was in training to become part of King Henry VIII’s closest guard.
The King was no stranger to scandal. Several generations of my family
and the royal family have been intertwined.
stood watching Wilhelm Richard’s face fill with rage and blood. The
vein on the side of his forehead looked as if were going to shoot
blood. My armour rattled with my trembling body. I would reflect
badly on my family and in the King’s choices if I were caught.
man,” He paused to break from the toothy growl, “why are you in
my courtyard? And why have you come from my daughter’s room?”
I stammered awkwardly, “She sent for me.”
have no idea why Sir Richard intimidated me so. He stood nearly a
foot shorter than I.
groaned angrily, “young man, what is your name?”
straightened myself and mumbled shyly, “Sir Richard, the name is
the rage dissipated only slightly.
my boy, you are free to go without incident as soon as you present
this letter,” Sir Richard chuckled to himself.
I searched for the letter. I found the letter in the pocket of my
shirt. I shoved the crumpled paper into his outreached hand. His
facial expression changed from an angry smile to a scowl that showed
the shock and embarrassment he felt from the contents of the
salacious letter. Before this moment, Sir Richard had naively thought
his beloved daughter was husband hunting. In a way, that idea was
Richard’s voice dropped once again into a low whisper, “Anthony,
did you touch my daughter?”
may not have been shaking anymore. However, my anxiety made me feel
as if I may vomit. In response, I simply shook my head, for fear that
I might get vomit on his fine leather boots.
get back to the castle,” He paused again with a heavy breath, “do
not speak of this to anyone.”
slapped the back of my head harshly as I headed for the gate.
made quick work of the walk back to the castle barracks. I managed to
make it into my bed without waking anyone but my brother, James,
was your rendezvous with Lady Loraine Richard,” James voice was
chipper and curious.
looked toward his bunk with a bitter face.
laughed at my grimaced face, “What did a woman scare you, little
was irritated by my brother’s remarks. “well, James, she did
intimidate me. However that is not my reason for refusing her
aggressive advances,” I forced my voice so that it was sharp, “I
have plans to win the affections of another young woman.”
again chuckled at my expense. My sentimental feelings were much
different than that of the men that surrounded me.
you remember Lady Emily Rene Belcourt?” I asked James.
was the newest lady in waiting to the queen. She was more beautiful
than any other woman I had ever met. Emily’s skin was the color of
cream and honey. She had the most beautiful spring green eyes. Her
hair was particularly striking, her hair was as black as the feather
on a raven.
better befriend her father,” James prodded me, “She will not be a
maiden long in this court.”