An Unwitting Hero TSP Week 17

The Scottish Prisoner Podcast Series

Chapters 33 and 34

Week 17

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The week 17 The Scottish Prisoner installment, “An Unwitting Hero,” has Lord John comfortably convalescing from his saber injuries, under the watchful eyes of his valet Tom Byrd and his sister-in-law Minnie.  John finds himself emotional over the love surrounding him in the house. His brother Hal, his nephews, Minnie, and Tom. It’s difficult for him not be get tearful. An unexpected benefit of his killing Twelvetrees is his elevated status as hero. Jamie’s public denouncement of Twelvetrees being a traitor, is the word the public is believing. Only a select few know the truth behind why John dueled Twelvetrees.  The other side benefit to John is a slew of female admirers who love a man who wins a duel. He asks Minnie to burn those letters.  Poor John, as he says, he’s not suitable to be a husband.

Wearing a fanciful banyan and with the support of Tom Byrd, he carefully makes his way down to the library, where he finds Jamie sitting absorbing yet more reading material. He expects Jamie to tell him “if the blow had gone between your ribs, you’d be dead, you know.” Jamie doesn’t. He was quite sure John would survive. To John’s shock Jamie had picked him up off the ground and carried him to the awaiting carriage. Jamie says he was only doing as John had asked. Poor John passed out, having no memory of being in Jamie’s arms. He then inquires after the military operation at hand and the posthumous court-martial of Major Siverly.  Jamie fills him in on all aspects from his earlier conversation with Hal. The subject of Tobias Quinn arises. Jamie of course would warn him if he knew where he was. Friendship and loyalty are at the heart of their divergent positions.

John is left to wonder if he and Jamie are again friends.

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What’s Coming up? The Scottish Prisoner week 16 covers chapters 35 and 36.

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Justice by Sword and Betrayal TSP Week 16

The Scottish Prisoner Podcast Series 

Chapters 31 and 32

Week 16

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In this week’s The Scottish Prisoner read-a-long installment, “Justice by Sword and Betrayal,” Jamie Fraser is compelled to tell Hal and Lord John about the uprising in the planning. It’s a painful act against those he cares for and a cause he could believe in. He without a doubt knows this uprising, like Culloden, is doomed to fail. He acts to protect the Jacobites from bloodshed and heavier costs.  Jamie is devastated to his core. Arrests will be made. Trials for treason will be had. Lord John and Hal reach an understanding of what this action costs Jamie.

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The question of the duel arises. Hal forbids Jamie from dueling Twelvetrees. Jamie storms out, refusing to listen to Hal. Why shouldn’t he fight the man? As Hal and Lord John discuss the matter, we find the many complications with Jamie being a paroled traitor. John’s reputation could be ruined and Jamie could go to jail for life if he killed the other man. There’s no way to stop him except for what Lord John has up his sleeve or rather in his waistcoat pocket. He drops the bomb on Hal that he challenged Twelvetrees to a duel the following morning at Lambeth Palace with sabers. The note in John’s pocket was Twelvetrees acceptance. Hal was dumbfounded. Would Jamie be angry at this alteration to his plan?

The duel takes place the next morning as scheduled. Jamie shows up as John’s second, instead of the expected Colonel Harry Quarry. Twelvetrees has Captain Honey as his back-up and the body snatching surgeon, Dr. Hunter on his team. John is seriously wounded in the chest and thigh. Twelvetrees is likely mortally wounded, but still alive when Jamie takes John home from the field.

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 What’s Coming up? The Scottish Prisoner week 16 covers chapters 33 and 34.

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A Dissonant Loyalty TSP Week 15

The Scottish Prisoner Podcast Series 

Chapters 29 and 30

Week 15

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This week’s episode, “A Dissonant Loyalty,” has the trio of Jamie, Lord John, and wee Tom Byrd, returning to London. They’re so worse for wear that Minnie will not allow them in to Argus House without a proper bath and quantity of brandy consumed. The Duchess of Pardloe has fabulous style and authority!

She sends for Hal to come home from Parliament. She and Jamie confer while waiting for John to join them in the large sitting room. Before he can ask what, they were talking about so conspiratorially, Hal returns. John fills him in on all that happened while in Ireland. Hal is amused to find his brother a fugitive from Athlone Castle prison and wanted for murder.

After all is said, Minnie brings up the possibility of a posthumous court-martial against Major Siverly. This idea is intriguing and totally on point. They decide this avenue will be pursued as soon as possible. The Judge Advocate signs off on this pursuit, and now they must wait.

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Jamie surprises Thomas Lally, the other paroled prisoner who helped with the Wild Hunt translation, to get a message to Tobias Quinn. He knows Quinn must be in London pursuing the latest Jacobite uprising. Jamie is torn between his comrades and the knowledge he knows to be true. No Jacobite plan can work. It’s a hopeless cause. All he can do is try to save the men involved from the devastation he and others experienced post-Culloden. It’s a bittersweet pursuit for Jamie.

