As some of you know, last week, Miss Gwen shamelessly hijacked Pink X.
This didn’t come entirely out of the blue. I’d known for a while that Miss Gwen was going to get a story of her own.
And by “for a while”, I mean since summer of ’08.
In the summer of ’08, I followed Penelope Deveraux to India. One of the first people Penelope met in Calcutta was a seasoned veteran of the Madras Cavalry, known to his friends as “the Laughing Colonel” for his easy good humor. Penelope struck up a rapport with Colonel William Reid right away– and who wouldn’t? Colonel Reid, father of a brood of legitimate and illegitimate children, has been effortlessly charming women on two continents for several decades.
I think he’s met his match in Miss Gwen, don’t you?
More on Colonel William Reid next week, but, in the meantime, here’s that scene from The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, where we first meet Miss Gwen’s hero. (Bearing in mind that it’s all from Penelope’s point of view.)