelle. and Ben was relieved to see that Colin had recovered enough to walk almost unaided.' They followed the others into the boat and sat on one of the thwarts.' The sentry opened the door g ingerly. 'There. the Doctor watched the soldiers form fours and march Out. but Trask fe lt in his pocket and passed the man a couple of gold coins. an old woman staggered out and c ollided with the group of prisoners. 'Oh cripes!' Ben turned away disguste d.' 'You've no mind t o drown us. for it was he in his old woman's disguise.shoulder. 'Belay there!' Tras k's hoarse voice broke across the water. Jamie sh ook his head. Ben. The Doctor. 'Well?' Ben demanded.' he said. Ben turned to Jamie as the boat pulled away.' he sai d. then quickly made his way along to the still-open hatc h and gazed down. sending the water swirling over two more steps. 'You' ll be cold enough when you get aboard the brig. Straight downwards. Ben nearly knocked her over. my f ine gentlemen. 'Here. 'I wouldn't pollute the firth with you.' he said.

nd onto the deck.' said Willy. 'Thanks. Jamie. 'Get stowed below there.' said Colin. Trask betrayed me and the Navy boarded the Annabelle.' said Colin. Th e men around began to relax. 'Beware of spies!' he called out in a loud voice. nodded at him.' The three new arrivals finally made space near one of the portholes after some grumbling f rom the men who were first there.' the big voice of Trask bellowed after him. what's that Trask geezer doing on the brid ge?' 'That shark. a piper like his father and his father's father.' said Ben. There were already some th irty men huddled on the benches. skipper. 'You have na been so long away ye kenna recognise me?' "Tis.' 'Room enough for rebels.' There was a moment's silence as MacKay raised his huge gnarled fist.' 'Aye. in his early forties. turned at the sound of Ben's English voice and moved away from him as though stung. man?' 'We're not exactly being held like prisoners o f war. Willy nodded to Jamie and then turned to Ben. 'there's no room for anybody down here. 71 10 Aboard the Annabelle The destination of the Scots' Highland prisoners was the ship's hold.' Ben shook the man nearest him on th e bench.' Jamie repli ed. 'And Jamie. He peered do wn and saw that there was barely room for anyone to sit. aided by Jamie. 'How are ye?' Jamie asked the Laird. 'Look.' Willy called. a circle of fierce Highland faces around him. the sweat still standing out on his brow. are we? Hasn't it occurred to you that Trask may be using this ship witho ut the knowledge of his King and Sovereign in some big fiddle on his own account ?' 'Fiddle?' Willy was puzzled. lads. 'if you're the skipper here. 'You doubt my word?' said Willy. and four small portholes. It had obviously been used for the slave trade at some time.' said Willy. struggled to his feet: a rugged man with strong features and bright bl ue eyes. Will y MacKay. then a clear voice rang out over the assembled men. 'H ey.' said Jamie a little sadly. I'm a man of the sea myself. 'H e helped bring me here.' There was a small chorus of dismay fro .' he said.' 'Hey. 'There maen be an Englishman amongst us. a tough th ick-set Scot in rough seaman's 72 canvas trousers and shirt. weak but alive.' said Ben ha stily. 'he'll sell us like the stinki ng fish he thinks we are. 'Will MacKay would ne'er str ike a friend of the Prince. I was running arms for the Prince p ast the blockade.' s aid Ben. Ben was one of the last.' 'What do you mean. 'No. never mind lie down. Willy. that's what we're gonna be. Tramp h is English bones to the deck. put your boots on him. and Willy's temper flared up at his tone. not that. 'was my mate. 'He's a deserter from the English Fleet. Ben nodded. My fever's nearly gone. 'the first blow is mine. I think he p lans to sell us over in the plantations. 'And this En glishman is a friend of the Prince?' 'He's aye a friend of mine. Slave labour. trying to sleep.' There was a murmur of agreement from the Highlanders 73 who now began to sink back to their former resting-places. I just doubt that bit about him working for King George. Now he runs it for King George. 'A friend of the McLarens is a friend of mine. 'We can strike one more blow for Scotland. rusty shackles. 'Thank you. It had been a tight moment for him.' 'Then I humbly crave your pardon. And remember. There were benches. hi s eyes brighter than they had been. 'What? Whose voice is that?' Coli n McLaren raised himself to his feet a little shakily. sending a shaft of light down a rough ladder. I fancy.' he said. mate-got any ideas where they're sending us?' The man. 'Hey. not large enough to get more than a hand and an arm through along each side. one more piece of vermin to stamp on. Colin.' Willy looked closely at the Laird. sir. He took Willy's hand and shook it. when the hatch door at the top of the companionway opened. Tm glad to hear it.' Ben backed away to the bulkhead. There was a chorus from the other prisoners who began to wake up and look aroun d them. and t he latest contingent of prisoners were shoved unceremoniously down to join their comrades in the already overcrowded hold. 'Aye. ma te.' 'How come you're here?' asked Willy.' MacKay fell back. 'Colin McLaren himself.' He clasped Colin's hand warmly. with no pipe. Colin nodded.' 'Oh yeah?' Ben sounded sceptical. 'Once down. lads. 'no. a mickle b it better. you see. the master of this very vessel.' The man spoken to. 'The son of Donald McCrimm on.

. ye ken. m eat and cheese favoured by the less well-off customers at the inn.' said Polly hastily. that's the gear. 'Ladies fir st. The Doctor. in a cracked voice.' 'We still have a friend who can help us. 'They do have orange sellers.' she said. who were able to pay for a complete meal instead of the hunks of bread. 'Sometimes I canna understand a word you say . We ha d our servants at hame. 'Nell Gwyn? I dinna ken her-but there are orange sellers in Scotland. 'Now for the oranges. Where are your eyes. The y started to shove her from one to the other. . Kirsty was loaded down with clothes and a small sack.' said Kirsty. In the centre there was a large fireplace with an inglenook on ei ther side. 'It's a long way across the At lantic. 'We'll see. Polly went back to the straw and picked up Kirsty's dirk which she had left on her plaid. copying the way that Kirsty had hers arranged ..' she said. 'you're bonn ie enou'. Finally. ' you did give me a fright. She held up the clothes. Polly practised stabbing with it. 'You're not going to have us selling oranges. Kirsty looked at her. 'Oh. 'Oh. shuffled up holding out a mug to be filled from the barrel.' she said. are ye?' Polly suddenly reacted anxiously and turned back to K irsty. 'Aye. Polly was ready. 'How else can we find out where the y've taken the Doctor and your father? There must be something we can do. 'Trays. Though why ye have to spend that money on oranges . Lass? But they're mostly coarse. the y're no cheap you know. There wa s a sound behind her and she turned just as Kirsty entered. after settling the skirt and the petticoat and the handkerchief around her neck.' She indicated the clothe s.' she said. Kirsty looked at her hi dismay.m the Highlanders at this.' Kirsty stared at her blankly. Outside. At the far wa ll were two huge barrels of beer from which three soldiers were drawing large fo aming mugs. not up here. clothes for ye. 'these oranges.' 75 Polly made a snub nose at her. . Kirsty looked with growing comprehension.' cried Polly. There was a noise outside the barn door and Po lly ran to it and 74 put her eye to a crack. She was in a large ba rn on the outskirts of Inverness. drinking.' The soldiers turned round and laughed at the strange-looking old woman. caref ully watched by the proprietor of the inn who was sitting at a table near the do or keeping an eye on the activities. 'I'm no used to fetching and carrying. Polly began empt ying the oranges out on the plaid and arranging them on the two trays Kirsty had brought. 'Phew. there was a successi on of wooden partitions of tables and benches affording some privacy to the occu pants. 'Oh gosh. You know. but the thought of having t o use a weapon was far too distasteful to her and she dropped it again. He nudged one of the soldiers who was blocking the way and said. 'Aye. 'Then we're orange sellers.' said Ben. common girls. there is Nell Gwyn and all that?' Kirsty looked puzzled.' a little reluctan tly.' She ran forward.' *But if they find us Out . still in his old woman's disgui se. On the far wall. a man leading a small donkey laden down with po ts and pans .' said Polly. ' Who?' 'Good old Algy.' said Polly. The Doctor put up with it for a co . unwilling to admit that she felt a little jealous. 'How do I look?' she said. forgetting whom she was talk ing to.' 'You'll see.' said Polly. Opposite this.' 'That's quite obvious. don't they? I haven't got it all wrong. 'Have you got everything?' Kirsty nodded. I wonder where he is now?' 76 11 At the Sea Eagle The main dining room of the Sea Eagle was almost full with a bustling crowd of soldiers and local inhabitants eating. 'Oh. 'And.' 'The sort that han g around soldiers?' said Polly. 'last time I went back to the past I had to wear boys' clothes all the t ime.' said Kirsty.obviously a Highland tinker-made his way along the narrow cobbled streets.' 'Never mind. there were rows of rough oak tables and benches at whi ch most of the soldiers and townsfolk sat. She started drawing on the clothes over her mini-skirt and T-shirt. Every time they drew one they made a chalk mark on the barrel. Polly's blonde hair and clean-cut good lo oks complemented the green gown she was wearing.' She dropped the wooden trays from the sack.' Polly was waiting anxiously for Kirsty to return.' remarked Polly drily. and occasion ally starting to fight before the two massive Highland serving men came forward to eject them.

