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  1. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | A rousing evening with Her Royal Majesty (8th)

    Darlene could see her new bestie (for she had the sense that she and Sophia were peas in a pod) needed some lessons in flirting, for Sophia's double entondres were too blatant! Just as well it was only Darlene stood there, anyone else would suspect that these two were having an affair. But Darlene knew it was just a game of flirtation (flirtation was Darlene’s most favourite game, which was only another reason that she and Sophia were such a perfect pairing). "Oh yes please." the gentleman offered to escort the ladies to the carriages, and Darlene was delighted at that. She expected Sophia to be equally pleased. Giving her friend a grin she added, "He's ever so nice don’t you think," her praise intent to be a reward for Charles, said even as she took one of his arms, "and I simply cannot wait until our big adventure." OOC: ❤️
  2. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | A rousing evening with Her Royal Majesty (8th)

    Oakham, Toledo & Chatham "Ooh yes, we must, why we owe to our public really!" Darlene was proper delighted that Sophia was of the same mind as herself. "We can make plans for it when you come to dinner." The time of which was all settled to be a couple of hours before they would go out on their adventure - which would give the ladies time to eat, plan, and get dressed in their disguises. "Berserkers!" It only took Chatham’s incorrect guesses, to trigger the correct answer in Darlene's mind. But that was alright, she could see that he was a bit distracted by having two beautiful ladies all to himself, and the prospect of having them for a full evening on Wednesday must also be rather distracting for him. "Well we can worry about shooting lessons some other time." She nodded to Lord Chatham, seconding that Gunsmoke was particularly stinky stuff. "And besides that s quite enough secrets for one night." Darlene took pity on the poor slightly added Chatham, while turning her brilliant smile back to Sophia. "We shall have so much fun." OOC: shall we wind up now-ish? Do promise to write the dates in your diaries, I dont want you to forget our plans! ❤️
  3. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | A rousing evening with Her Royal Majesty (8th)

    Charles, Darlene, and Sophia Darlene glowed under Sophia's recommendation. It was possibly even the first time that anyone had (publicly) admitted this area she excelled in. While her self confidence in that area was high, it was special to have actual recognition. “We would make a stunning team.” Of course they would, for the precocious young woman would not abide anything less! Lady Toledo convinced Chatham to stay (while Darlene had never thought he’d actually leave in the first place) and then their plan for Wednesday grew. “Then you must Actually come to dinner.” She said to Sophia, and then Charles chipped in with his own clever idea. “Oh yes, I shall wear my Mr Brightwick clothes.” The Viscountess grinned and then added, “He is a secret alias of mine, promise you shall not tell Lady Albemarle anything of that, she is quite convinced in his reality.” It was all gearing up to be a marvellous evening. “Oh yes I can teach you to shoot.” Said confidently, “my own teacher was a Scott, I’m practically a…. a… oh what is that name they call Scottish warriors Lord Chatham? They are terribly fearsome, and a little bit mad - but only the little bit that doesn’t really matter, and only makes it more the exciting. Anyhow, nobody will mess with us, I I quite promise, and Lord Toldeo will have nothing at all to worry about.” Darlene knew not to trust her own shooting ability to fend off evil, and was actually placing extreme confidence in Lord Chatham’s ability to look after them.
  4. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | A rousing evening with Her Royal Majesty (8th)

    Charles and Darlene Charles gauged correctly, Darlene gasped and eyes flared as she suppressed a squeal of delight! To his claim of perfect, she replied "It is!" Having a magician come bodyguard for her adventure was bound to come in useful. Joined by Sophia "Oh dear, and then now I am the one who missed out." pretty Darlene cheerily sulked. "You shall let me be in the next one though wont you, I am especially excellent at narrating, and also at making it all fun. I just have a knack for that sort of thing." . While modest when she needed to be, sometimes one just had to state the truth. Any event that Sophia might put on, would be better for Darlene's involvement in it. There was no denying it. All in all she did seem to be making a friend in the ambassadors new wife, who went so far as to say 'why wait'. "Ooh, excellent idea." Darlene smiled, and while the Gentleman-magician teased them, she seized upon the moment. "Then surely you must join my adventure on Wednesday evening. I am routing out villainy, it is for the Lifeguards you see. Sometimes they are too busy to do it themselves. Or, probably, I am just better at it than them. And Lord Chatham is secured to be our protector, so you will be perfectly safe. Although if it comes to it, but it wont, but I can shoot a gun myself did you know. I've had lessons, and everything." Excitably she chattered.
  5. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | A rousing evening with Her Royal Majesty (8th)

