Rohan Quine, “The Host in the Attic” – chapter VIII “The Furies close in and feign defeat” – second sample – video
Late next morning, the party is loosely spread out across the grounds behind the house, all holding guns with varying degrees of ineptitude and unfamiliarity, but safe under the eagle-eyed tutelage of an enthusiastic Marc, who is in his element. The sinister bulk of The Bodyguard hovers at all times in the middle distance.
The intended targets of these guns are birds, rabbits or hares, even perhaps a small deer or two; and frankly, all these are in little danger from most members of the shooting party. Marc spies a duck not far ahead of him, sitting fatly on the ground in plain view, almost asleep. He turns to his companions, puts a commanding finger to his lips, then braces himself upright with a solid, Churchillian swagger. Soon he has the bird in his wavering sights, and pulls the trigger. As the gun’s recoil sends Marc staggering backwards to keep his balance, the duck stands up, seems about to flap off, thinks better of it and waddles away instead.
“Damn and blast this gun,” mutters Marc, “it needs cleaning.”
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