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  1. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    He made no outward sign as she once again pressed against his arm but then could not help the half smile that came and went as he looked down at her. "I have yet to discover all those things that make up yourself Madam - but I know already the sense of Theatre plays an important part." "Then I shall speak no more about it. But save to say that you needs must keep a diligent eye on servants - even those you say are Loyal - and you must not allow for unannounced visits to have too great a gap. Tis best to catch any out doing that." "You must not tease tis most unfair. For I must take care to not offend a Lady's sensibilities so if I were to reply in kind, well, I might well be taken down a peg or two." That he WAS teasing she would know by the lack of serious tone to his words. He nodded his head at her acceptance. "Then I shall come for you at half past seven. If I might suggest that you leave off the 'Court Dress' for something more designed for country pursuits." "But I have no doubt that what ere you wear you will look splendid." "I think your carriage. That way I will also know where you live and it will be easily found." "I have a fondness for walking but now I think some less strenuous activity so that I do not tire you out." He would then steer her in the direction of wherever her carriage was.
  2. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    She agreed to his wanting to continue on and by pass the maze yet he was a bit uncomfortable and so made a mental note to come again soon. "I am very pleased to hear you accept. Perhaps I should have put it another way as 'propesition' this early in our acquaintance could be misconstrued." but I am sure that you would also accept that as well "Do you? Manage it from London then without a Steward? How do you ensure your Authority is there and you are not being cheated? An absent Master runs the risk of loss of property as well as other things." "And no Stweard to oversee allows for all kinds of rif raf to squat and cause damages." "Well you are here in London and they are there - is there not an old saying while the cats away the mice will play?" "A womans touch I think will most assuradely be needed. My Grandfather was a hard hand yet may have softened and I am sure he too must have thought his people were trustworthy". "I but speculate and so you must not take to heart my questions about how you manage." "I have the feeling that you are quite capable in all manner of things." "A picnic?" He stopped and turned to look down at her. "What a good idea. And I am happy to leave it to you." "I shall come and get you .... we must an early start if we are to be back before nightfall." but the idea of the two of us and darkness ..... A quiet 'meow from inside his jacket made him smile and he took the small creature out rubbing it gently with one finger on its tiny head. "I think tis better for it to be in the open don't you? Might it not be better to deliver it to your residence and then I shall take you out for some refreshment." He smiled and his eyes twinkled in amusement. "Is it a great distance? Can we walk there or is a carriage needed?"
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    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    "Without. But we shall explore it never fear." "Come let us continue. As you have discovered I am a talkative sort of man and thus walking allows me to think my thoughts." He resumed the slow pace set for her stride and he once again held her arm close to his side. "I have told you of my inheritance but have yet to see it. Here is my proposition and you must not feel obligated. We are after all just new-made friends." "Its a medium sized manor so I've read near Guildford in Surrey. Some distance of three and twenty miles I believe. A few hours by carriage." "Might I make use of your womanly knowledge and ask you to accompnay me? Be an extra set of 'eyes' to find what I may miss. I have been told there is not much needed in repairs but that is on paper and experience has taught me things are never that way in reality." "There has been no authority there for quite some time and for all I know may be well emptied out. I will need to hire a Steward and others to manage inside and out." "And that is where I could use your help." "I had thought Thursday. For tomorrow I must call upon the Lords of Trade and deliver a signed petition and hope that I might meet with Sir Robert Southwell (secretary) or Mr. Williamson (asst secretary) - either man will, tis hoped, grant me an appontment with those that sit on the Lords."
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    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    He felt her movements thru his body how could he not. That she, he thinks, would be as willing hightened his senses even more. Yet it also aroused a feeling of protectiveness that had him holding her just a bit tighter. That there would be fire between them he guessed but there was no rush. "I am thankful then that you have an understanding - even tho you have not the knowledge you at least see the dificulties involved." "And I am appreciative to that." "That is an interesting idea - I had given it thought and it could be feasible. The Plantations run well with the Overseerer's and my Lady Mother manages well enough." "My sister here with me is in want of a husband so that will take investigation. As well as what I have inherited." They had arrived at this Maze and she asked if they go together or seperate. It took him by surprise that he had no real desire to now partake of its possibilites. "If I were to suggest that we keep wandering at this lesiure pace would you object?" "I have a proposition to put to you - will you hear it?"