Sergeant. both of you. As they s ubsided to sitting positions on the floor. Polly sat down in the seat beside Algernon and rested her head against his shoulder. 'Be off wit h you. 'You've got my money. Sergeant. 'we thought you might have been flattered. 'Now just a moment. and leaned forward to hear better. trying to be fierce. 'Aye. closing his eyes contentedly. The Sergeant pushed the girls bef ore him through the room amidst the murmurs and comments of the troops and towns folk to Algernon's booth.' he said. protesting. Do you thi nk the King pays you to idle here all night? Come on.' Polly's voice and manner chan . Once the soldiers had gone . P olly pouted. Algernon slumped into an empty booth and as a glass of wine was poured out. I hav en't even got the price of a glass of wine on me. the last ma n out gets three lashes. Algernon turned to them. almost upsetting the ora nge tray around her neck in . quoting from his identity disc. Th e door swung open. walked into the room followed by the Sergeant. H e knew the Lieutenant's ways with women and these obviously were very familiar w ith him.' he said.' she said. limping slightly. Polly saw Algernon and clapped her hands in pleasure.' he said.' she said. 'Lieutenant Algerno n Thomas Alfred Ffinch of the -' 'Stop! Stop!' Algernon looked around. That's better. Algy. took it from the girl. the room was a lot quieter. . sit down!' he said. 'Tell the nasty m an we're not those rebels. half stunned. be quiet. the Doctor looked up from his beer and recognised them.' said Polly.' he said. and banged their heads together with the most unladylike strength.the process. Algy dear. who grabbed each by the arm. and the D octor withdrew back into his partition to keep out of sight. 'Oh.' she said. He looked down again immediately in case they saw him and gave away his presence. 'Kirsty. and then he 77 suddenly reached his hands out. 'What . entered the room. both of you!' Polly and Kirsty.' he said.' The soldiers yawned.' snapped Kirsty. 'go about your business. didn't we Kirsty?' Kirst y had now picked up something of the easy banter of the London girl. The Sergeant wa s the same one who had pursued the girls on the moor. 'That's all. . conic on . .' she cried. 'I'm not going to have a great ignorant Englishman laying hands on me. 'we're ol d friends. 'I can see that. 79 Algernon looked from one to the other. what?' 'These two look like the rebels we was hunting yesterday.' he said.' he said. The attention of t he soldiers was diverted from the surprisingly strong old crone when Algernon Ff inch. We turned to you for help immediately we were in trouble. Kirsty shook her head. 'just the kind of person two defenceless girls would turn to in trouble. 'Aye. Pol ly looked up at the ceiling. then saluted Algernon . 'Algernon. 'Oh. aren't we.' The Sergeant gave Polly and Kirsty a final shove. The proprie tor nodded to one of the serving wenches who hurried forward with one of the bet ter bottles of French wine that the inn afforded. Sir. he said to himself. 'Right. The men from the nearest table stood t o attention. The Doctor shifted from the bench he was sitting a t over to the booth next to the Lieutenant and the two girls.' Some of the men standing close by began to la ugh. with huffy dignity. and holding their trays of oranges before them. 'This is really t-t-too much.' Al gernon looked up in dawning horror. 'Sit down. 'w-w-what is it now?' 78 'Take your hands off me. ste pped over their legs to the shelter of one of the partitions. both in their oran ge-sellers' outfits. 'Come over and see the off icer. Algernon opened his eyes wearily. much better. 'In there. much to Algernon's discomfiture. but the Sergeant turned and withered them with a glance.' he said.' Algernon drew back. and rose to their fee t as the Sergeant almost pushed them out of the room. Lieutenant!' The Sergeant glanced from one to the other.' threatened Algernon. the Doctor took the ful l mug from the third soldier who just stared at him and.' said the Sergeant.' he s aid in a bored voice. As they made their way across the room.' He took a long draught of the wine and sank back. .' 'I can have you thrown in prison. grabbed the startled soldiers by their cross bel ts. 'Algernon. 'time you men were back in barracks. Kirsty swung herself into the seat opposite. feeling very sorry for himself. 'What more do you w ant of me. Iâ ll pay later. trying to preserve his disguise.uple of minutes. Algernon looked up.

' The men in the hold who had been muttering to themselves now fell sile nt. Grey looked reflectively around the room.' He then went out.' Jamie called out. the second an inkstand and a pen.' Colin's voice carried on from the back of the hold. smiled. Mi ss. Now where are they?' Algernon spread his hands.' Grey turned and beckoned up the ladder. A storm of p rotest broke out at this. Standing beside him. 'The Commissioner.' A voice came from the back of the hold.' said Grey. 'The clemency can be withdrawn. in a hard. Now. B oth men were armed with two long pistols at their belts. As he went the Doctor rose to join Polly and Kirsty. Trask. and Trask pric ked his ears up as he recognised the familiar voice of Willy MacKay. 'The Solicitor has news for ye. Grey smiled a th in cold smile that made his long narrow face even more forbidding.' Grey repea ted.' she 80 warned. Perkins glanced over and seeing two pretty girls in the booth.' Algernon nodded and started m aking his way to the door. 'But mind.' 'Where can we find him?' said Polly. He cracked the whip at the neare st man. and two seamen. who was about t o start belabouring the defenceless men around him. Alger non nodded to Perkins at the door. I expect. . more threatening than ever. poor little fellow. I have an offer of clemency from h is Gracious Majesty King George. 'Go on then. but suddenly the door opened and in came Perkins. came down.' Perkins said with dignity. please. . He's giving some rebel prisoners the choice between life and death. was playing with a long cat-o'-nine-tails whip-a collection of knott ed strips of leather bound to a wooden handle. business-like tone of voice. where are the prisoners?' she said.' In the hold of the brig. I have here contracts for 82 seven years.' 'Cleme ncy.or you-know-what. 'Silence. You have to ask Solicitor Grey. 'Two wenches over there. 'It has ple ased His Majesty. and now there's you two . Mr Trask. 'to declare that whereas there are a great many of his rebellious subjects in gaol. 'There is one other alternative.' Grey called. Despi te his years and his egg-like appearance. Grey held up the sheaf of papers.' 'Oh. 'Wait. 'Cedric Perkins. Sign your names to these and you will have free transportation to y our new homes and a chance of liberty when your seven years' indentures are comp . Solicitor's Clerk. 'your attention. you bilge rats. 'They're no there. lowered the whip. so har k ye. you mean. What can I do for you?' There was something over-familiar and insinuating in Perkins' voice an d manner that made the two girls draw back slightly. 'Frankly. and the most feared means of puni shment at sea.' Trask shouted.' She got up and allowed Algernon Ffinch to ease out of t he partition and straighten himself. 'How should I know? In prison. 'Those not wa nting to turn King's evidence will be hanged immediately. we've c hecked. 'I don't know. never mind wine. 'to see the Solicitor. slamming the door behind h im. ladies. The room quietened down again.' 'We're listening. pointing o ver to Polly and Kirsty.' He then leaned forward and adde d. 'Plantation workers are wanted for His Majesty's colonies in the West Indies. 'I don't suppose the Doctor and the others have water to drink. and the murmurs died down. the first carrying a small table. 'Quiet! ' Trask's huge voice rang round the room again. Solicitor Grey stood by the ladder leading down to the crowded hold. Trask waved his cat-o'-nine-tails and strode forward. some parchments in his hand. 'Where is Mr Grey?' said Po lly.' There was a murmur of protest at this. who drew back clutching his arm in pain.' Kirsty shook her head. 'is seeing to his duties. Now please. can I go? It's been a very long day. he's welcome to them. Trask. 81 'Rebels. 'Clemency. He waddled across the room to the girls and looked from one to the ot her. at your service. 'Therefore it is ordained that there will be those required as witnesses to turn King's evidence. Where they belong. 'not a word to anyone .' said Polly sarc astically.' said Grey.' he said.ged. a speedy example must be made of them. The Doctor abruptly sat down a gain.' 'Traitors. Algernon shrugged his shoulders unhappily. I had to fight a battle this m orning. he's the Commissioner in charge of prisoners.' he said. 'He has a room here in the inn. lowering his head so that his face was covered by the large mob-cap. I just ro und them up. he fanced himself as something of a la dies' man.

'What about me?' said Ben. I see.. You have heard what Master MacK ay offers you: death with honour-if that's what you call it. 'Stop!' cried Willy. 'My dear young lady. and a chance to work for your liberty.' he whispered . was sitting with a flagon of sherry in front of him. Followed by quartering. 'I think we'd better be off. 'Who is th at man?' he said.' He moved forward through the hold.' he bowed slightly to Wil ly MacKay '. Jamie.' Willy shook his head bitterly. 'ca n I sign?' Grey smiled and waved his hand down at the paper. I think. and l oaded him on their shoulders.' he said.' He turned and climbe d out of the hold as the sailors bent down. bind him and drop him from the yard-arm. and the like courtesie s reserved for His Majesty's rebels. 'Willy MacKay. 'Make y our choice. The next instant he seized the three sheets of fine parchment and tore them into pieces.' said Grey. legalistic idea.leted. 'I ke n fine what ye offer. playing on the ingrained loyalty of the Highland men. picked up the unconscious Ben. 'No. 84 Trask spun forward. and knocked Ben unconscious onto the deck. 'surely you won' t deprive an old fellow of your charming company? I assure you he won't be long. He raised his hand for silence. lashings and yellow fever.' Perkins leaned acros s and restrained her from going.' said Grey. . only Colin. 'Who will be the first to sign?' One of the Highlanders stood u p and walked forward to the table. The Highlander bent down when Willy s tood up abruptly at the back of the hold.' There was a moment's silence as the Highlanders look ed uncertainly at one another.' called Grey. his voice ringing over the assembled p risoners. 'Of course. 'Stop men!' But eventually. you kn ow.' he said.' he said. Better a quick and honourable death at the end of King George's rope than a slow living d eath of constant toil. the rest formed a long line and began making their signatures. 'Listen to me. Grey spread the top contract form and dipped the pen in the ink. handing it to the man. swung the heavy handle of his cat-o'-nine tails. Trask.' he scorned. Jamie moved forward and stood beside Willy. meanwhile.' he said.' He indicated the left side of the hold. . later. Solicitor. 'And those who wish to hang or . By a br illiant stroke. 'turn King's evidence . 'Only four for the gallows.' Grey nodded. The men who a few minute s before had been looking forward to almost certain death now began to take in t he meaning of Grey's words and their faces lightened. 'Ben!' Jamie w as shocked to see Ben go up to the signing table. Grey turned to Trask.' he said. 'Mr Grey doesn't seem to b e coming. 'The fools!' he said.' said Ben. facing a nervous Polly and Kirsty.. Later perhaps. understandingly. For o nce Grey showed his anger. In the next partition the Doctor sat l istening. Not one of you who sign that document will live your seven years. 'Ah. but unable to act. Trask's hand felt for the butt of a long horse pistol sticking out of his pocket. 'Clap him into irons. 'We should have disp osed of him long ago. Willy and Jamie moved forward. 85 12 The Little Auld Lady Perkins. realising the implications of the situation.. a clever.' he said. Trask mouthed grimly.' The Highlanders were now deep ly split and argued furiously among themselves. Grey had made it seem that those who would not join the men cont racted to the West Indies plantations had in mind betraying their fellows and tu rning King's evidence against them. 'Dinna touch that pen!' He made his way forward through the men. 'When I return with t he new contracts. Tm offering you life and h ope. 83 lingering at the end of a halter. 'I can read. What I offer is life. . 'I've seen these West Indies plantati ons. . does he?' she said. then began to move to the left-hand side. former master of this ves sel. Willy and Ben were left o n the right-hand side of the hold. Grey looked over and counted. and obviously enjoying playi ng with them as a cat plays with a mouse. 'Can I read it first?' Ben pushed into the line of men and bent o ver the table. but Grey grabbed him b y the arm. crosses or thumbprints on the sheets of parchment. but the sailors b eside Trask levelled their pistols at their chests and said to stand back. and elbow him back into the crowd. 'Those who wish to sign step over here. but the men were beginning to disregard him. Polly started to get up. 'not now.' His words seemed to cast a spell over the room.' An idea struck h im. 'Liberty. over there.

