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  1. Davina Wellsley

    New Surroundings, The Tower, Tuesday Early Evening {open}

    It was so sudden and she reacted instinctively her hands going to the one across her mouth as she attempted to struggle but the words chilled her and so lay still. She could not see anything of who he was and his voice held no accent that she could hear. What was happening! Her eyes shifted trying to see where Poppy was sleeping but that was impossible. She had to do something ..... if I stay silent he will then leave just as he came? Or will he do me some harm and Poppy as well? Is this another test or is this an actual 'rescue'? what shall I do ..... what shall I do ..... if i agree and he takes me from here then to where next and it may be worse! yet if I go and things go bad can I not claim that I was taken against my will - for that IS Truth and none could deny it. Not even Buckingham could claim I was a willing partner ..... She gave a nod of her head her eyes on the mask that he wore. She mumbled something but he would have to remove his hand before it would be understood.
  2. Davina Wellsley

    New Surroundings, The Tower, Tuesday Early Evening {open}

    That he was hurt she knew and so tried to help ease that. "Thank you for coming here. Your visit has cheered me. Honestly. Tis so easy to fall into Melancholy here." "No matter your involvement I must again stress that You re not to linger about me if things get worse. You offer is generous and I will keep it in mind." She had no intention of taking him up on his offer to house her. She herself had no clue as to where she was to go but it would not be to anyone of her acquaintance for she would not bring any badness onto them. "I will send you word thru Poppy but as you say that may not always be possible. But I shall discover a way so that nothing can be discerned if discovered." They reached the end of their walk and he made to take his leave. "Ah but the sun will shine for you have been .... how could it not!" She offered him a small smile and a proper curtsey watching as he walked away. Poppy came to her side and took her arm leading her towards a few benches set beside the Chapel adding in a louder voice so that the guard would hear "Sit here M'Lady ... you look quite pale. Did he upset you then ..." She continued to prattle on with nonsense designed to give her Mistress time to gather herself together. How long they would be allowed to remain outside they did not know.
  3. Davina Wellsley

    New Surroundings, The Tower, Tuesday Early Evening {open}

    He did not scold or berate and for that she was grateful. Yet she thinks he is somehow upset still at how she did not naturally turn to him first. "Thank You. I shall be grateful indeed for your help." "Well I did not think that she had been made aware - no one is willing to risk upsetting her at this stage which is of course how it must be." "But I am assured now. And when she does hear of it perhaps Lady Mountjoy will speak of it despite her dislike of me for that Lady knows full well the words and manner to best apply." "She is another that I wish to make my sincerity seen as Truthful. But for now I do not think it will come soon." Davina stopped and turn to look at him and could not help the small laugh that escaped. "I was not intending for us to actually do that. No matter the desire I have for comfort and the longing to be held." He spoke then of how they must always remain a secret and then of how they might continue to contrive to meet. But what they had shared was now in the past - and she did not think that she would ever return to his bed. She was forever changed and her path ahead was going in a far different direction in which she must learn to play new rolés and gather information to be passed on. She was no longer a Maid of Honor but simply a daughter of a dead Viscount who held family connections to the powerful Norfolk. She was meant to be used. She knew that and had freely committed herself. Yet deep inside she was scared and unsure of just what lay ahead and of all that would be asked of her. This place was much as Whitehall - full of eyes and ears always watching and it made her nervous although she was learning to hide that. "I shall do as you suggest then Charles and think of you." "Let us retrace our steps then. And as for where I am to go once freed I have no idea. I suppose Buckingham or some other in his employ shall pass that on. If I am released without any evidence I can not return to my rooms at the Palace for I have already seen my things removed. I wrote to several with excuses that I have been called away and I think twas believable enough so mayhap I shall to Matching? Or Baintree may demand I stay under his eye ...." "Your offer is appreciated but how can I involve you in that? If word is put out that I am in in disgrace tis best for all that know me to stay away." "Besides I do not want to have you muddied for you have Position and Title that must be protected." She walked on silent for a few moments. "I wonder if the Sun will shine today?" Deliberate in her change of topic it would help to ease his departure and her being alone again. She could see Poppy in conversation with her guard and so was assured that nothing of note would be reported on.
  4. Davina Wellsley