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    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    He was all seriousness still but a small quirk of a smile teased at her words of being held close. Time enough to counter. He gently took the creature and saw it placed once again inside his coat with the same gentleness as before. He then took her arm and draped it back inside his in a gesture that was automatic and set their pace again. "The journey here was long and hard and yet had to be done. I can not say how long I shall stay - there are many factors you see least of which is the management of the Estate and then my sister and her wants." "Yet I must not neglect affairs back Home either. I grow tobacco as did my Father. I am responsible for all his lands now as well as my own. Come August and September plants will be ready to harvest. Seedlings were laid down in January and February. After two months have past then we begin to take steps to ensure that the large leaves are only the highest quality. And we must also contend with the dreaded horn worn that can wipe a crop out in less than a week. Once the plants reach six-nine feet they are ready to harvest. But even there we must follow steps - harvest too early before fully matured or peak season has passed then the valus is far less or if they stay too long in the field then they risk being destroyed if a frost comes." He pause both in speech and walking looking down at her sheepishly. "This is what happens when you ask a man his plans - I must beg your pardon." But for John talking like this with her was as natural as breathing a fact that did not escape his notice.
  6. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    He knew she was of like mind as she held the kitten close aganist her. "Certanily not." He quietly assured her. "I am not such a man as to be that cold-heated. I would no more toss it away than would you." "Indeed the best place, for now, seems to be within my coat. Will you surrender her back then?" "Trust Me." He held out one hand in all seriousness. "She will be warm and safe I swear it." Even tho she had voiced her thoughts John felt that she was still not convinced that he would not leave it behind.
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    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    He smiled at her reference to future Church attendance adding that he saw no reason as to why they could not share a pew. "I have used a spy glass so will assume that a telescope is the same but on a larger scale. And what will you do with this map once complete?" He was truly interested. "Ah ... yes the kitten. Since I am responsible for taking her up tis only fitting that I moniter her progress." At her asking he stopped and carefully opened his jacket and drew out the kerchief with the intention of placing it in her own hands. "She is an obident thing to be sure yet I feel sorry to pen her up like this. Perhaps I was to rushed and should not have bothered? I can always set her free - there are many about who might be as like minded as myself." "Your four seasons are one I would like to experience! I do not favor the long journeys but oft times the arrivals hold so much more." "Yes that shipwreck. I did not mean to bring back hurts by asking. I apologize if that is so." She probed him next with her own set of questions. He would speak of it once they decided upon the Fate of the small creature and continued walking. (personally he would not allow himself to cast it away and hoped she felt the same)
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    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    Her touch sent little trails of delight all over his body as he nodded his head in agreement of her observation. "Anything is possible so it may indeed be Fate. We shall have to either attend Church frequently in appreciation or come up with other means to test your theory." With his free hand he tucked hers more securely aganist his body as they began to walk towards the labyrinth. He was surprised at her interest. "Really? A most unusual occupation for a Lady. But then you are far from usual." He guided her around some wet ground careful to make sure her skirts didn't suffer to much as he picked up her question. "The night sky is black as ink and pocked with stars that glisten like diamonds in candlelight. Tis easy to read what lies up there if you know where to look." "But Winter is awful and if the snow is heavy then wind follows and people and animals die of freezing. Spring comes and Life returns. Buds appears and flowers begin to bloom." "Much like this." He gestured to take in their surroundings. " Summer is humid and hot and full of insects - in the air and on the ground. Fall is a beatuiful time as tthe leaves on trees turn gold and orange and red." "I should think tis much different where you are from." "Will you ever go back there?"
