My fiance and I were talking last night and ended up on the topic of the Great War, and then on Wodehouse, and then the two subjects intersected. As far as I can tell, in Wodehouse's world, not only did the war not happen... the entire stretch of 1914-1919 gave it a miss, and everyone went straight from '13 to '20. Which is fine - the stories aren't really supportable otherwise, the war would loom like a spectre (Jeeves' passing mention of propaganda used in "the late war" notwithstanding)... but it made us think "what if."
And this is somehow what we ended up with.
I understand it is alright to post Psmith stuff in this community, and so I give you my crack-addled dialogue-only psilly story:part one
(I tried to use HTML to make the last paragraph fade out/get smaller as he is walking away while talking, but it might not work)part two
We decided that Bertie would undertake the same mission, and return with a nice china cup full of piping-hot oolong, take a sip and it pours out of fifteen holes perforating him about the torso. Looks down, neatly faints, Jeeves steps up with a roll of duct tape...
I'm still working on plotting up an actual somewhat-Wodehousian WWI story. Taking the humorous writing style, and the silly sort of convoluted everything's-tied-up-together plotlines, but making it be about the War instead of about Why Can't My Friends Just Get Hitched Without Bothering Me. Of course, the very idea of writing something silly and humorous about the Great War is daunting to me, but I am endeavoring nevertheless, and will share if I ever get it done.