The Second Chance

Epilog: The New Age

Then, there was a large bang, when the cannons hit the soldiers at the Bastille and that part of the fortress fell down… the rain of bullets stopped at once…

When Oscar laid on the ground under André…she was half-conscious…half…somewhere else…At that very moment she remembered everything…What had happened to her just after she had died in her nightmare…she had seen white, pure white everywhere…Then she had seen an elderly man…Or was it a man? She did not know for sure…

She only remembered that He had been talking with her…He had told her that she had lived her life as good as she could, much better than most of the people, so he wanted to give her a second chance…A chance to be happy…

Oscar had replied to that…“I don´t regret much…except…there is something I wish I had done differently…There was a man that loved me unquestionably for so long, he protected me, helped me in every way he could…He was even willing to give his life for me!…He was there for me all the time! And I even didn´t noticed his love for me!” she had started to cry…“When I finally realized that I loved him too, it was already too late…We had only one night…only one night together…”

“So, you wish to be with him?” He asked her.

Oscar:“Yes, please…I love him so much…I want to live my life with him, share everything with him…Grow old with him…” she felt desperate…

He noticed, how sad she was…she was genuinely sorry…she had lived rather unhappy life…worrying about everything and everyone…even to that point, that she hadn´t realized the man, who could make her happy, was always there…right next to her…

He wanted to do something about that…So, He decided to help her a little bit…

“All right, I will send you back…Years before you died…So that you will have enough time to change things, to save him and make things right…I have only one condition…“He said.

Oscar:“What´s that?” she was curious.

“That you will be there, when the Bastille falls, be with there with the people. Give them hope, be their heroine. Be a model for them…” He replied.

Oscar:“I will.”

“Then, I will send you back. You won´t have any recollection of this conversation, but you will remember your past life as a dreamlike story.” He said…“But remember; I will not tell you how you can change your fate or what you should do. It´s all up to you now. You will not have these feelings towards him, when you wake up, so you have to fall in love with him first and then try to save him.”

Oscar:“Thank you so much!” she was so happy…” I remember your advice.”

“And one thing more; be careful, because you can fail too.” He said.

Then Oscar came to…André was still laying on top of her…“André!” she shouted…

André:“Oscar…” he whispered.

Both Oscar and André laid injured on the ground…It was difficult for them to move, so couple of her men carried both of them to a safe place …Bernard was showing the way…

Bernard:“Over here!” he pointed to the men.

They were put on the ground…and a couple of doctors came to examine them…

They looked into each other´s eyes and smiled…André reached her hand and hold it in his…

Oscar:“André…”

André:“Oscar…” he smiled to her.

They heard their men firing at the Bastille and soon it fell…the people began to charge towards it…

Doctor:“You both have been very lucky! Those bullets didn´t hit the vital organs.” he smiled to them…“Let´s carry them to my place, where I can operate them! Hurry!” he told the men…

14th, July, 1789… The Bastille fell after four hours of battle…The people had won their first battle…

Some eyewitness testified about a brave and beautiful woman Commander encouraging her men to charge into the Bastille…even then, when she was carried away injured…“She was like Jeanne D´Arc…”

That woman was no other than Diane…Alain´s sister…she had come to witness the fall of the Bastille prison…

Later…

Oscar told André about the conversation she had…The bargain she had made…It all made sense…Everything began to fall into their places…

Arras in 1794…

André was watching, while François was riding a horse…he had become quite a rider...Of course, he was still very young, but he was learning fast…André was very proud of their son.

All of a sudden, he heard noises coming towards them…and he turned to look…

Then André noticed a carriage arriving to their garden…the carriage door opened and Rosalie and Bernard stepped out…

André was happy to see them, all those years ago…

André:“Bernard! Rosalie!” he shouted and ran to them.

Bernard:“André! It´s so good to see you!” they shook hands.

Rosalie:“You´re looking fine! How´s lady Oscar?”

André:“It´s good to see you, too!” he invited them to see François, who got off his horse…

André:“You look great, both of you!”

Rosalie:“Thank you.” she smiled…

André:“François…I guess you don´t remember Rosalie and Bernard. You were so young at the time.”

François:“How do you do. Welcome to Grandier´s!” he shook hands with their guests.

Rosalie:“What a well-mannered young man!“she said.

André:“We´ve done our best.” he smiled and then he turned towards his son…“François! Go and tell your mother, that we have visitors!”

François:“Yes, daddy!”

The boy ran inside the house

Rosalie:“You still havent´said a word about lady Oscar.”

André smiled:“Rosalie, she´s not a lady anymore…I mean, she´s my lady, but she´s not a member of the nobility.”

Bernard:“I can see why. It is rather dangerous these days.”

André:“We are very happy here with our son François. Well, you know Oscar, she really haven´t changed that much!” he smiled.

And soon Bernard´s and Rosalie´s waiting was rewarded…François came back with Oscar…

Bernard´s and Rosalie´s eyes widened as they looked at Oscar…She had changed…well, not that much; she was still wearing pants, but…her stomach had gone much bigger…She was expecting their second child…She looked very happy.

Oscar:“Rosalie! Bernard! It´s so good to see you!” she yelled.

Rosalie:“You´re…”

André looked at his wife…“beautiful!”

Oscar laughed…“And very much pregnant!”

Oscar was happy to see both Bernard and Rosalie…The four of them talked while François was playing…They talked about the Revolution and what happened to them afterwards…

Oscar had quit the military soon after the fall of Bastille, and The French Guards were formally disbanded on 31th August 1789…Oscar and André had permanently moved to Arras with their family and were living a happy life…

Alain had quit the military, too and was now cultivating his own land and taking care of his mother…

Diane had married a baker and they were living in a small town…

Everything had changed… Everything was in transition…Nothing was certain, well; one thing was certain; the Ancien Régime had come to an end…people were tired of hunger and of being considered as the third Estates… After the fall of Bastille, the Declaration of Human Rights was made…Both the King and the Queen were sent to the guillotine in 1793…Oscar and André had visited Marie Antoinette just few days before her death…

The new age had begun…

Bernard:“But what about you two?” he asked Oscar and André…he wanted Oscar and André to tell him about themselves…

Bernard:“I am writing a book about the Revolution and I want to mention you both…”

Rosalie:“Your incredible love story is worth mentioning…It inspires a lot of people…The story of an everlasting love between two people, who were born in different positions, but the two people who would stay together no matter what…Even the storms of Revolution weren´t able to separate you…You two give people hope of the better tomorrow”

André took Oscar into his embrace and they looked into each other´s eyes…

André:“Nothing can separate us.” he said and smiled to Oscar…

Oscar:“Nothing.”

Then they kissed each other passionately…They were meant for each other…They were destined to be together.

The End.

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