    New Surroundings, The Tower, Tuesday Early Evening {open}

    She stopped at his words and one hand went to his arm resting there. She closed her eyes for a few moments then looked up at him with a watery smile. "Of course I am innocent! But tis good to hear those words - I have felt like no matter who listens or how long they have known me I will be found guilty afore I can prove otherwise." "You were indeed one that I wanted to go to firstly but I hesitated simply because I knew that you would have to bring in others' to help - and yes I know that you command many but this is such a delicate thing - I could not risk that." "I had no intent to hurt you Charles. Honestly." Her fingers applied some pressure to his arm. "Please believe that. You are dear unto my heart and I will not risk you being caught up in this." "I t was a very short list and finally I saw that only Buckingham had the Power and Means." She took up their pace again not wanting to draw attention. "I do not want to involve anyone as I have said. I needs must see this through to its end however that may be," "But I know that you will not accept that so I shall take your aid but it must be done in silence. Can you promise that?" "Do not worry I am not like Baintree. We are kin to Norfolk and he heads the Family that tis true and so my Respect goes to that. Plus I am not 'in favor' because I dared to say 'N0' to his Duchess in her attempt to marry me off to her son George. So this added to that ..." She shook her dark head. "I am like as abandoned or soon will be! And Baintree knows the way the wind blows so he is hardly likely to put himself in he Duke's black book." "But I have to think that Buckingham will not prove false in his words to me. I have Faith that His Majesty will see that I am truly innocent and will see me restored." "And as for my defense, well, as I have said I can not bring others' into this. No." She held up a hand to quell a reply. "This is something that only I will be in. I must wait here until I am contacted for however long that may be." "How is The Queen? She is near to her time and I have no way to know what is going on." "You must not stay long". Her gaze traveled ahead and looked to the sides but she could see nothing odd but then again she had never been inside like this before. "I would take you back to my 'cell' if it were possible. Just to be held close and safe in your arms even for a tiny space of time ....." She whispered leaning into his side breathing in the scent of him.
  5. Davina Wellsley

    New Surroundings, The Tower, Tuesday Early Evening {open}

    She nodded her head at his words ... "Yes. Of course that was how. So now I know that it is not made 'Public'. " A small sigh followed then she stopped and turned to face him directly. "I will tell you everything from start to now but you must let me say it straight please do not interrupt." Turning away she continued to walk at that same slow pace every now and then her hands making a gesture as she told him her Story. * "And so now here I am. At Buckingham's command and I must obey for it is imperative that my Name and Reputation be cleared." "I wanted to try to find that blue carriage on my own but I was told by the Duke that that was an impossibility and I would be 'contacted' here by those I suppose he controls as well or, well, I have no idea." "I have had one small thing occur - someone placed a small gold cross and a rosary outside my door and thankfully Poppy saw it and took it to me. I have had her secret it away to bury in one of my chests that now reside with my brother." "Tis obvious that it is a trap - to test me either regarding if I still remain a "True Daughter of The Church' or it was put there in the hopes that I will be caught practicing in secret ......" "My brother came here and was not happy. Calling me foolish and stupid and then carrying on how he will go to Norfolk despite my warning him to not cross Buckingham. I have no idea if he will actually do that but he is soon to wed Norfolk's daughter Catherine so he too is now a pawn to be used how ever the Duke wishes. Baintree does not see that and just imagines his rise to Greatness thru that marriage." "Now I suppose you will carry on the same as Baintree? I know I was foolish to think I could deal with this alone. I know I have given myself over to Buckingham but I went to him, as I have said, simply because HE has power. Yet has made it clear that I am still in danger from whoever is pulling the strings and that I could be killed either way but I can not allow myself to be defeated. I am Loyal. I am innocent of any actual idea to harm. I Must prove that I had no part in the attempt to harm The Queen or her child." "And I have lost my Position as well. Buckingham would not take my badge saying that it was not his place. So I will send it to Lady Mountjoy. Me not going to her first has caused the two of us to fall out. She thinks I see her as unreliable and not able to have done anything." "She thinks that I am guilty .... I tried to make her understand - was it just a few days ago? But I do not think she will ever forgive me even if it is prov'd I am innocent." Her voice hard grown a bit wobbly and he would see that she was close to tears. And if he looked closely at her he would see just how fragile she was looking. "Can you understand?" She expected him to react in the same way as her brother had but her heart holds the hope that he will react as Baintree but then offer comfort and assure her that despite the fact that she would never be able to see an ending and clear her name he would be beside her. * (I'm not gong to retell all of it here as its just too much)
  6. Davina Wellsley

