Major Colquhoun Grant scanned the faces around the table they’d set up in the converted stables at the end of the courtyard and breathed a sigh of relief when he noted a particular absence.
“Where’s Strange?” he asked the man next to him.
“Oh, he took himself off to the mountains as soon as the post arrived. Said the men need him to read their letters for them.”
Grant smirked. It was clear that the magician undertook this task out of a need to boost his sense of self importance rather than any altruistic motivation but as least he was making himself useful and keeping out of the way.
Title: I Will Lay Me Down
Characters: William De Lancey/Colquhoun Grant, Arthur Wellesley & Jonathan Strange
Summary: Colonel De Lancey receives a letter that shakes him to the core.