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  1. #38 - Residence of the Earl of Gowran The residence is separated from the bustle of the street by a five foot tall brick wall. A carriage arch with ornate wrought-iron gates leads into the modest but elegant front garden. A gravel driveway forks towards a small stable with an attached carriage house. The facade of the two-story townhouse itself is plastered with lime, and the fashionable sash windows have been painted black for contrast. Above the massive walnut wood double door is a balcony with a wrought-iron balustrade, supported by four pillars, creating a small portico. ___________________ Getting in had not been an issue - the wall was hardly a hinderance and the gravel driveway easily traveled. The was no moon which was why he had picked this night to get the statue back. Having watched the place for a few days he’s been able to determine how best to proceed and so he was confident. Yet there must always be a plan if things went wrong. He scaled the wall near to the carriage house landing with a soft ‘thud’ and then waited. No dog bark disturbed the night sounds so he swiftly scurried ahead to the back side of the house where he’d already marked out a window. The day before he'd taken a plump very willing housemaid behind the carriage house and she'd happily answered all his whispered questions as she'd taken her pleasure. He learned about the storage rooms and also where the bedroom he needed to search was located.One hand wrapped up in his jacket the glass was quickly broken and caught and tossed into the shrubbery. Another wait then he disappeared inside. Finding the door was easy carefully openeing it he went out into a hallway where he found a candle and a flint and he smiled at how easy things were going in his favor as it was lit. But he had to scale upwards out in the open and there lied the Risk. Determined he carried on until he reached what had to be the entrance the faint light from the candle creating shadows all around. His eyes took in everything but he hadn’t time to waste on picking up other things. Stairs taken two at a time brought him to a landing where he had to go left or right. He chose right and was soon on the upper floor. A faint sound had him halt and he blew out the candle as he backed up against a closed door. Waiting a few more minutes he turned and cried out so startled was he which made him drop the candleholder! No way to cover the thud as it bounced on the floor and he realized that it was himself that looked back from the mirror that was placed along the wall. “Christ Almighty!” He swore under his breath then froze. Someone was about. The creek of the floors easily heard.
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    EASTER 1678 | Easter Sunday *closing soon*

    Sophia and Ellen Ellen said nothing more but she did not pull away from the others' clasp which said enough. She gave Lady Toledo a curtsey then stood watching as she departed. Unwilling to leave she resumed her seat in the pew head bent as if in Prayer. Perhaps she was.
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    EASTER 1678 | Easter Sunday *closing soon*

    Sophia and Ellen "But it shall be all worth it! I shall say something that will no doubt shock you. So do not say you were not warned." She then looked the other full in the eye saying quietly but with absolute sincerity "I am envious of you. For having a husband and now a child. Things I am not like to achieve." The touch of sadness could not be missed. For Ellen had come upon this idea after the incident with Lord Kingston and her Father that had somehow been turned to make her in the wrong. Had led to her being chastised and a knot now lived in her heart. The relationship between Father and Daughter damaged and unlike to be reparied anytime soon. So she had simply drifted from day to day. Saw to the House as she always had. Delt with all those matters related to. She was Mistress in all but Name yet held no ownership. And now here was the wayward Germam girl with the outlandish thoughts and manners in a place Ellen wished herself to be. "But do not trouble yourself over such a trival thing. I will be as I always am." She smiled then was swift to recover the topic. "As to how pleased you shall be, well, that is yet to be determined. You have touched upon something indeed - I might well establish myself in such a capacity but cater to Court. I do after all have resources at hand thanks to my fathers Trade." "Fashion and Styles depend upon Politics. And even tho England harbors dislike for France I doubt we English women will cease to adapt it to our uses." More of the Congreation moved about eager to exit. "Well. I shall send you away frrst Lady Toledo as I am sure you want to return to your Residence to rest. I shall wait for your contact and then we can arrange further details." She would wait to stand until Sophia had.
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    EASTER 1678 | Easter Sunday *closing soon*