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    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    He said nothing in repy at first just continued giving her 'that' smile and his eyes danced in amusement. He knew that she knew he knew she was looking at his mouth and his gaze went to her luchious looking mouth wondering how she would taste. Sweet but with some spice mixed in he guessed. "I am all for discovering My Lady be it gardens buildings or something else ... Every place has a story to tell do you nor think?" He could not but help but feel the subtile pressure as her hand caressed his sleeve. soon you shall be touching other parts as well "So you take my meaning then? I am glad. It saves time not having to explain." She agreed to be his Guide as he knew she would. "Let us start slow shall we. A gentle ramble that does not tire yet creates excitement at what lies ahead." "A labyrinth? That intrigues. You know it well? Or shall we be lost and must rely upon each other?" "My Pleasure Lady is what ere pleases you. Lead on. And on the way let us continue to discover more of each other .... " He slowed his pace to accomadate hers.
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    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    "Well that shall ease my mind - knowing that you shall care for it and see to its wants and needs." "I am actually a bit envious." His smile was a teasing one yet there was some truth as well. He followed her gaze but then gave a small shrug of one shoulder in dismissal. Drew in a breath as she repeated his geature her touch light. "Do you? Yes I can see that you would appreciate me being a quick learner. I never disappoint ...." He saw her look to his mouth and ran the tip of his tounge lightly over his lips before smiling as he reassured he that he was not in the least tired. "Indeed I find myself eager to continue on curious to discover in what direction we shall go. Do you prefer a quick turn or a more leisurely stroll?" He would be happy to oblige if she wanted a quick tumble but rather hoped she was of the later. "A Muse?" He thought for a moment. "Why a 'Muse of Fire' naturally. Yet my Muse, unliike Master Shakespeare's, evokes no God Of War nor seeks reference to Kings." "But rather speaks of Heat and Temperament. Senses." "Something I think you can understand." He had no need to mince words. She clearly was well able to understand and read between the lines. "But I have no wish to discover everything all at once. Tis so much better is it not to anticipate." Her hand on his arm was tucked in comfortably aganist his side as he led her off adding "Will you be 'Guide' and leed me on?" Said with such a straight face.
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    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    Not everyone had a fondness for such animals beyond the usefulness of vermin catchers and he had gambled that she might be different. Yet her reaction after a few minutes was as he had hoped and he nodded pleased that the little thing would be taken care of. 'I think perhaps her fate is more towards the inside rather than out - I see a future of comforts especially as you now are clearly "Mother".' "Us? Savages?" He shook his head in disbelief. "And if you are hungry I can think of better things to offer as a snack .... But you must tell me all your likes for I should hate to be scolded for the wrong things." He was mock serious but his eyes danced and he reached out one hand to gently brush away some leaves that had settled on one of her shoulders. "I should hate to see it stained ...." It was really just wanting to touch her yet he couched it in manners. "See." He held up some of the small leaves now a bit crumbled from off her cloak. "Shall we walk a bit?" he asked. "Even tho I am fare worn thru from searching you out. If you are nice I shall by you some refreshment of your choice." He stood and took the kitten from where it rested and once again tucked in inside his coat with care. "Shall we?" He held out an arm his smile charming and playful.
  12. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    She swirled about her plumage on display and temper to match he thinks. Yet her smile was quick and she more amiable. "I would never do such a thing." Hand to his heart. "And a fool is not what I think you are. There are far better words I assure you." "Ah. But explain I shall. I am not at all familiar with this place ..." He gestured to take in their surroundings. "So I had thought you arranged for St James Park. Thus I did arrive early and walked back and forth to exhaustion." "But never you did I see. Until at last I bribed a palace boy with a penny and was told of here." "And so I have arived. And I come not empty handed. Please let us sit." One hand went to her shoulder and he led her to the bench she had just left seeing her settled before he sat beside her but not touching. "I hope that this will assuage any thoughts of revenge ..." He was half turned towards her as he reached inside his coat and gently took out a white handkerchief. Cradeling it he asked her to hold out her hands. "I could not help it. I came by this poor thing not far from here and I could not pass by even tho I tried. It is no doubt an orphan and quite lost." "Will you accept it and not be lonely? A peace offering for my lateness." Unwrapped she would fine a small kitten barely old enough to leave its mother. It was pure white with startling green eyes. A tiny meow could be heard. "This place is sure to be littered with cats employed no doubt in much the same ways we use them for. Yet this one tugged at my heart." He was for all his height and strength a gentle man and sentimental when he needed to be.
