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  1. (OOC - since it's taken me awhile to get this thread up, I'm going to let Victorine timestamp it so that it will fit in her schedule. Just indicate the day and time in your reply post, and I'll edit it in.) Safe in the knowledge that Charlie was being occupied by his uncles in the nearby Volary Gardens, she made her way into the relative sanctuary of the Walled Gardens. Away from the noises of the birds. It was empty when she entered. The large willow was always an enchanted sight. She was unused to being in such small spaces with her son, who now seemed really quite wild. Feral even. Far better suited to the countryside. Though most were none-the-wiser things were quieter than they usually would be. She had been looking forward to the wild parties that secreted the night. If one was to be at court, that was one of the perks. Even if it was quite odd that her father could also show up at any one of such parties. Such was life. Neither were the sort to feel scandalized. Thinking of that, when she passed near to the grotto, she called out, "If anyone is having a rendezvous in there, be aware you are no longer alone!" Her voice then turned to an amused giggle. Clearly, she did not truly think anyone was in there right that moment.
  2. Defiance

    Lady Margaret Sinclair

    Welcome to Age of Intrigue, your Character Sheet has been ACCEPTED! Please make sure you check our timeline and note that your arrival will be on the newest day of IN THE THICK OF IT!
  3. Hmm "Well, then I shall meet the man and see for myself what sort of gentleman has caused you to say so," Ormonde replied to his daughter, not committing to anything yet. He waved a hand in dismissal, not offering to expound upon what the note actually said. It was some time later that he sent Lord Chatham a short reply that he would receive him Wednesday evening.
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    Admiration Alcove

    It is a hilarious exchange! 🤣
  5. Ormonde's eyes narrowed some as he listened to his daughter, not quite expecting what she was saying. "You are fond of him?" he asked. "I wonder, can one be a libertine and not a rogue? Enough of one to be known as one." He lifted up the letter. "Fond enough to consider him a potential marriage?" Not that her feelings on the matter were of that much importance. However, of his daughters, she had some reasoning ability. This curiosity was worth hearing her thoughts. His daughters did need to marry someone. An earl was not something to dismiss lightly.
  6. "Wait here," George instructed, turning around and walking down the impressive foyer and entering a room far from a place he could be seen or overheard. He stopped by a generous window and read the missive. Up went a blond eyebrow. His cheeks pressed with part amusement and part curiosity. You see, Buckingham knew a thing or two about Mistress Wellesley on his own. He also knew that his Kingston did not keep company with her, for he was well aware of everything Francis was up to. Not out of lack of trust, but out of awareness that the cub was his responsibility, in a myriad of ways and not solely because the boy was his nephew. Francis was too much ingénu of the political intrigues and dangers of court especially with what was going on, murders and all. What might be of such great importance - sans frivolity - that you might need Kingston, a gentleman you know very little...the Duke mused. Tom's odd dealings with the lady were something of gossip in the King's close Household and as with most things that could be turned into an amusement, Charles had told George. Is this yet another note sent to a gentleman in haste where you do not keep the appointment, I wonder... Francis had no whispers around court of being the gentleman one saw for anything of great importance! It intrigued him. He had not put it from the realm of possibility that the Queen's younger ladies were playing jokes on the younger and handsomer gentlemen around the King. With a chuckle to himself, Buckingham turned back and left the parlour, walked down the foyer to where the boy was still waiting. "Tell Mistress Wellesley that Lord Kingston has been summoned to attend the King so shan't be at liberty for the foreseeable future. She is welcomed to call upon me tomorrow, after noon." Would the lady be so bold?
  7. (OOC - the sun came up before the dogs arrived...so the sun has now been up for some time. Everyone of importance will be at chapel until after the Queen leaves, including the King. The earliest part of the timeframe still open beyond this thread is Monday evening. Anything else would have to be behind the scenes or we'll never move forward. Here are the updates you would get on returning: The body has been removed. Yeomen of the Guard were blocking off that area because of "a leak in the fountain." Nobody has been able to find out who the dead man is yet. Nobody has reported anyone missing. How would you find out who this is? There aren't even any whispers about a murder or dead person so far. Anything with Sunderland has to be off screen, bc I do not play him so do not include him as a NPC involved in any of my plots. I'm not as good at these chasing the evil-doer threads as Brian You can wrap this last piece up between you! )
  8. Ranelagh did not have a reaction to her standing up, though he was not certain why she did so. They were not in any compromising position given the situation. "Oh yes, I am quite sure His Majesty will be most anxious for details," he replied to Francis, rising finally. "I shall tell him exactly that," Ranelagh said to Nicci, with a bit of a chuckle of appreciation. With a bow encumbered by his accoutrements, Ranelagh took his leave to report to the king.
  9. Feversham breathed a sigh of relief. He had been signing papers as slowly as possible all day, so he was eager to hand the charades and drama over to the other two gentlemen. Better they deal with the ladies than he! "I shall take my leave, then, and return in the morning to relieve you, gentlemen. Truly my hand is cramped from pretending to write. You both came up with a far better subterfuge for the evening hours." He smiled at Lady Mountjoy, who no doubt had wondered at his ability to spend all the hours not spent at chapel since early that morning at the task. "My hope is for a quiet evening, my lady." And with that Feversham took his leave, allowing Mountjoy and Kingston to relay what they had learned from His Majesty.
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    The Chase Leads to Chevreuse (Monday)

