Louis Killington Posted February 26, 2017 Share Posted February 26, 2017 Somerset Mansion (Lord and Lady Basildon) A spacious home made out of fashionable geometric shapes with details in sculpting, and the walls painted terracotta and white. The front lane was dotted with white gardenia's, blooming early. The entry was covered in vines with little white blooms and two hanging baskets with fresh spring flowers in different shades of pink. The mansion was three stories high, with enough room to house guests and hold several events. Downstairs one would find the parlour, the study, the dining room, the library and of course the garden room filled with a multitude of ferns and a jasmine brush. In the back a large lawn and a teahouse that looked small and frivolous. On the second floor there was a Master bedroom and a Ladies bedroom, both with a walk in closet. The walk in closet of the Ladies bedroom had recently been expanded. The third floor housed the guest rooms and the old nursery. Servants stayed in the attic. The fire was still roaring in his study as he added his signature to his semi-weekly letter to his wife. His letter contained the endearments she liked so well, as well as the code that they had fashioned prior to her departure. He reported diligently about the stories he had encouraged in their newspapers, promoting peace, religious tolerance, the advancement of trade, and support for the King. These were regular themes in the Gentleman Spectator. Of late, the open support for the Lord Treasurer had diminished and more favorable articles had been encouraged about the Duke of Buckingham. Great coverage had been given to Princess Mary and her trip to the United Provinces. Not only was Princess Mary near the hearts of the Basildons, but it was a chance to mention Lisa's role as her lady. The newspapers never missed an opportunity to praise any Killington for any reason. Nicolette would be promoted when the time was ripe. As for Nicolette, her initiation with Francis Kirke was mentioned in code so that Lisa would know that the plan for her status as royal mistress was advancing. As for the rest of his week, it had been mostly mundane after the breakfast with Buckingham the day before. There had been the enjoyable interlude with the twins after waiting on Danby. He had missed their sweet caresses more than he cared to admit. Lisa had been adamant about their removal after marriage. Fortunately she had turned a blind eye to his darkie slave Diana. As long as he kept her out of view, she was tolerated because she was no threat for her husband's heart. It had been Diana that had satisfied his needs on the journey home from Jamaica and it was her servicing him in Lisa's absence. She had returned to the household and was now his personal chambermaid. Monday had seen the obligatory fencing practice. Tuesday had seen the visit to the Royal Exchange to hobnob with traders, hoping to hear and pass the latest gossip. The gossip he shared was carefully orchestrated to advance his interests and often it was false. Then there had been the review of servants with Thomas Bromhill to determine which were likely spies for Buckingham, Danby and the King. He planned to threaten them with termination and offer coin if they would seek his edits to any reports they might send before they reported to their patrons. If he could turn their spies, it would be worth it. There was still no word from Buckingham about Danby's location. Danby's daughter was at Basildon's disposal. Until he met with the Lord Treasurer, he was not certain what he would do. Louis had asked Thomas to acquire some opium so that he might lace Brigitte's drink either before or during the party. Many different scenarios were going through his mind as to how she might be debauched. The letter was sealed and handed to Thomas. "He has yet to arrive?" Louis asked again. Hen and his Irish love interest were due to arrive at any moment. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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