Airman by Eoin Colfer

By Eoin Colfer

Conor Broekhart used to be born to fly.

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The words, inaudible at first, became clearer with each fresh call. ‘Alive. Alive. ’ Nicholas sank to his knees and thanked God. Victor smiled first, and then began to clap with delight. ‘I came to teach the princess,’ he shouted to no one in particular. ’ CHAPTER 2: LA BROSSE Conor Broekhart was quite the hero for a time. It seemed as though everyone on the island visited him at the castle infirmary to listen to the tale of his improvised glider, and to knock for luck on the gypsum cast on his broken leg.

And now Isabella had removed the cap. ’ Commoner? Isabella must really be terrified. ’ Obviously the device had caught the afternoon light, releasing the power of the lenses into the king’s laboratory, filled with the fertilizer, jugs of fuel and various explosive materials. The concentrated light had obviously landed on something combustible. ‘We have to go,’ said Conor, all thoughts of Captain Crow forgotten. He was no stranger to the power of explosives. His father was in charge of the Wall defence and had brought Conor along on a trip to collapse a smugglers’ cave.

I’ll take him up after breakfast,’ promised Catherine. Nicholas smiled sadly. ‘Isabella’s mother would have had a gift ready and wrapped. ’ The king stood silently for a moment, remembering his wife, then roused himself. ‘And now, Declan, sorry to drag you away, but apparently some opium smugglers have dug themselves into Lady Walker’s Cave. ’ ‘I’ll take care of it, Majesty. ’ The king was excited again, the old soldier in him relishing the chase. Unlike most old soldiers, he did not relish the kill.

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