The Second Chance

Chapter 31: The fall of the Bastille prison

Bastille prison…It was another symbol of the Monarchy´s infamy. In the long history of the monarchy, it sealed the mouths of those, who sought freedom and confined their bodies. It was the prison for political and ideological offenders.

When the dawn closed near, the rain had already stopped. July 14th, the monumental day in the history of the French Revolution was about to begin.

At the barricade…

Oscar and André were getting ready for the battle…

André:“…I really don´t like the idea, Oscar.”

Oscar:“André, it´s the only way.” she kissed him passionately…“I love you, with all my heart.”

André:“I love you too, Oscar.”

Oscar:“André…” she looked at him and smiled.

Then they took each other´s hands and started to make preparations…

The reason why the attack on the Bastille is famous in history…Is not only because it was a large battle between the ruler and the ruled, but rather because it was the first action based on the consensus of the people. It´s true significance was that it was not instigated by the revolutionary vanguards like Robespierre…but an action of spontaneous solidarity by the nameless citizens who craved for the new era.

14th, July 1789…That was the day the Revolution started in its true sense. Some citizens raided the armory of Invalides… acquiring thirty-six thousand guns and twelve cannons. They headed to the Bastille prison.

At the Bastille prison…

At 1 p.m. the battle finally began. At the time, the Bastille had only Marquise de Launay and 114 of his soldiers, but its solid walls and the power of its cannons plunged tens of thousands of citizens to the depths of Hell…

The people started to charge into the Bastille prison…They commanded the soldiers inside the Bastille to open the gates for them. The soldiers responded by firing at the people…and the people, who now had guns, fired back…

While the citizens fought against the soldiers up in the Bastille, Oscar and her men were getting ready to fire the cannons…Oscar walked towards Alain to say her final words before the battle…

Oscar:“Alain, if something happens to me, I want you to take charge and tell the men to continue firing the Bastille.”

Alain:“Yes, Madame.”

Then she jumped at to the front of her men…

Oscar:“Okay! All men to positions! Get ready to fire!” she shouted to her men.

When the men were ready, Oscar turned towards the Bastille prison, took her sword from it’s sheathe and raised it up…

Oscar:“Fire at forty-five degrees! Aim at the upper part of the fortress! Fire!”

They fired the cannons…

Oscar:“Fire!“she yelled again.

They fired their cannons yet again…Their aim was just perfect, and the soldiers inside the Bastille noticed it quickly…they had to do something about it…A soldier reported to his commander de Launay, who had been sitting still until now…

Soldier:“Your Excellency de Launay! The enemy has begun firing cannons!” just as he was going to continue, cannon balls hit the Bastille yet again…They felt that the Bastille prison was shaken by the hit it had taken…

Soldier:“And their aim is fairly precise! At this rate, we will lose!” he continued.

De Launay walked straight away to an embrasure, where one of his soldiers was standing and firing at the citizens…de Launay then looked out of the embrasure and saw a brave army commander with the soldiers…and he saw that they had cannons…firing at the Bastille prison…

Outside the Bastille…

Oscar was still giving orders to her men to fire the cannons…

Oscar:“Get ready!” she yelled.

Inside the Bastille prison the commander in charge was angry…he was looking at Oscar…He knew that they had to get rid of her…At once…

De Launay:“Okay, aim at that commander. Fire all at once!” he told to his soldiers…And the soldier started to get ready…

Outside the Bastille prison André was further away from Oscar…He had a special job to do…Oscar had told him to take care of the few cannons that were supposed to fire at the Bastille at a very specific moment…He was in charge of those men who handled those cannons…

At that exact moment André told the men to get ready to fire the cannons…They were hidden a bit further from those cannons that Oscar´s men were handling so that they could work in peace…Oscar had told André, that the soldiers in the Bastille prison would concentrate their fire at her, because she was the one firing at them…

André raised his hand up and yelled to the men…“Fire in one minute!”

They were getting ready to fire their cannons at the same time, when the soldiers started to aim at Oscar…Although; their cannons would take care of the soldiers inside the Bastille prison, André felt unease…

André: “Oscar, I really don´t like the idea of you being the target! Damn it, Oscar!” he thought and left his position near the cannons…“I don´t want to lose you!”

Soldier:“Hey, André! What are you doing?! You weren´t suppose to leave!”

André:“The Hell I care about the rules, when my Oscar is in danger!” he shouted and ran to save her…Even thought the cannons would kill the soldiers firing at Oscar, but still…He sensed that she was in great danger and he ran to her…He didn´t care if something happened to himself…He was willing to give his life for the woman he loved.

André yelled to his soldier as he ran to Oscar…“Keep on firing!”

At the same time, de Launay gave his orders…

De Launay:“Fire!”

And the soldiers fired their rifles…

André ran to Oscar and took her into his arms and rushed to the ground…bullets were raining at them…he covered Oscar with his own body…

All of a sudden, there was a large bang…The whole ground seemed to tremble…

Could Oscar survive the fall of the Bastille? This time André was there and he wanted to save her…so badly that he would even give his life for her…Had he survived the day before only that he could now save his beloved Oscar? Or could they both have a chance to survive this?

To be continued…

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