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  1. Caroline Despanay

    Desperatis hic in Vinarium | Saturday after 10pm

    "God bless you," came a familiar voice out of the darkness followed by Caroline holding a flickering candle, her smile almost as bright as the waxen light. In her other hand, Caroline held something wrapped in a dark cloth, a more careful look would make one guess it was some sort of bottle. Given it's bearer, was that any surprise. "Am I early? When you are involved or drinking involved, I hate to be fashionably late," she grinned.
  2. Caroline Despanay

    Long Overdue Visit / Fri.Evening

    So she had set her sights now on Ranelagh then? More realistic than her hopes with the King in Caroline's measured opinion. She dearly loved Nicci but it suddenly struck her - she was not all sure Nicci would make a good wife? Anymore than she was confident she would make one either though she refused to count her first marriage. Disaster though it had been, she had never stood any chance from the beginning. She resolved to do better this second time around. George seemed a far better man than her original spouse. "Oh I do wish you well on that endeavor. Let me know if I can ever be of assistance to you in any way," Caroline pledged. They toasted then in great spirits. Then Nicci brought up Rowland. "Well, he has his baroncy now. He did not ask me for my hand, he likes me I believe but too late now. I am taken by storm. George did not go thru the process of a long drawn out siege but stormed my battlements with a frontal assault. And he won.....well, I like to think I won too," Caroline smiled "Financially I will be better off with George than Rowland anyhow. Trust me, I know all the finances of Glendon estate. It is in the black but hardly wildly prosperous."
  3. Caroline Despanay

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services (9th all day)

    "The honor is mine, Lord Mountjoy," Caroline smiled back, quite the wardrobe on the gentleman, "Indeed, there is much about the French to admire." Ah so it turned out that Lord Athenry here was already taken... well, as in married. Hardly surprising, as he was a handsome fellow. Not that Caroline was looking in that fashion. She was George's woman now. "Ah, let me add my congratulations, Lord Athenry," she declared in all sincerity. After the man spoke for a moment she flashed him a look, "Conspiracy? Surely no one would think so. We are merely joined together on this holy day in simple conversation. Are you always so dramatic? Perhaps the stage might be a suitable calling?" She liked to tease people but lest he take that too personal, she quickly added, "Pay me no mind, I simply like to joke a bit." Yet still she could not resist, hopefully George would not be appalled by her boldness, if so he'd better get used to it, "Though in truth if you were on the stage, you have the looks for it, the ladies would heartily approve."
  4. Caroline Despanay

    Long Overdue Visit / Fri.Evening

    "Oh nonsense, Nicci ! Being married will change nothing on how I feel about you. You will always be my favorite. I mean this will be my second husband but one can only have ONE best friend and that is you," Caroline wanted her to know. She frowned at Nicci's mention of this Lisa. Caroline did not know her very well but already she disliked the woman, "Someday I must have a little talk with this Lisa." However it was apparent that Nicci still was enamored with her chances with the King, a pipe dream in the more cynical Caroline's opinion. She would not say anything against it though. Her friend was entitled to dream. And if by some miracle it happened, all the better. Jesus multiplied loaves and fishes, mayhaps Nicci could marry His Royal Majesty. "Of course, Nicci," Caroline nodded. Nicci refilled their glasses then proposed a toast. She listened then raised her glass then joined her best friend in the toast. "Yes indeed, and not merely clever of him, positively brilliant. Choosing me!" she laughed then drank.
  5. Caroline Despanay

    Long Overdue Visit / Fri.Evening

    "Encourage him? Certainly not at first, no. Rather it was more of a confrontation. Our contentions were not just about Sophia but other people who we have different opinions on. But he handled himself well, I was surprised. Pleasantly surprised," Caroline pointed out. Nicci was not taking this all that well though, she expressed her worry she would lose this friendship. "No, never! You and I are friends til the end. Least that is the way I have always envisioned it," Caroline assured her Then Nicci focused on Caroline's earlier mention of the man's behavior regarding Sophia, that was probably a mistake on Caroline's part, revealing that. But it came out before she considered the consequences. "Oh... that. Nevermind, that. It is in the past now. He expressed his regrets and I believe him to be a different man now. We all make mistakes at some time in our life, something we regret, right?" she gave a light shrug. Nicci now talked about marriage for herself, her lack of results thus far. Caroline sympathized but in truth, mayhaps on occasion her best friend simply aimed too high in men - His Royal Majesty for example. She was not about to say that aloud though. "You will be married sometime, I am certain. You really are quite the prize. You are beautiful, you are witty, bubbling, and game for anything. I actually find it somewhat amazing no one has proposed to you yet? That is.... unless one or more have and you have turned them down? Or Louis did for you?"
  6. Caroline Despanay

