The Colonel's beloved cottage lay in ruins. They said a fire caused it, though, what caused the fire was a mystery. Some blamed his old servant's forgetfulness, and some, the chain -smoking owner.
None suspected any foul play. How could they? He had served the nation, after all. His character was spotless. And his home was his pride!
"Poor man lost his wife in the fire! Ah, cruel fate!" they clucked sympathetically.
"The bitch deserved it! Canoodling with every officer who reported to me! Wonder who those bastard kids belong to!" the army man muttered as he watched from afar.