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McALISTER'S WAY - FREE Serialisation vol. 02 ebook

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Opis ebooka McALISTER'S WAY - FREE Serialisation vol. 02 - Richard Marman

MCALISTER’S WAY FREE Weekly Serialisation Vol. 02 – Chapters 2 and 3 A Young Adult Action and Adventure story Danny gets into big trouble in Chapters 2 & 3. I’m not going to give you a synopsis, you can download it for FREE and read it for yourselves. However, a couple of things inspired parts of these chapters. Chapter 2 My RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) buddy, Wing Commander ‘Trackless’ Millsom, restored a 1940s Buick from a bare chassis and it was the inspiration for the get-away car in this chapter. I remember the floor in Trackless’ two spare bedrooms covered with chrome-plate parts for ages. His missus, Cherril, was very patient. Chapter 3 Burning sugar-cane prior to harvest no longer occurs in Australia, but I’ve stood next to a cane-fire south of Townsville and it’s an awesome experience. The noise, heat and flames are truly daunting. I flew passenger jets up and down Eastern Australia and the cane-fires were a spectacular sight at night. The setting for this chapter came from those images. Richard Marman, Author ============== KEYWORDS/TAGS: McAlister’s Way, action, adventure, Zach, Danny, military, helicopters, choppers, soldiers, airmen, boarding school, priests, child abuse, attack, New South Wales, Australia, Sydney, Merimbula, plane, flight, fly, Young Adult, YA, explore, discover, , altar, Arty, Brisbane, Buick, cane-cutting, car, chapel, Colin, Danny, Desmond, disappear, embankment, freight, Gertrude, Giovanni, Gulf of Carpentaria, Lenny, Mackay, Monsignor, night, Noemi, Northern Rattler, plantation, police, railway, Ricci, river, Rockhampton, School, Signor, Sister, snakes, St. Ursicinus, Statue, sugar cane, town, train, water

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McAlister’s Way

Free Weekly Serialisation Vol. 2

Glossary

AIF

Australian Imperial Force

ANA

Australian National Airways

ASI

airspeed indicator

AH

artificial horizon (aircraft’s attitude gauge)

ATC

air traffic control

AVGAS

aviation gasoline (piston-engine plane fuel)

AWA

Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia)

AWOL

absent without leave

AWU

Australian Workers’ Union

CMF

Citizens Military Force known as The Militia and incorporated into the AIF during WWII

CO

commanding officer

C-of-G

centre of gravity

CSR

Colonial Sugar Refining Company Ltd

DCA

Department of Civil Aviation

GBH

grievous bodily harm

GP

general purpose or general practitioner

HF

high frequency (radio transmitter-receiver)

ICU

intensive care unit

KP

kitchen patrol (military punishment duties)

Knots (Kts)

nautical miles per hour

Max Revs

maximum revolutions (full throttle)

MP

Military Police (red caps)

NCO

non-commissioned officer (corporals, sergeants and warrant officers)

NDB

Non-directional (radio) beacon

OR

Operating Room (theatre)

POWs

prisoners of war

P. W. & I.

prisoner of war and internment (camp)

RAAF

Royal Australian Air Force

R & R

rest and recreation (leave)

RANVR

Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve

RAR

Royal Australian Regiment

RSL

Returned Servicemen’s League

Short Ton

2000 lb (pounds) or 907 kilograms – a weight used mostly in America

TAA

Trans Australian Airlines

VHF

very high frequency (radio transmitter-receiver)

VSI

vertical speed indicator

Sliders

small hamburgers

XXXX bitter

Queensland lager-style beer

Contents

Chapter 2 Breakout

Chapter 3 Northern Rattler

Chapter 2 – Breakout

Danny hated St Ursicinus beyond any intensity he could have imagined. He hated the buildings, the work, the lessons, the food, Sister Gertrude, the brothers, but mostly he hated Monsignor Desmond Slaughter. Danny channelled his hatred into sheer determination. He would not let them break him, but knew that to resist on their terms was suicide. He kept his head down, avoided eye contact, studied hard and bore continuous minor punishments thus avoiding major ones. Luckily he was a bright lad and quick at maths, English, science, history and geography. Without a doubt geography was his favourite subject, mostly because he could imagine being in foreign places far, far away from St Ursicinus. He developed ways of looking busy and even tried sucking up, but found that impossible. So he strove to simply stay neutral...beige...invisible.

The first term passed with numbing slowness, but no one came to collect him for the holidays. He knew Stanley was behind it, but despised his mother for allowing him to sway her.

‘Looks like we’ll have the pleasure of your company for the break,’ Sister Gertrude sneered with grinning anticipation.

Actually only a handful of boys from the western properties left for the holidays and a few lucky ones didn’t return. In a time when folk didn’t question their Church, many parents either disbelieved their children if they reported abuse or even suggested they must have deserved it if they received a beating. Life was rough on remote cattle stations and sometimes conditions were no better there, so the boys returned to St Ursicinus with resigned dread.

As the dry season progressed and temperatures dropped at night, the boys pulled their inadequate blankets around them and shivered in their beds. It was those nights the boys dreaded most. Often a shadowy figure would prowl through the dormitory and lead a trembling youth from the room. The lad would return before dawn and lie sobbing under the covers trying to forget the horror he’d endured. Danny was obviously considered too old to be desirable and was fortunately left alone, but one of the youngsters called Colin told him what those selected had experienced.