but there were more impo rtant matters to see to. The Doctor leaned across and touched Polly on the arm. stood up to his full five foot four.' Perkins hardly bothered to look at the bundle of clothes that had thr ust itself in next to him. his fat jow ls quivering indignantly.' said the Doctor.' Following the back lanes of Inverness.' Perkins stared at him in a complete panic. out of breath. in no hurry. Come on. 'Yes. 'No. Kirsty. The Doctor saw him. and perhaps.' said the Doctor. ' we've found a hiding place. 'Indeed. Perkins?' Perkins slowly subsided. They may be interested in two such genteel orange wenches. Mr Grey . .' he said. .' 88 Once outside the inn. of course not. 'Who is to deal?' Perkins.' said Polly. What say you to a round of whist?' Polly looked at him. clapped her h and over her mouth to stifle her giggles. 'you can soon learn. Perkins rose. pushing his hand away. 'Hurry up. 'Your eyes. 'Perkins!' he said . 'Now to pass the time. 'Don't worry. 'Whist?' she said. 'what the devil are you doing. 'The German Doctor!' he exclaimed.' he said. Grey looked around the room. 'It's quite easy. remember. 'well. It's quite safe.' He s tarted to deal the cards just as an old woman came around the side of the 86 partition and slid in next to him.' he said. 'I'm sure you'd oblige an auld woman. 'The sight of that horr . The Doctor continued : 'Because I shall be watching you for all that time. .' said Polly. 'Uh. spread his sk irts and picked up and finished off Perkins' glass of sherry. He looked closely at the Doctor's face. 'Ten minutes.' H e raised the pistol again. we need more contracts. .' the Doctor sa id in his piping Scots' tone. Once inside. sir. I'm sure he'd have cheated anyway.' he shouted over his shoulder.' Perkins felt in his pocket and brought out a pack of playing cards and placed them on the table. Across the room. Perkins hand fell. you can just c ome up to my room with me. 'Ten minutes. 'I must go. 'Ah. feeling the pre ssure of the Doctor's pistol against his ribs. hiding the gun with his shawl. 'That's better. they came to the barn set at the back of a large stables. his mouth gaped open. 'Oh. would you deal.' As they walked across to the door he looked back at Perkins. sank down in the hay. 'Don't say a word. 'Where are we going?' said the Doctor. 'You wouldn't want another he adache.' squeaked the Doctor. shaking his head. 'Madam. the door flung open and Grey entered in a fur ious temper. 'Mr Grey . I understand sir.' said the Doctor. 'I can't play whist.' said Polly. 'Kindly remove yourself. 'I'm just playing a round of cards. 'Eh?' Perkin s replied. He turned on his heel and walked out. 'we ladies are going to leave first.' 'Come girls. Iâ ll tell you what's going to happen.' he said.' Perkins' tone dropped its usually oily smoothness and became firm. 'I think that-' 'I insist. then spotted Perkins at the table and strode over.' said Polly. 'We're q uite safe in here. 'Yes. struck by the . then became aware of Grey's pi stol levelled at his heart. would you?' 'N-n-no. the three. as he would have put it.' said Perkins.' he said. Grey looked keenly back.' 'Nevertheless.' he whispered.' he said. recognising it. managed to keep the muzzle poi nted at Perkins' waistcoat.' he said. . and Polly began laughing. lowered his head so that his face was obscured by his bonnet and. Kirsty expertly cut the cards and started dealing. remember. then urged the Doc tor forward. aristocratic English accent.' He turned away.' Grey gave the others a quick glance.' he added 'you wo uld like to count the trumps.' said Perkins. 'But Mr Grey-' he began.' Polly began. 'Then. Perkins nodded his head unhappily.' said Polly. 'Remember you've seen nothing. I told yo u-' he raised his hand to call for the innkeeper. 'You need four f or whist.' Polly stared helplessly at him for a moment an d then sat down again. almost in tears. The Doctor stopped him for a moment. .' Perkins nodded. The Doctor nod ded. speaking in a quavery voice. Polly and Kirsty looked around quickly. now. madam.' Polly looked closely across the table at the face beneath the cap and. You're going to sit here comfortably for ten minutes before you get up to go. sweat pouring off his brow. 'Nothing finer tha n a round of whist. and one move. man?' Perkins opened his mouth to speak and fel t the nudge 87 of the pistol barrel. opening the door. nothing . 'let us l eave this rough place. 'I shall rouse the watch. Perkin s. and . The Doctor.

. it would be . alarmed. 'if you're sure there's no other way. 'Oh Doctor!' she said. the lock snapped harmlessly forward. I know you've got a plan for us.' said Kirsty. come on. I'd forg otten where we were. 'Keep awake! If they're on the ship we've got to get them off it. . 'Well.' he said. 'Only she canna spea k a word of English.' Polly was also remembering her history a little. 'but you and your father may both lose your lives if you stay i n the glen. ' You're the very image of my auld granny McLaren. ' said Kirsty. . 'Oh Doctor. I know you bette r than that. Doctor?' The Doctor flung himself back on the hay and closed his eyes. . 'but it's worth a try.' she said. Just for . and then it wi ll be safe to return here again. 'Won't work. 'On the brig Annabelle out in the firth. 'What?' said Kirsty. She looked reproachfully at him. we've got to do something.' he added. The Doctor looked down at it. 'A ship. You must have a plan.' she said.' she said. 'What m ust we do then?' said Kirsty. it's so comfortable here. 'Well surely you could sail to somewhere safe with it.' The Doctor closed his eyes. 'We must make a plan.' he said. ' Doctor.' He opened his eyes an d shook his head.' 'Well.' she said. 'Why should I leave my ain country?' she said.' said Polly. He looked over at Kirsty. 'Aye.' said Polly. aimed it at the far side of the bar.. Don't go sleepy on us no w. Doctor. 'Please you rself. 'Quite safe. 'Never!' said Kirsty. the Doctor sprang onto h is knees.' For th e first time. reluctantly.' The Doctor's voice came drowsily across.' Poor Kirsty had enough on her mind without wondering ho w a man could see into the future in this way.' 89 Kirsty's mouth turned down again as she remembered her situation. 'I unloaded it last night. The Doctor sat up suddenly.' With his encyclopaedic memory for dates and times. you wouldn't like him.' said the Doctor. or something?' The Scots girl set her lips and shook her head slowl y. Polly couldn't help giggling again.' The Doctor still shook his head.' said the Doctor. 'when you stuck the gun under his nose.' He closed his eyes ag ain.' Pol ly's relief at having shifted the responsibility onto the Doctor evaporated quic kly. cocked it. 'Oh. Come on. Polly turned to the Doctor. 'Careful. Just the Doctor playin g one of his tricks as usual. She had her hand to her head. closing his eyes again. relieved. Wasn't Franc e your ally. 'Or. 'It was a picture right enou'. Iâ ll no leave Scotland for anything. 'not v ery long. 'Just for a while. As though recharged and filled with fresh energy. thinkin g hard. It's just like you. of course. 'The Doctor says it won't be for long. Polly sat back. guns. 'It would be safer.' 'You're marvellous. The relief o f being back with the Doctor after the desperate hours of having to be the leade r and make the decisions made her feel quite light-headed.' he said. 'Oh.' then he stopped himself. 'What do you suggest we should do?' Polly w ailed despairingly. 'Go ahead. Nasty dangerous things. 'You've even mana ged to cheer Kirsty up. don't start that again.' The Doctor pressed the trig ger. . How long before there would be a general amnesty and pardon and they could return to their glen s? 'Let's see. 'Not really . 'Just thought of it. 'Do you really think so?' he said. but she wasn't as clear a bout it as the Doctor. 'We try and capture the ship. just a while. 'It wouldn't have to be f or long.' 'Oh. 'you'll bring the town down upon us. Polly said. the Doctor 90 ran his mind back through the history of the Jacobite rebellion. Doctor. The Doctor lay back again. Kirsty also started laughing.' Kirsty still shook her head obstinately.' She looked at the Doctor.' said the Doc tor.' he said. 'But I have got a wee idea.' 'Orrr?' s aid the Doctor sleepily. . 'Och. 'Doctor!' Polly flung herself on her knees beside him and dug him in the ri bs. .' he said. you know.' The Doctor brought out the pistol. Doctor!' said Polly. let's see . The master's name is Trask. 'No.' And then as th eir faces fell again. 'You know that gear r ather suits you.' she little man's face. 'if we only knew where the others were . a nd started to squeeze the trigger. what is it ?' 'No. he said.' he said. He lowered the gun. 'What're we going to do.' he said. 'Not a nice man.' she said. Anybody got any money?' 91 . interested in spite of himself.' she said. and put it back in his pocket. The two girls looked at him in despair and he opened one eye.' 'What would we do that for?' said Kirsty.

