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  1. John Palliser

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    John and Fiona He gave a quiet chuckle as she listed what she imagined her Future would be. So young and full of outlandish ideas and wants. John didn't have the heart to correct her. She replied back that he must also exercise to keep pace with her. This was going to be a very interesting hunt. Once he'd gone a few rows back he took a pew. Would she look back to see where he was? He thought not. The Oratations began but John's head was full of things more sinful then Heavenly and the idea of her laid out bare as a babe before him made him shift his seating. If was to his benefit that no other sat where he was.
  2. John Palliser

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    John and Fiona "Indeed? I would think that to be an unwise choice. You are, for the moment, young and a delight for the eye. But in a few years you will be older and less ... fresh ... and there will be younger ones sprouting up all about to draw the attentions. Then what will you do?" "Oh you may have a rich Protector as well as all those thing you imagine you will achieve yet you will forever be on the sidles of Society. And what of your Family? Your brother is in agreement? I find it hard to beleve that they would fall willingly into this plan of yours." "But this is none of my business. Yet tis a Shame that you think so little of yourself Lady Fiona." His tone had lost its playfulness and he even shook his head at the idea of what she proposed for herself. Yet it held an advantage for him as well. If she cared so little then there was no reason that he should not indulge in whatever she offered. "Best to understand what I mean. I am no fool and unlike the BOYS you have entangled. In am a man full grown and used to capturing my prey." "You can not escape the traps I lay and I expect some token resistance. As for how I will find you ..." HIs eyes traveled over her person lazily. "It will be up to me to decide that. It would be a shame to discover that what you offer falls short of what I need." He suspected that she was used to getting whatever she wanted but this time it would be different. It was then that the Bishop stepped forward and stood calmly facing his Congregation. For John it signaled the end of this first meeting. "I shall take my leave. Another pew or two in separation will give you time to ponder how soon you will surrender." He stood and smiled down at her full of charm. "Lady Fiona. Rest up. You'll need it." He gave her a bow then stepped out and away without a backwards glance.
  3. John Palliser

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    John and Fiona He surpressed a chuckle at how audicious she was. Was she, he wondered, an example of how all ladies behaved or the exception? "Well I can think of many reasons why you should. I am a stranger newly arrived - that alone should give you hesitation - and you are alone." "Not that I have anything nefarious in mind and Church is hardly a place for abductions after all." He smiled at her to show he teased the grew more serious after hearing that part about husbands. "Indeed. You might well be correct. For if you continue on as you are with me or any other of my sex that soon becomes known. Men are not the best keepers of Secrets." "I should hate to think of you as being found lacking to be a Gentleman's wife. Why then what is left? Back to the wilds of Scotland or dependent upon Family for position?" He wanted to see if she was all bluff and hot air. Best get that sorted straight away. "Then again if allowing a young woman to move about so freely an openly here is acceptable then who am I to cast doubts?" She changed her position but he held his. "Tis that 'finding out' part gives pause. I am as I have said newly arrived and yet to take up my Place so to run the risk ......" "Well God moves in mysterious ways as I have seen full well this day. And did I say I have never sinned?" He had been absently rubbing the top of the pew ever so slowly back and forth as he'd talked with on long fingered hand which now stilled. She was quite delicious to look at and he suspected she had some experience - he did not deal with virgins on Principle. "And is that what you are doing hmm? Asking God for forgiveness for the temptations yet to be committed?" He leaned in inhaling her scent to whisper "Challange accepted." "Not here not today. But soon. But be aware that as the Hunter I will only chase for so long. I will even leave an avenue of escape if that is what is wanted." She would be in no doubt as to his intentions.
  4. John Palliser

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    John and Fiona He had angled himself so that he now faced her one arm resting on the yet unoccupied pew in front of them and a long leg stretched out for both comfort and balance. His eyes played about her face and form again and he knew than that he had guessed rightly. "Well I am far too tought while you are ... far too soft so not in the least appealing. To those natives I mean." "And why would you have a need to run fast? Are you chased often? If I were near by I would ensure you never need to run." He teased her with his double meanings. He was sure she would not miss them. She gave him a laughing accounting then making a small furrow appear between his brows. "Indeed? Well that is most unordinary. Where I come from we do not allow our women to go about unattended. It is not fitting. I had thought to find the same here ...." "Your words tell me several things ...." He ticked them off his fingers " One you are a constant source of worry Two you are handfull and not easily reigned in Three you are far too sure of yourself and think that playing with fire is a thing you can handle" His words were said in a hushed tone and his eyes on her watching for her reactions. Then they inched lower to her mouth then lower still then just as quickkly back up. She was sending him a clear invitation he understood yet she was barely out of the schoolroom and his tastes ran to more mature and experienced. Yet he had to be honest in that she might well be a nice distraction and in had been weeks since he'd last had a woman. Would she continue her flirting and if so was he willing to give her what she was asking for. "As as for God, well, I have been twice Blessed this day already. Perhaps I am being tested? What should I do?" "Dare I tempt Fate and sin ...."
  5. John Palliser

