Everybody Comes to Rick's
Another Wylde Tale - "Everybody Comes to Rick's"
Journal of Major Jack Tarquin Wylde:
Written by: R. Cal Westray, Jr. in 2001.
"Everybody Comes to Rick's"
With the coming of the Second World War, many eyes in imprisoned Europe turned hopefully, or desperately, toward the freedom of the Americas. Lisbon became the great embarkation point. But not everybody could get to Lisbon directly, and so, a tortuous roundabout refugee trail sprang up. Paris to Marseilles, across the Mediterranean to Oran, then by train, or auto, or foot, across the rim of Africa to Casablanca in French Morocco. Here, the fortunate ones, through money or influence, or luck, might obtain exit visas and scurry to Lisbon, and from Lisbon to the New World. But the others wait in Casablanca, and wait, and wait, and wait....
Travelers, welcome to Occupied France!
Due to the conflict here and abroad, I am afraid that we have had to increase our border security. We would like to make this as painless as possible, so please bear with us. All we need is a paragraph, about a hundred words, describing your occupation, as well as distinguishing traits and skills. Please, also, declare your possessions and any holdings you may have.
When you are ready for consideration for admittance to Occupied France, please go to the desk over there and submit your paperwork.
Merci, et bonne chance!
Cast of Characters (in alphabetical order):
Peyton Crane, English Professor – Robert Haight
Kajetru Kratoctyal, Chech professor – Mike Manolakes
Will Penn, American ship captain – Steve Ainsworth
Rebecca, French waitress – Wendi Strang-Frost
Inspector Slimane, Moroccan police (The only honest policeman) – Andy Ransom
Tibor, local business person – Jack Gulick
Jack Tarquin Wylde, British spy – Cal Westray
Major Jack Wylde - British agent and pilot, in Paris during the occupation, infiltrated the S.S. and aided the French resistance. His contacts were killed while in deep cover as German officer and courier, Lieutenant Schmidt. Transferred to Casablanca with documents for the Prefect of Police; Jack's waiting to break cover, aid the allies, and get revenge upon the officer responsible for his contact's deaths - who is on his way to Casablanca. Tall, thin, auburn haired, and steel gray eyes; Jack carries a lock pick set in a cigarette case. He wears uniforms and has one white suit with fedora.
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