    Charles and Darlene "He was trouble whatever the rank, I never really liked him much," Darlene had liked him actually, "and he ended up in the Tower..." She could not remember why Abdul had been imprisoned, but the imprisoning itself "- it was all the talk of court." But back to their own trouble, that surely would not land either of them in the cells (should somebody touch wood about now?) she agreed to his suggestion with a head-of-curls-bouncing nod. "You will knock on my door to let me know you have arrived." Even though it had been nearly three years ago now, she was truly cautious about this. Darlene had learnt a hard lesson of just jumping into a carriage willy nilly, and never wanted to do it again. Here she passed her calling card to Charles then, whom she deemed non-dangerous, even though he had a prirates eyepatch. Joined by Sophia And then Sophia arrived, Darlene beamed, though was confused as Charles called her excellency. That was taking flattery to an extreme. "Oh yes Lord Chatham told me of your success, I am so pleased to hear you got to sing. Oh how I remember your disappointment to have missed out on performing at my own Opera at the palace." she chattered on Chatham’s topic cheerily. "I have been well yes, but my darling Thomas lesso." Darlene had not needed to tell anyone of his death to date, to date people had already heard. It was a difficult thing to relay, and had her think of him, which made her a little sad. "I miss him terribly, nearly as much as I missed him while he was alive." Which was saying more than she should to virtual strangers. "What about yourself? Lord Chatham has been telling me that he and Lord Toledo are quite involved, I dare say that leaves you as the third wheel in their conversations, and entirely bored! Perhaps we should plan getting together next time they have to talk business?" Darlene hoped to gain new lady friends, especially young and fun ones – why perhaps Sophia would even be interested in hunting for villains on the docks with her?
  6. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services (9th all day)

    Frances & Darlene Darlene stopped to give herself a time out in a nook away from the main, she had not expected Frances to follow. The concern upon the other's face spoke much of Frances gentle intent. "No please, it's alright." Darlene tried to reassure, "I was unprepared for such insights, for your words had a ring of truth and... well I suddenly felt terribly foolish." She brushed away a silly tear and tried to smile. "Then hearing how your own marriage plans are so very... well, forgive me to say it, but not at all heart-warming. You may have a point Frances, that ladies should not hope for more - but I did, and this is not even the first time. Well, I felt soundly told off, and know it is deservedly so." “But sorry, this is hardly the place for such a conversation, and upon a Holy day too when our greatest thoughts ought to be upon The Lord and Gods Grace.”
  7. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | A rousing evening with Her Royal Majesty (8th)

    Lord Chatham, Lady Oakham, with Lady Toldeo beckoned near Not until the following day did Darlene rethink “Oh no, not during Easter. Not even the foulest criminal would ply his trade over the holy days would he? Well, maybie if they were Turkish. I met an Turk once, he seemed perfectly nice for first impressions, he had everyone calling him Bey something… it was a funny sort of a name, but seemed to be important enough to him.” She got a little side tracked by the memory, but then returned to the adventure at hand. “If not Tuesday, then Wednesday.” She agreed, and he had his clever plans on how to avoid rousing suspicion. “Well I don’t have a carriage, so why don’t you come to my place and we can take a city carriage from there. I have an account with them, and everything.” These sorts of bills were still going to her long suffering brother. Waiving Sophia over Learning that Chatham was indeed known to Sophia’s husband, Darlene waved her hand to the lady, becoming her over. “Probably she needs to talk about Spain then.” The Viscounts deduced for the Earl’s benefit, and then presented a smile for the other woman’s approach. “Good evening Lady Toledo.”
  8. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services (9th all day)