    Sophia and Ellen Ellen nodded at the statement. "Well I am glad that you can see that. It would be unwise of you to carry on with such thoughts." "To think of Christmas now in Spring it is far off. Yet it will be here soon enough and then you shall have your child." "There is always a Christmas Court. Tis the location fo it that changes. But this year may again be at Whitehall with Her Majesty and the baby will be too young to travel far. And it will be Winter as well." "Too great a risk." "I shall look forward to hearing from you then. I wonder if you will like what I suggest?" "Luckily I am aimable and can bend when needed."
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    Away & Here Notices

    Home!! Allowed back in this am and EVERYONES home was still standing so we are indeed Blessed! Fire burned to the street directly behind my house taking out a good section of the avacado grove but that’s all! no damage to my house but inside smoke odor is bad so getting my insurance to open a claim so I can get a professional company to come in and remove it hopefully in next few days. It’s still smoky outside - like when you pour water on your campfire to put it out - so running my ac and fans inside no open doors/windows. Have to wear a mask inside due to smell but I REALLY don’t want to hotel it again 🥵 Thanks again for all the well wishes
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    EASTER 1678 | Easter Sunday *closing soon*

    Sophia and Ellen "That is sosmething that I have tried to do also - adding here and there to what was hers - it somehow fools me into thinking she is still alive. Even for moment." "I am glad to hear that you will take my suggestions." Ellen was taken back that Sophia was comparing herself to The Queen and she remarked back before thinking "You are hardly the same Lady Toledo. And to compare and think that you are simply because you share a Nationality is incorrect." "She is our QUEEN. Above all others. What she wishes to do or not do is her right. You will bring troubles to yourself if you continue with those thoughts." ""I am sorry for being so blunt but you must understand that it is wrong to say aloud what you did. What your private mind is no ones place to ask." "October - so six months. I shall be happy to think on this and shall send you my sketches for you to add in or take out." "Will that be acceptable? Up to your confinement you will be London then at your residence? You can receive there in comfort and still look well!" "After you have the child you will be still not be back into 'Society' for another month so it will be December which means Christmas and the New Year and what lovely fabrics and colors will be at hand."
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    EASTER 1678 | Easter Sunday *closing soon*

    Sophia and Ellen She gave a small smile as she answered back "Tis not that difficult to sketch out and I decided long ago to wear what pleases me and so I wear what suits. My dressmaker has far better skills and the sewing of garments and toghether we manage." "In that Lady Toledo you have the advantage. I could never outshine that. My Father is not miserly and he did not take away what belonged to my Mother and give to another woman which he could have done. I have what was hers and have added here and there." "And I love pearls and so look when I can." "You have a flair for such things so I will not be at all surprised if you have that wish granted." "Ah but now you are a married woman and soon to be mother. No longer a girl fresh to Court. With your fairness the rich darker hues will be quite striking." "Well you may try out that boldness after your child is born. You can hardly display yourself for much longer and no doubt Lord Toledo expects you to withdraw and to receive in your residence." "Yes I think you should enjoy being out. I imagine I would feel the same yet also need to remember what is acceptable in the eyes of others'." It was a quiet reminder that there was just aspects of Society that would not look with favour on a woman great with child out on display even before her confinemenr for the last month. "Really? I shall be happy to sketch some patterns." She was taken back a bit by this but flattered as well. "When is the child to be born? That will determine fabric and colors. I imagine a round gown or surcoat will be best - they can be worn without stays you see - yet still be fashionable."
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    EASTER 1678 | Easter Sunday *closing soon*

    Sophia and Ellen "Of course. Yet I am no Artist so do not think it." "Since you have talent I assumed that you had a say in the design of your own. With your fairness bright colors would not suit." She cast an apprasing eye adding "Cobalt and Sapphire. Pale blues. Dusty shades of Pink or Lavender. Navy. That shade of gray - charchol - and even deep browns." She smiled nodding her head in agreement of her assessment. "I hope you are not offended Lady Toledo by my suggestions." "Are you? Well then! Congratulations! I am sure Lord Toledo must be overjoyed." She dipped a curtsey. "But you must take care even if you feel well. Tis now the time to allow yourself to be waited upon without any worries. And to forgoe activities that are too dangerous." "I have no practical experiences naturally but I aided my late Mother with my two younger sisters. Since this is your first child extra care is never foolish."
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    EASTER 1678 | Easter Sunday *closing soon*

