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Davina Wellsley

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  1. Davina Wellsley

    A Matter Of Importance Tuesday Afternoon - 1pm

    Davina's chin went up a notch. "So there is no misunderstanding I did not say what you should do Lady Mountjoy. I answered back to the question you put - you asked how I might assist or even draw 'them' out." "And it was thru the Kitchens that someone was planted so it made sense to start there." "I have no wish to anger you as well Madam." Said on a small sigh. "But it seems I have." She made to rise and offer a curtsey this time her head lowered. Things were going badly no matter how she turned. "My brother? No. Time enough for me to be battered about and I have no wish to have it done here." "If you will allow my maid waits for me somewhere. Can she accompany me?" Lady Mountjoy it appeared was thru with her interrogation and made to leave and would return no doubt with the news. Davina slowly sat back in the chair and now alone she allowed her tightly held in emotions to bubble up. One fist to her mouth to stifle her cries the other wrapped up the the fabric of her skirts.
  2. Davina Wellsley

    A Matter Of Importance Tuesday Afternoon - 1pm

    "Naturally His Majesty is the one to make any decision but you Lady Mountjoy would not have come if His Majesty had not allowed it and as for investigation that too falls within your area." "See myself?" For a moment she was confused and then it became clear. "Are you asking if I would continue to 'play along' and also keep to my usual manner and be a pawn for His Majesty?" "I believe I have just said I would. As to drawing them out .... I suppose to place myself back in the Chapel and thus make it clear that I can once again be approached?" "That the plot contrived has already failed is clear all round by now but it may also be that they have no knowledge that I have confessed their plot." "That is believable Lady Mountjoy for if I was discovered then tis certain I would be sent down or worse and that is not a thing that can be kept quiet." "Everyone has spies at Court Madam as you well know so my Fate would be easily told to those that wished for it." She sat herself once again. "I did not mean that I would be placed here but rather how long until some decision is made." "Only a few hours yet it feels a Lifetime." "I have nothing to add. It has all be told twice now and it all remains the same." "I can make it no plainer than I have - I will do what ere I must to redeem myself." Quiet conviction without any other motives. Was it enough to make them all believe it?
  3. Davina Wellsley

    A Matter Of Importance Tuesday Afternoon - 1pm

    If it was possible she went even whiter at the mention of a possible Tower imprisonment but her gaze did not waver from that of the other. "I am glad that you are able to see the Sense despite the obstacles. To lay blame at the Ladies about Her Majesty would cause upheaval and as well as many injured feelings that might be hard to fix. And it would only startle the Queen and now is not a good time." She sat back on her hunches as the question was put. "It has not occur to me that that was a way forward. I could be watched but as to what is further planned .... " A small lift of one shoulder "I can not say." "Are your words to imply that, given a chance, I might be allowed to seek Justice then? " "If such a thing is offered then my answer is YES. I would much like to find the one(s) behind it all and see them brought down." "And clear my Name and Reputation." Her answer came without a moments hesitation and Lady Mountjoy would understand that it was heartfelt. "Honestly I do not think that any trace will be discovered even if you planned it well. Whoever was there has now been drawn back as the plan failed. "The Lord Steward is the man in charge of all the service departments - there must be some 500 staff there give or take and the departments number twenty and more. He as well as his officers occupy good lodging in the service area. But I do not think that he would do the hiring directly. And to involve him will involve those below him and soon it will be impossible to hide anything. Perhaps tis best to abandon this direction for now? But still you might advise The Lord Steward of your displeasure and he needs must see that those he gives tasks to do a better job in the taking up of servants?" "That is a common enough plea from both sides of Whitehall and as you are the Queen's Side representative he will surely take note." "And perhaps that will in some measure tighten up things? But in all honesty if these people wish to gain access it will be found." She had said it all to match what Lady Mountjoy had referred to as Strategically plotting. "Will the Duke return then Madam? How long am I to reside here before being sent .... elsewhere?"
  4. Davina Wellsley