    Darlene and Frances Frances thought very poorly of Darlene's possible-fiancee for his part, and scolded Darlene for even considering the adventure. Darlene, a girl whos mood and spirits were amplified upon the slightest breeze, felt like crying. And here she was sat in church. In years before she'd have excused herself and fled, but she'd grown up now hadnt she. So she sat perfectly still, held a (weakened) smile in place, and clutched at her song book. Am I a fool, and did Charles treat me as such? Darlene knew she was not the sharpest pencil, but had thought she still had much merit. Turning the subject away from that, she asked Frances about her dress; a topic that she thought safe. In Frances case though, it was another source of misery. If Darlene was not feeling so personally upset at that moment, she might have felt even angry at Frances mother for not allowing her daughter to choose a single thing for her own wedding! "Oh." was all she said, while Frances turned her cutting tongue upon her for not knowing better than to even ask the question. This second scolding on top of everything else. was just too much to bear. "I think I left my pomander in the coach, excuse me my dear." Darlene stood, gave a curt smile to Frances, and apologised as she squeezed out past the hateful friends. Darlene’s attempt to make some new friends at court had magnificently failed.
  9. Arriving home after Chapel, Darlene discovered herself at a loss. Well really she'd been at a loss for a little while now. "Bother you Charles Whitehurst." all lace and ribbons she flopped into her favourite chair. Next to that chair was her needlework, surprising as it was to some, Darlene was actually rather good at that, it was one of the very few things she displayed patience at. Easter Sunday was and even more family day than the usual Sundays were, and Darlene had no doubt that the Whitehurst residence would be full to the near brim. Charles had his wards of course, and then his younger brothers - possibly every chair at the table would be used. And she, was nearly his fiancée, or actually was if he was in a remembering mood, but he'd not remembered to invite her to Easter dinner. And ever since her conversation with Frances, Darlene had begun to suspect just why that was. Should I just turn up any how, and see how he reacts? She really did not know what to do, if this was a quandary, then she did not like quandaries very much. Charles might be very much a gentleman if she arrived as an uninvited guest, and so Darlene decided that as a test it would not reveal any real verdict at all. But if I don’t turn up, will he miss me? That might be a truer test Yes perhaps that was the thing to do. Charles had suggested that they play a game of collecting suitors (a game that now sounded suspiciously like avoiding commitment to her) so perhaps Darlene would take that game seriously, and treat Charles with no more favour than the next. Then, if he loves me, he might court me properly, and declare himself fully! To Darlene’s mind that sounded like a clever plan - a very boring, but clever plan. In her heart of hearts she suspected he'd duped her, and had never meant any of the nice things he'd said - which left ehr feeling rather foolish. If only he'd prove my fears wrong. This was how it came to pass that a sulky Vicountess Oakham dined alone Easter 1678.
  10. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services (9th all day)

    OOC: I replied when thre was a lot of your post missing!? Editing onto my post now Darlene & Frances Having confided her darkest fears, Darlene was surprised when Frances became silent, though on the surface she appeared just the same - it did not take much cleverness for Darlene to realise something had upset the other. "Oh, well do not worry on my account..." she quickly spoke on, "for no doubt it's just the gentlmans cold feet, and what sort of lady woudl I be if I was not able to reasure him. No doubt you shall see me married again too, and we shall both live out our ever afters for better or for the worse." Cheerily said... "You are really quite clever Frances, I don’t think he was drunk, but who's really to say now I think about it more." Darlene was feeling rather foolish, especially after the others reprimands. "And so you think he was not serious about the Docks either?" Which made more sense. Still Darlene found that news severely disappointing. Charles was rather more like Thomas than she'd realised, Thomas had not wanted her to have any adventures either. "Well if I don’t marry again after all, then that is fine too." Frances though, as a woman, could surely see that idea upset Darlene a great deal. Forcing a smile she asked, "But tell me more about your wedding plans, I bet you shall have the most beautiful dress - and where shall the ceremony be, here in London or back at your Familes Chapel?"
  11. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services (9th all day)