Both girls were very tired and y awning. then with blood. The girls rushed over.. a pitchfork. She lo oked at Kirsty who was also examining the Doctor. first.' The two girls snuggled down in the hay beside the sl eeping Doctor. 'Is everything in readiness?' 'It is.' Polly leaned over and tried to wake the Doctor. Polly nodded her head excitedly. turned. 'And the London deserter.' said Kirsty. 'Who's there?' called Polly.. When they're safely sold in Barbados. 'We smuggle them out t o the brig. 'You're right. go below and commence signing the contra cts. just to make sure. Kirsty yawned. 'He will be a useful example to the rest. he's fast asleep. 'Aye. 'in case I dinna wake up in time. and a couple of rusty kitchen knives. we need weapons. 'you're not dealing with slaves. 'shoot him down immediately.' 'Ah. Give him an hour and he packs a night's sleep in.' Trask's face set.' 'But will they sell them to us?' said Polly. 'We've seventeen guineas left.' said Trask.' There was a so ft knock at the barn door.' 'If anyone tries the same trick. and the Doctor entered trundling a small hand barrow covered with a piece of tarpaulin.' the Doctor's voice came softly through a crack in the door. 'Good. If not with ink. his face ju tting out.Trask bristled for a moment. 'They wouldna take me seriously. his brows coming down. Captain. making his way along towards the companion-way down to th e hold. man. 'Every man jack of them will sign. or you'll answer to m e. 'What have you g ot there. 'Och.' He yawned. don't wor ry. As Grey clambered on deck. do you unders tand?' Iâ ll quarter him on the spot.' said Kirsty. Must ha ve an inbuilt alarm clock. He's fre sh again.Polly nodded. lots of them . 'Yes Doctor.' She led him over and the two girls showed h .' Polly nodded. so that Perkins. 'Mr Trask. 'Oh no. and Perkins were being rowe d across to the brig. I hope the Doctor's had better luck than this.' 'Oh. 'Look. 'No. don't worry about that. 'I'm scared to fall asleep. mist-shrouded waters of the firth a bell was tolling midnight.' Polly sighed. He'd se ll you his mother for sixpence.' he said.' she said.' said Kirsty.' said Trask.' The Doctor n odded. then ?' 'And then. They must have hoards of Rebel weapons as souvenirs by now.until then use a light fist. Now. 'I expect w e'll find something to do once we get there. Polly a nd Kirsty were sitting 'waiting for the Doctor. 'Don't tease us. The Doctor nodded.' 'I can get the boat.' the Doctor's face became blank.' Grey rejoined.' Perkins nodded and hurried away to the companionway leading below. Perkins.' said Grey. 'I dunno. Doctor?' asked Polly excitedly. and a rowing boat.' said the Doctor.' said Trask. let's see what you've got. They closed the door behind them and turned back. moved a pace backwards. they can be whip ped to death for all I care .' The Doctor fell back in the hay. closed his eyes. and with the particular gift he had was instan tly fast asleep.' 'And then?' said Kirsty.' Polly groaned. 92 13 A Ducking For Ben Across the chill. 'No.' Unused to being taken to task in this way-and on his own quarterdeck . 'We didn't do ve ry well. 'We could have stayed asleep f or all the good we've done. 'the Doctor will wake us up in an hour. You'll 93 undo all I've worked for. ' Me. If you flog but one of them they'll sta nd together and refuse to sign a thing. They pulled it open. 'Let's see?' 94 The Doctor shook his head. He's like that. 'Nor me. 'You don't know the English soldier. In front of them on Kirsty's plaid were a broken sword. 'a fortune in these days. then shrugged his shoulders. w hat am I to do with him?' 'Proceed with the ducking.' the Doctor rubbed his hands.' said Polly. I must sleep now. almost involuntarily. We'll need two of them signed and sealed tonight.' she said.' Grey. wrapped up in his cloak. The two girls looked at each other over the sleeping Doctor. 'It's all right for the Doctor. These Highl anders have high courage and resolution.' Meanwhile in the barn. 'Bring the deserter on deck. did we?' Kirsty shook her head. and the weapons can be bought from the English soldiers. "Tis all one to me. Trask leaned down and helped them aboard. Grey tu rned back to Trask. 'I've had Perkins copy out three new contracts.' She looked down at the meagre collection of weapons. We took it from the English Lieuten ant. 'I've a cousin McLaren who runs a fishing smack out of Inverness.' said Grey. followed by Perkins clutching a battered portfolio. Grey.

Doctor?' said Polly. 'Your ring. dirks.' He tried the ring on his finger. nodded impatiently to Trask.' 'Then it is right and pr oper that it should now save his life. 'Wheel' she said. Perkins should have finished getting the contract s signed.. and durin g the icy half-mile stretch was able to vary his stroke: first the crawl. a s afe distance away from the brig. but there was no sign of the young Cockney. but Trask. 'Show me. 'What is it?' said Kirsty..' 'Until the right time. 'It's not her father's ring. The rope was suspended from one of the booms.' There was a moment's h esitation.' He held out his hand. Trask looked over at Grey.' She raised her head proudly.' he said. the back stroke to give him a much-needed respite.' Kirsty tr ied to cover it.' he said. Th e Doctor studied it carefully. Now. cold waters. Kirsty leaned over to pic k up a heavily ornamented pistol. was standing on deck a s a sailor adjusted a rope around his waist. 'w e have to think about how to get this lot'-he indicated the barrow of weapons-'t o the quayside undetected. 'and that time has now arrived. 'You must've robbed the Duke's arsenal. as t he rope snaked up-with no Ben on the end! 'What on earth!' Grey stepped forward and stared at the water.' The Doctor shrugged modestly. Finally Trask s hrugged his shoulders. set out with a long. despite the chilling cold. 'Now. 'I wonder. He had managed to get out of his bonds by an old trick.' But the Doctor firmly took Kirsty's hand and she reluctantly let him see the ring.' she said.' said Polly. 'it's her father's. as the sailors worked the pulleys. The girl looked 95 down at the ring. his lungs bursting. looking her in the eye.' And then. but again nothing broke the surface. then t he breast stroke. She won't let you touch it. she slowly pulled the ring off her finger and gave it to him. waited. 'I see why.' Polly said. and pistols. Or even mention it.' said the Doctor. he came up for air behind a moored rowing boat. and then a stroke his father had taught him. 'Bait. w ho nodded. Ben plummeted d own with a splash into the dark. 'My father bade me not to tell where he got it. where? . often practised by sailors in the Royal Na vy. 'Of course.' count ered the Doctor. he said. heading for the companionway to the hold.' he said. ' Grey shrugged his shoulders. obviously struggling with her feelings. When his tortured lungs had finally had their f ill of air. Be n was hauled six foot in the air and then. The Doctor lo oked at her hand holding the pistol and then leaned over and grabbed her wrist. and then said. scared. murky sea water. he turned and. They waited for the tell-tale bubbles. The men hauled. chilled almost . and at Trask's signal. 'That's super. 'It'll be a warning to the rest. The watching men waited for the si gnal from Trask to bring the young sailor back to the surface. For a very greedy man.' 'Oh that. his arms and legs bound. 'Well. 'The Pr ince gave it to my father off his own finger in the heat of battle.. The seconds ticked by. The Doctor nodded encouragingly. snapping his fingers. Luckily Ben was a very strong swimmer.' he said. Grey. who saw the loss of th e several hundred pounds that Ben would fetch in the labour markets of the West Indies. 'Here's a bonnie one. the sailors released the rope. stead y overarm stroke for the shore. If their eyes could have penetrated the dark. Somewhere beyond Kirsty's limi ted experience. 'You lie. 'One moment. his ar m upraised. it's a start.' Ben. He turned to the girls. and Trask 96 dropped his hand. Kirsty gave a small scream. 'What's the secret?' said Polly. The barrow was loaded to the brim with swords. which protruded over the side of the ship. and then fell over backwards on the deck. He turned away. Kirsty. they would have seen Ben swimming strongly towards the shore. th e boom swung out over the dark waters of the firth. Finally. ye ken. muskets.' he said. Finally. admiring it. 'Good riddance/ he said. that was rarely used or taught at the London b aths where Ben had learned his swimming-the side their meagre supply of weapons.' He went back to the barrow and whipped off the tarpaulin with the air of a conjurer performing a trick. The Doctor w inked at her. 'May I have it. 'Something li ke that. 'He saved the Prince's life. an d then held his hand up. fo llowed by Trask.' 'Then why has it got the Stuart seal on it?' said the Doctor .' he said.. 'Ah. showing her newfound trust in this strange man who had come from. Doctor. bait!' 'Pardon. pl ease?' Kirsty looked at him for a moment and then. At a signal from Trask.

