Shot in the Dark (Final Part)

Chapter 31 Tracy Island had always served its purpose well, presenting the facade of a luxurious paradise on which a family frolicked away the billions in their possession. No one would ever know what truly took place beneath the grand house that rested atop one of the numerous hills. But although it had always guarded the secret well, never before had it done its job so well in disguising what…

17th August 2012

Shot in the Dark (Ch. 26,27,28,29&30)

Chapter 26 Gordon had been struggling fiercely against the ropes holding him when, out of the corner of his eye, he saw Virgil lunge forward. His mind was screaming at his brother to stop, his body reacting violently as he tried to pull his way free. Virgil couldn’t do this! The Hood might have threatened to kill them all, but Gordon knew full well Scott would not let that happen….

11th June 2012

Shot In The Dark (Ch. 22, 23, 24 & 25)

2nd June 2012

Chapter 22 “John?” It was Virgil’s voice that broke the silence this time, low and uncertain as he stood up, taking a step forward as if he didn’t believe that his brother was truly there. “How?” Gordon was practically laughing now, although both Virgil and Scott knew that he was finding nothing funny, it was just the sheer absurdity of the situation. They had just spent however many hours thinking…


Shot In The Dark (Ch. 19, 20, 21)

1st May 2012

Chapter 19 John sat back on the couch, watching his only older brother critically. Scott was all but standing to attention in front of their father’s desk, hands clasped behind him as he outlined his plan. Virgil was in the chair on John’s left, but was sitting so upright that if John didn’t know better, he would have said that his immediate younger brother had been through the same military…


Shot in the Dark (16,17+18)

1st April 2012

Chapter 16 Jeff could do nothing but stand there blinking as his mother leant gratefully on Parker’s arm as the faithful servant helped her down from the plane. Luckily, his son had slightly more of his wits about him, and, dropping the bags he had been given, Virgil hurried forward. Taking his grandmother’s arm, he carefully steered the old lady across the hanger and back towards his father. No sooner…


Shot in the Dark (Chapters 13, 14 & 15)

1st February 2012

Chapter 13 Ruth Tracy sat comfortably back in her armchair, a nice cup of tea next to her as she waited for her old friend to come back through from the kitchen. Despite adoring every moment she spent on the island, the old woman had to admit she enjoyed being back in Kansas. She wouldn’t swap her family for the world, but living on an island with her son and…


Shot in the Dark 7-12

1st December 2011

Chapter 7 “No way!” “But you have to warm up.” “Alan, come near me with that and you are on ‘bird cleaning duty for a month.” “What’s going on?” Virgil had only popped out of the sick bay for a few moments in order to update John on the situation. He in turn had promised to keep their father informed without Gordon finding out. How he was planning to do…


Shot in the Dark 4, 5 & 6

Chapter 4 Virgil was leaning casually against the railings overlooking his ‘bird, drinking in the sight of the powerful machine with appreciative eyes. It gave him something of the chills when he looked down on her like this, taking in the full scale of the giant green Thunderbird, knowing that he had complete control of her whenever she was in the air. When he was flying, there certainly was no…

1st October 2011

Shot in the Dark 3

1st September 2011

Chapter 3 The journey back was a quiet one. For some unknown reason, Gordon didn’t voice his suspicions to his brother regarding the accident. His fingers were closed around the rough end of the object sitting in his pocket, yet Gordon stayed quiet. He was sure Virgil wouldn’t believe him. After all, it wasn’t as if either he or Scott had seen anything, and Gordon was already ashamed of how…


Shot in the Dark 2

1st August 2011

Quickly hitting a switch, Virgil continued with his original purpose and patched himself through to his missing brother, although any thought of a pleasant conversation with John had been dashed from his mind. Immediately, the Space Monitor’s portrait morphed into the real thing and John glanced up from where he was scanning through various readings, obviously trying to gauge the scenario from what he had been told. Briefly catching Virgil’s…