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Poppy's Diary {open}

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Tuesday, early evening  ......

She went out the same way she had come in - thru the inner walled entrance then out into a long side area then the Bell Tower set into the outer wall and from there the Thames appeared. Walking to the dock she had her Mistresses badge and so a boatman was easy to catch up to Whitehall. From there is was as if was just another day and she was about her business. Reaching her goal she noted that nothing was amiss so word must not have been leaked out or no one had seen Davina being put into that coach or where it was headed. She opened the door and then set the latch not wanting to be disturbed. It would soon be dark and for a moment she stood still her gaze far off and then with a small shake she set about her tasks.

First to the bedchamber and a large piece of fabric was opened across the bed onto which would be added as many dresses petticoats stockings and a cloak or two that would fit and she would be able to manage. Beside that a small pile of bedding was placed and several towels as well. She would she soon discovered have to hire a runner to follow her for it was too much indeed. For she must add in her own things as well. Three large chests stood along one wall all empty and she went and lifted the lids and then set to work. All of Davina's things were quickly folded and placed inside along with various keepsakes and private things she did not want to leave behind. Next the big room but it was all too much to try to accomplish in one go. She would have to return more than once she guessed. Next the embroidery frame - she removed the linen and carefully gathered up all the threads and needle case leaving it ready to be taken apart and moved. Her gaze fixed on several pairs of candle sticks and that made her look for those things that they would need immediately. She took all the candles and the flint stone and bundled them up to go in the fabric pouch she would take now. A few shawls as well and all the jewelry she could find. 

A tap tap on the door was sure to be the runner she'd recruited   ........

There was just so much that she could do for this night. Tomorrow she'd come back and start again.

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"There. It is enough for a start."

Hand on hips she nodded as her gaze traveled about the room.

"Gather up the two chests and this bundle then Ralph and we shall be off."

Her words were directed at the teenage youth dressed in Palace livery and to whom she'd promised ten pennies for his help and then to keep a watch over what was still left behind. She'd engaged another two to help carry the one large chest out to the waiting cart at a side entrance. If anyone got curious it was to be said the her Mistress was going to the country for some time off and so nothing suspicious about servants fetching and carrying or of herself directing.

She was gone long enough for this first night and was worried about her Lady. 

She would return no doubt several times over the next few days and it was to be hoped that any that she encounter that made enquiry as to Mistress Wellsely would seek her maid who would stick to the same story. She took a last lingering look clearly worried if or when she might ever return here but then squared her shoulders and cast her gaze over one shoulder saying

"Alright. Enough for now. Let us go."

She shooed him out then took a key from her pocket and locked the door.

It would take more time to return as she was not going by boat. She could coax another to help once she was back at The Tower (she gave a small shiver at that thought).

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Wednesday ......

It was as if they had never left.

Life went as usual and people as well. Despite her worries she had encountered no one either seeking or asking after her Mistress which upon reflection was perhaps just as well. The Story was the same to be told yet a part of her wanted much to seek out a certain Gentleman and make what had happened known BEFORE it was made Public - but would he be able to help? His position was an Official one and besides no one knew about her Mistress and him being lover's so his involvement could not be expected. And yet another part of herself was curious as to just HOW it would all be received here at Whitehall ......

She continued on her way and reached once again the set of rooms assigned to this Queen's Maid of Honor and noted that the door was as it had been left. She took the key and let herself inside then closed it behind her. Eyes traveled over this room taking note of how much her last visit had left things all astray and so before more could be done she first must set things to right. The Viscount had made the offer for help and it was to be accepted and Poppy had arranged for some of his men too come and take away all that was not going to her Mistress. Nothing of a private nature was to be left behind. Just a few hours she thinks and it will be done. After one could night she realized that what she had packed was not right and so now what was needed was better seen. She would pack up all the dresses of a plain nature that would be functional removing any jewels from others that were being sent away. Monies were a priority obviously and a small jewel would buy what was needed and serve to see them well enough provided for. Plus she thinks that if they are allowed out who's to say that their things will not be rifled thru and stolen.

The four large chests stood empty and ready and so she set about beginning with this outer room. Then the smaller bedchamber would follow. She had recruited the same two palace runners and the Viscount's men would see to the taking away. Her Mistress had thought that it would all be sent down to Matching there to be stowed away until she herself went there - whenever that was. She would also take the wine bottles and other such things with her as well for the nights grew cold despite it being Spring.

Even if things were done here she would continue to come everyday for nothing else but to listen and exchange gossip with others for that was how news was made and let out.

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