The Second Chance

Chapter 10: An explosion at a distant monastery

Dusk had already fallen, when Oscar and André rode into a huge forest. This time André was leading, because he knew the way. They went deep inside the forest and after riding for a while, they stopped. They got off the horses and tied them to a nearby tree.

Oscar:“André, are you sure this is it?” She looked around and saw nothing that would remind her of a door.

André:“Yes, Oscar. I´ve checked this place the night before. Come…” he took her hand.

He then led Oscar to an entrance that was carefully concealed and opened the door. Oscar lighted a fire in a lantern and was ready to step inside, when André stopped her…

André:“Oscar, I know there´s something that bothers you. Why don´t you tell me what it is.”

Oscar looked at him: “Yes, I should tell you.” she then paused for a second…” Right after we´ve saved Jeanne.”

They both entered the secret passageway to the Monastery, where Jeanne and Nicolas were hiding. They advanced slowly forward to the monastery…

André:“The monks built there tunnels under the forest centuries ago. They wanted to get in and out of the monastery without anyone noticing. It´s our luck that these tunnels are in such a good condition.” he said to Oscar.

Meanwhile in the Monastery Jeanne had been drinking heavily and was now walking along its many corridors. Feeling exhausted, she leaned towards a wall, when suddenly Nicolas came to her looking worried…

Nicolas:“J-Jeanne! Come here!” he was nervous.

Jeanne:“What? What´s the matter?”

Nicolas:“There´s something strange going on outside.”

When they looked out of the window, they saw the Royal Guards platoon…The platoon was aiming weapons at the monastery…

Nicolas:“I-It´s the Royal Guards! Damn, we´re completely surrounded!”

They heard voice talking to them: “Jeanne Valois! Nicolas de la Motte! ” It was Gerodère talking…” I am Colonel Gerodère! You are completely surrounded! Turn yourself in! If you don´t come out within 7 minutes, we will open the fire, charge into the Monastery and take you by force!”

Nicolas:“Did you hear that?“he panicked.

Jeanne:“Yes, but…Shouldn´t it be Oscar François de Jarjayes there? She´s the commander…Where is she?”

Oscar:“I´m right here!”

They turned to look…They were surprised by her sudden appearance…It was Oscar all right, holding a pistol in her hand…

Jeanne:“So you used the secret passageway…How clever.”

Nicolas:“What?! There is a secret passageway?! Why didn’t you tell me?!”

Jeanne:“I didn´t think it was important.”

Nicolas got angry and wanted to attack Oscar, but Jeanne stopped him…

Jeanne:“Don´t panic. Act like a man. When it comes to this, what will be will be.” Then she walked to the fireplace and took a drink.

Oscar:“Nicolas, if you try anything, anything at all…I´ll shoot you.”

Jeanne:“You heard her, Nicolas. Just relax, soon this will all be over.”

Then Oscar put her pistol away and started to reason with Jeanne…

Oscar:“Come with me. If you need to change your dress, I can wait.”

Jeanne:“Did…Did Rosalie tell you about this place?”

Oscar:“Not Rosalie, I swear.”

Jeanne:“I see, I´m glad to hear that. I still had an ally. At least one for someone like me. someone I can trust…I´m really glad…” She shed a tear.

Then, all of a sudden, Nicolas took his rifle into his hands and aimed at Oscar…She turned around…

André:“Hold it right there!” he had come out of hiding.

It was André holding a rifle in his hands and pointing at Nicolas, who then threw his gun away…

Nicolas:“Where the hell did you come from?!”

Jeanne:” Nicolas, you idiot! You forgot totally about her lover.”

André was still pointing his rifle at Nicolas, while Oscar talked to Jeanne…

Oscar:“I know the way out of here without anyone seeing. Come, we´ll escort you to safety.”

Jeanne:“Why are you doing this?!”

Nicolas:“Hey! That´s our chance!”

Jeanne:“Not so fast! She might have some tricks…After all; she is the Commander of the Royal Guards. ”

Oscar:“Not anymore. I´ve been suspended. I came here to help you. I don´t want you to get caught…”

Jeanne:“Why?”

Oscar:“It´s because of Rosalie. She would never be truly happy if she knew that her sister had died…And for what? You have made yourself popular among the people, who are mostly commoners. You are their heroine, and if something bad would happen to their heroine…”

Jeanne stopped her:“I´ve had enough. I´m sort of tired of everything.”

Jeanne had planned to die there in the monastery together with Nicolas, that´s why she hadn´t told Nicolas about the secret passageway… but now…Maybe there was a way to get out of all this after all...

Oscar:“I can help you to flee, you can go abroad and start a new life. That would make the public happy…”

Nicolas:“Jeanne! She´s our only chance! Let´s take it!”

Jeanne:“All right…”

André:“We´d better hurry. I heard them talking about seven minutes…”

Oscar:“All right, this way!” she led the way to the secret passageway…

Meanwhile outside the Monastery, seven minutes had passed and the soldiers opened the fire…

There were barrels full of gunpowder in the Monastery, just near the window. And when the bullets hit it, the sparks started to do the trick; soon, the whole Monastery would blow up…

Meanwhile Oscar and André were escorting the couple out of the Monastery…

Then, suddenly…They heard a loud noise…

BOOM!

The Monastery blew up…

André took a hold of Oscar in order to protect her with his own body. They fell to the floor of the passageway…

André:“Oscar, are you all right?”

Oscar:“I´m fine.”

He was on top of her, and suddenly felt strong desire to kiss her…“Oscar…It´s getting harder and harder…Am I being selfish…? love piles up over my body…I´ve been holding myself back for so long…I´ve stifled my burning passion…If I extended my hand, I´m sure I would end up embracing you! I would steal your lips!” he thought…

Oscar felt strange, too…“Why does my whole body feel so hot? I feel like I´m melting…Why? His lips…are so delicious…” She thought…Her heart was beating fast.

Then, they were interrupted…

Jeanne:“We´d better move on!”

André got up and helped Oscar…

Oscar:“Right! We´ll take you to a safe place, from where you can continue yourself.” She said.

They all got out of the forest and when they had come to a safe distance from the burning Monastery, it was time to say goodbye…

Jeanne:“Thank you, for everything.”

Oscar:“Everybody thinks you´re dead and won´t search you. Just disguise yourself just in case… I think it´s rather safe for you to travel abroad. Just take care of yourselves!”

Jeanne:“We will. And say goodbye to Rosalie for me, will you?”

Oscar:“We will.”

Then Oscar and André were waving goodbye to Jeanne and Nicolas, when Oscar finally told André about her secret…

Oscar:“André, I need to talk to you about…your eye.”

André:“My eye?”

Oscar:“Something bad is about to happen and we have to prevent it…” she told him, who he would lose his left eye. He listened to her carefully…

Could Oscar prevent the incident, in which André would lose his eye, from happening?

To be continued…

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