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    John and .... He offered her a slight bow as she introducd herself. "A Viscountess? Well today seems to be my Day. A pleasure Lady Fiona. We have a thing in common already." He smiled down at her his eyes appreciating what they saw. "We are both foreign - by that I mean not born here - I in the Colonies and you ... Scotland?" He took up the space that she had left him smiling as his own body would have to 'touch' a part of hers no matter how he adjusted. "Ah. Another Lady who is alone. I hope for my sake that you have no 'family' waiting behind a statue?" He spared a glance but his interest was fully on her. "I would much like to keep all my body parts." "Have you come to atone for your Sins then? I must confess that I, being newly arrived, have not the chance to acquire any." His bantering was adjusted to suit her own - a first impression that she was bolder than Lady Susan and he liked it.
  6. John Palliser

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    John Joined By .... No sooner had Lady Susan left when Divine Providence struck a second time. He stood at once as a feminine voice called out a question. He appraised in much the same fashion as he had previously but knew that this Lady was all together different. "I see no impediment as to why you should not. Please." He stepped to one side to allow her to move inside or stand if she wished. "You are alone ...." He looked to see if there might be one or two more for they tended to roam in packs or so his experiences had suggested. "Baron Silverbridge by way of introductions." John was a quick learner.
  7. John Palliser

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    John and Susan "My sister has, up to now, never shied away from anything. Perhaps it is as you say and she must accumulate." He gave a small shrug of one shoulder. "I shall try to remember your words and say them to her. If Fate permits there mgiht come a time you two shall meet." His smile returned and his eye danced a bit with amusement at her self description. "Ah. I would beg to disagre. You are hardly 'no one special' - that is not a label I would have choosen. You are after all an Angel sent from Above." He whispered his gaze traveling upwards. Then came her directive on her brothers and he again smiled. "I dare say I would survive. I've been in tougher places and encountered creatures more ferocious than they." "Yet I too am 'a brother' and so I can understand being protective ...." He spread his hands a bit and then he offered her a bow adding "Yet I Hope that we shall have further encounters and you will grant me the privilage of an introduction." He watched as she was quick, like a shy doe, to move amongst cover. He was quite able to trail her progress with his height and he followed her unhurridly his eyes watchful for anything that might cause a distress. That his interest was entirely piqued he knew. He also knew he would seek out more about Lady Susan if he could.
  8. John Palliser

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    John and Susan "And I just might - but I fear they would be too tough to digest" Came his quick reply. He was delighted so far that this chance encounter was proving a good one! Lady Susan was well able to stand on her own and as he appreciated a fine wit she was one he would try to see more of. He offered her another small bow at her gracious reply but then he grew serious as she spoke of Huntington. "In truth? Why I had thought that at least some member of the Hasting's family would be here .... this is a disappointment but I am confident that I can search out anyone that might have more information." His brow furrowed and he glanced past her lost in his thoughts but then was quick to cover. "She was with me yesterday for Service but then this morn sent her maid to say she would lie abed. We are both strangers here yet I thank you for your thoughts and shall pass them to her." "The voyage was indeed long - seven weeks by duration - and we arrived a week late thanks to a storm at sea. We have only been here a week." "Verity surprised me and was faster to recover then I had anticipated so why she has taken ill now I do not understand." He had no illusions about the female body but its actual 'workings' he had no clue of as did most of his sex. He gave a low whistle at her announcement then a slow smile that was quick to reach his eyes "The Queen? Well I am indeed in exalted Company and I fear my greeting was far too lax. Next time I shall do better!" "Ah I fear Lady Susan that you are the only Angle for me - I have been spoiled for any other." He teased yet there was a serious undertone as well. "My I escort you - if you will not be embarrased that is - being seen with me a man from 'The Colonies' no less." He smiled down at her and would take no insult if he was turned away. If that were the case then he would take to the pew. He knew that they would meet again.
  9. John Palliser

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    John and Susan John smiled widened at her remark and then followed her direction .... who was she looking for he wondered. "Rumours are like sand and run thru ones fingers. Without substance and weight. I'd not bother with them if I were you and I just might take up that cause." "Well as to the latter .... I have seen too many "Courtiers' for my liking arrive and think to find those established there as servants. We could not see the back of them quick enough. "Ah. Forgive me Lady Susan. Tis a subject the is much heated and not just in Massachusetts." He gave her a slight bow of his head and then flashed another smile for the last was easy enough to answer. "I have come to settle my Grandfather's Estate. He died some five months ago but news is slow to arrive so three months have already passed since then." "Since my own father is also dead I am therefore the next in line so here I am." "Tis no great 'fortune' some might surmize but to me and mine is is. I was told that since I am now a Baron I had to introduce myself and hope to also find other Family." "Might you know of The Earl of Huntington - we are cousins several times removed. My sister has traveled with me but finds herself unwell still." What good Luck to have had this happen! This Lady, for she was that indeed, might well prove to be very beneficial to him." Looking heaven wards he said a silent "Thank You" then continued "Who were you looking for? If I have kept you will you allow me to apologize for having been the cause?"
  10. John Palliser