    A Matter Of Importance Tuesday Afternoon - 1pm

    She shook her dark head at the question. "It was made clear by her that 'they' has someone placed already in the kitchens. And again as I have said I made it plain that I had no access to there and so there was nothing that I could do." "Of course I thought to come to you! Yet in my Pride I wanted to find out more and thus once better armed of what the plans was then I would seek out help." "The Household? But they are innocent Madam or at least her Ladies are. You must not think to sacrifice the greater for the loss of myself." "If you are set upon this course then begin with those that attend to her food and drinks - outside her immediate circle I mean." "Yet no outward show must be displayed. If Buckingham is correct then it is very possible that I am still being watched. I am afraid of that." "Yet my desire to have them caught if at all possible is far stronger. If that woman took note of what I said it is entirely possible that some other plan has been thought of for future use." "Her Majesty is Safe this I believe Lady Mountjoy. The babe is soon to be born so there is nothing that 'they' can do now." She left the chair to sink to her knees before the other. "I swear to God above that I have never sought to cause harm. I shall accept whatever punishment is delt out." "My brother is like to kill me so even there I shall accept it. Or shall send me away to a convent to live out the rest of my days in repentance and solitude." "What I have learned Lady Mountjoy is that I have indeed sinned. I am guilty of Vanity and Pride and it sits heavy in my heart."
  5. Davina Wellsley

    A Matter Of Importance Tuesday Afternoon - 1pm

    (ooc: I'm not going to repeat the whole scenario but will just add in) IC "I understand fully Lady Mountjoy." She then did as asked. Adding here and there ....... "As I said I was simply curious in the beginning as to WHO the identity belonged to and why, of all places to meet, there was chosen. Yet I was unsure enough and also sensible as I brought two Baintrees men and my maid already seated. She looked and sounded like a Grandmother - I suppose that was deliberate - and as I listened to her words I did not at first understand the meanings. The discourse of how I was such a good daughter of Mother Church and how I should be affronted by all that is happening to Catholics and how I had held out to remain faithful unlike so many caught me up and it was then that I began to suspect." "She then began to revel her true intent - that of wanting to 'use me' to harm my Mistress and how it was all for the good of The Cause. I was scared and could not think and so her words repeated and I knew that I was in the company of evil." "And this is where my own sense of accomplishments - based on some things that Her Majesty had asked me to discover a season or so ago now - I thought myself able to play 'spy' and thus make efforts to find out more and then the identities of those in charge." "I was vain enough to imagine that I was able and with hindsight can see the folly of that decision. I was and am incapable of such deceptions." She gave a shake of her dark head. "And yet I thought I was convincing." "The plot held holes as I explained - I was not close enough being but a Mind of Honor and not Bedchamber and of late very few were called up as Her Majesty kept only those Matrons about her. And I of a certainty had no access to food or drink!" "It was then made clear that there were already someone in place within the Queen's side but no names were ever said." "She seemed to not like my words and then said that I would continue to be watched." "She then took her leave and as arranged Baintree's two men followed and she was seen entering a blue carriage but was lost amongst the throng of traffic." "And that is exactly what happened." "I heard nothing for several days and then a brown bottle - which I am sure you have seen - was delivered but who put it there is unknown. Yet the fact that they could come into my rooms and then go out undetected gave me a fright. It still does." "I knew that I must report everything but I could not determine WHO I should go to. So I sent Kingston a note hoping that thru him I could get to Buckingham for He alone has enough power and connections as well as his nearness to His Majesty." "And now here I am. My delay in doing it has caused me to fall from Grace assuredly. But Lady Mountjoy I WANT to see them all caught! That was my desire from the start. To try to draw them out and once more was learned I would then report ...." "But there too I was wrong." "What will happen now?" She stopped and let out a breath. There was nothing more to be said. Her delivery was all Sincerity and she could only pray that Lady Mountjoy, from her years of knowing, would believe every word as Truth. For they were.
  6. Davina Wellsley

    A Matter Of Importance Tuesday Afternoon - 1pm

    If she was surprised by the appearance of Lady Mountjoy she hid it well. Her eyes followed that Lady but she quietly gave her thanks to young Tom adding a smile as he took his leave. She was then bid to another set of chairs and so walked the few steps. "Madam." She gave a deep curtsey then sat as instructed. Her head was up and she met the other woman's gaze squarely as she answered. "And for that I am truly sorry. Believe me when I say that my desire to help was indeed that and I have never had nor do I have any intentions of something nefarious." "Will you hear me out? Then if you think me still full of guilt and desirous of causing harm to Her Majesty I am indeed at your mercy - or rather The Kings."
  7. Davina Wellsley

