The Black Bitch and other Tales – The Captain and the Tiger by Geoff Cronin

The Captain and the Tiger by Geoff CroninThe big villa at the head of the lake had been vacant for some time and the news that it had been sold was greeted with great anticipation by the locals. The new owner was reported to be a British army captain retired from a regiment serving in India. This was confirmed by a local woman who had been engaged as cook cum housekeeper and who thereafter kept the whole village fully informed of activities at ‘The Villa’.No, he was not married, yes he could ride a horse and would be joining the local hunt, yes he was a good shot and owned a matched pair of Purdey shotguns and two rifles and yes he was fond of a drop and told some great stories when he was ‘in his cups’.Well, the captain got in a team of contractors and gardeners and handymen and after six months or so the villa was restored to something of its former glory. He would make an occasional visit to the local hostelry and it was said that if he had more than three large whiskeys he was quite likely to buy a round for ‘the house’ and when that happened he could tell stories about India ‘to beat the band’.

Source: The Black Bitch and other Tales – The Captain and the Tiger by Geoff Cronin

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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/about-me/

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