'I like it here.' he said. I would advise you to do the same. 'fog or no fog. and the butt of a musket.' Tra sk gave him a lopsided smile. a long table firmly screwed down to the deck and t wo long benches likewise fastened. 'Doctor!' he called.' he said. Trask rose to his feet a little unsteadily. Ben shook his head wearily. sir.' Ben closed his eyes in ecstasy.' 'Without these bits of parchment. 'It's loaded with a few wee gifties for our friends aboard the Annabelle. the Doctor walked over and. at the far end of the table.' said the Doctor. Trask. Mr Trask. if you rem ember. ne ver fear. and crash'-he slapped the table-'this old girl's timbers on Chanonry Point .' he said. and before answering opened it. broken teeth. and from a well-filled wine rack carefully s elected another bottle of red Burgundy. He dipped a quill pen in the i nk pot that Perkins brought out of his invariable leather portfolio. not af ter all that! 97 Okay. 'It will never happen. 'Of course. the mo onlight caught the sharp glint of the swords and bayonets. lawyer?' Grey looked up. 'The boat?' 'Y es. The Doctor nodde d. his tone heavy with sarcasm.' he said. was noisily gurgling down the remnants of a bottle of wine. 'Just let me return this musket to t he boat and I'll be right with you. and started signing the documents.' he said.' Grey n odded a little grimly. He rolled over on his back. I think we can supply some warm clothes and food to go with them. rather cramped ro om with an overhead skylight. Perkins and Trask were examining the si gned indentures which were spread out on the table.' said the Doctor. a small. 'You sail. fatigue forgotten.' 'Law? Huh. his eyes closed. dressed as an English sentry?' Ben shivered and got to his feet. care for these Highland cattle we c arry?' Grey raised his eyebrows. lawyer. Trask will get your cargo of little beauties to Barbados.' he said.' As Ben watched. 98 14 Where is the Prince? Inside the cabin of the brig. 'Nothing.' 'And what would happen to you if this trade were to be discovered by the Duke?' Trask's dark face had grown sly. or anyone. You sail with the morning tide. he poin ted a stubby finger across the table. 'You've got a point th ere.' Ben nodded as the Doctor took his heavy greatcoat of f and wrapped it around the young soldier's shoulders. placed a li ttle on his thumb and took a delicate sniff. 'There. Grey paused.' he said expansively.' Grey leaned back. Trask. 'Food. And besides. it just wants your signature.' A familiar voice said. 'Why t hat I am. Under the tall grenadier's hat there was a familiar face. 'That's what really counts. peele d back the tarpaulin from a rowing boat tied alongside the wharf. and hauled himself up. flopping on the wooden boards like a stranded whale gasping for breath. Ben grasped the rungs of a ladder protruding from the closest In verness wharf to the brig. 'A little wine for your cold heart. There . But why?' 'Why not. Inside. He turned back and waved it in front of Grey. sat up abruptly and stared at the sentry. turned. 'But to take these cattle f resh to the slave plantations-before their health has been sapped by His Majesty 's prisons -that takes skill and preparation. revealing a row of blackened. 'You give up awfully easily for an intrepid British tar!' 'What?!' Ben. 'duly signed and attested. Mr Trask. 'we'd all be sailing afoul of the King's law. Grey.' Trask sat down again and poured himself some wine. f elt in his pockets for his snuffbox. Something moved close to his face.' sai d Grey. 'Just the place. 'What then?' Grey leaned forward. Have you got somewhere warm to go to after guard duty? I'm frozen. ' said Perkins.' Then.' The Doctor said. it keep s the other soldiers away. 'my stomach's forgotten the meaning of that word. 'I never mix strong liquors and business. Not before time. 'Happen it's too fogg y to sail. He opened his eyes and saw before him the white gaiters of an Engl ish sentry.' said the Doctor. 'who else would be walking around a jetty at one in the morning. 'I give up. his eyes pier cing. 'I took you for a seaman. not th ose dried up bits of parchment of yours. leaning down. open ed a cupboard set in the side wall.' Trask gave a hoarse the marrow. 'Well.' Ben shook his head. good sir. an expression of distaste on his long face. of course. suddenly irritated by the lawyer's contemptuous manner. puzzled. his eyes glinting across the table under their bushy black brows. 'Oh no.' 99 'Aye. 'What does the law.

puzzled.' 101 Polly smiled slyly and winked at the others. too?' Ben inflated his chest a little.' said Ben. yes sir. 'How did you manage to get loose?' she asked. in knee breeches. You know me.' The Doctor looked from one to the other.' He looked at Kirsty.' said Ben. 'Can you imagine! I found them thrown out on the rubbish heap behind the inn!' 'Yeah. He took another pinch of snuff. ain't it.' 'If I could but see my Kirsty again. 'Oh yes. 'While Kirsty and I just sit here waiting for you to get back-i f you ever do? Nothing doing!' 'Aye. The Doctor nodded. tea and col d beef. I've nae r egrets.' He pulled a large tam-o'-shanter from the clothes pile and pulled it over his head. The others laughed. 'The old Houdini trick. He shrugged his shoulders.' said Polly. when you're ready. Like that poor deserter friend of yours. a little puzzled. 'Aye. obsessed by a c ouple of new stains that had appeared on the already well worn sleeve. He always enjoyed showing off for Polly. Ben was dressed. you let your muscles r elax. 'I'm afraid they'll make an example of us.' 'Ah.' 'What will they do with us?' said Jamie. 'Then.' said Col in. the wound still throb . and the long embroidered jacket of the period. Polly looked at him a little suspiciously. 'they may not swallow my ploy. Ah whee l.' He showed them by wrapping a p iece of rope around his biceps.' Ben exhaled the air from his chest and let his muscles relax.' Grey nodded.' 'Ay e. 'And you'll remain so.are only three of us privy to the secret. 'There. ye ken. must answe r for yourself. and the rope fell off. Captain. Do ctor. 'And that's all there is to it. 'He'll no let me live. and the Doctor noted with amu sement she was picking up some of Polly's independence.' said Willy in disgust. Once Trask gets away to sea-' Willy broke in. Will y and Jamie were still very much awake and conferring while their fellow prisone rs slept.' s aid Ben drily.' said the Doctor.' said Kirsty. eh Kirsty?' Kirsty nodded firmly. 'Oh. unsmiling man opp osite too far. 'you'll g et into terrible trouble without us. indeed you may answer for me. while they're sorting you out. better a fast death than a slow lingering one under the overseers. ' that's better. even with this on.' he said. 'do we all know what we've got to do? Ben?' Ben nodded. can you blame them. Colin sighed. his eyes closing. Colin. I'm your man. 'You.' he said. 'Unde rwater. giving in .' said Kirsty. 'They played right into Grey's hand s. Never thought I'd live to see a meal like that again. 'amazing. you got your own clothes back. ter rible. 'I bet. 102 'I canna believe it. He was brushing at his coat a little anxiously. ruffled sh irt.' The Doctor turned and clapped his hands. trying to bluff his way out of the sit uation. It cove red most of his face as well. 'Now. Ben?' 'Almost all.' Again Trask saw that he had pushed this calm. 'See? You're half the size you were before. calling them around him. throwing out a faint light that hardly penetrated over the s leeping Highlanders to a small group at the far end by the porthole. You flex your muscles when they tie you up. waistcoat. 'A poor choi ce-the gallows or the plantations.' Then Grey turned back. 'Huh. indignantly. like this. bread. a little self-consciously.' 'It may be dangerous.' Inside t he barn.' Polly turn ed to him. Get it?' 'Nay .' Polly sniffed.' Polly frowned and shook her head.' They turned as the Doctor emerged from one of the stalls. the opportunity for it came all too rarely. 'You could be rather useful at that. 'I liked you best in your dress.' he said.' said Colin. I'd die content. that's aye certain. Mr Trask. My own crew amongst them. the four fugitives had just finished a meal of stew. I can answer for myself and for Perki ns.' said Polly. A man will clutch at any straw to save his ne ck. eh?' He turned to Perkins quickly. 'I've got a bette r idea for you.' said the Doctor. 'you and Kirsty come with us in the boat. 'I take you out to the ship in the rowing boat. 'we've done enough waiti ng. duch ess.' he said. 100 'All but in jest. In the hold there was one dim lantern containi ng a single candle. now dressed in his ow n clothes again. I hand in the weapons through the porthole. Solicitor. 'All right. paddle around the other side and. He leaned back against the porthole. Perkins nodded hastily. 'Aye.' 'What do you want me to do?' said Ben. 'Cor. 'and they may stop me in the boat.

' 103 The Doctor bowed. frightened. 'where did I put it? Uh .' 'It's quite easy. 'Where?' said in his shoulder. saw-a conker. The next instant. and the Doctor brought out Kirsty's ring and placed it on the table.' The Doctor grimaced. 'Is that quite clear ?' Perkins nodded. 'Well. Perkins and Trask.' Grey turned to Perkins. 'The Prince disguised himself as a Highlander and was ta ken prisoner with the rest of the rebels. their oars carefully muffled to avoid making a sound. 'I don't follow you.' Grey pulled out a watch from his waistcoat and looked at it. before I leave you to th e tender mercies of Mr Trask. . who had leaned forward to see the contents of the Doctor's hand. and with triumph brought out something in hi s closed fist and held it out.. and smiled grimly. 'Perk ins. The Doctor looke d up at the deck head for a moment before replying. followed by two sa ilors holding the Doctor by the arm. Mr Grey sir.' said the Doctor. 'From the hand of Prince Charles himself. 'If you'll tell these good fellows to let go of my arms. I'll soon cha nge his tune.' He raised his hand and started counting on his fingers. had rowed acros s the 105 .. no. seized the Doctor's lapels. .' Grey. his eyes daggers. very clear.' Grey stopped him. had his hand in his left-h and 104 tail pocket. let's see. 'I've got it. . . and nodded. had been looking from one to the other. 'I wonder what that information would be worth. 'Shall we say .' As he spoke. 'That makes a total of three and a half thousand guineas. .' he finis hed his computation. . sharply. Kirsty and Polly. ' I suggest you find whatever you're looking for. You may tru st me to the death. 'What do you t hink it's worth. 'Silence!' he said.' He rose.' said the Doctor . I do n ot trust him..' He turned back to the Doctor. and pulled it out of his sheath.and then looked at it in dismay. sir. n ow free from the rough grasp of the sailors. Caught him coming over the side-bold as a Welsh pirate.'.' he said. 'Leave him to me. I have a small token for you. ye scurvy bilge rat. Doctor. . 'Yes. 'Now. meanwhile. Let's see now . 'I haven't forgotten the last one. ten thousand guineas.' said the Doctor. 'Delighted to meet you again.' Eventually he dug deep do wn into his right-hand tail pocket. 'I must return ashore. shut the door.' Grey stared over at him. Doctor . I shall expect you in L ondon by the end of October. As his fingers extended.' he said. 'You may not be as delighted when we part company this t ime. got it. In the cabin. and Trask's rough voice calling out some commands. no »Trask leaned fo rward. Doctor.' Grey turned. no . Doctor?' he said. there was a sudden commotion on the deck over their heads-a stamping of feet.. Solicitor. meanwhile. 'Why. then reacted in surprise.. rubbing his hands. held him agains t the bulkhead.. You'll collect it hi gold on delivery of the prisoners. Then.' 'Look at the seal. 'Oh. Mr Grey?' said the Doctor. Trask turned to the solicitor. 'All right. no. a nd render strict accounting to me. 'Here.' he said. 'Keep a close eye on our Mr Trask. Gr ey glanced down at it. that one. also rose. Grey and Perkins were completing their final accounts in a black leather-covered ledger. let him go. to Perkins. 'The Stu art arms!' he said. Grey shook his head. Mr Grey.' T here was a gasp from the other three men in the cabin.' Despite himself. trying t o make out what was going on. 'If this is another of your humours. 'It's very late. not this one'-h e felt his top left-hand pocket-'I think I transferred it to this one . 'And where is he now?' The Doctor started twiddling his thumbs.' Grey leaned back in his chair on the bench. 'Well. 'Where did you get this?' The Doctor drew himself up proudly. his hand going to his cutlass. and lifting him off his feet. Grey's steely eyes g leamed as he leaned forward.' The Doctor car efully smoothed his shabby coat down and winced slightly as he rubbed his arm. go on. Grey. 'In p rison. 'We've got c ompany.' Trask. 'Ah.' He fe lt on the right side. 'I'll burn it out of him.' The Doctor.' He turned to the sailors. 'Let me have him. Closely watched by Perkins and Trask. Trask relea sed him. Grey held t he ring up under the suspended cabin lantern. yes?' Meanwhile outside.' he said.' 'No. his tone heavy with sarcasm.' said the Doctor. . Now he intervened. the cabin door creaked open and Trask entered. He then slowly patted his pockets i n turn. Trask gave a sudden grow l.

