Henry Bigman was cornered. Five of the Stinkers Brigade had entered the school dormitory on a mission. Bigman was to receive an official welcome to Grey Towers Boarding School.Henry was as big a stinker as any of the third year boys now surrounding him and would gladly have joined their rotten club, if he had been asked. The Stinkers closed in and Henry threw a right hook and then a punishing jab and caught two of the welcome party off guard. 'The little swine has broke my nose! howled Hawkins. 'You'll pay for that! Suddenly Hawkins was flat on his back as Henry lunged at him and gave him a going over!
'Get out of my way!' I'll fix him! Standing in the doorway loomed Slim Hyland, all fourteen stone of him, with a nose like a rancid orange, six foot two in height, and every inch the bully.In his left hand, he held a jar of sticky rasperry jam while his right hand held a dead mans grip on a school leather strap.'You're going to learn your place Bigman! roared Slim and caught Henry square on the face with the leather.
Get him lads! screamed Slim, 'He'll be washing his hair for a month! as he spilled the jam on Henry's head.
Henry was an unlikely warrior,with the frame of a stick insect, and girlish good looks, which betrayed his true nature. Five foot nine in his school shoes, he had the strength of a Rhino and the mindset of the killer.The Killer instinct was available on tap and now he was in a rage! 'You beastly *******!, Henry roared, as he grabbed Slim by the windpipe.
No one could shake Henry from his grip and it was looking bad for Slim. His face showed the fear of imminent death, as his eyes bulged, although he couldn't scream. He was screaming on the inside though, and if Hawkins hadn't been such a coward, running from the grim scene, then Slim might just have leathered his last face.
On his cowardly flight, Hawkins had literally run into Brother Smith, a little man with a big cane. 'Smithy, the pint who thinks he's a quart!', the boys would jeer behind his back, and Hawkins blurted out his story.
'Sir! Sir! Bigman is murdering Hyland!
Smith raced to the scene and just as well, as Henry was holding his grip and refused to let go.