    Darlene and Frances Would Dorset be as poor a husband as that? a little crease pinched Darlene's brow at Frances comment, "Perhaps you shall be pleased of that, although really, were it me I would want to attract a great deal of my husbands attention." For Darlene knew herself capable of attracting attention if she really wanted it. Frances however. Well perhaps she'd need Darlene’s help to do that. "Oh, you have a good point.." Frances was anything but stupid though, as she immediately spotted the fault in Charles game. "You are right, how could anyone guess unless we are together frequently, and so far, he's not escorted me anywhere in public even once." Rosebud lips pouted at that. "Oh Frances, shall I confess to you, you are my Cousin after all. And surely someone I can trust. But there are times, when I worry that he does not actually want to marry me at all. For instance, he practically proposed on one day, but then on the following acted surprised when I mentioned it. And then when I have talked about a party, he's not seemed very eager for that at all. And when I asked him what he would do with my house, for if we marry it will become his, wont it. He acted very vague about it, as though it was not important - but he'd told me that he needed money for his estates. I would feel much better if he had eyes on it thinking to sell it, for then I'd know he saw valued in me for his future." These words she quietly fretted in a hush. It is a funny thing how, once you start hunting for danger signs in a relationship, they start popping up all over the place. "And also, he suggested that I go hunting villains at the Docks. Or maybe I suggested it, I cant remember now. But he agreed." As vivacious as Darlene was, she was not so clever.
  12. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | A rousing evening with Her Royal Majesty (8th)

    Charles and Darlene Once he got to know her more, Charles would discover that Darlene had a knack for never doing the expected - even her moods were entirely unpredictable. "Thank you! I don’t plan to go early, for everyone knows dishonesty requires night time. So shall we say about nine o’clock, after our dinner is settled." It was a great relief to her to have a protector for this nefarious duty. Really, she had been surprised when her future fiancée had even allowed it, unless Whitehurst had thought she would chicken out. Or had he thought she would go to the docks in the relative safety of the middle of the day. "I shall tell you more in the carriage. You do have a carriage don’t you? Otherwise its a long walk... mmm, and what colour is your carriage, is you have one, like, I would not want to get into the wrong one." Which she'd once done - now that had been an adventure! "Do you know that lady over there?" Darlene’s eyes had slid to see someone trying to get Chatham’s attention – and he, being a male, had not even noticed. “Her name is Lady Sophia, she likes to sing, she wanted to join my opera but alas arrived at court when it was all done.”
  13. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | A rousing evening with Her Royal Majesty (8th)

    Darlene & Chatham Chatham cited a relevant verse from 'Hebrews' - his continuity of the nights theme impressed, even if he'd not been agreeing with her, good theatre depended greatly upon continuity. "...those sat on the wall... might have a great fall - quoth Humpty dumpty." returned Darlene with eyes glinting. Lord Chatham was an unlikely ‘straight guy’ in this act, best she make use of it while she could. With the event wrapping up, Darlene extended her hand to the gent, for needless-yet-pretty assistance to her feet. "Perhaps your escort on some future outing? Ooh, or perhaps you can join me upon my hunt for evil do-ers down at the docks. It is a great concern to the Lifeguards you see, so I have promised them my assistance." “There is far more to the story of course, but it’s n a needs to know basis. Are you in?”
  14. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services (9th all day)

    Darlene & Frances “How might I explain… perhaps to say that very little is expected from a maid, but following marriage that certainly changes. I do not mean the duties of running a household either, I have no doubt that you have been raised prepared to run a home, or assist your future Mother in law if that is the case - as it was for me. No, it is the dictations from one’s husband. My late husband for instance, gave me quite a list of things I might never do, even persons I was not allowed to befriend, and certainly who’s company I could no longer keep. She would never forget that lecture Thomas had given her (and she'd railed against it almost non stop!) “But perhaps your marriage shall be different? I shall pray for you, that it is.” Of her own beau, the tone of the conversation had Darlene a little less eager. But Charles would not be like Thomas was, would he? (She’d not known Thomas would be like that until it was too late) “Yes you probably do know him, but it would be wrong of me to say tell you his name, for he is set upon a guessing game. He wants to test our friends, to see who is the first to guess of our love.” Darlene valued Charles much too much to break the promise made. “But I would love to come to your wedding!” she was delighted to have been invited, “just as certainly you shall be invited to mine.”
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    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services (9th all day)