    New Surroundings, The Tower, Tuesday Early Evening {open}

    What she had hoped for had somehow appeared before her and so she did nothing but stare at him for a few moments then dipped a curtsey in greeting then recovered herself to speak in more of a whisper than her normal tones. "Lord Langdon ... Charles .... How did you know I was here? Who told you?" She was aware of her guard and with a 'look' to Poppy who stepped a few paces away as if giving privacy she then moved a bit closer to that person where she would try her best to occupy his thoughts. "Please. Walk with me so that we draw little attention but I think that will not be entirely possible. Much has indeed happened and I do not know how or where to begin. I shall begin by saying that tis my own fault for I was foolish in thinking that I was experienced and could deal with everything." She had set the pace of a slow stroll and walked without touching him her gaze focused ahead and a small smile playing about her mouth. She was indeed practiced well enough at the many 'faces' one had to wear about Court so this impression was designed to make it look like nothing but casual conversation. He would be able to see that at once.
  7. Davina Wellsley

    New Surroundings, The Tower, Tuesday Early Evening {open}

    Dressed in dove grey without much adornment that was far removed from her Court Attire. No headdress or hat just the single long braid that she had adapted over the past few days for convince sake and her flat boots. A guard trailed behind at a distance that afforded her privacy yet was close enough to reach her if needed. She had walked towards the Chapel and thought about going in but then turned away to stare across the courtyard at the White Tower that rose into the air where the mist lingered still and every now and then some sunlight peeked through. She had not ever seen this place save for the Zoo and its captive animals and yet she drew a comparison to those creatures in her own confinement. There was noise here too for the open spaces caught the sounds from The River and there were many that moved about inside the walls which surprised her a bit for she had not seen this as a place of 'residence' yet it was just that as well. Her thoughts were interrupted by her maids sudden intake of breath and she turned eyes widening at the person she saw. "How is this possible ...." She whispered as they drew closer to where she stood.
  8. Davina Wellsley

    New Surroundings, The Tower, Tuesday Early Evening {open}

    Thursday Morning It was the chill that greeted them firstly. No matter how brightly the fire burned its warmth never went far enough to take it away. Luckily she had been allowed to have her things about so her makeshift bed was warm enough and she had made sure that Poppy was as well. Her maid had returned the day before from her visit back to Whitehall attending to things still related to the shutting up her apartment there and sending the last of her things to the townhouse of her brother. The Viscount made no gesture of greeting her and indeed seemed inclined to growl a bit as she took things upstairs. Luckily she was familiar enough with him not to take offense and she had curtsied as she always did and then took herself off. It would be a miracle if they all remained untouched and not send off to the country! Davina, in her woolen dressing gown and furred slippers, stood looking out the windows as the scene there was shrouded in mist that only added to the overall scary effects of this place. She sipped her mulled wine from the night before reheated so she might break her fast and east some of the bread and cheese and thus plan her day. She smiled a bit at the joke for she had no say of how it was to go. She had been told that today she would be allowed to partake of the air outside and it was a Gift indeed and one she would use to the fullest. Poppy had said that there still seemed no word on her being there made Public - not even by rumor amongst any off the servants or others' that had seen her there. Several of the other Maids had cast curious glances at her but none made any move to ask outright. Her absence would have been noted by now by those she was closest to but they all knew to play the Game for association with someone with even the smallest amount of dust about them could well drag others into it. Poppy poked at the fire adding two more of the precious logs that they must pay for mumbling all the while about the injustices of it all ..... "It is no matter really. I have enough in the way of monies so do not skip on things we need. And yes I know that we must also think ahead but for now let us be made comfortable as we can. Tis possible that I might well be moved to another cell for there is no guarantee after all of 'kindness." 'Did my brother say anything or was it all scowling?" "Nothing. But that can be a good thing as well. He has let you have your things there and I am sure that Lady Catherine, his wife to be, does not approve and no doubt once His Grace the Duke of Norfolk learns they will all go up in smoke on her command." Poppy's feelings about the soon to be Viscountess were well know to Davina and she just smiled at the words adding no corrections. "Well that Lady is Norfolks daughter after all and she expects my Brother to run a household that is as Pure as she is. I will win no favor from that quarter. But let us leave off that shall we. Do you think I should sent my letter to Langdon ...." "Yes of course My Lady! Then he will make a mad dash to see you and rescue you from this horrible place." Poppy reply was clearly sarcasm at the nonsense of a question. "Indeed. Indeed. " She gave a small sigh. "I do not like doing nothing but my hands are tied by Buckingham. Patience is a hard thing when I am so wanting to seek out those responsible ..... But I have little choice. Have you seen anything else that looks like it was left by someone?" Poppy shook her head adding that "Just those first things. Maybe twas a test of some kind by those wanting to catch you using them. That would not surprise me at all and so we should take more caution ." "We do nothing suspicious now but I think as you. But I shall be glad to be outside even in that weather. Perhaps the sun will shine after all." She turned back to the windows one finger messing aside the fogged up pane. "Come help me dress so I am ready to go out ..."
  9. Davina Wellsley