  13. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    He was late. No fault of his own as he was not familiar with Whitehall let alone what surrounded it! He had assumed she had ment St James Park so he had gone there earlier than the arranged time and walked back and forth but could not find her. He guessed she would attire herself in much the same fashion but there too he was unable to spot such a creature. He had found himself at a loss but with determination thought that there must be some other 'Garden' so he, with his height and quiet elegance, had simply found a Palace page and asked and tossed a penny for the help. He made his way to what he had been told was the Privy Garden and soon found himself there. Taking stock of the surroundings and checking the inside of his deep blue coat with silver braid and buttons with pants that matched worn over a cream waistcoat embroidered discreetly in a small flower scroll done by his sister he walked straight ahead. He took in the articutural layout and found it quite pleasing to the eye. The placement of statuary added to it as well as the display of both red and white roses in abundance. A movement caught his attention and he half turned towards it. there she was The color of her cloak combined with her hair color made him think of a tropical bird and that was what she was in actuality! She was before a statue looking as if she were in some contemplation as he approached quietly. ""You Prayers has been answered. I have arrived as promised. I am sorry for my lateness .... forgiven?" He smiled down at her his eyes alight with amusement.
  14. John Palliser

    Easter 1678 | Easter Monday (11th all day)

    John and Anne-Elisabeth He thought her not wanting to remarry somewhat of a shame. She was a fine looking woman. "Ah! Well then I am glad to hear that there is a chance of some lucky man then. It would be a disappointment to see you go to waste." "Excellent. Two is always a better number when planning a Campaign. I think we shall make a formidible pair." "It has been some time since I was held with affection as you describe. Very nice in shape and with skin soft as well. Or so I imagine." That he was speaking with a double tongue she would no doubt guess. "Then it is settled. Say two of the clock? And you would stand out no matter the color. Besides my eyes are very good." She accepted his offer of escort slipping her hand onto his arm where he promptly drew it closer against his side. "With more to come .... If God is listening." He set his pace slower than usual smiling down at her from time to time as they made their exit.
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    Easter 1678 | Easter Monday (11th all day)

    John and Anne Elizabeth "My sister has no lack of candidates but, well, is rather too picky in her own listings!" "I also want to seek out my Hasting's cousins in the hopes that amongst them all there might be one or two hopeful prospects but I have been told that the Earl of Huntington is rarely at Court." He spread his hands a bit adding that "But I shall try nonetheless. And my sister will never be forced into a marriage that has no advantages for her. The 'idea' of marrying for Love is not a thought. Tis a union between familes for mutual benefits." "That may sound harsh but that is the Reality. It is to be hoped that a good sense of 'Like' is present at the start and Love will grow from that." "Ah so you seek a husband then as well?" He smiled lazily. ""Are you purposing a Partnership between us then - two Souls similar standing a Campagine against wrongful held beliefs ...." "Do you? Well I can say without out a doubt that TODAY has been quite a new experience. And I shall be delighted to put myself into your hands M'Lady." "Shall we say two of the clock? I shall find you for you will be hard to miss." His eyes roamed over her face and then dipped lower briefly his smile lazy at the pictures running thru his mind. "But now I fear we must be parted. Service has ended and I have promised my sister to bring back a few things. Shall I see you to that carriage?" If she wanted him to then he would stand and step out of the pew allowing her to then follow lending her his arm as was Proper.
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