    A Matter Of Importance Tuesday Afternoon - 1pm

    "How young you were - just a babe really and left all alone. Kingston was indeed thoughtful in his allowances." "So you were then raised aboard a ship of one kind or other? I can think how such 'schooling' would only be enhanced by the places seen." "What Adventures!" She gave a small laugh her eyes crinkling at the corners as she imagined what she thought his life had been like at that point. "Yet I think not all was light and fun there must have been hard days too." "More please." She hinted as she sipped the last of her wine wishing for the return of servants with her wants. what does Buckingham do with His Majesty and will I even be allowed to explain ....... and be Believed? She could not help her thoughts.
  8. Davina Wellsley

    A Matter Of Importance Tuesday Afternoon - 1pm

    "Good." She flashed him a smile. "I want to hear as much as you can stomach to tell." "Start from the start so to speak. I do so love a good Tale." "If that is the case then we shall have to take advantage. And this could well be my last 'fine' meal shall we ask for a lot then?" "Meats bread cheese. A salad perhaps. Then sweets. And wine. Naturally." She had directed those words to the waiting servant sending him off with another one of her smiles. "I have a younger brother so I know full well about the appetites of those your age." She grew quite then her mood changed as she took stock of the surroundings and she gave a small sigh as she settled back into her chair. "Do you suppose I shall come out the other side and be unscathed?" "I require no answer back for you can hardly say." "Well. Let us begin shall we. I am all ears." "I do so envy those of your sex Master Sprague .... you have the Freedom to go where you please .... " "Sailing off to far Places and Lands with none to gainsay you."
  9. Davina Wellsley

    A Matter Of Importance Tuesday Afternoon - 1pm

    She was aware that he'd been watching her with some interest which was why she'd engaged him again. "Well ..... might you tell me of your travels so far- places been things seen. It will all be new to me." She resumed her seat in a slightly less than correct posture but not an altogether slouch. "Things afoot and plots abound. And I acted in a way that I thought would be useful but it turns out that I have risked my livelihood here at Court." "So as such have, so I believe, sealed my Fate. His Grace has to His Majesty and once returned here ...." She gave a small shrug of one shoulder and a small smile. "His Grace will then pronounce sentence." "Which is why I should like to hear something amusing. For after today things will be dark indeed." "Are you hungry? Shall we ask for things then? And perhaps more refreshment." She might be over-reacting but she doubted it. She would have to tell her tale to His Majesty and she WAS innocent but her delay in telling would not be in her favor. That she had lost her position was a surety. For none of this could well be spoke about so her being set down would be the only outward sign that she was out of favor and not like to return. Her brother would no doubt beat her no matter her claim to innocence and if she were lucky she'd be Matching Priory bound within the week. Her desire to play 'spy' and gather information and gain the confidences of those involved so that she then might foil the Plan had been a serious miscalculation on her part. Her inexperience was clear despite those few little things that the Queen had asked her to do in season's past. She could well be Tower bound as well. That thought made her go paler than she already was and she had to hold her glass with both hands that trembled.
  10. Davina Wellsley

    A Matter Of Importance Tuesday Afternoon - 1pm

    "So you are much like a 'free-spirit'. "The benefits of learning in such an environment as yours outweighs those in a schoolroom!" "Well then it is good that your education continues and that is a credit to Lord Kingston and to HIs Grace as well." "And you must not be shy about saying what your desires are but it sounds like you favor The Sea more than land." "I think you have already revealed where you want to be." She smiled lost for a moment in thought and the advantages of youth even tho she was not more than four or five years older but a world apart as far as experiences. "Indeed. The benefits of His Grace must be many ......" She looked about the room they were in which clearly showed it. "And I hope that you continue to flourish. Truly." She grew quiet then her mind once again with Buckingham and what was happening if anything. The silence would grow for a while longer as she sipped her wine then set it aside. Then rose and paced about the space seeing but not really noticing as she went round the room. Poor Tom would no doubt be most confused by all of it. With a sigh she turned round to him asking "Are you a good story-teller Mr.Sprague? Or handy at cards perhaps?" "Since you needs must attend me we shall be a study in silence unless we can find some thing to while away until my Fate is decided." "At least I'll have some comforts to remember once I'm taken away."
  11. Davina Wellsley