    Sophia and Ellen "I shall indeed pass along your good wishes." She did not reply to the others' admission of not being the best ward. Why bother. "He will be pleased at your thoughtfulness." Ellen held her ground and did not take a step back defeating the intent of Lady Toledo - if that was what it was - to intimidate. Water under the bridge was all well and good and she herself had let all that nonesense go yet there still lurked the feeling of distrust. It was unfounded but it remained. "I? Well enough." She smiled a little then quietly continued on. "I am fortunate in that my Father has the resources and yes I am indeed blessed with a dressmaker who is skilled and can create from the designs I draw." "It seems this Season brighter colors are in Favor so no doubt soon flowers will spring up everywhere." "And how are you Lady Toledo? I hope your Recess went well." "You look very healthy."
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    EASTER 1678 | Easter Sunday *closing soon*

    Ellen with Sophia Joining By rights she had no business attending if one went by Social Norms - her father was but a Baronet and not a Peer - but this was Gods House after all and she doubted HE would mind. She had spent much of the past few months within her own Company. Her father had been struck down and all thought he was done but them he had recovered, which she was glad for, then Life tilted and she was taken to task. Honestly when it was apparent to all that her father would perish she had thoght many things and as there was no son being the eldest the running of the Business should fall to her. She knew it and had the confidence as well. She was no stranger to the Docks and the varried multitudes that called it home. But she had been too naive in her thinking. Others were eager and some without guilt to speak openly of being the new owner and had eyed her with undisguised lust. She had turned to a Gentleman she had thought would be receptive but he had turned traitor and betrayed her ideas back to the now recovered parent. Thus she was regulated back to that of possession - for that she was. Bound to her father until she wed then to a husband. She had come here on purpose. Dressed much as all the other women were. Fabrics and trims and other such things were not a problem for she had a wharehouse in which to brouse and nothing had ever been denied her. And she had always taken care of her person and was not unacctractive despite what rumor would say otherwise. She was not really paying much attention to those around her as leave takeing was underway and so when a vocie called her out she looked up in surprise then stood to offer a small curtsey. "Lady Toledo." "He is much recovered. A Miracle so it is said." She had never expected to encounter this Lady HERE! Married to the Spanish Ambassador had she not converted and so must attend in some private Chapel of her husbands now?
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    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    Darlene and Frances "It is far from alright - I have made you cry and so I think that this IS the best place for this to continue." "I am not as you Lady Oakham. I do not have the freedom of choice. I am the property of my Father then my husband. That is how it is for all those of our sex." "I have been raise since cradle days to Obey and to bear punnishments when I do not. I am allowed some things of course but my marriage is not where I have a voice." "Dorset is a double Earl - meaning he has two titles - and that appeals to the Duke simply because I shall then be a double Countess with the precedence and rank that go with." "And Dorset brings influnce of his own that will strength Political ties." "My saying it was not a slight. I but assumed that you already understood how my life is run. Yet I failed to see that by sparking it aloud so soon after you have told me of your Gentleman I would hurt your feelings." She looked down at her clasped gloved hands pulling a litle at a thread. "I do not know if your marriage was a happy one or not. But now you as a widow can decide for yourself - I am filled with envy! Indeed while you spoke of this Gentleman that has your heart I remembered that but a short while ago I too I hopes for a marriage with a man that was so well suited." "We understood the other so well. He made me feel Brave and protected. And we dared to dream. We met in secret and thought that the Duke would look with favor on this man but he did not." "And so it was done afore it ever had a chance." "You are the only one to know this." She whispered and blinked at the wetness in her eyes. "What I am trying to say is that YOU have the chance to find Happiness and Love if it is so fated. Do not use me as example I beg you." "I shall only say this much more ..... You must not go off on some fleeting adventure! I shall never forgive myself if you were to suffer harm. I can not stop you naturally if you are intent ...." This was perhaps the longest speech that Frances had ever embarked upon with another woman.