    Long Overdue Visit / Fri.Evening

    Her news about this possible (probable?) upcoming marriage surprised Nicci alright as she sputtered up her drink even, much to Caroline's amusement. She certainly had good questions too. "We were not friends, not at all. In fact the visit started off rather on a bad foot when I confronted him for his caddish behavior with Sophia some time back, I am honestly not certain how long ago it was as I was not in London at the time. But I had heard enough about it and...well, afterall Sophia is my friend. Not to the same extent you and I are of course but I think you know I am loyal to those I value. So anyhow, I was blunt and he answered me bluntly. And I believe truthfully. I was impressed to be honest." "It went on from there and almost before I knew it, I found myself having to decide how to answer him. Yes, Nicci, I know I have said that I am happy to be a widow and was not looking for marriage - both things are true. But I said yes. Believe me, I surprised even myself," she smiled. "Now that I have had some time to reflect on it all, I find I still feel the same way. I want to do this," she asserted. Nicci took her hand in a supportive gesture and declared she was very happy for her. Caroline hoped that was true. Obviously she did not need Nicci's approval but she did want her friend to be good with this. "Oh, thank you! That means so much to me to have your approval. Because I really do care about your opinions, they matter more to me than any other person in this world, my sweet Nicci," Caroline meant every word too.
  7. Caroline Despanay

    Shhh... a party | rumours arriving saturday morning

    Caroline smiled and penned a reply: Are we not all awaiting a Resurrection? Oh wait, that already happened in history. I shall attend then. Your dearest friend, C
  8. Caroline Despanay

    Long Overdue Visit / Fri.Evening

    "He did seem surprised that I might take his news as less than wonderful. But I tried to be gracious after I got over the initial shock. And he is quite willing to keep much of my arrangements as before he inherited," Caroline shrugged. "It would not be how I would have preferred it but as such it is already decided and I can do nothing to fight it. So why fight for a doomed cause." Nicci then brought up what if Alston decided to marry , how might that affect her situation? It was a good question and a perfect lead in for the major announcement she had to reveal to her best friend. Caroline couldn't help but grin then launched right into it. "Oh, well.... glad you asked because I have something else to announce of great import, in fact of greater import than this Kendishall business," she opened with a teaser then paused for dramatic effect. "Dear Nicci, I am going to be married! None other than Lord Chichester, who is quite rich I have been told, has asked for my hand in marriage!" she beamed.
  9. Caroline Despanay

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services (9th all day)

    Now that she realized this so called rivalry was merely about silly chess, Caroline's defenses came down instantly. She was relieved not to have to take up any possible battles involving George (though perfectly willing to if needed) so quickly into their new relationship. Besides, this fellow was quite handsome and well spoken, she already decided she liked him. Though she did not think he was one of the libertines in court, he had never been at those sorts of parties that she knew of. However maybe she had been too drunk to remember him? After George's fine introduction, the man replied in French. Rather bold given the current political situation going on between the two powers but she only smiled and replied, "Merci. Mon pere est francais." Not that he probably cared but she had said it anyhow. "I had not heard that before but I like it. I shall have to remember that, Lord Athenry," the young woman stole a quick glance at George as she spoke. Just then another man, also decked out in sartorial splendor, approached the trio for the purpose of seeking out George it seemed. My, he was a popular fellow, she had not realized. Interesting. "Oh, it is quite alright, Lord Chichester obviously has many friends and who am I to stand in the way of him enjoying them." Again she decided she would let George do the honors of a formal introduction, though she had seen this gentleman at court many times previously.
  10. Caroline Despanay

    Long Overdue Visit / Fri.Evening

    "Yes, that very same Alston. He showed up at my door with flowers and a box of chocolates in a vain attempt to bribe me into a romp in bed. Then announced his sudden inheritance. I was in shock," Caroline continued. "I am not certain when he knew just that his lawyer had presented him with a document saying it was so. Then he seemed taken aback when I failed to show the proper enthusiasm for such news. What did he expect?" she sighed. "Still, I suppose it could have been worse. He is not a cruel man, he assured me I could keep my London residence and I would still be supported out of the Glandon house income even after he took over. Though I suppose he could be lying thru this teeth... but I think not. In truth, he did not even sound all that keen in managing the estate and stated I could continue to do so," Caroline smiled, shrugged then drank down some wine. "Let me just say he is a vast improvement on the previous Baron Kendishall, may he rot in hell," she smirked.
  11. Caroline accompanied him to the front door of her residence then they parted company - for now. As she watched his coach leave, she smiled to herself. She had a lot to think on, what had just happened was a life changing event. A part of her wondered at just what had she gotten herself into, was this a terrible mistake? But another part of her looked forward to the experience, it was going to be quite the adventure. From her early teens Caroline had always wanted her life to be anything but boring. That abiding desire had governed her life, her choices ever since. Well, however this might turn out in the long term, it would certainly not be dull. ooc: That's a wrap!
  12. Caroline Despanay

