The Second Chance

Chapter 6: The tragic loves that binds us

A week had passed since the arrest of Madame de Polignac. Oscar was visiting the queen once more. They were talking, when Fersen showed up and the queen was…happy, as always, when seeing count Fersen. They talked for a while, but then Fersen asked Oscar if she could talk with him. He had something on his mind that he needed to talk with Oscar…He took her to a place, where they could talk privately…He confessed Oscar, that he was in France looking for a wife-to-be.

Oscar:“Marry?” she asked him.

Fersen:“Yes. I´ve come to France this time, because my father sent me to find a wife…” he continued his story, talking about a young aristocratic woman he had in mind…

Oscar listened to Fersen, while he told Oscar about the woman in question. He had never seen her, but knew quite a lot about her.

Oscar:“Are you going to marry her even though you´re not in love with her, Fersen?”

Fersen:“So, then, Oscar. You can only marry if you´re in love? Answer me, Oscar.” He then grabbed her shoulders and shook her.

After a moment of silence, Oscar said:“Yes. I would never marry someone I don´t love. Not only would I be unhappy, but I would make the person I would marry unhappy, too.”

Fersen:“Because of the person would be in love with you…Suffering from unrequited love?”

“Unrequited love…unrequited love…” the words make Oscar think of André and his feelings towards her… How she hated the fact that she was hurting him…

Fersen let go off her, because he was shocked by her answer. “Is that what you feel towards me, Oscar? …unrequited love?” he thought.

Oscar:“Fersen, whatever you decide to do, please don´t tell Her Majesty. She would only get upset.”

Then Oscar tried to convince him to leave France for good, but he didn´t listen…he didn´t listen even the warning about not telling the queen about his intentions of marrying…Oscar´s words were all in vain…

Fersen later told the queen about his intentions of marrying and thus upsetting her…The queen was so upset, that Oscar decide to encounter him…And asked him, why he had hurt lady Antoinette…when Oscar asked him the reason, he confessed that he was in love with Lady Antoinette and that he knew it was wrong…

Few days later Oscar was sitting in her room by the fire. She was drinking red wine and thinking about Fersen. She had failed her mission; she hadn´t been able to change the events about the queen. And that wasn´t the only time. It seemed more and more likely that the Revolution was going to happen after all…

She was troubled thinking about the poor people…But that wasn´t the only concern that night; she was also in emotional pain. She was thinking about Fersen…“If they would be allowed to love, what wonderful lovers they would be.” she paused for a while:“But you…What about you, Oscar?”

Her thoughts were interrupted by a sudden knock on the door. “André, come in.” She said. It was André all right, carrying a tray of hot chocolate.

Oscar was positively surprised:“André! How did you know I wanted chocolate?!”

He put the tray on the table and said:” you´ve been down lately, so I thought bringing you some chocolate would cheer you up a little.”

Oscar:“Thank you, André.”

André smiled and was ready to leave “good night, Oscar” he said heading towards the door.

Oscar:“André.”

He stood still and listened.

Oscar:“Get yourself a glass and drink with me.”

So he stayed. Oscar confessed her concern about the current events and he listened carefully…

Hans Axel von Fersen decided not to wed, but instead did something, which would make the queen even less and less popular amongst the people... Oscar hadn´t been able to stop Madame de Polignac´s schemes and it seemed that she couldn´t stop Fersen and the queens’ passion for each other…All of which made the queen more and more unpopular and finally would lead into a catastrophe…

The queen and Fersen started an affair, and soon the rumors about the queen and her lover began to spread. Everybody knew that their “illicit” love flared up every night at Versailles. After Fersen´s visit, Oscar and André were talking about that…

André:“…Why did he fall into such a painful love? What´s so painful about loving and been loved? There are plenty of loves that cannot be even confessed.” He was thinking about himself…He could never tell Oscar how much he loved her…He had no idea, that she knew already…

That was enough for Oscar. She didn´t want him to continue anymore...The conversation was going into a wrong direction and she was afraid that André would confess his feelings for her…

Oscar:“Take a sword, André. In the back yard. André, I won´t go easy on you today!”

André:“Fine. That´s the way I want it too, Oscar!”

They had a fierce fencing; they both were letting out some steam…“Oscar! Forget about Fersen!...No, I want you forget about Fersen, please.” André thought, but she couldn´t…

As the love affair between the queen and Fersen continued, Oscar tried to persuade Her Majesty to stop it. But instead, she ended up being the queen´s messenger. One night she even delivered a message to Fersen from the queen herself. It was that night, when Fersen started to realize, how deep Oscar´s feelings for him were…

The tragic love affair between the queen and count Fersen would end up miserably, but what about the tragic love between Oscar and André? By this time; the queen, Fersen and Oscar were all suffering because of love. But they weren`t the only ones; André, too, was suffering; He had loved Oscar for a very long time, longer than most people could and he loved Oscar knowing that there was no hope of her returning his feelings…

That night, André was waiting for Oscar to come back home. It was raining heavily, but he waited for her nevertheless. When she rode towards him, he put a cloak on her shoulders. “Oscar, you shouldn´t be out in the rain like this.” He said and smiled…He was always looking after her. Then they rode home together.

André had no idea, what Oscar had seen in her nightmare; he had no idea, that she had finally fell in love with him and that they had spent one night of passion together. Oscar had never told him about that part, she just couldn´t.

Now that Oscar had a chance to change things…What would happen to their “wedding night”? Would she even fall in love with him? At least, for now, she was in love with Fersen…How could she ever fall in love with a man, who she considered as her brother?

But then, something happened…Late one night, when she was going to her room, she heard noises coming from André´s room. It sounded like something or someone had fallen, so she ran to his room and opened the door. She thought André may have hurt himself…

Her eyes widened, when she saw him…half naked in the middle of his room. He was in the middle of changing his clothes. His chair had fallen and that was the cause of the noise she heard. But she wasn´t looking at that, she was looking at André´s bare chest…His chest was…amazing…so manly…

Oscar closed the door fast behind her and ran to her room. She hadn´t said a word to him. All she could think was his bare chest…Suddenly she blushed all over…“That chest…” she thought…“I used to be able to bury my head there…I used to be so calm…”

Oscar:“What is happening to me?!” she wondered.

To be continued…

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