Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 184 )
Several years have passed, James is now a full partner in the business, a partnership that I was happy to give, for he had surpassed even my expectations of him. I had definitely made the right choice when I chose him.
Everything was just so perfect, I have no idea why, but I had an uneasy feeling that something tumultuous was about to happen, something that would change my life once again.
The thing that I had been concerned about happened, not in England but in Serbia, where the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the throne Austro – Hungarian throne and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg were both mortally wounded by Gavrilo Princep, a young nationalist who wanted a free Bosnia and Herzogovina.
This single act precipitated the world in to a war that cost 40 million lives and left the world as we know it in tatters. This happened on June the 28th in Sarejevo, a place most English people didn’t know existed.
At the time I remember reading about in the tabloids, without realising the relevance of it in relation to my own life and future. I think that like most people in this country I thought that it was of no concern to my health and well being, how wrong I was?
(C) Damian Grange 2019