Sunday, March 29, 2020

BRACE UP --- by General Pettygree

A General Pettygree Short Story

Welcome to our first dramatic short story, Brace Up. This one occurs on Desperatu Island. You will not find it on any navigation chart nor within the archives of The Explorer's Club or National Geographic Society. I speculate its beaches ring the top of a volcanic mount somewhere within a triangle formed by New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Bismarck Sea. We can't be certain.

Behind me is the formerly idyllic Village of Pongolongo. You will understand why it no longer is a tropical paradise in a moment.

Suffice to say perseverance and the stubborn "can do spirit" of those soon to counterattack here are going to be severely  tested versus the successful juggernaut bent on conquering Oceania; in this case, Desperatu Island. Our serialized drama commences with....


"Tenent' Arthur,  my Pongolongo Village sleeps. Few guards."
"Alright Kolamantu."

"The entrance is just around this hedge to the left."
"Quiet Sir! --- Look."

"That sentry is coming our way and...."

"Now there are two guards. Worse and worse."
"Down men. Quietly."

"Freeze lads. They're looking our way."

Minutes later the two walked away in different directions.

"Kolamantu. Here's your chance. Take out that first bloke."  

"Kolamanatu ready. Avenge Pongolongo." 

"He got 'im Sir without a sound."

"Right. --- You know your individual jobs. Sticky bombs through the open windows. Then run back to the rendezvous point. --- Good hunting men. --- Rise up. --- In we go!"

Explosions promptly consumed two of the four huts with shocking violence.

"Well done men. Let's get out of here. Steady on."
"Lieutenant Arthur. Will the Japanese pursue?"
"What do you think Donald?"
"Well Sir, we couldn't get them all. Too many of 'em."

"Take cover. Machine gun fire com'n in! Crikey!"


Coming soon:  Chapter 2 --- Pursued Into Darkness

Meanwhile, "Brace Up!"

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  1. I love it! This brought a huge smile to my face. Bravo, and well done! Eager for the next installment.

    Best Regards,


  2. Dodgy and thrilllng at the same time.

  3. Wonderful, thrilling and rather dodgy at the same time, Sir.

  4. Thank you Stokes, Bill and the chaps on TMP for your interest. Here are three more commentaries emailed direct to me from friends.
    Nice short short story with pics!
    Nice to have some free time to entertain us blokes.
    Looks like you have been having fun in the basement, Bill.
    Fun stuff Bill. Nice miniatures and set up with fairly minimal resources required.
    I'll look forward to more installments.
    I appreciate all you say Gentlemen,
    Respectfully, Bill P.

  5. Wonderful work Bill..love the special effects..I need me one of them there trawlers...by the way watch the Movie Panipat on Netflix and or you tube..1761 Battle between the Maharatta Confederacy and the Afghan empire,and there is singing and dancing..actually a well done Movie oh and Camel gunners...

  6. Super little short action packed story :)

  7. Here are two more messages sent directly to me.
    I’m looking forward to your next post.
    Thanx for the smile!!
    All remarks are appreciated.
    Bill P.

  8. Tremendous tale of derring do! Love it!

  9. Nice! I have seen your other website on Pettygree, did not know you had started up a new one. I'll be following with interest!