Gunfire: The Lock
I made no reply, although I allowed a vague smile to suffuse my features. A few images made their way through my thoughts in stutters of memory.
A fellow Four Peaks recruit, her golden hair flowing over an immaculate dress uniform - our courtship ended by mutual consent over the demands of the service. It had never quite become serious, although who knows what might have been?
Grace, as close to a childhood companion as I could claim to have had. Difficult, of course, socially. There were many memories of her, although her modest and genuine smile was what usually struck me. A quick examination revealed that I had been aware, in the background, of her affection for some time. It had never been the right time to enquire, I told myself.
And then there was the drawn sword in the room: the never-quite-forgotten Miss Fiamma to whom I was, in a very technical sense, still engaged. My memories of her were blurred a little by... well.
Quite aware that I had still yet to answer Ryle, I tipped my glass and drank.
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