He followed Trask to t he door. 'N ot this one. 'Then come you with us. 'Father. 'outside here. Colin. child? You 've come to no harm?' 106 Kirsty nodded. They'll find ye. Father. then shook his head. 'it must be the one further round. He heard a voice that seemed to come from h is thoughts. 'You had better be very sure.' 'He's right. 'With soft hands and face. grasping the rough timbers of the brig.' 'Then quickly. Grey leaned forward once more. 'He is the Prince.' 'Would I have come here a nd placed my life in your hands if I had not been very sure?' said the Doctor.' said Kirsty. Jamie and Willy had dozed off. smi led. his wound still throbbing. Po lly leaned over the bow and grasped one of the Brig's securing lines stretched o ut to a nearby buoy.firth and were now scraping against the side of the brig. 'a world better for hearing your voi ce.' she said.' sa id Kirsty. his eyes searc hing the Doctor's face. 'Listen to me. 'In a boat. Perkins. Father. also unable to keep the tears from her eyes.' the Doctor went on.' she said. 'Well?' 'Right here on this ship. still in his dream. Colin. 'Unmistakable. He imagined his lovely young Kirsty running along the path to welcome him h ome. and a plan. still in his dreams. Father. Now com e closer. 'Whist. projecting the child-like candour he could turn on when he wanted to. 'What?' 'I'm the only one here who knows what he looks like.' the voice called. followed by Grey. Kirsty's voice came through a little more urgently.' he called.' he said. 'keep y our voice down. Father?' 'Much better. 'My child. then looked back to the Doctor. 'Right. all wrapped in their long tartan plaids. The door at the top of the companio nway creaked open and Trask appeared holding a lantern. Perkins. He started climbing down quietly. 'Did you mark the young Highlander with me? The piper?' 'Piper?' Grey tried to r emember. then Grey. 'I'm aye fine. the others were now carried along by the Doctor's earnest manner. Kirsty stood up and lo oked through the small porthole. Hurry!' With Trask's hand on his arm.' Suddenly Colin came to and snapp ed up. 'Father.' He looked around him wildly. 'take this.' the voice said. The others looked back suspiciously for a moment and then Grey nodded his head. But Perkins needed no further bidding.' 'Nae dream. 108 Trask.' said Perkins. started pulling the boat further round towards the ot her porthole from which a fault light was shining. ' Kirsty's voice came through.' 107 15 The Fight for the Brig Grey glanced meaningfully over at Perkins. Father. 'we have arms for all of you. which was in such contrast to his former flippancy. the Doctor was pulled out of the cabin. child. Trask reached for his sword hilt again. looked out of the porthole. listen to me.' Colin was in tears. We agree. was convinced.' sai d the Doctor.' he said. Colin. which were back with his family in the beautiful glen they called h ome.' Colin whispered. Inside. by heaven. Kirsty's voice came through the porthole. But you canna stay here.' Grey nodded. Down below in the hold.' Colin nodded. and held the boat alongside the hull.' She passed him a pistol through the porthole and Colin p ulled it in. She turned back to Polly and shook her head. h is green eyes wide open.' Colin turned. 'A dangerous jest Doctor. amazed. 'One moment. and put his hand through to cla sp Kirsty's soft one. I must be dreaming. Kirsty stood on one o f the thwarts and gazed through the porthole. 'Kirsty!' he call ed. was leaning back beside the porthole. 'I see you. 'aren't you forgetting something?' Grey turned back. He slammed his hand on the table. then swung towar ds the door. 'We'll smell out the Pretender right now. 'You drive a hard bargain Doctor. 'Are you well.' said the Doctor. 'Och. but no matter. 'Let me have him. then Perkins all shook their heads.' The Doctor nodded eagerly. And y e. all was app arently as before.' 'Aye. 'My Kirsty. Grey's thin mouth curled. Tm out here.' Polly. Father. As they a . anyway. Now where is the Prince?' 'The very last place you'd think to look for him.' ' Ye canna.' Despite themselves. Did you notice his hair ?' He looked around.' whispered Kirsty. First Trask. 'It's a miracle. I must be in a dream. Kirsty. the Doctor and two armed sailors.' 'Where are ye?' Colin said.' The listening men broke away hi disbelief. in a dream between waking and sleeping. Jamie and Willy seemed as deeply asleep as the other m en.' Colin put his ear to the porthole.

His cutlass slashed Willy's arm. 'If you've made a mistake. 'Not for long. when Trask appeared. on .' He raised his cutlass just as Jamie swun g over the poop on the end of a rope and with all his force kicked Trask over th e side of the Annabelle into the dark waiting waters.' he said. raising the cutlass and swinging i t in a blow that had it landed would have taken Willy's head from his shoulders. Jamie pointed over the side. cutting. As Trask held his lantern above the Highlanders. 'Is there no sign of him?' 'Perhaps he's further over. ' I'll make sure of thee this time. holding his lantern. Meanwhile. 'Karate. 'Whatever that is. 'Proceed s oftly. 'Creag an tuire. and one Highlander was nursing his wounds on the sk y-light. they started to move forward across the crowded deck. 'that is him. 'Hold hard! Stop fighting. was getting the worst of the fight. 'No fi rearms. Then he leaped forward. Jamie and the Highlander s were fighting . weakened by his long confinement. Grey's voice dropped into a silky men ace. the Doctor examined each one in turn. Doctor. Grey. Jamie ran to the companionway and. lads.' he said. Perkins and Trask were similarly surrounded.' Jamie's high pitched voice rang over the room as the Highlanders leapt to their feet-swords. 'I was gonna try my karate on him. examining the faces of the sleeping men as they went. 'You'll not get Henry Trask alive. swor d in one hand. 'If they suspect whom we're searching for and know to be here. all of ye.' Colin called.' 'No. Trask.' he said. The sailors reluctantly lowered their swords.' he called. Trask's face fell for a moment as he s aw his old adversary. lantern in the other.' Holding the lantern high. pistols and muskets at the ready. they found a dozen swords at their throats. fell to in furious combat. with a flick of the wrist. made a fight for it at the far end. 'Not yet. 'I ha ve you now. follow ed by the Highlanders.' 'What?' said Jamie. 'The fight's not over yet. Two sailors lay dead.' Not liking his tone. turned to the others.' he said. th ere!' He pointed over to Jamie. 'Well.' He clambered up and out onto the deck. Willy hauled himself up the ladder to the poop. boys. 'Ah. fearsome Trask was not yet done for. Trask lunged forward eagerly. 'Och. Doctor?' came Grey's impatient whisper. Only Trask. 110 Willy. we'll have a riot on our hands. 'Listen men. Who'll volunteer?' There was a moment's hesit ation on the part of the sailors then. it would not have worked a gainst that monster. 'You?' he said.' said the Doctor.' said Ben. handed the lantern to Jamie and brought his own sword up. Trask reacted for a moment at the apparition of someone he considered dead. 'I'm still master here. pulling his large cutlass. He appeared to falter.' s aid Ben. We're sail ing to France by the morning tide. 'Keep back.' called Willy.down the Highlander oppos ite him. The Highlanders watched as the two men. Swinging the huge cutlass back and forth. lads. his arm bound.' he s aid.' Willy nodded. 'To me.' said Willy. 'I need sailors. 'Th at looks 109 like him over there. shaking his head and leading them further and further towards the far end of the hold. he cleared a path for himself until his back was against the wall. mate. 'Where's Trask?' he called. and his cutlass dropped. They had now cornered them on the poop. Tr ask ran for the companion-way and the deck. stepping back. 'Good man.' he cal led.' The wounded Willy MacKay had now appeared on deck. 'In the firth. Up on deck. The Highlanders drew back until Willy came forward. his voice raised. But the large.' he said. their swords flashing as they sought an opening in the narrow deck spac e.' The Highlan ders drew back. lads. As the two sailors turned to run for the companionway.' he said. 'Follow me.' Jamie turned away. But Willy. boy. As Willy fell back wounded. he's mine.' said the Doctor. Captain Trask. realizing that they had little option. knocked Task's cutla ss up and stabbed home in Trask's shoulder. 'I'm relieving you of your command. 'I dinna want ye alive. But Willy. but his advice was unnecessary. a little d isappointed.' Ben appeared from behind the mast. Grey held his hand to his lips. just as the entire floor came to life.' He called out to the men 111 still struggling on the deck. He pointed to the f ar side of the room where Colin and Jamie could be made out by the porthole.the sailors of the Annabelle.ssembled at the bottom of the ladder.

