In this week's Tuesday's Tales, I'm tweaking my Tale to 'fit' this week's prompt which is money.
The first bit follows in directly from last week, then there is a 'break' which you can read in my Saturday and Sunday posts, then I take up the story again here.
When Vidal tried to press money into the man’s hand he stepped back, his hands behind his back. “Phillipe does not tell us all, but whatever he decides we all support him.”
“Then why talk to me?”
“Because if the French return and find Phillipe gone, they will not rest until he is found. If this girl is your affair you need to find her and let Phillipe come home.”
He offered his hand to his informant and shook it. “Thank you. I will endeavour to see Phillipe returns to you all safely.”
.... in the following scene Vidal is now talking to the guide who brought him safely from Gibraltar into Spain...
"...Surely you don’t think I’d leave you on your own. A lone traveller would draw attention.”
“Most would assume you to be a deserter and attack you for it.”
“What about your family?”
Juan’s eyes hardened, his lips thinned and he thrust his fists into his pockets. “I have no family. They were taken.”