    Darlene & Frances C  “Oh definitely.” Darlene replied, “take it from me, one who has undergone the transformation that marriage gives, that it is a wholly different life you then enter into.” While Darlene had married for love, she had largely been left alone after as Thomas had gone on about his career – which was the common situation women then found themselves in whatever the relationship was with their respective husbands. “You shall keep many enough of the same hobbies, but people consider you quite differently once you are wed.” Darlene blinked at the term ‘double countesss’, what an odd phrase, it had a unpleasant tone to it. But she forgave Frances for it, likely she’s heard her father rattle it off or some such. Odd though - you did not hear Anne Scott talking of how she was a Double Duchess. It was a modesty, that was yet to be learnt by this younger Frances. Perhaps her Mother would correct her before she made the social gauche (it was certainly not Darlene’s role). The topic shifted now to Darlene’s favorite: herself. With a bright smile she agreed, “For one so young you are insightful! I have one gentleman who has his heart terribly set on me, though he is too shy yet to wish for any announcements to be made. Which is not a new situation, of course, we ladies oft need to encourage gentlemen to their bold declarations!” “My brother is married to Gracie St John, only child of the Earl of Bollingbroke - your own cousin.” She gently reminded. Court was quite riddled with connecting marriages, that at times it even seemed that everyone was distantly related to each other. Dropping her voice to a hush Darlene added, “the Cavandish politics is one of the things that appealed to my brother. James and the current Duke had seen very much eye to eye – while Darlene was not so sure of any of that. The late William Cavandish had feared a civil war was looming, and it had frightened Darlene when he’d talked like that.
  16. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | Easter Sunday (10th all day)

    It was Sunday, at last it was a day when it was normal to go to church... afterwards there would be family dinners for some, and for others quiet occupations to absorb in. Darlene had plenty of the latter. She had a number of needleworks on the go. She had a pile of books she was reading. She had at least 3 letters she needed to reply to. And an engagement party still to plan (so she would be all ready after Charles actually proposed). Arriving in gales of pink linen and tulle, with red rosettes peppered over her bodice (than matched her court slippers though who even could see those), her hair piled up high on her head and sporting any number of red roses tucked into that do, with single dark ringlet falling down over one shoulder. Her eyes looked busily about. Where is Charles?! He did not know it yet, but she was planning to arrive for the family dinner. It would be the first of many they would share!
  17. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services (9th all day)

    Darlene & Frances C  Frances' subtle turning-of-back upon her friends - was not even subtle. Darlene reached and briefly squeezed the others hand, in gratitude for it. (A gesture like that did not come along every day!) “Discretion has never been my strongest suit.” the court beauty replied, accepting the points that Frances had made, “besides, it would probably have been a rather boring game, whoever had chosen Mary would have been bound to win.” Meanwhile Francis seemed to advise that anything they spoke of would either be over hear, or reported. This thought brought Darlene to a pause, and she stole a look behind them – to those party pooping people. Shoulders rose and fell with a sighed (though not enunciated) ‘oh well’. "I miss my cousin most of all, we always had such fun adventures together.” So they fell to quiet conversation, Frances also knew the feeling of missing old friends. “Oh but I heard you shall be married soon, then your life will be made new. I am hoping to be married again soon too, then maybe we shall become best of friends, and invite each other to morning teas.” “Well my brother James, the Earl Chesterford, attends the Lord only by Proxy vote these days. He is very occupied at Oxford, and my sister is busy with her children. While another brother of mine is serving in the Navy, then the last is in the Church. I do enjoy their letters very much though, it is a fine way to share the joys of their lives. Not so often the sorrows though. People rarely tell others of the sad things in letters, don’t you agree.”
  18. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | A rousing evening with Her Royal Majesty (8th)

    Darlene & Chatham It was little surprise that Darlene's voice was 'vaguely familiar' to Sophia, for when the German girl had first arrived at court she had attended the Opera that Darlene had held. Sophia had begged to perform in the next. That had been a lifetime ago now, the dramatics of court life was like that. Sulking after her own performance had flopped, Darlene paid little attention to the following bible quotes until Sophia spoke - her choice of song themed verse reminded Darlene of that time way back when. Perhaps I should host another Opera for her? she wondered to herself, unaware that Sophia's kudos on that score had moved far past the point of accepting theatrical hand outs. Then her Cromwell finally chose to take a turn, Darlene was sure he'd make it a especially stuffy one. Perhaps something from Revelation even. But it was not. Sitting again, he admitted his loss. "I forgive you," she whispered back, "this is a tough crowd to try crack, anything with more, thrust, would flop." A small smile tuged at the pretty lady's lips once more. "Do you think it's almost over yet?" She felt done with it, and ready for some 'after the event' fun.
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    EASTER 1678 | A rousing evening with Her Royal Majesty (8th)