    The Duc chuckled at the joke about the spies in his house. Chevreuse did not have any there, and whether Buckingham did or not, the Frenchman had little idea. "Then I would not be asking the question or telling you to put her under more scrutiny, would I? For I would already know." While Buckingham only told him so much, Chevreuse was quite sure Buckingham would say if he knew the truth of Margaretha. It would not make sense to hold secret on it. "I shall look forward to it," he said to Basildon with a gracious nod. "Until then, happy hunting on the Dutch girl."
  11. "His Majesty has asked me to spend time between His Highness' household and here, so now that your lordships are here to replace me, I shall head to my rooms there and replace you both once again in the morning." Feversham smiled as Kingston took the jest in stride. It was a mirror to similar jests that went on in York's household about Sir George, who had a similar delicacy of appearance to Kingston without quite the same feminine sort of prettiness. He supposed if one had such a visage one had to have good humour about it or be constantly unhappy. And as Mountjoy said, it did rather mean that Kingston could blend in like guardian to tend the flock! He neither had time to say more nor to take his leave before Lady Mountjoy arrived. She spoke in that silent voice that was shaming, like a mother scolding a child for misbehaving in a library with expensive books. Feversham was quite thankful that he could leave Lady Mountjoy to Lord Mountjoy in this instance, and he could stay entirely quiet!
  12. Feversham had been there since early that morning before the Queen had left for chapel, so he had seen everything that had happened there for a number of hours. There had not been much activity at all, and it had been rather tedious even if necessary. "Her Majesty retired to rest when she returned from chapel, but she is not unwell." It was difficult to say in a polite sort of way that the Queen was rather large from the child. There was some question if perhaps she was further than expected. "This is quite typical of most afternoons for the last few weeks. The King has made it a habit to visit earlier in the afternoon, so it is generally after that, but it has been a series of long processions to chapel. "Only a few of her closest and most sensible ladies are with her now or attending. I believe Lady Mountjoy shooed some of the others away already which is quite fortuitous, though I am sure she is shortly to be in confidence of the situation." He looked between the pair at the mention of the King's brilliant idea. "Oh? I confess, I had thought that this ruse would become more difficult as the night wore on, though it is likely the Queen may stay in private. Or Lady Mountjoy might be able to convince her of the wisdom of it for the child." It was difficult, in such cases, to be a gentleman, for their advice in matters of birth and pregnancy were rarely taken well or heeded. That was a woman's domain. Feversham was happy for it. "So long as it does not involve Kingston in a dress..." the earl chanced a joke with a small chuckle. It had been a long morning. And His Majesty was somewhat known for various antics, though not generally in such circumstances.
  13. Given that the Queen had retired from chapel early, there was not anyone waiting in the Presence Chamber for an audience or even to be seen. Generally it seemed all of court had taken to having a special care and concern over the wellbeing of their Queen and royal heir. If the Queen had retired for quiet and repose, court seemed agreeable to facilitating it. As was usual, there were a few younger ladies of the Queen's household conversing (perhaps taking note of who might come and go and maintaining quiet) but no one of particular note. As His Majesty had said, the Life Guard and Yeomen of the Guard had their orders. Lord Mountjoy was not scrutinized and neither was Lord Kingston. In the Drawing Room the pair would encounter Lord Feversham, as they had been prepared, who was half-pretending to sign papers. His eyes had snapped up, as did his body, the moment the door clicked. His posture relaxed some as he saw the pair. "Lord Mountjoy, I do not think I have had the pleasure of welcoming you home, yet." He bowed handsomely. "Lord Kingston."
  14. When said boy showed up at the house of the Duke of Buckingham, where Lord Kingston resided, he was allowed inside and told to wait. However, the servants knew that Lord Kingston was not at home and that he would not be for the remainder of the day, perhaps some time longer even. Though the boy Davina had chosen could not know of it, the Duke of Buckingham was expressing more interest in the goings on at his house than usual. While most of court thought his blond cub was the sort of have utterly frequent clandestine missives of an urgent nature from a lady, George knew better. Francis had many lady-friends. Some he even slept with. But the boy had no mistress. He had never had one. Nicolette, Heather, and Lady Toledo were likely the only ladies outside of his family who would seek Francis urgently. One was secretly at his house. The second away from court. The third would have been more dramatic. Thus, the Duke's interest was piqued when his valet informed him that there was a page boy there from a lady with an urgent missive for Lord Kingston. Though the King was a tall and intimidating presence, Buckingham could make himself sinister when he wished to, and his royal master was entirely missing that capability. In his impressive dress and over six feet tall, the Duke came into the marbled foyer. "Lord Kingston is away and will not return any time soon. He has entrusted his affairs to me." He held out a be-ringed hand expectantly. (OOC - Since Davina is trying to give something to Francis which he will not be able to receive in a timely fashion, I will give you the opportunity to choose whether or not the boy would give the note to Buckingham instead as it's established IC that he is home at this time 😉 .)
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    The Chase Leads to Chevreuse (Monday)

