Henry Grey Posted November 27, 2022 Share Posted November 27, 2022 (edited) Quote Upon entering the octagonal tower from the quadrangle, one is immediately confronted by an austere stone chamber whose only features include an imposing set of stairs cut into the west wall and three small windows grouped around the entry door. The flagstones have been smoothed by centuries of footsteps pacing to and from the small door on the east wall that leads to the adjoining main tower. Torches, placed in niches cut into the walls at intervals, provide light in the darkened space. A single bench, made of well-worn oak rests against the south wall of the tower immediately opposite the oaken door leading to the inner courtyard. Thick, velvety ribbons of royal blue have been draped along the chamber’s walls to add some color to the otherwise drab surroundings, strings of silver bells tying them at intervals to hooks set into the stone surface. Dried rose petals litter the worn stone, lending their color and refreshing scent to the entrance. Lord Grey was an early riser. His most productive thinking was done before sunrise, before breaking fast even. So, his morning routine had settled into waking up well before the sun tinged the sky with colour, studying, taking notes, and thinking for a few hours, taking his morning constitutional, and then a hearty breakfast. The sixteenth had started quite foggy, and Richelieu had needed more attention than usual, so when Henry decided to stop his work on the telescope eyepiece he was trying to fit, it was later than usual. Thus, he decided to break fast first, and then walk up to the castle. It would take him the better part of an hour to get there, so he directed Seamus to take the coach to the castle and wait for him there, as walking one way would be enough exercise for the day. As he approached, Henry started looking for the best place to setup his telescopes. His observations from afar lead him to think that the roof of the Octagonal Tower would be best, as it was one story higher than the South Tower, and thus farther from ground-level lights. Still he would have to check for the evenness of the floor, and the availability of space. Once he got to the ground floor of the tower, he stopped for a few minutes to catch his breath. Lord Grey had never been the athletic sort, so an hour of walking, although great for his health, was still an effort. Hopefully, as he continued the custom, it would become easier over time. Edited November 27, 2022 by Henry Grey Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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