… As Patrick sat and thought, and the seconds ticked by into minutes, and then hours, painful memories of his recent meeting exploded on all sides of the impossible phrase.
‘Who?’ he had demanded and banged his fist upon a desk.
‘Montgomery’s Men,’ came the equally impossible reply.
“Montgomery’s Men?” he repeated, weighing the impossibility with a pulsing temple.
‘On what basis?’
‘The law of unintended consequences,’ smiled his superior, calmly.
“What about the Law of the Land?” he shouted!
And then, knowing there would be no answer, in the silence of his truth, he left the room.
… “The Land doesn’t make Laws,” smiled Wen as the two of them finally approached the long stay car park at Holyhead.
“Don was staring at the impossibility of the Moto-Home still awaiting their arrival, “No, clearly not,” he agreed absent mindedly.
“The Land just has Lore, which is quite different and infinitely more sensible.”
“Infinitely,” said Don, “It has to be bugged!”
“Then check it!” said Wen, lighting a cigarette.
A couple of hours and one discarded cardboard box later, the Moto-Home finally trundled out of its long stay car park and headed into a Land of infinitely sensible Lore.
“You were saying something about the sensibility of the Land’s Lore?” said Don having found no bugs.
“The Lore of the Land, although perfect, does not impose itself, it simply waits to be discovered.”
“Yes, that is perfect,” smiled Don as the Moto-Home picked up speed…
Excerpt from ‘Kith ‘n’ Kin…
Lands of Exile:
KITH ‘N’ KIN
Stuart France & Sue Vincent
The Beeley Stone, ‘liberated’ from the churchyard at Bakewell, stands proudly in the centre of its village green once more. While the locals enjoy the fruits of its restoration, Ben, who had led the daring raid against authority, still languishes in jail.
Don and Wen, arrested and released without explanation in Ireland, now plot an erratic course through the wild places of Wales, while Jaw-Dark and Kraas, seeking the legendary stone of Fergus Mac Roy, have been separated in the most uncanny of circumstances…
As the darkness closes around them, the Black Shade haunts the moors above Beeley and, in the shadowy rooms of the old tower, an ancient and even stranger story begins to unfold…