    New Surroundings, The Tower, Tuesday Early Evening {open}

    Wednesday Afternoon Continued ..... She had not been 'allowed' to traverse the area outside her room and so all she could do was stare out from the windows or, as she was now, seat herself and take advantage of the sunlight whilst working away at her embroidery. The patten stretched on her frame was an unfinished one from months ago that had been set aside as she had grown bored with the pattern but now there was no excuse to not continue it. Dressed with simplicity in something she'd have worn at home it had none of the frills or elegance of a "Court Gown" nor did it sparks or shine from embellishments. A soft carnation (pink) woolen with its skirts attached and she had left off her stays as there was no real reason for them - there was none to see her anyway and if by some chance someone arrived then she'd simply drape a thin shawl across her shoulders. A small built fire burned in the hearth for even with the sun the room held a chill that never seemed to go away. That she was far lucky then so many trapped here she knew full well. She was growing more used to the sounds that came from all directions and now and then she could hear a cry from out on The River as boatmen called out or someone plied their trade in passing. This time of day traffic would be heavy and Poppy would be delayed in returning. She wondered if anything was being said but then she supposed that were true she'd have had at least one visitor besides her loving brother once he had heard the news. But was she still in his heart after they least meeting? And even if she was would he want to involve himself in coming here. And how was he to explain it if asked ..... She sipped from her goblet glad that Poppy had had the foresight to pack up all the bottles of wine yet unopened and bring them. What passed for wine that they paid enough for was hardly drinkable but she would not waste the good either so was determined to drink sparingly. She knew she would lose weight as well for they no longer had access to Whitehalls kitchens and the every ready foods. But it was still possible to bring in bought foods found amongst the lanes near The Tower and Poppy would soon have it all remembered. She stuck her needle in the linen and rose going to the two sets of windows behind her. She could see towards the Church and the green grass and if she listened hard enough the sounds of animals from the Zoo were heard drifting on the breeze. Her eyes went to the scratches on a few of the glass panes wondering who had made it and what had happened to them. Tracing some with the tip of a finger absently her thoughts drifted off as they always seem to do as she continued to try to come up with a plan but without knowing when she might be contacted by Buckingham's people or some of the others' she could only be half-hearted in design. She worried about her brother and his boasting of going to Norfolk and telling everything thinking that would actually be a Benefit. The Duke would expect a heavy price in return and her brother seemed unwilling to believe that was true. Yet he was now firmly aligned in that Faction as he was soon to wed Catherine and it was expected he would be Loyal and do as commanded. But was she too expected to fall in with that? She had no wish yet she was a woman and that made her useful only to a point and now with all of this she doubted that the Duke would be amused if she balked. Buckingham might well step in just for amusements sake but there too it was only for his own agenda. It was at times like this that she bemoaned being born a woman. Just imagine what she might accomplish if she had been a MAN!
  10. Davina Wellsley

