The Second Chance

Chapter 27:Necker has been dismissed!

Saint-Just took a dagger and got closer to Oscar…He was about to attack her, when she turned around and saw him…And in the last minute Oscar managed to dodge his attack. She grabbed his hand and they struggled so fiercely, that she fell off the horse.

Saint-Just was trying to stab her with his dagger, but she fought back…Although Oscar was a woman, she did have some strength to fight against a man even without her sword…

They were struggling on the ground, while André was looking for her…

André:“Oscar! Oscar!” he had lost a sight of her and was beginning to worry…He was supposed to help her to catch the terrorist…He searched for her, but couldn’t find her…“Oscar! Where are you?!”

Meanwhile Oscar had descended downwards with Saint-Just. She was now fighting with the terrorist in the sewer…He attacked her again, but she fought back. She managed to split his mask in two, so that it almost fell off from his face…He then hit his face with his hand and ran away.

Oscar:“Halt!” she yelled and threw her sword after him.

Soon after André came running to her…“Oscar! I´m sorry, I wasn´t here to help you…I lost sight of you”…he was upset…“Now, he got away again…”

Oscar:“André, maybe it was better that you weren´t here. He is capable of anything and he might have hurt you.”

André:“He might have hurt you.”

Oscar:“But he didn´t. André, how´s our plan? Is it working?”

André:“We´ve succeeded! Over five-thousand citizens have surrounded the Abbey!” he smiled.

She looked at him and smiled back.

So, the plan to catch the Leader of the Terrorists ´group failed…But, at least, the other plan had worked…

Few days later in Paris…

Outside the Abbey Prison Oscar and André were waiting for their men…as were many other people…waiting for their sons to set free again…Soon, Alain and eleven other men from the French Guards walked out of the prison…

Oscar:“Alain, this is not the power of Bernard, much less mine. It is all the power of the people.”

She shook hands with Alain, who smiled. He was relieved to get out of the prison with his friends.

June 30th, 1789, the citizens of Paris got back their twelve soldiers. The victory won by the people was just a small undulation before the big wave…

The people were celebrating…They were happy over the victory…Little did they know, that from there on, things got even worse…The queen had her own plans…She had released those twelve men only to avoid turning Paris into a place of chaos…Soon she and the king would turn the army against the people…

Later in Versailles…

Oscar had gone to Versailles to meet the queen…She wanted to thank Her Majesty for the mercy for not punishing her…

The queen was sitting on a chair…She was talking about the things that had happened to her recently…

Queen:“Only a handful of nobles visit the Court nowadays. We didn´t have enough money for the funeral of Louis Joseph, so we sold off our silver ware and golden candlesticks…”

They talked a while about their families, but soon the conversation turned towards the events that had occurred recently in Paris…

Queen:“We both suffer in this uncomfortable time. But everything will settle down soon.” the queen told Oscar about her plans of dealing with the “problems”…” The Royal Army is now heading to Paris and Versailles from all over the country. The Light Cavalry Regiment from southern France, the Royale Clavert Regiment from Charenton…Over a hundred thousand soldiers in all. I ordered it as the queen of France…in order to dissolve the National Assembly and prepare for riots of the commoners. The Louis Dynasty is invincible! We won´t be shaken by such things!”

Oscar was down…Thinking how come the queen of France could turn the guns towards her own people…How could the Royal Family ignore the people´s distress? Their hunger? ... She was thinking of the oncoming storm…that would shake everything… She wasn´t afraid to die…But she was afraid to lose the closest persons to her; André and François…she hadn´t been able to stop the Revolution from happening, but she still could have give her everything to the people and to her family…

Queen:“…the French Guards will be put on alert, sooner or later…” she told Oscar.

The queens Army troops arrived soon into Paris…

In July, Royal Army troops arrived; one after another…The situation grew more hostile suddenly in July. Soldiers armed with rifles stood everywhere in town, coercing citizens. And there was another serious problem... Since an army of over 100 000 was gathered in Paris, overpopulation caused severe food shortages around the city. Hatred and hunger wiped away any smiles from the people…They all had hopes for Jacques Necker to solve this problem…He was their last hope…

Jacques Necker, the Minister of Finance, had called to Versailles again to solve the problems France was facing. He tried to convince the King Louis XVI to make reforms…

Necker:“I´ll say it again and again! We can´t go against the tides of the times. Instead of suppressing, please approve the National assembly and compromise for a talk. And we must have a reform in order to resolve this financial crisis!”

Man:“What kind of reform are you planning?!”

Necker:“A reform in monarchy. It´s no longer possible for the king to run France by himself. Our country won´t prosper without a parliamentary government based on the cooperation from the new political force.”

Man:“What do you mean by the “new political force” are mere commoners. Are you saying His Majesty should walk side by side with the commoners?!”

Necker:“Exactly! Does anyone of us, who support His Majesty, have the power to resolve this crisis?!” he was angry.

Of course, he was right…But the king and the queen thought differently…There was no way they would give power to the people…And on 11th of July Necker was dismissed…

The news of Necker´s dismissal spread rapidly…

Maximilian Robespierre made a public speech in Paris…he stood in a balcony, while hundreds of people were gathered around to listen to him...Even Oscar and André were there with their son…

Robespierre:“I´ve only got two arms, but the passion and courage for my country is burning, like a fire strong enough to burn down Versailles Palace! People, let´s work hand in hand! Let´s fight as one!” he shouted.

Oscar:“This is it. Soon it will begin…the Revolution.”

André:“Yeah…Oscar…” he looked at his wife.

Oscar:“André…”

They looked into each other´s eyes…They were determined to fulfill their destiny…

André:“I will always be near you…I will always follow you.”

Oscar shed a tear…“André…” she continued to talk…“I will try once more to convince the queen to withdraw the Army from Paris…”

Although Oscar did try her best to convince the queen to withdraw the Army, but the queen refused…Oscar walked away…“Au revoir” she said…It was the last time they ever talked…They both went into their separate ways…

To be continued…

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