    "I suspect there is more than one reason. Those boys are attached to quite a few prominent names beyond the grandfather being in a diplomatic position to the Dutch. Were I Danby, and I wished to ensure a Protestant future rather an one with the Duke of York as king, I should make sure to incapacitate any Catholics close enough to protest; the unrest in Ireland may have much to do with Danby's provocation or invention. Papist hysteria is a very common physic to move the masses in your country, and it can take down powerful and influential people. My suspicion is that there were not illegal Catholic commissions at all, but like we have seen of far greater positions, those who are not wholly Protestant are taking the oaths required." If one wished to get away with a great conspiracy, taking out the country's spymaster was surely one very good methodology. Something very great rested on both Sir John Trevor and the Hill's rich father, and Chevreuse suspected that the Hill's father knew something about Williamson and the Irish affair. Danby had likely felt safe after doing away with Williamson's influence and ability; He had not counted on a misplaced missive to Lord Arlington refusing to cooperate on measures of Toleration any further and Monmouth's inability to be discrete. When the talk came back around to Shaftesbury, the Frenchman said, "He was one of your Republicans in his youth, what might one expect? Your Magna Carta allows for such. That is very inconvenient for royalty, yes." Chevreuse chuckled, "It is almost impressive Shaftesbury stuck to his principles to the loss of his position; such steadfast behaviour at the least makes one somewhat predictable. Le Roi would not have given the papers to Shaftesbury if he had thought it difficult to also protect your King while ridding Danby. Shaftesbury dislikes the Duke of York; that is nearly a moot point these days. King Charles' younger brother shall not have any place in government, ever, if the Queen shows ability to have a healthy child. The entire world knows your King can sire children aplenty and has only required to do so upon a fertile royal wife." Chevreuse had no doubt that Shaftesbury would prefer to ride that tide back into Protestant royal good graces than stay on the outskirts of court life and State power. "You are very gracious. I would enjoy that immensely," the Duc said with a nod. Then in an appropriately conspiring tone, he added, "...If the girl would dine with us, might we discretely have someone search her rooms and belongings? My man or Buckingham's might know better what would be suspicious and of interest, but you would be welcome to have someone of your own be involved." He was sure Basildon would look prior to that, but with his being held at arm's length by the King because of the girl (and perhaps other things Chevreuse was unaware of) it was no certainty that Basildon would find anything of interest. Chevreuse did not much mind what Basildon knew.