The Second Chance

Chapter 16: Catching the Black Knight

Few weeks passed by quickly; the time Oscar and André spent in Arras was the happiest time in their life. Daytimes they explored the nature, went riding, and spent time in the village socializing with the people…Nights they spent together in very romantic way…

But soon they had to come back to Paris; they needed to catch the Black Knight…And they needed help…

Rosalie was doing her usual house chores in the house she had bought with the money Oscar had given her…

Suddenly there was a knock on the door, and Rosalie went to open it. It was Oscar and André…

Rosalie:“Lady Oscar!” she was happy to see her again. She went to hug her.

Oscar:“Rosalie, it´s good to see you.”

Rosalie:“André…Please, come on in!” she smiled to the couple.

André:“Here´s some country bread and cheese for you! They sure know how to make bread!” He laughed.

They sat around a table to talk. Oscar and André told Rosalie their time in Arras…

Oscar:“…I wish we could have stayed longer, but there´s something we need to do and we need your help.”

Rosalie:“I´ll do anything, please tell me…”

Oscar:“We need your help to catch the Black Knight.”

Rosalie was stunned. They were going to catch the Black Knight? Why did they needed her help?

André:“Rosalie…We are not going to hand him to authorities, we just need to talk to him.”

Rosalie:“What for?”

Oscar:“Because in the future we will need his help.” she replied.

Rosalie:“So, you know who it is? The Black Knight…”

Oscar:“Yes, but we haven´t got any proof. I doubt he´ll talk to us just like that…” she smiled.

Rosalie:“I guess so…”

André:“We need to catch him in the act. We´ll use a fake Knight to lure him into a trap…”

Rosalie:“A fake?” she was surprised.

André:“Me.” he smiled.

Rosalie:“All right, I´ll help you…Tell me everything.”

Oscar and André told her their plan and they discussed about the details…

Rosalie:“Everything is clear now, I´ll be there…” she promised.

Oscar:“Thank you.” she smiled…“It´s getting late and we should be going.”

Then Oscar and André stood up and started to leave…

Rosalie:“Do you have to leave so soon?”

Oscar:“I´m afraid so. There´s a small church, where people are gathering to listen about the New Age that will come soon. We are going there.”

Rosalie:“Can I come along?”

André:“Of course.” he smiled.

So Rosalie joined Oscar and André… And soon they arrived to the church…

As they stepped inside the church, Rosalie was surprised by how many people had come to listen. The people were mostly commoners…

They seated…A man in front of the people were talking…

Man:“Right now, 97 % of the French people are called “le Tiers-Ètat”. Farmers, merchants…” he continued…“Those 97 % suffer from heavy taxes and can´t afford bread everyday…”

The night darkened as the people listened carefully to the speech…

Later Oscar and André were in their room at de Jarjayes manor…

André was dressing up as Black Knight…He had to cut his hair to look the part…

André:“How do I look, Oscar? Compared to the one you´ve seen?”

Oscar:“It´d fool me at night.”

André laughed and then bowed in front of her. “At your service, Madame.”

Oscar:“André, just be careful…”

So, that night forward, they started to break into noble´s homes and steal jewels…Everything was going fine. André was more than fine in his new “job”…But that day, that he might lose his eye, was coming near…

That night…they were in their room talking…Oscar was having tea by the window…

André:“Say, Oscar. Do you think I´m a talented burglar?” he joked.

Oscar:“I know you´re much better than the original!” she laughed.

André:“That´s because I´ve got you.” then he kissed her softly.

Oscar:“André, tonight it´s going to happen…”

André:“Don´t worry, I´ll be careful.”

Oscar:“It´s almost dusk. Let´s get ready.”

At the same time Oscar saw a bird coming towards her, but then suddenly changed its direction and flew away. “Thank God!” she was relieved… was it a good sign? Maybe this time André wasn´t going to lose his eye…

That night André broke into another mansion…He climbed up to the roof and got in, took the jewels and started to descent again…He didn´t notice that someone was watching him; it was the real Black Knight, who was furious and went after André…

The Black Knight saw his fake running to the woods and went after him …He rushed ahead of his enemy in order to stop his way out…Then he jumped right in front of the fake in order to surprise him, but instead he was surprised himself…

Black Knight:“?!” he was startled…How could it be…Just a moment ago he had seen a man, who looked a bit like him and he had been following him to the woods…But now, a young woman stood in front of him, a woman dressed in his outfit…The woman he had met before…

Rosalie:“Black Knight! Surrender yourself! There is no way out!” She pointed a pistol at him…

Black Knight:“…”

Soon, he heard noises coming from behind…He turned to look and saw another woman on horseback…A woman in a military uniform?...This woman he knew by her name; It was Oscar François Grandier, the newly appointed commander of the French Guards, Company B…

Oscar:“Give it up. Don´t move!” She too had a pistol…

Then, suddenly…someone fired a pistol…Bang!

The Black Knight fell onto the ground…wounded in his right shoulder…

André came behind a tree towards Oscar:“What an Earth you did that for?!”

Oscar:“I wanted to make sure he wasn´t going to use his sword! André! I had to make a choice; it was either his arm or your eye! I decided that it was his arm!”

Then Oscar got off her horse and walked towards the Black Knight…

Rosalie took the sword away from the Black Knight. Then she took the mask off his face…It was no other than Bernard Châtelet…

Oscar:“Let´s get him to your home, Rosalie. The doctor is there waiting and will tend his wound.”

The doctor was already waiting for them, when they arrived at their manor…They carried Bernard into an empty guestroom…

The doctor then took care of Bernard…While Oscar and André were arguing in their room…

André:“There could have been another way!”

Oscar:“No, André! I had to be certain that he wasn´t going smash your eye! I aimed at his shoulder and his wound is not bad!”

André:“Oscar…I would have gladly given my eye for you.” he tried to calm her down and took her into his embrace.

Oscar started to cry:“An eye?! Eventually you would have lost both of your eyes! You were going to be blind!”

André:“What?! You didn´t say anything like that…just that I was going to lose my left eye…“he was surprised…

Oscar hugged him:“I´m sorry…How could I have said something so horrible to you…You…” she couldn´t speak anymore, she just cried on his shoulders.

André smiled:“Then, Oscar…Thank you for saving me. I´m sure you did the right thing.” A tear fell down his cheek. Then he kissed her forehead. He embraced her:“I´m sorry that I doubted you, my Oscar.”

To be continued…

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