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    John and Susan He continued to smile as he took her all in finding her charming. "Indeed I was. Well not exactly to the point as it happend but then I shall take it as a 'Sign' that its a Blessing." He offered his Salute adding "A pleasure Lady Susan. And I shall add Baron Silverbridge to make mine complete." His smile remained firmly in place and his eyes danced as her listened to her. "It is a beautiful and wonderous place. I am from the colony of Massachusetts - a place called Sudbury. You will find our custom is mostly identical to the ones here." "Cannibals? Now who I wonder has filled you pretty head with silly tales like that?"
  11. John Palliser

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    And into John’s lap falls ... The arrival was so unexpected yet followed his thoughts so closley that he could not help what he whispered aloud "And the Lord moves in mysterious ways ...." As one arm held the bundle of feminine delight steady he felt his body respond to the pressure of her presence yet it was but a moment for he was on his feet and setting her with delicate hands back onto her own. "I must confess that I have never had a prayer answered so quickly afore ...." He smiled down at her his eyes atwinkle. "You are not hurt?" The question was clinical in its purpose and righlty asked. He kept his manner light for he did not wish for her to become more startled than she must already be. "Allow me to introduce myself - John Palliser recent arrival from the Colonies. And whom do I have the pleasure of meeting?" He took a step or two back giving her space. His Salute was without fault and he would kiss her hand it she offered it. It was an untruth that those from the Colonies were all Savages.
  12. John Palliser

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services *closing*

    John Palliser He was alone for this second day of Worship and was glad for it. His sister had taken a chill and was inclined towards peevishness so he had left her with instructions for her maid to see to any wants. He was again dressed in somber attire which was basically a change of coat and stockings but he doubted that it would really be counted. He had seen much the previous day and had spent a good part of the night at his desk having to rethink Everything. Back home there was emphasis placed on Religious services for Easter but here, well, it was more a Social outing then true Belief! Both of them had been taken back by the level of gossip and undercutting from clothes to conversations made worse by the fact that they knew next to nothing about any of it. Yet it was also a benefit as it allowed for him to do what was his nature - to observe. And observe he had. The conversation he had shared with the two Gentleman had been an eye-opening one and further added to fact that he had a rough road ahead of him. But he was not discouraged. He had a Plan. This week he would spend some time in researching out the Hasting connection - he had inquired of the two gentleman and was told that the current 7th Earl of Huntington was a man called Theophilus Hastings who was married and had a new son. Was Shaftsburys man he had been warned and had somewhat of a reputation for being inconsistant in his Political dealings. John took note but made hardly remarks to it. He would need the Earl to acknowledge the family connection distant that it was if he was to be accepted. He had to present himself at some point he had been told but was unsure as to what that might entail. So better to be as prepared as possible and that meant getting the information he needed and for it to be correct. He sat now as he had the day before - not slouched or with arm across the pews back - yet with decidely more comfort. It was now familiar and so were those all about. His gaze traveled about resting on several women that caught his eye and he hid a smile. One thing was for certain the delights for his appraisal were bountiful and he was a man after all. He must learn to adapt and so while was uninterupted he allowed his mind to conjure up all manner of things ....
  13. John Palliser

    EASTER 1678 | Good Friday Service *closing*

    Palliser Siblings Having 'Come to London Afore' John had thought himself well versed yet the scene being played out before him and his sister had him feeling like the proverbial fish out of water. All around them sat Courtiers - some who spoke in whispered tones and others seemingly uncaring if they were overheard. Despite the surroundings gossip was rife and the taking apat of others' seemed to be of particular delight. He took notice of the faint pink on his sisters cheeks but did not draw attention to it as she was in conversation with an older Lady to her right who raised a finger and pointed out things .... To his left sat a Gentleman of middle years who mumbled soto voice as his wife talked without hardly a breath until there was an exchange of looks and John found himself the beneficiary of a companion to which he was eternally grateful. He was quite willing to quielty talk of himself as the other expressed curisoity and after some minutes noted that the Gentlemen in the pew ahead had turned half round the better to listen. He answered the questions put with ease and would gladly have continued but the arrival of Their Majesties cut him shsort. Everyone rose as did he and his sister giving reverance as was custom eyes following at they processed down the aisle his sisters soft voice remarking on it all. Then the Service commenced and it was much the same as Sunday Service back home where a Sermon and Lessons read only with a bigger congregation. As things drew to a close the Gentleman to his side gave his introduction and also of the Gentleman ahead. John was asked to call over the week ahead, if he was so inclined, as there was interest in many things and the two men thought that he should meet others who would have an interest. He included his sister in an introduction and saw what he always saw - smiles and nods and pleased expression - his sister was indeed charming and her manner none could fault. He was hopefull that thru these two Gentlemen she might also benefit for it was wives not husbands that weilded the real power after all.
  14. John Palliser

