The Second Chance

Chapter 30: 13th of July 1789

In the streets of Paris…

Oscar and her French Guards had encountered the people of Paris. They were on the move, and when they saw Oscar and her men, they got ready to fight…

Oscar raised her hand and said:“Wait! We have no intention to fight you.” she told the crowd.

Man:“Not intending to fight? What do you mean?” he was surprised.

Oscar:“We could have fired at you as you were retreated.” she reasoned with them.

Man:“Well, I guess so…”

Oscar:“Please let us through!” she asked him.

Man:“Hey, let them through!” he yelled to the crowd and they let them through…Rosalie noticed Oscar passing by…“Lady Oscar” she said…

Oscar and André and their men came to the square…They witnessed that horrible sigh: There were dead bodies all over the square…Bodies of the people of France…Of ordinary people…

They continued to the other side of the square, where the German Cavalry Regiment was standing still…As Oscar approached them, they asked Oscar…“You men must be French Guards Company B!”

Lambesse:“I´m Lambesse, Commander of the German Cavalry Regiment! Report your title and rank.” he said to Oscar.

Oscar:“I´m Oscar François…” she said her name and then continued…“but I have no title or rank.” then she raised her right hand to signal the men to raise their guns…Lambesse were shocked…The French Guards were pointing their rifles at them…

Oscar:“Please retreat, Sir Lambesse. Otherwise, we´ll have to open fire on you.” she told him.

Lambesse:“What are you doing?”

Oscar:“As of today, we´ve all quit the French Guards Company B.” she explained.

Lambesse was surprised:“What?!”

Alain:“It´s true. Are you going to retreat or not? Give your answer!” he shouted.

Lambesse panicked and told his men to retreat and so they rode away…The crowd had watched them from a distance all along…

Oscar took her rank badge into her hand…“I won´t be needing this rank badge anymore.” she said and threw that away on to the ground…

André:“Oscar!” he wanted her to know, that the people were coming their way…all the former French Guards turned towards the crowd…

A man asked Oscar…“Are you saying that you´ll fight with us?!”

Oscar:“Exactly.” she answered.

Man:“I can´t trust you. How could I?! Not even a bullet was fired just now.” he was suspicious.

“Hey! Ain´t that the woman, who invited us all to her wedding way back when? She married one of us!” someone from the crowd asked.

“Yeah! That´s right! “someone else said…“She´s one of us! We can trust them!” they said…So both Oscar and André got off from their horses and walked to the crowd, who cheered…Soon, Bernard and Rosalie came to them…

Bernard:“Welcome, Oscar François and André.” …he shook their hands.

Then they all, both the crowd and the former French Guards followed Bernard and shook hands… They all got to know each other…And now they had joined their forces together.

Oscar and André were talking with Bernard and Rosalie, when a man ran to them…

“About five hundred soldiers of the Allemande Regiment are coming!” he said…Oscar ran to her horse and got on again…

Oscar:“Former French Guards, all mount!” she yelled and so they did…And so did André…

Bernard ran to Oscar…“Wait, Oscar. What are you going to do?”

Oscar:“We´ll seize the offensive first and stop their advance. Meanwhile, you build a barricade in this square.” she gave him an advice.

Bernard:“A barricade?”

Oscar:“Yes, with a barricade, you can fight evenly with fewer weapons with the Army, okay?”

Bernard:“I see, Okay.”

Oscar:“Then…” Oscar started to ride…“All advance!” she yelled and so they followed her…

Meanwhile the people started to build a barricade…

Soon, Oscar and André were watching the Regiment passing by a further away from them. Oscar and her men were in higher ground; so that the Regiment hadn´t noticed them…This was it…The moment that meant so much for Oscar…She had to succeed…

For the first time Oscar and her men had just lured the Regiment to follow them in order to save the crowd. But they were being pocketed by the two Regiments…half of her men had died and the worst had happened: André had been killed…This time she couldn´t let that happen…The only way-both to save André, the crowd and even spare few of her men-was to attack the Regiment here and now. Engaged into a battle with them…Even thought Oscar had fewer men; she would have a surprise attack on her side…

Oscar:“Listen! Attack them and engage yourself into a battle! Don´t spare anyone! Even if they outnumber us, we have the surprise on our side!” she told to her men.

So, they attacked the regiment, who indeed was surprised and the battle between life and dead begun…Soon, it started to be clear that Oscar was wining… the remaining men of the Regiment started to run away…

When Oscar noticed that, she immediately decided that was enough for now…“Leave them! Let´s retreat!” she yelled to her men…Now, she was seeking André among her men…

Oscar:“André!” she yelled. She wanted to make sure that he was all right.

André:“Oscar!” he replied and came to her. He was unharmed.

She was so happy to see him…“André…” she wanted to run into his arms, but she knew she couldn´t do that. It wasn´t save…Not before they were back to the barricade.

Oscar:“All right, let´s head back!” she told everyone.

Then they rode back to the square…

Both Oscar and André had survived the fierce battle and were now settling down behind the barricade…Oscar had lost about one third of her men, but the enemy had lost more than half…Oscar had told her men to show the citizens, how to fight and defend…

Meanwhile Oscar and André were together, walking hand in hand. They wanted some time to be together…They didn´t walk far, when they stopped in front of a church. In the same church, where all the men died that die were in…Oscar thanked God André wasn´t there among them…

They sat down on its steps and started to plan their future together…She leaned her head on his shoulder and told all those things she wanted to do with him. Then they talked about their son and wished that they would soon meet him again…They talked about the future, both they both knew that they might not have one…But no one forbid them from dreaming about the better days…

The rest of the day went passed quickly, both the citizens and the former French Guardsmen were practicing fighting for the future…Soon, as the sun set down, everybody was ready to go to sleep…

Oscar and André slept under a cart, because it had started to rain…She rest her head on his chest and fell in sleep…They needed a goodnight sleep, because the next day they would charge into the Bastille… No one knew what the day would be like…Oscar had experienced that before and she wanted to avoid their destiny, but could she do that?

To be continued…

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