Summary:Ever wondered what Roxton did before joining the Challenger expedition? According to Conan Doyle he waged a one-man war against South American slave drivers. Here's how that war might have started.
Disclaimer:Other people own the Lost World characters. I'm just borrowing them for a while.
Author's note:Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made a brief reference to Roxton's activities prior to his departure for the plateau in the original book - The Lost World. My first Lost World story, "Hunter, Hunted" concerns how that past came back to haunt Roxton on the plateau in the series present. This story is retrospective, again first person POV, of what Roxton might have been doing before meeting Marguerite, Malone, Challenger or the others.
Acknowledgements:I would like to thank Julia and Mary for the work they have put in beta reading for me. Any mistakes remaining are all mine. Further thanks are due to Jo for relating to me in excruciating detail the effects of certain injuries on the body.
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
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