    EASTER 1678 | Good Friday Service *closing*

    John Palliser with His Sister He was Facing the Wind head on now rather than later. Good Friday was hardly the time or place for insults or snubs so his sister had reasoned and she wanted to see who they were up aganist anyway. The journey across the Sea had been filled with many firsts for her amongst them the exposeure to how she and her brother would be received by Polite Society - judging by the reception of several of their fellow passengers who seemed to think that Americans were one step about the heathen Indians with painted faces and wearing feathers. John steered his sister thru the assembled company unhurridly allowing them both to observe and be observed. His coat and breeches were forest green made from a soft fine wool. A waistcoat of fawn linen fastened with ten silver buttons down the front. It was embroidered on both sides in a scrolled floral pattern in greens and golds. His cravat, starched and tied twice around his neck, was finished neatly in the front. White stockings and then his black boots. He was by no means a Court Dandy but would not be found wanting either. His sister Verity was simililary attired but in a gown of pearl grey satin with three small pink musk roses that she had put between her corset and bodice for color. She wore pearl studs in each ear and a gold ring on her right little finger. Her hair was up as was the custom. She was tall but reaching only to her brothers shoulders and slender. Graceful in her movements. Where Johns eyes were hazel hers were blue and that combined with her dark hair and pale skin like moonlight made a pretty picture. Her hand thru his arm might have shook but her gaze was level and full of curiosity and John could not help but smile down at her in reassurance. Together they entered and took to a pew almost immediately where their polite greetings could not but be noticed as foreign sounding.
  15. The Red Lion Inn John stood one hand on his aching right shoulder fleexing the muscle as his gaze followed the traffic outside. From his open windows the sounds from below drifted upwards ... "Cherries, sweet cherries, ripe and red! "Rosemary and sweetbriar! Who'll buy my lavender?" "Thimbles and needles! Step inside step inside!" He'd noticed from his walks during the past few days that the meadows about London were thick with purple clover, bee-haunted, and there were great, red poppies in the cornfields that all spoke of Spring. His eyes had seen too the bright colors being worn in the New Exchange and outside the theatres or the sight of someone stepping into a gilt coach that waited in St. Martin's Lane or Pall Mall. He had been here before but he'd been a green boy then so things seen now had naturally been missed then. They had arrived five days past after seven weeks at Sea a week late thanks to a four day storm that had his sister confined to her cabin with the declaration that this would not be repeated EVER forgetting that to return Home it must be. He had settled them into this establishment overseen by a Mr. Golightly that had come reccommended by the Lawyer named Grimsby and who John had called upon earlier that morning. Everything was signed and sealed. Established. He was now legally the 3rd Baron Silverbridge. In possession of an estate some fifteen miles south of London that he had never seen. Tenants farmed and there was some airable lands that was rented out as well and the suggestion had been made that John should travel down to see first hand. All in good time he had reason'd back. He had been told that he might visit The College of Arms to see the Family Crest and to have a copy. He had his Grandfathers Seal which was now his and to be used for all transactions in which he might sign. He could, he had been informed, sign himself simply as Silverbridge as was common amongst the Peers. He had gone next to C Hare and Co Bankers to set his lines of Credit and arrange for bills to be paid out of it. Asked about a dressmaker for his sister and was told of one and also a tailor for himself. He had taken his sister to a Draper also suggested by Mr. Golighly where he purchased ready-made garments for them both that would tide well enough until their new was ready. Tomorrow was Good Friday. He knew every Church in the City would be filled but it had been suggested that he attend, as a Peer, at the Royal Chapel - for how better to become accustomed to his Position than amongst those of his Class and Above? The King would be in attendance as well as most Courtiers so what a good chance for introductions .... John was not sure if that was what he wanted. He was, by nature, an man who prefered to Observe. To take his time and think over and process information. Yet he understood the reins that had been handed over from his late Grandfather. The responsibility that went with it. He knew that he had Hasting's connections - through the Earl's of Huntington but his was through a cadet line not the main - yet still Kin. And that was a connection. A place to start as it were. He knew too that he would need such introductions to further more. London was much the same as Sudbury or Marlborough or Boston so John was confident he could meet these new challenges.
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