The Second Chance

Chapter 25: A domestic crisis at de Jarjayes´manor

Everyone in the room pointed their guns at Oscar…

De Bouille:“I will give my order directly to your men. “he stepped towards Oscar…“Don´t let her step out of this room until I give further instructions.”

La Baume:“Yes, Your Excellency!” he replied. He was a perfect watchdog…

When de Bouille stepped into the corridor, there was nobody there. He thought it was strange, somehow…he didn´t quite know why…As if he had expected there to be a man…Then he continued to walk…

Oscar had to see, how her men would react to de Bouille, so she walked to the window.

La Baume:“Don´t move!” he yelled pointing his gun at her…“Stay away from the window. Face this way!”

Oscar:“I will not resist. I just want to see what´s out the window, Colonel la Baume.” she told him while facing the window.

La Baume:“All right. Raise your hands then.”

Oscar:“Okay.”

Oscar raised her hands, so that the men could see those. That wasn´t enough to sure the men of her harmlessness; they took her sword away, too.

She was watching, while General de Bouille gave orders to her men outside…

De Bouille:“…Company B will fully equip itself and charge into the Ètats-Généraux, then remove all those who occupy the assembly hall illegally.”

Alain:“What?!” he was shocked…

De Bouille:“Go back to the barracks, equip yourselves and reassemble here in ten minutes! Why are you just standing? Go now, run!”

De Bouille yelled and the men obeyed, but then Alain stopped them…

Alain:“Guys, wait! We promised our Commander Oscar that we would wait here for her! Don´t move from here until she comes back!”

They stood still listening what Alain had to say…

De Bouille:“What are you all doing?! Are you disobeying an order from the highest commander in the Army?!”

Alain:“I don´t care if you´re the highest commander.” …he turned towards other men of his company…” Don´t listen to what this jerk says! We´ll only take orders from our Commander!”

That made de Bouille angry…He got angrier, when he noticed eleven other men joining Alain…

Alain:“As you see, Your Excellency, Alain de Soisson and eleven others are officially defying your order.”

Oscar watched while those twelve men were arrested on the spot and taken away. Soon de Bouille came back…

Oscar turned around to look at the General de Bouille…

De Bouille:“Your men are just as stubborn as you are. You´ve trained them far too well!”

Oscar:“Where are you taking my men?”

De Bouille:“To the prison at Abbey. I will demand all twelve be shot to death in a military court.”

Oscar already knew the answer, so she wasn´t surprised…She was rather angry, because the punishments were far too often too harsh for the crime…Execution, because they didn´t obey his ridiculous order?!

De Bouille continued:“As for you, your commission will be forfeited and you will be detained in an army cell until His Majesty metes out a punishment.“…He turned towards his men and said:“Take her away!”

Oscar:“General de Bouille! Punishing me will suffice, but it´s a big mistake to execute those twelve men!” she yelled.

De Bouille:“No, they will serve as a warning to the others. Any further breach of military discipline brews a crisis for the entire French military.”

He was just about to leave, when Oscar said:“One more thing! Charging into the assembly hall with armed force will leave an unforgivable blemish on France´s History!” she yelled angrily.

De Bouille was annoyed:“I think what´s worse is the sit-in by the National Assembly faction. No need to worry, the Royal Guards will remove the rebels.”

After saying that, he left the room and when he walked down the corridor…André appeared from the shadows and watched quietly as the general walked away.

Meanwhile Oscar grabbed a man´s gun…“What are you doing?!”

Oscar:“Sorry, but you´ll have to let me go.” Then she threw the man aside and disarmed another. She started to run towards the door, but the men tackled her onto the floor.

Oscar:“André!” she yelled.

André rushed in …“Oscar!” he yelled. He saw the men taking her towards the window.

Oscar:“André!”

André:“Oscar!” he shouted and took a rifle from the floor. He charged towards the men and threw the rifle at them, so that Oscar got away. Then they ran out of the room and headed towards the assembly hall…

On June 23rd, 1789, delegates supporting the National Assembly remained in the assembly hall of the États-Généraux, ignoring the order from the French king to dissolve…

The Royal Guards had arrived at the assembly hall and were now facing the delegates, who were standing outside…

Gerodère:“I´m the Royal Guards Regiment Commander, Colonel Gerodère! To the delegates of the National assembly in the assembly hall: If you continue to occupy the hall, you will be considered traitors who have disobeyed the king´s order. The Royal Guards Regiment will have no resort to the use of force.“…he took his sword from the sheath…“Prepare to charge!” he ordered his men, who took the positions and were ready to fire…

The nobles tried to reason with him, but it was in vain. His men were about to open fire, when Oscar and André stopped them…They rode between those two parties…

Oscar:“Retreat! Retreat, retreat!” she shouted.

They stopped their horses between the delegates and the Royal Guards.

Oscar:“Gerodère, do you have the courage to take my sword? Everyone in the Royal Guards, do you have the courage to put a bullet through my heart?!” she yelled looking at men in the Royal Guards.

No one dared to move or say anything…

Then she spread her arms and shouted:“Fire! If you point your guns at unarmed delegates of the Tiers-État, you´ll have to step over my corpse first!”

There was a moment of silence…Then Gerodère put his sword away…

Gerodère:“Madame, please sheathe your sword. How can we fire at you, our former Commander? How can we become such cowards who would point guns at unarmed people in front of you? We´ll wait until the day they take up arms…”

Then the Royal Guards rode away…Everyone seemed to be relieved.

Oscar and André had won this battle, but soon much worse would come in their way…

When Oscar and André returned to their home, they went straight to see their son. But when they opened the door and walked towards his bed, it was empty…He wasn’t there. They searched the whole room, but he was nowhere to be found…

For some reason they knew that something was not quite right…Oscar remembered that in her nightmare, her Father had freaked out after the incident and now she was afraid that he might take it on François…André knew what Oscar was thinking…He was worried too…They panicked…

Oscar was shocked:“Where is he?! Where´s our son?!”

André:“Oscar, don´t worry! We´ll find him. I´ll search the mansion.”

Oscar:“I´ll ask grandma, if she knows anything.”

Oscar ran straight to grandma´s room…the door was ajar, and she saw grandma crying…

Oscar:“Grandma! What´s wrong?!Where´s François?!”

Grandma:“Your father took him. He was angry with you and he called you a traitor!” she cried…“He said that “Damn Oscar! I have François now!“….He said he´ll take your son and raise him to be a general…”

Oscar was shocked:“What?!”

General de Jarjayes had heard of his daughters actions and he had been scolded about that…someone had suggested that the whole de Jarjayes family should be throwing out of France….Someone else had said that it would be natural to disqualify the de Jarjayes from nobility…

The general was very disappointed with his daughter…He had even thought killing her with his own hands, but then a thought came into his mind: What if he still could raise a boy as his successor? A boy would never disappoint him…But where could he find a boy to qualify the job? Then he thought of François…His grandson…He would throw his daughter and her husband out of the manor and raise the boy the way he wanted…

To be continued…

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