"Look out!" came a frightened cry from a soldier and, like a bird whirring in rapid flight and alighting on the ground, a shell dropped with little noise within two steps of Prince Andrew and close to the battalion commander's horse.
I'll call him 'SB,' for 'Song Bird' instead of 'BS' for 'Bird Song.'
Her residence was compliments of Janet O'Brien, one of a long line of Bird Song's temporary domestics.
The Deans had married a year ago and poured their life savings into Bird Song.
On Friday morning Bird Song's full complement of guests were treated to the usual bounty of Cynthia's baking, but with less zip and smiles than most days.