Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "V" is for "Valiant"
(I wrote the following scenelet, thinking it might remind you of a well-known story. Which story?)
“I can’t believe this. Lieutenant Diaz is leaving the service?”
“Yes, Colonel. He won’t be talked out of it.”
“Incredible. He has a chance for a distinguished army career. I know his family; can’t imagine what they’ll make of this. What's the reason? Has he become a drunk?"
“No, and he won’t tell me his reason.”
“Well, if the papers haven’t gone in yet there’s still time for you to talk him out of it.”
“As you can imagine, sir, I’ve tried.”
“Try harder. He’s one of the best young officers we’ve got. You can't be lethargic about this. Sit him down and hit him hard with the whole story of patriotism, history, honor, service and all that.”
“Maybe you can talk with him, sir. You’ve got the voice of authority.”
“No, it’s not appropriate for a colonel to plead with a lieutenant to stay in the army. You’ve got to do it.”
“I’m not sure what it might take to convince him.”
“Why, pour it on! When you, Lieutenant Diaz, wear the uniform and salute our flag, you stand for centuries of tradition; you must always remember the glory days of the 16th and 17th centuries, when the Army of Spain was the most powerful and prestigious in Europe! It is your chance now to be heroic, to be valiant!"
“Yes, that’s good, but…”
“Well, Colonel, truth is – it all seems to be because of a woman.”
“Ah. Cherchez la femme, busque a la mujer, to be blunt about it. I’ve seen this before. Poor Diaz has fallen for a ritzy, high-society senorita who won’t have anything to do with him because he’s a lowly lieutenant.”
“That’s not quite it, sir. The girl in question isn’t exactly high society. In fact, she’s a gypsy, a dancer.”
“A gypsy! He’s going to leave a splendid military career for a – a gypsy! That’s incredible.”
“It is indeed, sir. But as I mentioned, he won’t be talked out of it.”
(The answer will be posted Saturday.)