Monday, October 22, 2007

Backstory at Le Havre

Narrator: Whilst the Tradgardland Diplomat von Bergmann was in transit to the Gallian Port of Le Havre from Versailles, we are offered the opportunity to view proceedings in the office of the Port Admiral at Le Havre. The gentle reader may forgive me to remind you that Lady Pettygree was also en-route to Le Havre departing Versailles several days before von Bergmann. She arrived at Le Havre first to be taken home.
Port Admiral: "Bernard-Louis?"

Bernard-Louis: "Oui Monsieur l'Admiral."

Admiral: "New orders for the frigate l'Vengeance ici...."

Monsieur l'Capitaine de l'Vengeance,
I have the honour to inform, you Monsieur, you are required and directed to take aboard The Lady Diana Pettygree. Expect her to repair on board your vessel at ten of the clock this morning. Convey her to the Isle de Pettygree at the first tide today and thence proceed to Brest to await further orders.
Votre Serviteur,
Henri 'lComte de Ste. Germain
Port Admiral Le Havre

Bernard-Louis: "Monsieur l'Comte, if I may beg to say, this leaves only the old 36 gun frigate Rhapsodie in harbor to convey the Tradgardland Diplomat von Bergmann back to his homeland."

Admiral: "Oui Bernard-Louis, the requirements of the service. The Rhapsodie though old is a fine ship and was careened last month to remove barnicles from her bottom. She is fast and sea-worthy enough for the short jump to Tradgardland and back." I'll compose Rhapsodie's orders for you to take to l'Capitaine Briege within the hour. Meanwhile take the these orders to l'Vengeance and I'll have new orders for Rhapsodie when you return."

Bernard-Louis: "Oui Monsieur l'Comte. Right away."

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