' She held up a small silver thistle brooch.' 'And Perkins?' said Colin. We've got to get ba ck to the TARDIS with only a rough idea where it is. 'I beg of you. 'Set him over the side in that boat.' Aided by the Highland prison ers. Especially'-he drew himself up to his full five foot four inches-'one familiar with the French tongue. 'I've no doubt he'll be loyal enough. 'I'm really going to miss them. 'What will we do with the prisoners here?' . satisfied. Perkins.' 'What are we going to do then?' said Polly. still a litt le weak from his wound. who was leaning. as the solicitor was led to the rail and helped over the sid e into the waiting boat. He turned.' said Polly.' He pointed to Grey.' 'Until the wind shifts again. immensely relieved. then looked up t o where the remaining crew were unfurling the large square sails of the brig. and stood up. ye rogue. We've a long. The Doctor tapped Willy on the shoulder.' he sa id. raised his stubby fingers. Doctor?' sai d Polly. The little man turned. a little dashed . 'I can't even see the ship now.' said Polly. I will.' He looked over at the Highlanders guarding Grey.' said Ben.' said Perkins.' said Polly. but he disappeared.' Perkins. With Ben at the oars.' said Colin. right Doctor?' The Doctor nodded.' A small pinpoint of light w aved briefly across the estuary and then vanished. held at swordpoint.' 'For the moment.' he called.' Grey glared at Perkins. Kirsty ran over to Colin.' he said. you'll need a secretary. 'They're going to signal t o us just before they go. are ye .' he said to Colin. I don't know how we're ever going to find our way. against the mast. He turned back to Colin. Willy nodded. I will. once more the master on his own deck. man. Pol. Lai rd. kissing him on the cheek. 'If you go to France. 'We must return ashore now. "Ere. 'Well Doctor.indicating Perkins and the solicito r. This is what Kirsty gave me as a parting present. we won. 'We must go. 'away wi'ye. then helped Polly an d Kirsty up On the deck.' Then he shook his head ruef ully. Righ t. flung her arms around the Doctor and Ben. the boat sped across the waters t o the waiting wharf. 'The fog will help them.' As he sp oke. if ye hadna volunteered you'd've had a long cold swim for it. 'Oh. 'Stand by the halyards. 'Shifting with the wind now. 'Mr Grey. the crew started raising the anchor slowly. ' said the Doctor. 112 Willy. 'Mind ye. as a hos tage. and sna pped them in the solicitor's face. The little clerk was looking around anxiously. 'do not send me ashore with that man.e man after another stepped forward.' she said. 'Then use him. The Doctor looked. 'You men help them. Th e Doctor went over to where Colin and Kirsty were standing. He pointed to a knot of Highlanders who were watching uncertainly. 'Do you think they'll beat the English blo ckade?' The Doctor nodded. Make ready. 'may I have converse with you?' 'Ye are. hearing his name. was preparing the Annabelle for her voyage. 'Oh sir. 'What do you mean. I have always wanted to do tha t. sir. 'Good lads. a plaid bundle in the bow of the boat was flung back.' The Doctor now appear ed: walking over to the rail. If the others had been looking. While Kirsty hugged her father. You've no idea the pleasure that gave me. 'More than it'll help us. what do you think?' 'Can any of your peopl e speak French?' said the Doctor. 'I looked for him. they would have seen Jamie turn and disappear over the side of the brig.' he called. 'I wish Jamie had said goodby e to us. 'the real job's just starting. 'Stand by the capstan. The Doctor turned as Colin came over to them. 'Get ashore before they cast anchor. Pol. Folly.' said Wi lly impatiently. I'm afraid. Perkins and Grey were sitting on the skylight. None of them noticed Jamie standing beside them listening intensely. 'D on't you see. 113 Colin shook his head. As they reached it. and the whole British army out looking for us.' said the Doctor. seemed unperturbed by the complete change in his fortunes.' He looked.' s aid Ben. then we nt over to Willy and Colin. st arted rubbing his hands. and Jamie's face appe . hard journey back to the TARDIS ac ross the Highlands. 'But little.' he said. we sail in an hour.' said th e Doctor. 'We won. they looked back at the dark shape of t he brig. Beside them.' But the cold glare of Grey's eyes made him back away. but Grey. as aloof as ever.' Col in laughed at the self-important little man. 'Do what you will. much to Ben's embarrassment. he looked down and signalled. 'There it is.' He turned.' 'I won't. 'I think we'll take Solicitor Grey along with us.' he said. 'leave off. jumped up.

Polly?' Polly looked blank and then. 'The window.ared. we'd better find out. The two sentinels who had been making themselv es comfortable on one of the pair of bollards rose to their feet and looked susp iciously over at the boathouse.' said Jamie. All they could see was the long row of upturned boats. Grey.. Otherwise. Bill. suspiciously. The Doctor nodded an d smiled. 'co uld have been a cat. 'They've heard us. watch yourselves. the soldiers were no match for Ben and Jamie. 'In here. 'Dunno.' he said. smiled back at the Doctor . 114 'Jamie!' Polly called. 'I listened to ye. Ben dashed towards the door. but trying to keep awake. and looked around..' 116 Ben turned to the Doctor. and they opened the door of the boathouse. 'they've left two men here.' He looked around. then fro ze as the unmistakable sound of marching men came to them. Polly peered through a small crack in th e door.' The soldiers turned around just as Ben and Jamie. They could just make out the d ark shapes of a row of upturned boats as they crouched down. catching on. He had returned seeking his bed. 'We're very glad to have you with us.' the sergeant turned to his men. who had shifted his hand off the solicitor's mouth.' he poin ted to the soldiers in the leading rank. 'No Ben. their captive had gone. who was getting together a four for whist.' They turned to g o just as Grey. his face flushed with wine.' began the Doctor. you'll bri ng all the guards down upon us.' 'How did you know where we were go ing said Ben. and both were quickly overp owered-Jamie with his dirk held at his man's throat. Polly turned. 'Rebels. 'But he was our hostage. 'Right. 'Quick. the next time a .' he said. his arms now effectively bound with cord by Ben.' 'Won't you be in danger here. th en he smiled. 'What d'you think. 'Why didn't you go with the others?' said Ben.' 115 At that moment.' said Polly. Jamie. his commander. 'Strange. bu t it was too late. 'Yes. Outside she could make out a squad of red-coated soldiers. and took your losses like a man. you sat down a nd played with him. 'I could have sworn there was a sentry mounted here when I came by earlier. 'We'll just have to find someone else. 'They're coming this way. I suppose.' He turned b ack. The soldiers entered. Bill. across the jetty.' The soldiers marched off. Ben with his soldier face d own on the ground and the man's hand held up behind him in a strong half-nelson grip.' she whispered.' He turned to Polly. When Colonel Attwood wanted to play whist. Let him go. only to run into the Honourable Colonel Attwood.' he said. called. back to the barn . Leaning back against the doorpost. The boathouse was dark and smelled strongly of fish. 'No. seeing his chance. delighted. 'Let's say I fancy mah chances here better. wasn't he? We could have used him to get us safely back to the TARDIS. 'you stay here and keep a watch for esc aping rebels.' The Doctor nodded. 'It's an English patr ol. now clamped it back o n again. led by a serg eant with a lantern. picking up one of the soldier's muskets. 'Help me!' he cried.' she called.' said Ben. he was half asleep. Iâ ll guide you.' Pulling Grey with them. 'You two. if you can survive here. The Colonel's request was the same as a command. who'd been waiting in the dar k. But the damage was done.' 'Well.' he said. like huge black beetles. Ben straightened up. twisting out of Ben's grasp. They turned to look.' They c lambered ashore heaving the solicitor. though?' said Polly. One tur ned to the other. the y opened the door of a boathouse at the end of the jetty and hurried inside. each flung themselves on to a soldier. then so can I. Suddenly Polly screamed. 'Won't we.' The two soldiers moved cautiously over towards the boathouse. They may try to get across to the boats out in the firth. 'Now. but the Doctor stopped him. hardly daring to br eathe as the marching feet came nearer. 'Have they gone?' he said.' said the other on e. 'Right about turn. quick march. 117 16 Algernon Again Algernon Ffinch was sitting outside the officers' quarters of the main British army barracks in Inverness. called out. 'Och. muskets and bayonets at the ready.' said his mate. 'Help! ' Ben. Taken unawares in their cumbersome uni forms. 'Nothing here.' The ser geant turned and looked down along the empty jetty.

' Al gernon turned.' He held up the Prince's ri ng. sir. nein. veil. sir. Hon ourable Colonel Attwood. 'You don't play whist by any chance. he turned to see Ben standing there with a pistol. and then round to your left. Right. He called after the Doctor. . the twitch . sir.' Algernon went on .' he said. The Doctor paused for a moment. 'It would alarm the rascals. Vhy?' 'Oh. sir. 'Oh.' The Doctor touched his hat and scurried off to the others. Where did you get this from?' The Doctor stood back and waved his hand.' the Colonel had one final thought.' he said. 'Uh. 'By gad.' He snatched the ring from the Doctor. the colic. smiling sweetly. still hal f stupefied with wine. 'Let me see that. his fuddled thoughts clearing. . 120 17 A Return to the Cottage Several hours later. 'Ach. 'B-but . 'Good chap. 'What are you waiting for. 'You're right. red-faced man with grey hair and a fierce military moustache appeared at the door: the redoubtable.' said the Colonel. just as he was dropping off. sir. Colonel Attwood was not used to being contradicted.' Again Algernon saluted.' Algernon put his hand to his head . 'But that's not why I'm he re. Ffinch.' he said. reached out his hand and helped Algernon. The Doctor nodd ed and winked. sir. 'this is the Prince's ring. and then. and then a little to the ri ght. he suddenly felt something hard and cold touch his temple. T he Colonel turned to him.' he said. unfortunately no.' 'Hmmm. 119 we were taking the Lieutenant there. who felt that Algernon was her special charge.' And the Colonel turned around and went back into the barracks. he will see us coming.' he said. . sir. Now. it's your deal.' The Doctor rushed on quickly. 'I know you won't refuse me. 'for the gout.' He turned around.. ma n? I haven't got gout. A fine healthy gentleman l ike yourself. 'Have you forgotten man. 'Colonel. 'Confound the game. 'What man?' The Doctor went on quickly. 'No. and the Doctor. who was wearing Algernon's identifi cation disc around her neck.' the Colonel considered fo r moment. you see. 'Oh. her hand on his shoulder. when you have him . never mind. arrived back at the cottage. half-concealed with his coat. and as he did so. had tried to make the Lieutenant's load lighter by keeping . mate..' he coughed. at your service. Later. There was Polly. 'Veil.' The Colonel raised the lorgnette dangling from his lapel and inspected Polly..' 'Blas t the night air. you know. where the devil do you think you're going?' Algernon. you see. very good sir. Now go with them.' said Ben. standing beside Polly. perhaps. you were apt to be forgotten in favour of som e more accommodating officer. this is r-r-really too much. 'What the-' he began. there's a good fellow. His eyes opened. Oh no. perh aps. putting on his German accent. sir. Colonel. Ffinch. 'Ve must bring him straight to you.' said the Colonel. sir?' The Colonel smil ed and nodded. nein.chance of promotion came your way. and .' he said. He held up the pack of cards.' he said indignantly.. despite his fuddled state. 'Damne man. Polly.' he glanced down at the Colonel's slippered feet. 'Y-yes. 'No. 'And who are t hese vagabonds?' The Doctor bowed very low. warts.' 'Ach. do you?' The Doctor turne d back.' The Colonel leaned back.' said Polly. 'the Pretender's shield. 'you go u p there and over there. sir . at the Lieutenant's head. Algernon.' Algernon saluted weakly. and held a pack of card s in his hand. and all that. Lieutenan t. having retraced the weary miles from Inverness to Culloden Moor. .' h e pointed to Polly.' said Algernon. this ring. 'we'd better get back to the game. the Doctor and his friends.' said the Doctor. Algy. started pulling it out. 'Oh. The night air. We are enough to capture him. nothing. If we take some soldiers. 'Gout.' The Do ctor. turned. Polly. this wench here. sir. 'Quickly. very . 118 to his feet and started to lead him away just as a tall. a little overwhelmed by all this. 'Uh.promising himself.. 'this way. 'Good chap. 'We want your company. you have your orders. still with Lieutena nt Ffinch in tow.. snapped to attention.' he said. sir. A familiar voice came from behind Algernon. Take a detac hment. 'Docto r von Verner. now saw an opportunity to get away from the Doctor without com. Remedies for the ague. putting his finger to his nose. It's just. Ben. He also was flushed with drink. I wouldn't waste your time with that. and start ed moving off with Ben and Polly on each side. the game.' 'Oh no. 'But sir.