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    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    Darlene and Frances Frances waited for the contiunance of the conversation but then none came but the "oh" and that combined with the ladies hold on her songbook caused a small frown to appear on her forehead. Stranger yet was the sudden flight of Lady Oakham with an uttered excuse for that was all it could be. Frances sat still and blinked several times then she too left the pew intent on catching up. "Please." Frances whispered loud enough for just Lady Oakham to hear hopefully. "Do not fly away! I am sorry ..... I did not mean to upset you .... " What exactly had been said that caused such a change? She reached the others' side and continued to whisper hoping that the other would stop. "I am foolish and caused you distress - I should not have spoken about your Gentleman that way. No wonder you are cross with me." "Will you allow me to apologize?" One hand reached out tentatively in a gesture designed to halt. But would it work?
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    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    Darlene and Frances With a small sigh Frances let the marriage talk dwindle away. It seemed that EVERYONE had some tidbit of advice to offer lately and she was getting weary of discussing it. But she added for the sake of Good Manners "Well perhaps what you say has some truths to it." But the was swift to return to the important topic - "I can not think that he would have suggested such a thing! Even in jest. And have you lost your sense as well? Exposing yourself to dangers willingly and for what purpose?" "Hunting villains why think you this is some play acting?" She really could not grasp that this might well be some form of 'love play' between them or that Lady Oakham had the need to persue such things. "Well if you persist in this then you may well not be alive to marry again!" Her own marriage resurfaced and she gave a shrug of one shoulder as she answered back. "It will be at Court." "My dress. Yes it is being specially made so I have been told. The Duchess has already choosen the fabrics." "With the 'understanding' that Everyone is to attend. Meaning that it is no small family wedding. I am a Duke's daughter after all. Nothing is required of me but to stand with Dorset and receive the Blessing and then the deed is done." "Even you Lady Oakham should understand that Love has no financial worth or signifiance. It is all about financial investment after all. It is to be hoped that mutal like is held and that 'love' might someday be had." She was pragmatic about the whole thing now. Any girlish dreams gleamed from books and Storytellers had long vanished.
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    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    Darlene and Frances "Of course you can trust me." Frances had seen first hand how easily Lady Oakham took a slight. "Was he sober in the asking? I mean a man will like to forget many things in that condition and if he had no memory of it then perhpas his surprise was genuine? A man has no interest in such plannings unless they are of his fondnesses - Hunting Hawking Riding - and so will but ask the place and time." "Your property will be his that is true but perhaps his action was simply because he does not know yet how he wil proceed." "Your 'value' he must already know and the selling of a house hardly warrants getting so frustrated over." She was taken back by the last part and was quick to give an honest reply. "THAT you must not do. How can you think it a good idea? The Docks of all places! There is none there of good repute or conscience I am sure." "But of more import - why would you even take up such a suggestion when clearly it was said in jest." "I am serious. To go there is to ask for trouble or worse." Her gaze was staedy on the other woman and she hoped her point would be taken.
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    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    Darlene and Frances "Well I shall have to wait and see I suppose. Although I still do not quite understand." "And somehow I do not see Dorset being the least interested in ME or what I shall be doing." "Really? I know him?" Her interest was piqued. "Games? Well then the two of you must be together as often as possibe or how are your friends to guess?' "Good! I shall make sure that you are seated with the Family - you are known to us after all." She said that but knew it would take convincing for her Mother to allow it. Frances had not fully understand what the relationship had been between her Grandfather and this Lady and how she had come to have a house. She was old enough now to make a reasonable conclusion and yet that could well be incorrect. She would need to have a better connection with Lady Oakham and perhaps there might come a time when she'd find it all out. "Have you already spoken of marriage then?"
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