    New Surroundings, The Tower, Tuesday Early Evening {open}

    Wednesday Morning Continued .... She had dozed a bit and then Poppy had risen and so the day had begun. She had sent her maid to see what was on offer to break their fast but she was back in moments causing her Mistress to ask what was wrong. "This." Poppy said and from her skirts unrolled two things and set them on the table. "They were outside the door when I opened it. No one about. They must have been put there by someone but who?" Davina stated at the items then took up the beads her fingers going over the surface. "Amber and clearly of good quality and the cross however small is as well. Whoever has sent them tis clear a message contained therein." "Can this be from those that contacted me before? it is also possible that there are others' that are Catholic here and do this is but an offering of Hope?" "Either way I do no think tis wise to have them in sight and even of more import if we are searched and they are found then that can be an accusation of harboring things banned." Poppy sat in the other chair and gave a sigh. "Either way we have no clue but I agree that to leave them here is too great a risk. I shall take them with me back to Whitehall and see them placed with all the things going to Matching. You have been made to put one a show of Conversion but there are none that suspect that we practice in secret when we can unless you have spoken of it to those close to you?" "No. I had told none about my private devotions not even my brother. Everyone thinks I am like him and Norfolk and my own actions benefit from that thought as well." "Whoever is now playing this we do not know but I will not let it sway me back into fear. I shall be steadfast in my determination to seek out those who have put me here and see them brought to Justice and my Name restored." "Fetch that scrape of brocade I was working on and wrap them up in that securely. They are small enough that you should be able to see them hidden away in one of the chests as you say." She watched as Poppy did as told and was able to slip it into her side pocket oh her skirts where it was undetectable as she moved. "After we have eaten and you had helped me to dress go on your way to Whitehall and finish there." "I have four letters I need you to deliver in Person. You are familiar to them all and I do not think that Lady Mountjoy would refuse to see you for a few moments. The Duchess and Lady Susan are in one letter so go to the Duchess. Lady Toledo to the Embassy and my cousin to her residence." "I made an excuse of needing to leave London of a sudden but it was light enough I think to not cause any suspicions." "Keep your ears open for any news that might have been put out about me ..... Buckingham did not say if it would be leaked by his side or given out to another or perhaps even not at all that I am here - but it could well be from someone here inside this place as well." "This is a Game after all and I am merely a pawn and so must wait to see who the Players are and who will move first." "I am thinking the first move had been done by what was left outside the door. And so now we wait."
  11. The night had gone and was replaced by a new day that was just as the one previous. She had slept fitfully her thoughts running in many directions with no conclusions so that she finally gave up before dawn and went to stir the embers in the small fireplace into life and added wood then drawing a chair as close as she could for warmth. Spring was in the aire but here inside these walls of stone chills lingered and the fact that The River was just beyond did not help to keep any dampness at bay. Poppy would be going back to Whitehall again and with her would be a few letters that must be delivered. Her gaze turned over one shoulder to the screen that hid the two beds knowing that her maid slept still and so she would not wake her as it was still too early. Her small travel writing case sat on the table and she thinks that now was just as good a time as later to put quill to paper ...... The first was to Lady Mountjoy The second to the Duchess and Susan Herbert The third to Lady Toledo The fourth was to her cousin Diana Butler There. Done. She could think of no other. Poppy would hand deliver each while she was out. Yet her mind toyed with an additional one but she doubted that he would be receptive or appreciative of being drawn up into this Drama so she put the stopper back into the bottle and set the quill into its place then closed the case shut. She had no idea as to how the Duke - or whomever was elected - would set the news out about her being locked up here and even if a reason was given it would not be readily believed. But her presence here was Truth enough and then, well, who was to say what would happen. She would like to have a Champion or two on her side nevertheless. George Hardwick or Charles Whitehurst the first to mind but there too she would not hold out much Hope. Everyone had to be careful in these time just in General and the idea of tying ones self into something that could well be Treasonous would stop many from even entertaining the idea of seeing her. The fire now burned brighter and she turned back to its warmth as the she heard the 'caws' from the birds outside and the shouts of those that plied the River starting their day.
  12. Davina Wellsley

    New Surroundings, The Tower, Tuesday Early Evening {open}

    "For now." She answered back. "I do not really know what I may or may not do. I am sure I will be told if I am over-stepping." "How can I not be reminded that I am, after all, a prisoner much as everyone else. And I shall take your offer if allowed to." He turned away both so it seemed physically and emotionally from her yet his parting words gave her some comforts. "God be with you ..." She said quietly unknowing if he even heard. She hoped he would not do all the things he had said he would do but she had no way of stopping him. If he indeed involved Norfolk as well as any others he might well find himself on the wrong side of Buckingham or perhaps even further endanger her own Life. A long sigh and she called out for Poppy and then stood. Tiredness was great but she needed to set some order to this space and then, well, whatever was to happen would. She did need however to set to paper a few things and see them delivered over the next days to come. ___________________________________ A few hours later there was improvement in the surroundings and Poppy had once again managed to acquire several needed things and even arranged for food to be brought in ..... bribes worked the same matter where ..... but she had no appetite and simply drank the goblet of mulled wine that was simmering in the small black pot that was hung by a hook to one side of the open hearth. Changed out of her worn clothing and sponged down as best they could she was at least comfortable in her dressing gown settled close to the fire that added some cheer to the room. It was not as bad as she had imagined and the addition of a sea coal brazer that burned warmth near to the place they would both sleep had taken some of the chill away but the cold seeped in nevertheless never far away. Poppy busied herself in moving the trunk and setting up a workable area and she had hung a chemise over a chair by the fire to warm ready for her Mistress to slip into to sleep. As for herself she was well enough. Yet for all her Bravado she was frightened and unsure on what lay ahead. So far things had gone their way but that was sure to change. Uncharted territory and the men here were dark and brooding and some not like to be swayed by any of her 'tricks' but she would do what ere was needed. Her gaze went to the figure that sat rather slumped in a chair one hand holding a goblet the other fingering a few strands of dark hair which was a habit left from childhood but was a thing done when worried. Tomorrow was another day and what that would bring she had no clue but one thing was sure - it would be but a repeat of this one and that would happen for as long as they were here - and she wondered if they would be allowed out to walk the area by the Church or some other place perhaps. And she also wondered who, if any, would come here. Friend of Foe? To Mock or to Help?
  13. Davina Wellsley