    Chatham and Darlene Darlene restrained a smirk; which meant to say she lifted her hand to lips to conceal the grin at Charles reply. He was doing very good she thought, to keep so serious while spouting such blatant lies. Lies that were dressed with apt coverings, making them almost indistinguishable to truth, whatever the truth on the matter might be. "If one cannot laugh at oneself..." she half heartedly defended her position, while wondering how much more it would take to break him down, "and don’t you think that a little feminine silliness is the very best antidote sometimes. Like for instance," she leaned closer still, lowering her voice to the barest hush, "when you are..." Darlene was daring herself to put a kiss on his cheek. Luckily the Bishop cleared his throat. Drawing attention, and then there was a prayer. Then people started making their bible quotes. Darlene was not thinking of bible quotes though, she was thinking about how she'd like to kiss such a stuffy fellow till he smiled again. Probably after he smiled she'd loose her interest in him again. Which she probably should do, so as to be a good fiancée to her own Charles Whitehurst. She really shouldn't go around town fancing kissing men should she - best she purge that demon. The next quoter of bible quotes read verses that jangled a little with wrong words*, which pulled her attention back towards the man speaking. Most importantly though, was that she realised that this was a stage before her. And Darlene did love attention, and putting on a show. After Cadells quote Standing she smiled prettily, "Except the Catholics!" She paused expecting much laugher, all at the expense of the poor fellow who'd failed to clarify that he'd not meant that god loved Catholics! "Ladies." she then smiled addressing the copious number of women in the room, "shall I share one of our favourite verses? We after all cannot let the evening be too swamped with serious talks. I speak of the song of Solomon of course, whispered with hushed voices and imagination soaring. 'Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your Love is better than wine." Enough said! Darlene reluctantly relinquished the stage.
  20. Darlene Hamilton

    In Search of a Evening Cup of Tea April 7

    On cue to his teasing Darlene pouted. "But his daughters are all ugly." Darlene knew her beau well enough to know that was as great a deterrent as any! (She remembered the time he'd been all angsty and upset when his guardian was arranging him a match with the allure-challenged Miss Boyle! ) "Besides, I shall feel like queen of the world to be married to you, and you might feel like King." that topic came to a dead end, and really, she was not bothered. Becoming a Duchess had never been a goal of hers, if she'd had that vision she'd not have married Thomas in the first place. No, she wanted something far more elusive at Whitehall. Happiness. And here with Charles, was as much of that as she'd ever known. "What if I said I want a whole legion then?" she purred, limbs relaxing around him as they made love... OOC: shall we call that a wrap?
  21. Darlene Hamilton

    In Search of a Evening Cup of Tea April 7

    "Then how might you become a Duke too?" which seemed to be the solution Charles was suggesting. Darlene would not mind that, Duchess' got to be called 'Your Grace'. "We had better keep both our Houses Charles, for when we are Dukes and Duchesses, we shall need all the rooms for our sycophants to stay in." Which was said with a little humour, for Darlene knew it was extremely rare to have a new Duke made, even if it was even possible any more. "Do Duchesses get two?" her lips became a rosy pout, "I think I shall really need two Charles, because... well when my garden society ladies come to the meetings they will be very amazed to see two guards at the door. It will practically be like an investment. The return shall be that they will be marvelling about it to everyone, and you know what they say Charles, reputation is simply everything." "What if I have no guards most of the time, and then two, now and then. See, it's really quite frugal." she hoped he'd agree, even if he was getting himself distracted. Distracted, and saying terribly distracting things too. "Oh Charles." Darlene cooed happily, "You are most precious to me too." falling back onto the pillow she giggled, eyes slipping closed as he kissed her forehead. Soon enough she'd forgotten about negotiating for soldiers...
  22. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services (9th all day)

