Aria Posted November 21, 2016 Share Posted November 21, 2016 "I suppose so," Langdon replied to Maldon. Thirty minutes would be sufficient to discuss matters with Susan. As to how long it would take to locate the desired document, Charles had no idea. He supposed it depended upon the number of documents in there. In truth, he would likely be bored after looking for 15 minutes, unless Susan showed an interest in it. Taking his leave of the rest, Langdon followed Potts into the archive and waited for the older man to give him a preview of the files and any hints he might provide. Of course, upon encountering Susan, Charles would feign surprise. "Lady Susan, what a pleasant surprise," he declared in a flattering voice. "Your presence alone will otherwise make dull research into a most pleasant endeavor." He waited for Potts to withdraw before speaking to Susan in a soft voice. "I took the dagger to a weaponsmith who recognized it as a dagger given to lords that provided service to Queen Elizabeth. I came here hoping to find a list of recipients so that we might narrow our search. Maybe the list notes specifically those engraved with the Tudor rose, which was on our blade. I left it with the smith to clean it." All of this information was revealed quickly, in the interest of time. "What have you learned?" Mr Potts opened the door and let Charles proceed him inside. It was a rather large room filled with shelves that were brimming with faded leather-bound tomes, scrolls, and stacked documents. All of them looked extremely old, but they weren't dusty. Someone came in here to clean regularly. In the center of the room was a plain wooden table which held a stack of paper, an inkwell, and a quill. Candles placed strategically around the room gave it light, illuminating shades of brown and gray. There were only two chairs beside the table and one of them was occupied by Susan Herbert. She looked up from the book she was studying as Charles walked in with the librarian. He seemed surprised to see her. She had heard snippets of the conversation outside and had recognized his voice as well as her cousin's. Another gentleman had wanted to come in here as well, and if he had been allowed in first, Susan had planned to abandon her research until it was Charles' turn. They were both looking for clues into the same mystery and she had found something she wanted to show him. “You are the last person I would expect to see here, my lord,” she replied. “But your company is most welcome.” “I'm afraid these files are very disorganized, but you should be able to find what you are looking for,” the librarian said. “I will leave you to it.” He withdrew from the room, leaving the two young nobles alone. Susan sighed in relief when Charles explained that the dagger had been a gift from Queen Elizabeth. “I'm glad you narrowed down the time period. That makes my own research a lot easier.” She indicated the book in front of her. “I found a list of ladies in waiting starting with Elizabeth of York. Now I can concentrate on those who served Queen Elizabeth. “I also found something that might be of interest to you.” Standing up, she moved to one of the shelves in the back and bent down, reaching behind it and drawing out a thick tome. Rising, she walked back over to the table and placed in in front of Charles. “I found this wedged behind a shelf, as if someone was trying to hide it. I didn't look at it closely, but there are pictures of daggers inside as well as other weapons. Maybe it will be of use.” She sat back down in her chair. “When you go back for the dagger, may I come with you? I would like to see what it looks like cleaned up. Did you find out what was engraved on it yet?” Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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