Victoria at the Falklands

Victoria at the Falklands

Jack Tollers

Jack Tollers

Peter, an Argentine military cadet, falls in love at first sight with an unknown girl he accidentally meets at a railway terminal. Fortunately, that very evening he meets her again under the most extraordinary circumstances and eventually they get engaged little knowing that dark clouds were gathering in the future: nothing less than war with Britain and Peter being posted to the Falkland Islands.Peter, an Argentine military cadet, falls in love at first sight with an unknown girl he accidentally meets at a railway terminal. Fortunately, that very evening he meets her again under the most extraordinary circumstances involving a barbecue, a storm, a ditched car, and the necessity for an asylum of sorts at the girl’s home in Bella Vista, a suburban town, some twenty-five miles from Buenos Aires City. The girl turns out to be Victoria, who lives with her huge family and is also very much attracted to the young military cadet but refuses to be rushed into what she deems a premature affair. However eventually——after some droll incidents——they get engaged.At the end of the year Victoria and Jimmy——Peter’s best friend——find themselves trapped in a lift for half an hour. Very much to her discomfort, Victoria discovers that Jimmy is in love with her too. But she only has eyes for Peter. They plan to marry and would have done so except that Victoria’s mother suddenly dies leaving Victoria in charge of her small brothers and sisters while Peter, now a graduate officer, is posted far away at a remote location in Patagonia. But suddenly Peter is mysteriously transferred to the 12th Infantry squadron in the north of the country. Jimmy visits him there and they speculate on the strange rumours about impending military operations that mystify the boys. A couple of months later the Argentine Army occupies the Falkland Islands and Britain promises to retake them by force. Peter is already there with the 12th Infantry and is soon fighting against the British. On the other hand, very much to his disgust, Jimmy has not been sent over. Eventually Peter dies manfully in battle and, after a suitable wait, Jimmy tries to woo Victoria to no effect since the girl seems to be ‘at the Falklands’ forever.Years later a group of old friends gather once again on a Sunday evening——they’ve been doing so for years——at what used to be Victoria’s house. Eventually a bespectacled middle-aged woman in a black dress appears and enquires about their chat and when she gets the drift of the conversation——to the effect that youngsters are much too optimistic——she thinks back to that Sunday morning, years ago, when Peter had unexpectedly proposed and how, when she had pointed out that he was rushing things, he had reminded her of the old saying that “it’s later than you think”. When she goes back to the kitchen nobody sees that she is smiling to herself.
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Fr. Leonardo Castellani: an introduction

Fr. Leonardo Castellani: an introduction

Jack Tollers

Jack Tollers

It's a real shame: that Fr. Leonardo Castellani is practically unknown by English-speaking Catholics around the world (and that so little of his wonderful work has been translated). So here's Jack Toller's effort to break the ice with an introduction of sorts and three of his essays.THE THREE-PART SERIES IS COMPLETE!** Due to mature sexual content, recommended for readers aged 18+ **THE PALE SERIES - Sparks and pigs fly when a wise-cracking waitress meets a reclusive billionaire.Book #1 - Pale StrangerBook #2 - Pale CompanionBook #3 - Pale LoverTrixie is a wise-cracking waitress trying to work her way through college when a late-night storm blows in a stranger. He's not like the usual customers with his pale skin and dark clothes. Her kindness to him is rewarded with an invitation to his house in the country, and she finds herself in a sticky relationship when he returns her kindness with more than just a thank-you.
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