    Long Overdue Visit / Fri.Evening

    "Oh of course we have some virtue left, " Caroline chided then giggled, "It's lying around somewhere but I am seldom in a mood to look for it." As for this Margaretha, she added, "You mustn't be too hard on the poor girl, we were both virgins once too you know. Not that I would want her butting into our privacy." As Nicci secured two glasses and began pouring she urged Caroline to get straight to the details of whatever it was that she was excited to reveal. Certainly Caroline needed no urging, pausing just long enough to wet her lips with a healthy sip of wine before beginning. "Oh Nicci, you may not even believe all I have got to tell you but I am not making any of this up, I assure you." "First of all it seems that I am no longer in sole possession of Glandon House, it now belongs to the new Baron of Kendishall. Rowland Alston," she announced and then stopped right there for it to sink in.
  13. He offered then that their lives should become easier if they worked together as a team. Seemed logical enough to her. Although her first marriage had little logic to it at all only misery. Least it turned out well once that man was dead. "I certainly think it will," Caroline nodded. One thing they could certainly do as a twosome was kiss so she seized the opportunity to plant an enthusiastic kiss right full on his lips. She was seldom someone for half-measures. He was surprised but pleasantly so - thankfully. "We shall have plenty of time to practice and you will find me a perfectionist in that as well as my cello playing. I will insist on regular practice of our kissing," she grinned. "We need no chaperone. I prefer all our practice be done without an audience," she added in her usual cheeky style.
  14. Caroline Despanay

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services (9th all day)

    From behind came a now familiar voice, it was George. Or rather Lord Chichester as this was in public. She turned about immediately of course and offered him both a nod of acknowledgement and a sincere smile. "Why Lord Chichester, I should rejoice then that you have found me. Of course, I would be delighted to sit with you. And what is this?" her blue eyes fixed on the flowered gift he presented her. "How sweet," she offered her hand then so he could place it in it's proper place. "So how did you know these are my favorites?" Caroline lied without a blink, it would not have mattered what they were, she would have said the same thing as this was all about boosting his confidence. It was about then that another gentleman approached the pair and greeted George. Hmmm, there was a sudden mention of hopefully a truce in place? So this fellow was an enemy of George? Well then, she supposed she would then add him to her own list of foes, purely out of sense of loyalty to her husband to be. Pity, the man was quite handsome and seemingly pleasant too. The fellow now addressed her with an apology if he was intruding with his 'unfinished business'? "You have ruined nothing so far unless you have in mind some foolishness such as a duel or something? This is certainly the wrong day for something like that given the holiness of the occasion," she replied. He wanted to know who she was. She could have answered and almost did but then glanced at George, so that he might have the honors of the introduction. Besides she was most curious to hear just exactly how he would present her. If he would be open with their new relationship or if he would rather have it kept secret for awhile yet - either way she would follow his lead.
  15. "Ah so we would also have a doting father for our brood, excellent," Caroline smiled, "Although I am not certain I would wish for too many children. Two or three perhaps? Of course those decisions are more divine than human I suppose." They toasted to the hatching of this sudden new turn in both their lives. She could see George was positively overjoyed about it. Probably a good thing, looking back on her first marriage she could only imagine how her now dead husband had taken the news he was to have a bride he did not even know. She guessed it had been disgust not joy that received that news. But then George was a far cry from that ... creature. He had her stand up and when she did so, down on one knee he went much to her amusement and he kissed her hand. "I am glad to have been able to brighten your world then. I find myself quite excited too. Who would have thought the day would turn out so, certainly not me," she answered. "Now, please stand though. Remember what we had agreed on, we are to be partners in this marriage....now, I know in public we can hardly be that bold so I will gladly play a more supportive even subservient role as befitting a wife toward her husband. But - in private - we are to be equals. If we can do that, I pledge to you here and now that I will be the most loyal wife you can ever imagine." When he got to his feet again, Caroline stepped forward into his personal space and planted a full on the lips kiss. By now she had kissed quite a few men and she knew how to do it quite properly (though some might say improperly but they would be prudes).
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