A prison commissioner using hi s office to smuggle rebels out of the country.' said Polly. almost hissing as he spoke. 'I don't know how we can ever thank you. Doctor. her eyes bright. 'Wou ld you?' he turned to Jamie. followed by Ben and Jamie. The prisoners chose to sign the contracts of t ransportation to the Colonies. H e bowed to Algernon with just a touch of irony in his .' he said. it was all perfectly legal. 'Tut.cation disc from around her neck. We could never hav e made it without your help.' Grey's voice was precise and silken with menace. Now he came forward.' Grey turned desperately.' His eyes glowed. Lieutenant. 'Yeah.' The Sergeant in charge of the detachment came over and saluted. 'I told him all about Mr Grey's activities. 'If you'd like . only a quarter of which Ffinch had comprehended.' said Ben.' he b egan.' Algernon looked at him. 'I warn you.' Ffinch turned to the Sergeant. He patted the other pocket. 'Ah. 'I don't believe I saw any contracts.' said Algernon. 'We spared your life. 'I'd love to. Mr Grey. 'I had better start looking for the detachment I left down here under Sergeant Klegg.' he said.' he said. manner and voice. Did you. Polly nodded. speaking curtly to the Lieut enant. Do ctor. The Doctor put his hands up in the air.' 'Ah.' he pointed to the Doctor..' Grey had been standing somewhat impatiently while the Lieutenant and the Sergeant exchanged courtesies. Jamie and Ben looked up at the ropes still hanging from the tree.up a ceaseless flow of chatter. Lieutenant. 'A lie. 'I ken nothing about contracts. as Ben put it. Serg eant. 'Lieutenant Ffinch. coldly. 'I'll have you whipped until-' 'Enough!' Grey turned in surpri se.' Indeed. and I have them right here. sir. now came out of hiding. and y our threats. 'And my men. his eyes more snakelike than ever. Resistance was useless. We'll see tha t this rogue.' said Ffinch. He took the identification disc from her a lit tle embarrassed. you better nab him quick. Lieutenant.' 'In that case. 'Here. 'Don't you think you owe us one for that?' Grey stepped past Ffinch and the sergeant and looked a t her. 'You can escort them back to Inverness with me. some twenty of them with levelled muskets. that geezer. The Doctor stepped forward. The Doctor turned to Algernon Ffinch. 'Sad. 'I won't forget this place in a hurry. there had been four brushes with English p atrols. isn't it? Once a promising legal talent.' said Ben. The troops who had been concealed around the cottage. I'll have you whipped at the tail of a cart from one end of Inverness to the other. and then rather tenderly brought out the lock of his hair from her pouch. but the Doctor stopped them quickly. took the Lieutenan t's identifi. Lieutenant. I'm sure it will le ad to promotion for you. just as a line of red-coated s oldiers appeared from around the side of the cottage with Grey at their head. seeing the game wa s up.' she said. . and lord knows what can happen. yes. then handed her back the lock of hair. twist him around her little finger.' he said. at each of which the Lieutenant had concocted a story that enabled them to go on their way. Algernon Ffinch stepped forward.' said Algernon. Grey looked back at him. Lieutenant.' 'What?' Grey stepped back. Ben?' 'Wouldn't know what they was. 'I've heard the whole s tory of your schemes from this young lady here.'-she said. my fine lady. Leave the British soldier too long to his own 121 devices. She took the lock of hair and tenderly placed it back in her pouch. They arrived bac k at the cottage just as the early sun was warming the air on the moor.' she said. Grey appeared a little flustered. 'you deserve these b ack now. But Ben and the Doctor noticed that while he resented taking orders from them.' Grey turned back. and take him 123 . too.' Polly came forward. Sergeant Klegg.' 'Contracts?' said the Doctor. As they stood outside.' He looked around. if you-' 'I've had enough of your warnings. . 'I thought yo u would return here.' said Jamie. Ja mie and Ben reached for the pistols stuck in their belts. then his face changed colour. ' Were you talking to me. tut. 'I k now they were-' The Doctor shook his head. Iâ ll spare you the gallows. 'Wicked times we live in. sir?' 'Yes.' He felt in his pocket. 'Certainly. 'May I congratulate you on having caught these rebels.. 'Gag him. Ben nodded. 'and his confederates do not escape the gallows this time. 'You're wasting your breath. Polly could. He's slippery. sir. then the other. For th e first time. Instead. furious.' 122 Polly turned to him. 'Good work. I'm glad to see you. 'T he contracts were signed.

' 12 4 'Aye. Then Polly. No one spoke until the last Redcoat had turned the corner. 'it's much nicer inside than it is out. and the door slid open.' 'TARDIS?' Jamie looked at them. Jamie. ' A chance to put paid to a villain. not quite.' Polly. they'll catch us all. true.' said Ben. 'I wouldn't linger here. 'We must go. turned back to Algernon. they're still scouring the moor s for rebels. hexagonal.' Jamie shook his head. Doctor. 125 As they came into the hollow where they had left the time-machine. 'Hear tha t?' said Ben. putting his hand to his ears.. turned t o the Doctor. 'Uhm .' 'Thank you. He was going with these strange people into something he only dimly com prehended.' said Ben. 'I must go.' Polly turned to the Doctor. . suddenly afraid of the strange looking object. 'they are Crown witnesses against that rogue. Jamie boy. 'If we don't move fast. ma'am. Polly turned back and grasped his hand.' 'Do y ou know where it is?' said Polly.' They hurried off. 'Uh . 'We can't leave him here. 'Can Jamie come with prison under escort. Algernon Alfred. hu ng back. Doc.' said the Doctor.' Jamie allowed himself to be drawn through into th e small police box. Where did those contracts vanish to?' 'Yes. the Redcoats set out down the track away from the cottage.' he fel t in his pockets. Po lly put her arms around his neck and kissed him goodbye.' He saluted. The Lieutenant. 'You old fraud. 'Don't be afraid. 'Algy. 'Well. 'I'd better check the engines. they made out the familiar blue shape of the police box.' Polly turned to Jamie.' she s aid.' she said.' He went i nside.' To the Lieutenant's intense embarrassment. which now seemed a long. his face scarlet.' said the Doctor. 126 .' 'What about Jamie?' said Polly. And he won't get far on these moors. Iâ ll rejoin you later. 'Where did they go?' The Doctor back ed away from them. 'Och. brightly-lighted interior of the time-machine. a string of musket shots burst from the moor. Jamie?' she said. 'Well. 'Polly. with Grey marching between them. a little fussily.' 'Ah. gave one last look at Polly. then hesitated. Ben nodded. it seemed for a moment as if the TARDIS had disappeared. ma'am.' He pointed to the fuming Grey. you know. 'What will you d o. 'It wasn't just that-was it?' Algernon cleared his throat. called his men to order and. Polly smiled.' said Algernon. through the clustering bramble s.' Jamie nodded. 'imagine that.' Polly went up to him and put her hand on his tunic. Doctor?' The Doctor looked doubtful for a minu te. . following the track that they had taken down the hill. ' why did you do all this?' Algernon stiffened. just over the hill there . . sir?' he said. 'Come on. 'After all. There's so many wonderful surprises waiting for you.' h e said. 'It seems all righ t.. 'You bet. you'll see. 'You'll understand in time. 'Whoopee!' Ben yelled.' he said .' he said. his eyes looking above her head. Polly took Jamie's arm. They knew exactly what was coming. 'Come on. 'there's much I do not understand. 'Now let's get back to the TARDIS. Ben and Polly looked at each other.' said Jamie. long time ago. and then marched quickly after his men. 'unless . Iâ ll be all right. . wide-eyed. Then. Ben pulled away some brambles. Doc.' There was another ragged chorus of muskets. and th ese prisoners. 'That's all we need aboard the TARDIS. a little nearer this time. Iâ ll take care of them. followed by Ben. Sergeant. They nae will catch me.' said Polly softly. Where would they take him? Would he ever see his native glen again? A s he hesitated. if you promise to teach me all you know ab out the bagpipes .' said Algernon. turned around.' said Ben. As she did so.. The door closed behind him and he saw to his astonishment th e large. .' Ben groane d.' He extracted three large parchment sheets from his pocket and proceeded to tear the m into shreds. 'I haven't the foggiest idea. 'If that's what ye want. the Doctor waved his hand.' The Sergeant saluted. and then his face cleared.' said the Doctor.' The Sergeant saluted. 'the ship has gon e.

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