    New Surroundings, The Tower, Tuesday Early Evening {open}

    "I am well aware of where my Guilt lies. I am also well aware that I have no wish to continue to fight with you." She sat back up and her gaze was level with his. "I am your sister and that never changes. I am concerned for you in that your blindness to Norfolk you overlook what else is important. I am innocent of wishing for any harm to Her Majesty or of being involved in any way with those I sought to seek out by my pretense of compliance. His Majesty has, thru Buckingham, given me a means to Salvation if I survive - and I intend to." "And I never called you a Simpleton. Merely unable to see outside the piece of paper before you." "You are head of our House tis true. And I can not go against you. But you can not force me into a marriage. George Howard is and will always be but a creature of his mothers and we share nothing in common and that fact will never change no matter how many years pass. Norfolk's title is as you say yet I have no desire to be re-connected thru a marriage to a bastard son. As for me wanting to be a Duchess ...." She gave a small shrug. "The position open with eligible sons is limited and I am older than most of them save for one or two. You speak as if you can see the Future. Impossible even for you." "I can not stop what endeavors you seek to undertake. How could I. But you must remember that I am forever now changed. I am a tool to be used when needed and for that I must remain in London. Being here is not a Lifetime and it is to be hoped that I am indeed reached out to. Do you imagine that there are not persons planted here to be 'eyes and ears' and that they report back not only to Buckingham but to whatever Master they serve. It's no different than the Palace. Tis but speculation on my part yet I am sure tis true enough." "And where will you look for that 'new Hope' without causing any disruption to plans being laid? Do not I beg you lather up Buckingham. Keep yourself safe." The sounds of voices and footsteps could be heard and soon the door was opened and Poppy entered. "I am returned M'Lady. Nothing was amiss. I have brought some things and will go back ...." She then saw that they were not alone and was quick to bob a curtsey to the Viscount then quietly saw the one chest and several bundles brought in as quick as possible. She took in the atmosphere and with another curtsey retreated to wait back outside the closed door. "I was kindly received and even allowed to bring in some of my things as you see. Tomorrow I shall have a better idea of what is needed." "Look at things this way - being sent to The Tower has been a thing suffered by many that we both know - and most of them came out unscathed. I do not know what story shall be provided but we have to stay with that." She was suddenly very tired and felt drained as her sudden pallor would give evidence to. "I think tis been too much all at once. I do not think I can continue this discussion further. But you know where to find me." Her eyes were dull and tiredness hung about her and would he be truly heartless and not care for her person as his attitude claimed?
  14. Davina Wellsley

