Biggles and the Black Peril

By W. E. Johns

While 0 visibility forces Biggles to land his Vandal amphibian plane at the North Sea he thinks he's simply obtained a place of aeroplane hassle. higher difficulty is forward for Biggles whilst he is taking an unchartered journey in a flying boat manned by way of 'Blackbeard' - a cohort of the Russian Airfleet and partner in a plot to bomb Britain.

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And that i do not brain telling you that i am no longer sorry to be at the carpet. Did you ever see visibility lower correct out like that during your existence? ' 'Never. ' 'Nor I. good, we are down and that is something,' went on Biggles. 'I have not the remotest suggestion the place we're, other than that that little bit of oozy having a look marsh over there's a part of Norfolk, and the liquid on which we're floating is the North Sea. ' 'What are we going to do? ' 'Taxi alongside this creek until eventually we discover a sheltered position to moor up, and males unpack that abate. something i am not going to do is to take off back during this soup; my goodness! hark on the rain! ' 'If it retains on it seems like we are right here for the evening. ' 'We are so far as i am concerned,' declared Biggles, as he opened the throttle a trifle and started taxiing alongside the low, bleak shore. 'Here we're, what approximately this? ' on the spot indicated, a brief, slim arm of the creek felt its approach via wire-grass coated sand-hills that arose the following and there from a swampy reed-covered simple. 'Do in addition to anywhere,' agreed Algy. 'Go forward; taxi correct in and seashore her right here. i'm going to get out and take a look around. ' He jumped ashore on enterprise sand and ran to the head of the closest sand-hill. He was once again back in a second. 'Nothing,' he stated tersely, 'not a blooming factor in sight, even if i will not see greater than 100 yards if it involves that. ' 'Well, get back in and let's have a few tea; probably the clouds will raise back almost immediately. ' during this desire they have been doomed to sadness although, for an hour later, even supposing the rain had stopped, the air used to be nonetheless thick with mist and visibility virtually nil. shortly it all started to develop darkish. 'Nothing doing,' declared Biggles, 'it's clearing, i feel, yet i am not taking an opportunity. will probably be as black as your hat in a couple of minutes, and evening flying with fog approximately isn't really my proposal of an a laugh night. What the dickens was once that? ' he went on in alarm, because the computing device gave a surprising lurch. He positioned his head out of the cabin window after which laughed. 'We're a pleasant pair of fools,' he saw. 'Well, that settles it besides, we are right here for the evening now with none argument. ' 'Why, what's it? ' 'The tide's long gone out whereas we've got been sitting right here and left us excessive and dry; no matter if lets get our wheels down there is not room to show. regardless of, it really is secure anchorage, and we are good safe during this gully. it can blow a gale with out hurting us. ' 'But what approximately grub? we glance like getting no dinner. ' 'What a fellow you're; continually wondering your belly. Let's get ashore and notice if there's a condo at any place in sight. in any case, we are in England, and in my event one cannot pass a long way in England with out bumping right into a condominium of a few kind. ' during this, even if, he used to be no longer altogether right, as an in depth exam of the desolate panorama fast printed. In all instructions, so far as they can see within the accumulating darkness, stretched a run of the mill expanse of flat, bleak moorland, during which the receding tide had left sinister-looking rivers of dust.

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