    A Matter Of Importance Tuesday Afternoon - 1pm

    "Kingston? And he himself so well placed in this Household it makes sense for you as well." Really Kingston continued to be a mystery - just what was his past and how came he to fly so high was a question many would like answered. "And how do you find life at Court? Are you at School still or are you being put up for something? Lord Kingston might wish for you to follow in his path." She knew how to put someone at ease and as her time here was without knowing far better to have someone to converse with.
  12. Davina Wellsley

    A Matter Of Importance Tuesday Afternoon - 1pm

    She had been expecting her maid but now a person not known came into her view, addressed her by name, and then said that the Duke had bid him to her company. "Indeed? Well Mr. Sprague .." She gave him small reverance in return. "I must thank His Grace for his kindness." "Have we met afore now? Something strikes at my memory but I can not say." She looked over the young Gentleman. "And how are you placed in the Duke's house - you are no servant for your words prove that - and your manners as well." She had resumed her seat and sipped her wine then set it aside on a small side table. "A relation perhaps to His Grace?" "Or are you sworn to secrecy and will only commit to memory what I say?" She smiled across to him in a show of teasing yet there was truth behind her words. She would expect no less from Buckingham. Her thoughts were on that Gentleman and she wondered if he had to the King and how that would play out. That she was risking herself she understood. But she could only be faulted in her delaying of it simply because she had hoped, that by seemingly to agree, she might gain knowledge of who was pulling the strings and thereby foiling it entirely. But now she began to see the folly of that idea and when her presence was demanded by the King she could only pray that HE would see it clear and that his anger would be dissipated.
  13. Davina Wellsley

    A Matter Of Importance Tuesday Afternoon - 1pm

    The Duke's exit was followed by a servant who asked about any wants ..... suddenly parched she asked for wine uncaring of its color but sure to be of a Quality. Where oh where was her maid?! Reaction set it as her hands began to shake and her heart seemed to skip a beat or two as she took to her chair again. Gnawing on her bottom lip her thoughts ran riot. Had she indeed been followed here? But that in of itself was nothing for she could well be on some errand for her Mistress of even Lady Mountjoy who sought out the Duke. But she had not done what she thinks was the intention regarding that small bottle so whoever was placed as spy within the Queen's side would know it and, she supposed, would then try to succeed where she had failed. A hand went to her stomach as the very thought caused her to feel sick with worry - what IF they managed to really get close enough to harm the Queen and her child ..... Getting to her feet she began to pace back and forth lost in her thoughts
  14. Davina Wellsley

    A Matter Of Importance Tuesday Afternoon - 1pm

    She brushed away the wetness on her cheek embarassed that he had been privy to it. His words about the Queen were even more welcom'd. She let out a sigh and straightened herself a bit in her chair as he gave further instructions. "If you will allow it may my maid come to accompany me Your Grace? I do not wish to inconvience your household further." She frowned a bit at his declaration regarding his return but did not question it. No doubt he would to the King and after that she had no clue. She would stand and curtsey to him when he took his leave then sit. His words regarding her safety made the fear return. This was a dangerous game being played yet she had known that in the Chapel but made the choice to join. Whatever was planned next she would follow exactly doing whatever was asked of her
  15. Davina Wellsley

    A Matter Of Importance Tuesday Afternoon - 1pm

    He took the vial in a kerchief of his own and then asked when it had been delivered. "The 10th. Sunday. I can not say the time for it was not noticed until I was hunting about for something and I saw it. No note. Nothing." "I took it to be some secret gift and so was unprepared for what lay inside." She listened as he gave her instructions her blue eyes a bid wide as she nodded her understanding. "I am indeed grateful Your Grace for your care." She whispered. "I made the right decision to come to You." She attempted a watery smile in bravado but the single tear that edged its way down one cheek gave evidence to the contrary.
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