    New Surroundings, The Tower, Tuesday Early Evening {open}

    "You should actually THINK. I mean me going directly to the Queen, who by the way is with child in case you missed that announcement, and tell her about a plot to kill her." "And if I had done that and she miscarried the child what then? Do you imagine we would have been 'thanked' then?" "Lady Mountjoy has countless things that she must see to but right now tis only Her Grace that matters. She is young after all and I am sure unprepared for what lies ahead and also worried that she has a daughter and not a son. Lady Mountjoy runs the Household and all of its Ladies. What could she have done? Her Duty is to keep the Queen as calm as possible and if I had gone to her then the Queen's side would have been set ablaze with those looking to discover. Just how quiet do you think that could be kept hmm?" "Norfolk has publicly abandoned his Faith as have you. To the outside you are see as Church of England now. So do not lecture me on that. I have been forced to it as well and do you not think I suffer for it?" "My what ideas you think of. Drink poison is akin to me falling on my sword I suppose if I was a man. And yes I miscalculated badly. I could have indeed done nothing but what IF something had happened and I knew but stayed silent. How much favor would I then receive once it was found out." "Well not wanting me dead is admirable brother. The fact that you can not grasp what now must happen amazes me. You no longer have the right to tell me anything. And as for Norfolk - yes he is indeed cunning. He will immediately begin to plot how best this might serve his own intentions and he will naturally aim high. He could care less for either of us and will sacrifice at the drop of a hat to gain Advantages." "For your own sake please do not Trust Norfolk so. His affection is of the tidal kind - it comes and goes." "As for me marrying George .... there too you fail to see the bigger picture. Let us say that Norfolk does what many think and disinherits his son and then it goes to George and so I will be the next Duchess. Wonderful. Great. But Richard what if he does not? Who knows his true mind. Not I nor you. If I was wed to George and he is passed by then what becomes of me then? I will have to depend on my dear cousin to ensure that my future as well as my children is assured and that husband mine is also taken care of. You would wish to see me thus dependent not to mention so mis-matched in choice off husband?" "Buckingham is for Buckingham. I imagine he cares even less than Norfolk does for my person. The saving grace so it seems is that I am now a useful tool to be used at want by both the Duke and the King. I made the choice of my own will. I AM innocent and must prove it. I must do whatever I need to wash off the dirty water and make myself clean again." She gave a long sigh and sat back resting her head against the chair back closing her eyes. "There is nothing to tell. I am here in the hopes that I will either be contacted or killed. I obviously do not have any Power of my own to further investigate that blue carriage ..... how many blue carriages are there in London ...... I am to be given 'instructions' and be aided by those I have no clue as to their identity. If I am left alive and this business of me here manages to make 'them' not suspicious and inclined to ask me again then I shall endeavor to be a useful as I can." "THAT is how I clear my name. I can only hope that Buckingham holds true to his words. If not, well, then I shall retire from London to Matching or some other place and live a quiet life."
  15. Davina Wellsley

    New Surroundings, The Tower, Tuesday Early Evening {open}

    She had expected him to react as he had but it was still even a bit too much. "You have stated everything that I already know. My foolishness is absolute and yet you are without concern for what happens TO ME once this is passed." "Yet I can hardly fault you can I." "Let me address what you have said ......" She neither raised her voice nor changed her manner. She was all bluntness. "Item - You will say nothing about what was said tonight. To Anyone. You will put into jeopardy plans there are already a foot to capture the mind(s) behind it all. Item - Of course I thought of Lady Mountjoy but you do understand that she attends to the Queen and has no other mind but for that. To lay this onto her would have made it too unbearable. Item - Life Guards - There is Lord Langdon naturally. But just as with you and your people he would have drawn more into the circle and just how quiet could things then be kept? Item - Kingston was simply to gain access to Buckingham. Norfolk? He is, as are you, no longer a Faithful Son of Mother Church so how could he 'help'. Catholic Families are not as forthcoming as you imagine. And your marriage is long arranged and Norfolk will not break it. You are too valuable of a tool to be discarded from whatever his Plans are for you. Item - As for my own marriage ... it is of little consequence." She watched him with new eyes. Determination now held sway and she would see herself thru onto the other side without incident. "You will see no one. I suggest you adopt the attitude you are perfecting here as it is quite convincing. Naturally since we are blood kin you will not allow me to be without small niceties. Leave Court? Why - you have suffered no injury. You will denounce your foolish and stupid sister as being a female so lacking in the ways of how her sex must behave that a stint here should do much to change her ways and cause her to reflect." "My 'arrangement' with Buckingham is just that. Mine alone. I have agreed to do as what ere I must and that will salvage my Reputation. I have to believe that in order to do what I must. Do not think that this is easy for me. I have lost all that I hold dear and only I am to blame for the actions that I took." "But tis possible that what Buckingham told me - that my Life is now in jeopardy will benefit you - after all having a dead sister rumored to have done things is far better than a living one that constantly reminds you of it." She gave a ghost of a smile then. "You should gather yourself so that when you leave EVERYONE will see you as the hurt/injured party. How many will come to your side I wonder once news is out - not only to gloat but to offer sincere sympathy and ask what might be done."
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