John and Jamie not much for idle time, keep themselves busy. After a short trip, they go to John’s gentleman’s club to get refreshed and prepared for an evening play. As usual, things don’t go as planned for them. Edward Twelvetrees is at the club playing billiards. An absolute row breaks out from he and John exchanging insults and accusations. Jamie steps in and makes a speech no one is likely to forget. Why this loyalty to John?

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In the end, it doesn’t matter why Jamie stood up publicly for John. What matters is what John does next regarding Twelvetrees and Major Siverly being court-martialed.

What’s Coming up? The Scottish Prisoner week 16 covers chapters 31 and 32.

How can you participate? To have your questions, comments for the regular read along, email or call in to the listener line 3 days prior to airing for inclusion. Join the weekly Twitter chat Wednesday nights at 6pm PT/9pm ET to discuss the previous latest podcast chapters using the hashtag #ADoO.  Comments or messages may be included in the podcast or a written post.

The entire Outlander book series is written by Diana Gabaldon. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Hungry Like a Wolf TSP Week 14

The Scottish Prisoner Podcast Series 

Chapters 27 and 28

Week 14

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In this episode, “Hungry Like a Wolf,” Jamie and John travel toward Glastuig, staying to the Irish countryside. John’s valet, Tom Byrd has been left to recuperate from his gunshot wound under the watchful eyes of the monks at the monastery. And after speaking to Abbot Michael about the Druid King’s Cup, Tobias Quinn goes his own way with the conspiracy in mind.

While traversing the countryside, John is overtaken by the sounds. He is impacted to his core by the song of the amphibians. He realizes the pagan’s have it right, Springtime is a chorus of breeding. Noisy sexuality floods the dark wood. He’s so distracted the wolf like need growing within, he takes a tumble, leaving Jamie to break his fall and right him. A raw hunger is all around. I think John needs a boyfriend ASAP.

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The wood has a sense and feeling of The Faerie Queen herself showing up on her horse. Jamie tells the tale of experiencing “Them” one night when he was the Dunbonnet. It’s a Wild Hunt type tale. A moonless night, “they” showed up when he had killed a deer and hadn’t said the gralloch’s prayer right away. He was terrified and spent the rest of the night in a freezing burn for safety. John was enraptured by the telling. Then they walked in silence.

Finally, they reached Glastuig after the many hours of walking. A light was on, but shouldn’t have been. Edward Twelvetrees was in the library throwing papers in the fire. John stormed in with Jamie behind. A row took place between John and Edward. Jamie keeping cool, salvaged what papers he could and found a most important document.

We still don’t know who the killer is, what the motive was, and what will happen the those named in the Wild Hunt.

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What’s Coming up? The Scottish Prisoner week 15 covers chapters 29 and 30.

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Jail Break TSP Week 13

The Scottish Prisoner Podcast Series 

Chapters 25 and 26

Week 13

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There’s a plan, a plot, and a “Jail Break,” in this week’s podcast installment. Jamie ropes Tobias Quinn into helping him and Tom breaking Lord John out of Castle Athlone.  Quinn would be more than happy to leave John in jail. There’s a thin trust between the two of them and Jamie exposes it. He promises to help him get the Druid King’s Cup if he assists him on this mad quest.

After they make a rough camp and eat the small provision of cabbage and potatoes Tom Byrd acquired, Quinn fills Jamie in on the not so crackbrained Jacobite plan. Jamie is gobsmacked and speechless at the revelation. Quinn desperately wants to convince Jamie to come alongside, to help him and the others who still believe in the cause. Though Jamie thinks the plan could work, he knows better. The English never lost that fight in history. It was certainly doomed.

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They make their way to Castle Athlone under the veil of darkness. Lord John has been pacing and thinking. He finally settles in, wrapping himself in the blanket left for him in the tidy, yet sparse cell. He was still cold and shivering. He managed to drift off to sleep, when he was awoken by the sounds of feet. The cell door opened with an angry sergeant being pushed along by Jamie Fraser.  Step one complete.

They manage to get through the castle, but not without a run in with a guard on duty. They exit the gate with Jamie running down the shoreline, Tom and Lord John make the gate difficult to open with debris and such shoved underneath.

There’s gunfire. Tom is hit. It’s not a mortal wound, but he’s bleeding decent enough. John drags him into the lough while looking for the boat Jamie and Quinn are no doubt upon. Jamie and Quinn search the waters until a loud clunk alerts them John and Tom are in the water.

Tom and John are administered the opium potion Quinn seems to always have on him. Wild dreams flood John as he sleeps. Somewhat disturbing dreams really. When he finally rouses, they are at the monastery where Abbot Michael can help get Tom the proper doctoring he needs.

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What’s Coming up? The Scottish Prisoner week 14 covers chapters 27 and 28.

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