The Second Chance

Chapter 7: The turning point

France had joined the war in America in 1778 and was now helping the Americans with their fight for independence. Expeditions with volunteer soldiers were sent there. Also Hans Axel von Fersen had volunteered to go to America to fight…

Two years had passed since Fersen had gone to America…The queen had had two children since then and had moved away from Versailles to Trianon living an isolated life. She was now refusing to give audiences, and despite of Oscar´s countless advices, she hadn´t changed her mind. All she wanted to do was to play with her children. Now, even the nobles started to get tired of her…And soon, with the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, her reputation would suffer even more…

Oscar had spent more and more time with André and Rosalie. The time they had spent together had seemed very happy. Oscar wasn´t worried about Fersen, because she knew he was going to come back alive. So, instead of worrying, she had allowed herself some happiness…

Oscar, André and Rosalie had lived a while in the Jarjayes` manor in Normandy…They had gone for riding many times on the beach…Oscar had enjoyed it so much, that she insisted on going there again, even her horse Caesar was injured. André had offered her a ride on his horse…“There´s always room for the two of us” he had convinced Oscar. So they had gone for a ride; Rosalie had her own horse, while Oscar and André rode on his horse.

While they three spent time in the de Jarjayes´ seaside manor in Normandy, they had encountered Jeanne, who would soon cause so much trouble…

But now Occar and her friends were back at the de Jarjayes` manor…

Now, Oscar was spending her time with André at their home. England had finally recognized America´s independence and they were talking about that…

André:“England has finally recognized America´s independence. The Expeditionary forces are starting to come back to Paris. I thought I´d let you know just in case.” He started to walk towards the door. “Good night, Oscar.”

Oscar:“André.”

He stopped and listened.

Oscar:“I´ll go to the Trianon and offer my opinion to Her Majesty once more…”

He turned around and looked at her, she seems to be worried.

Oscar:“André. I don’t think I can do anything for France, for our people or the queen…I can´t stop things from happening…”

André:“It´s okay, Oscar. You´ve tried your best. It seems like this is out of your control…” he tried to comfort her.

Oscar:“That´s not enough…André, when the Revolution starts…” she didn´t get to finish her sentence, when he interrupted her.

André:“I´ll be by your side, Oscar. I´ll follow you wherever you go, just as I always have…”

Oscar:“André...” she smiled and then continued:“After I´ve come back from Trianon, take me to any bar you´d like in Paris. ”

André smiled…“Okay!”

Later in Paris…

Oscar and André had gone for drinks in a local bar. They were sitting around a table…They wanted to celebrate America´s independence and the return of expeditionary groups. They both had large pint of beer and they seemed to pour the drink down their throats quite fast…

André:” It´s a good idea to get drunk once in a while…” then he thought about Fersen and he became jealous, because he thought that Oscar was celebrating him and his return…

André turned towards Oscar…He wanted to know…“Oscar, will you see him soon?”

Oscar:“What are you saying? Talking about what? You suddenly…” she didn´t have time to finish her sentence, when a man came to her…

Man:“Yo, Monsieur. You really toss it down?” then he offered her some wine, but she refused.

Man:“Hey, my wine´s not good enough for you?”

André got up and tried to calm things down:“Hey, hey, monsieur. I´ll have it instead.”

Man:“I´m not talking to you!” he shouted at André and then looked at Oscar…“Wow, the more I look at you, the more amazing you look! What a beautiful soldier. Even Zeus would drool. Now, drink, beautiful one.” he said and grabbed her head.

André knew that soon Oscar would burst…he looked at Oscar…“Don´t, Oscar!” he yelled, while Oscar hit the man…

Oscar:“A beautiful soldier?! Hah! If you lay your greasy paws on me again, I´ll re-arrange the features of your face.” she was angry.

Then she noticed Robespierre and they exchanged a few words, which proved to be a mistake, because Robespierre said her name and rank, so that everybody in the bar heard them… and now everybody knew that Oscar was a noble...And they hated nobles…

“He is a noble! What is he doing here?! Let´s drag him out of here and beat him up!” the men in the bar yelled.

Oscar:“Give it a try then. Let´s see if you can!”

André was worried, because there were too many of them against just the two of them…“No! Stop it, Oscar!” he tried to stop her, but it was too late.

Oscar had started a fight, of which consequences would lead to their true fate, hers and his... The fate she had tried to avoid…

Eventually they were thrown out of the bar and laid on the pavement. She was lying there silently…

André:“Oscar! You are dead drunk?!” he asked her, but she didn´t reply. Then he lifted her up. He would have taken a carriage, but then he noticed that his purse was stolen. He then took Oscar into his arms and started to carry her home…

“Poor Oscar…” he looked at her and thought “How painful it must be for you…No matter what you are dressed in, you are without a question a woman. Sometimes, it must be difficult for you to bear this burden alone…” After saying those words André had a sudden, keen desire…he needed to kiss her…“Only this one time…” he thought and pressed his lips against hers. He gave her a warm and passionate kiss.

André thought that Oscar was out cold and wouldn´t know anything, but he was wrong…She felt his passionate, yet gentle kiss on her lips…and when it was over, she smiled mildly while shedding tears…

André:“The stars are beautiful…I will take you home carrying like this until dawn.”

As André walked towards their home, two men were watching him. They had some shady plans…

Man:“Well, well! Look at that! It looks like tailing those two has finally bear some fruit! Let´s go and tell Duke de Guéménée about the High Commander of the Royal Guards and her “servant”! They seem to have rather unusual relationship; kisses and hugs…If they have an illicit love affair; it is the Duke´s duty to bring it out! And once that happens, she and her family are ruined!”

“And he will never get another job, when people find out, that he is sleeping with his master!” the other man laughed. “No one will hire him!”

The two men continued to laugh…They were willing to do anything to ruin the relationship between Oscar François and the queen…Also Oscar´s reputation was at stake…

To be continued…

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