The garden of the villa extended for some two hundred yards below the terrace, sloping down to a miniature lake, spanned by a white bridge...
Here in the garden the air seemed brighter.
As was his custom before beginning his evening stroll, Count Axel looked out across the plain to the final rise...and saw that the advance column of an enormous army was moving slowly over the horizon..."
In the Garden of Time by JG Ballard, the Count manages to repel the advance of the army by magically re-arranging time - time and time again! But soon the tools that help him will no longer will work.
will he and his beloved wife - who is indoors, playing a Mozart rondo - manage to survive the threat,
as it marches forward, closer and closer...
Read by Allan Corduner
Abridged and produced by Duncan Minshull.