The Second Chance

Chapter 28: Destined to be together

At de Jarjayes´ manor…

The morning of July 12th, 1789…

“The Finance Minister Mr. Jacques Necker was dismissed the day prior. A false rumor of a massacre of patriots spread and people began to arm themselves. There´s no distinction between day and night in Paris. People carry sticks, swing knives, and run around the back alleys. The 100 000 soldiers gathered in Paris build bonfires and yell at the citizens. Such restraint…Oscar had returned home to us and is now standing by. Colonel Dagout promised to send a messenger, if something happens…But we already know that tomorrow we will be departing…We will go to the Bastille…”

André was lying on his bed and writing in his diary, when Oscar interrupted him…

Oscar:“André!”

André:“What is it, Oscar?” he turned towards Oscar.

Oscar:“We should start packing.”

André:“Already? Very well then.”

He got up from bed and went downstairs. They were packing for the trip to the countryside. Oscar and André had decided to give François to his grandparents, who would take him to safety. It was only temporary, because both Oscar and André were going to come back…“We can´t die now, François is still very young and we´re going to look after him” Oscar had said…

In Paris…In the afternoon, growing groups finally began to move. The waves of people echoed thunderously for freedom. Waves can even change the shape of boulders on the shore…The crowd broke through areas scantily guarded by the military. Caches of food of traders by the Seine were raided to fill their stomachs. Seeking guns next, they headed toward mansions and caches of Parisian arm dealers.

Back in the de Jarjayes´ mansion Oscar was talking with her father…

Oscar:“Just take care of him!” she asked him.

General:“I will. I will protect him with my life, I promise you that.”

Oscar was about to burst into tears…It was difficult for her to leave François, but she knew it had to be done…They couldn´t take him along where they were going…

At that moment, André came in…

André:“Everything is ready now.” he told them…

It was time for Grandma and Oscar´s parents to leave with François…They were abandoning the mansion…The general had decided to fight against the Royal Family and support his daughter and his son-in-law…Come whatever, but he was willing to risk everything for the sake of his grandson…

General turned towards André…“André.” he said.

André:“Yes, sir.”

General:“I just want to tell you one thing. You are as dear to me as my own son. Don´t die. Promise me, you´ll come back.”

André:“Of course!” he smiled.

General turned towards Oscar “…and that goes for you too, Oscar.”

Oscar had hard time holding her tears…“I promise, that we´ll come back.”

Then they walked to the carriage, where Oscar and André said goodbye to their son…

Oscar held him near and kissed his forehead…Now, she couldn´t stop the tears…It was hard for her as it was hard for André...He too, became sad and shed tears…

When grandma took François away from Oscar, the boy started to cry…He sensed that something weird was going on…He cried as loud as he could, but it didn’t help: he was carried into the carriage…

Oscar still could hear François´s cry from the carriage even it had started to move and was just about to vanish from her sight. André held her tight in his arms and tried to comfort her, although he had hard time himself…They both cried…

Later that day…

The sun had already started to set down; when Alain and couple of other men from the French Guards came into de Jarjayes´manor…They had an urgent message for Oscar and André…

Alain:“Commander! I have a report from Colonel Dagout!”

Oscar and André were standing side by side on the second floor…They were looking at Alain…They knew, why he had come.

Oscar:“Alain, you came…”

Alain:“Reporting! There was an order from headquarters: At 8 O´clock tomorrow morning, French Guards Company B will equip and advance to Tuileries Square. Suppress the armed rioters in cooperation with other regiments.”

Oscar:“Finally, the word has given.”

Alain:“Indeed.”

Oscar looked at André and then turned her gaze down…“Thanks. Go on back to barracks. We´ll soon follow.”

Alain walked away and returned to the Barracks. Oscar and André were also getting ready to leave…

Soon, Oscar and André was on their way to the barracks…They were riding, when they came across a group of citizens going to the Invalides to get guns…

Oscar:“André, quickly. We need to cross the river, right now…before another group finds out about us.”

She steered her horse into the river and André did the same with his horse…They managed to avoid the angry crowd…

So they crossed the river safely and carried on their journey on foot. They had to make a detour, because there were yet another group of citizens gathering in the woods…

They came near a river, where they stopped…It was the same spot where they…had spend their “wedding” night in Oscar´s nightmare…She felt sentimental…As if it had really happened…

Oscar:“André, why don´t we turn back to the mansion, so that you can go after François?”

André:“And leave you? No way! I know that François is in good hands, he´ll be fine. ”

Oscar walked towards André and said in a loving voice:“Please do so, André. I can´t let anything happen to you, I love you so much. I…I couldn´t live without you.” she cried.

André:“I´ll go with you, Oscar. Like I always did, and always will. I´m always with you.” he smiled mildly.

Oscar was so touched that she started to cry; she held him near and cried on his shoulders…

Oscar:“André…” she started…“Your hair is like black grapes, your eyes shining like obsidian…My chest kicks up a fuss at your nostalgic scent… ” she needed to say these words for him…“If love was made so that one´s heart would be filled with these thoughts everyday…I cannot live on my own any longer…”

André:“Oscar…”

They looked deep into each other´s eyes and then started to kiss…

André:“I love you to the ends of Earth…I´ve held your faint breath in my palm countless times, sometimes it burned, sometimes it blinded. In my endless dream you are frozen forever in a sepia-colored fossil…”

Their kisses became more and more passionate…Soon they were lying on the grass caressing each other…

Oscar:“…the lips I know are passionate and pliant. They crept in and pressed my lips softly. The kiss I know…”

There was magic in the air…Just like she remembered…

They took their clothes off…the water in the river shone like crystal beside them…

Fireflies flew around creating a very romantic atmosphere for the lovers…It was a magical night…Everything was so beautiful…Right at that moment everything seemed to be great and perfect…

To be continued…

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