    Darlene Frances & Co This was a tough audience, by their replies Darlene could see that their preconceived opinons of her were not to be shifted. The Viscountess’s smile faltered at that, she was no where near the robust creature she wished to be, and really, all of court knew that. “Oh… very well then.” Her eyes did not meet those others eyes, as she resisted the urge to turn and flee. Perhaps Francis sensed the wounds given, for she took up the role of humanitarian, one who might give shelter or a drink on a overhot day. Darlene felt like leaving still, but accepted the offer with a nod of head… Moving to a place to sit, she bunched a cheek at Frances flattery that ‘you must be popular’. “I was once.” That was so long ago now. “Goodness, I fell older than any matron to remember it, when I arrived at court back in 75, and all my friends… yes there were many then.” Shaking her head, Darlene tried not to let those other girls disapproval get to her. “Its not really that I am a lady of excitement, only that I try to be. I get bored so very easily you see, it’s most usually my undoing. Probably your friends are right not to want to play the counting game, though truly I thought it completely harmless.” “No, I have no family in London.” Francis questions showed what sort of world she lived within, which Darlene could understand even if her own was no longer like that. “My brother writes to me often.” She thought to add, “really I write to all my brothers, and my sister too, regularly.”
  23. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services (9th all day)

    Darlene Frances & Co Well that revealed one thing; Darlene instantly knew that those other girls would grow up to become the most boring matrons at court ever! But there was still some hope for Frances… Tipping her nose Darlene sighed at the instruction – and would not be the first in history to automatically baulk against it. “Well we are about to spend the next four or more hours sitting, I for one cannot think of a more perfect nor, in fact, necessary time for some amusement to assist the passage of time...” Darlene’s mind here raced, searching for a game idea that was so churchly apt so as to make the other three seem like heathens to rail against it. “Why I speak of the game of guessing at the names of biblical women that might feature in todays sermon. We can be sure of Mary Magdalen of course, so she cannot count. Oh but wouldn’t it be a surprise if, say Ruth, was to some how feature!” Put that in your pipe and smoke it - bitches. Yes Darlene dared to feel a little smug, raising her eyebrow at Frances who might even share in the joy of putting her more stuffy friends in their place!
  24. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services (9th all day)

    Darlene, Frances & Co "It is less so now that you have said that." Darlene's eyes relayed mirth at the others frankness. Yes it had been mean, but girls in a force like them were very often that way. Darlene had not expected an easy time. "And I hope you never shall need to think about that overly, you are upon the autumn of maidenly carefree I hear. Marriage is a difficult enough adjustment to make, without it being cut prematurely short as mine was." But she did not want to talk about Thomas, doing so only made her sad. They had had such high hopes, and while it had gone horribly wrong, she had loved him still. And now he was gone. "Oh well." Frances then put the ball into Darlene's court, and the Vicountess bent forward to include the others with her smile, "Well it is probably obvious really, I seek delightful company such as one can find in unrepressed youth. I may be a widow, but I refuse to cluster with courts old matrons. Fun and lightness is what I truly seek. Shall you like to play a game with me, there is so many to be had, even for the most discreet of sorts who might appear as hush as a church mouse.” Darlene actually had no idea at that moment what sort of very quiet game might be played during a church service - but if such a thing could possibly exist, she’d be the one to invent it.
  25. Darlene Hamilton

    EASTER 1678 | Saturday Services (9th all day)

    Darlene, Frances & Co. Was it any comfort to already be known to the other? Not really (in her past circumstances) though at least Darlene did not need to introduce herself. (Her reputation no doubt had done that already!) But still, Darlene had rolled the dice by returning to London, and she could hardly shy away from these potentially awkward situations. Likely Frances said yes upon account of curiosity if nothing else, but good friendships had begun out of odder things in the past. Who knew, this might be one of such? "Yes unattended." Darlene gave a small smile and shrug, "Widowhood is not without considerable disadvantages, needing to make the most of ones own company being one of them. I would very much enjoy to better make your acquaintance, Lady Frances." Darlene fell into step and moved to the Cavendish lady's small grouping, there to offer a small smile - crossing proverbial fingers that the others eyes were not as baffled by that as inquiring. "Good morning Ladies." said she, her heartbeat having quicklened as she stepped into this stage of unknown drama.
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