The Second Chance

Chapter 22: On the mission in Paris

The assault squad that Oscar was leading, got near to an old chateau and stopped near a forest…

Oscar:“Alain, we´ll search the chateau, come with us.”

Alain:“Yes, Madame.”

Oscar:“The rest of you stay here until I give the signal.” she ordered.

“Yes, Madame.” the men replied.

Oscar, André and Alain rode to the chateau and entered inside it…

André:“Oscar…Are you sure about this?” he was worried about Oscar…

Oscar:“Yes, André. Just go with Alain, I´ll be fine.” she kissed him.

Meanwhile the terrorists were riding towards the village of Agincourt…

Saint-Just:“We´ll attack Ardelos in the village of Agincourt. I´ve told our comrade in the French guards to kill the Commander before the envoy arrives there!” he told the others.

Back in the castle, Oscar had checked the upstairs, while André and Alain had checked the downstairs. Oscar asked, if they had come across anything suspicious…

Oscar:“André, how is it?”

André:“All clear!”

Alain:“I don´t see anything here either!”

Oscar:“Okay, good. Check the cellar then. I´ll go up more and check.”

“Okay!” they replied.

Oscar ascended the stairs to the tower…Then, all of a sudden, she heard footsteps from behind her…Someone was following her, so she turned to look…It was one of the guardsmen…The same one she had that duel with…

Oscar:“What did you come here for? Did you forget my order? Wait in the forest. Go back now!”

Man:“Don´t be so strict, Madame Commander. I´ve come to help you out.” he grinned.

Oscar:“Go back. I can court-martial you for disobeying my order.” she said firmly.

After saying that, she started to ascent again leaving the man behind her… She came to a balcony and walked to view the scenery… Then she heard noises from behind her, and when she turned, she saw that man again…But this time; he was holding a rifle…

Man:“if you die, the French Guards won´t be able to focus on guarding Duke Ardelos!”

Oscar.“You´re a part of the terrorists´group?!”

Man:“Farewell, generous woman Commander!”

Just as the man was going to fire his rifle, someone knocked him out cold from behind…

When he came to, he was tied tightly with a rope…

Man:“Shit!”

Oscar:“Who is your leader?! Answer me!”

Man:“Never!”

Oscar hit him…“One more time; who is your leader!”

Man:“He told me to be sure to kill you! For the sake of the New Era, I don´t care what happens to me.”

Oscar:“If you say his name, you´ll have a chance to stay alive…But if you insist not telling anything…”

Man:“I told you, I´d rather die than tell you anything!” he yelled.

André:“Oscar, what are we going to do?”

Oscar:“I´ll try one more time to get him to talk.”

Just as she was going towards the man tied in a chair, he fought his way out of it…Somehow he had managed to loosen the rope…as if he had huge strengths…He tried to attack Oscar again...

“I´ll kill you!” he yelled as he charged towards Oscar…

He was running fast towards Oscar, when all of a sudden…

Bang! Someone had fired a gun….

The man fell on the floor dead…André had shot him…

André went to Oscar and embraced her…“Are you all right, Oscar?” then he kissed her on her forehead.

Oscar:“Yeah, I´m all right. I wish he could have told us the leader.”

André:“He wouldn´t have. Oscar…” his voice was full of concern about his wife…“Oscar, I don´t like the idea of you being the decoy. You could get hurt.”

Oscar smiled:“I´ll be all right, because I have you by my side.” she buried her face into his chest.

André:“But still…I love you…more than anything…”

Oscar:“André, I love you, too.”

They kissed each other…

She was a bit frightened…She never had expected the man to get out of his ropes…Her plan had failed; she had wanted him alive, so that she could squeeze the truth out of him, so that he would have told them the leader…But no…This was one of the times she couldn´t alter the outcome…

Later that day, Oscar had received a message that the Duke had arrived safely to the village… Oscar and her squad were now guarding the gateways to the village…While Oscar was checking the streets alone; André was keeping an eye on one of the gateways together with Alain …

Alain:“I´m so sleepy! Hey, André, is it true that your wife, our commander, is expecting a child?”

André smiled and nodded. He was radiant…

Alain:“So, you will be leaving us soon…That´s too bad, we have just started to get accustomed to you two!” he joked…

…The men in the Company B had really started to like the couple. Their Commander was a generous and thought of their best. She wasn´t that snobbish aristocrat they had thought she was...But she was rather unique; she had married a commoner and also was acting more like a commoner herself…

Alain:“It´s pretty serious…You two…You really love each other more than anything…” he laughed…“Well; I wish you all the best! With the baby and everything!”

André:“Thanks!” he smiled.

Then, suddenly, there was a large explosion…They turned to look…

Alain:“What the hell?!”

André:“Oscar!”

They ran towards the big flames they saw in the distant…

When they got there, they saw the guardsmen putting off the fire of the carriage…When colonel Dagout saw them, he yelled:“André! Your wife went after the terrorists’ leader!”

André and Alain went to look for her…They walked around and tried to locate Oscar and the terrorist… They walked for a long time, but there were no signs of them…

Alain:“André, don´t worry…I´m sure we´ll find her…”

André:“Yeah…” he was worried…

At that moment André heard noises from the roof of a nearby building and looked up. He saw the terrorist jump from rooftop to the other. Soon Oscar followed him.

André:“Oscar.”

Alain:“Hey, André, that´s…”

They ran to their horses and got on. André took a hold of Oscar´s horse Caesar and off they went. They rode as fast as possible to Oscar…

When they reached Oscar, she was standing in the street watching while the terrorists rode away…

André:“Oscar!” They rode to her.

Oscar turned to look:“André!”

Alain:“Let´s go after them!”

Oscar:“There´s no way we can catch them.”

Alain:“Yeah? Just wait and see!”

Alain rode full speed after them.

Oscar:“Alain!”

She tried to yell, but he was too far away to hear…

André got off the horseback and went to Oscar. He embraced her…

André:“Oscar, what happened?”

Oscar:“The terrorists set fire on the carriage to make destruction and distract us. Meanwhile the leader was attacking the Duke and his family…I got there just in time to stop it, but he ran away. I tried to catch him, but he was too fast. And even if we would have gone riding after them, they would still have gotten away…”

André:“It´s better this way…You didn´t get hurt…My Oscar.”

Oscar:“André…” she was happy in his arms…“This was it. Our job here is now done, for a while, at least.”

André put his hand on her stomach and caressed it gently…Her pregnancy had already started to show.

Oscar:“André, I want to live in the countryside with you. I want to have a house in Arras…Not too big…and grandma…I want her to come along with us.”

André:“Sounds like a plan.” he smiled.

Oscar:“Tomorrow I will announce my resignation…Tomorrow, my love.”

To be continued…

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