He knew that he had been kept chained up and locked in the dungeon for a very long time, but he was unsure of exactly how many days had passed. A lot of people came by his cell every day —mainly Knights and guards— but other than Claude and his mother, he had not seen any other really familiar faces. Not even Francis, or Mary. Or Kenna. He had been wanting to talk to Francis, but he did try to understand that probably his brother was busy —or just unsure of what to believe so he hadn’t gone to seen him yet. But for Kenna he could find no other excuse other than her trying not to risk her reputation, something that he thought would be unlike of her as he knew she was reckless and didn’t care much of what people said or thought. He was also aware that she did not fear the Pagans and thought of all of these to be nonsense, fact that made it even weirder that she had yet to pay him a visit. So when the door opened one evening, she was not the person he expected to see (but that is not to say that he was not glad to see her).
Charlotte didn’t believe that Sebastian was one of the Pagans that marked her, she believed he may have been just trying to help her out, maybe knew of pagans and how to get her out of her situation and wanted to help her. “Your mother and father are not letting anyone in and out of the castle, personally I’m quite terrified of what Diane de Poitiers might do to get you out of here.” She said joking a little towards the end. “Why would you put yourself in harms way like this for me though? I mean I assume it was for me, if it wasn’t please excuse my words.”
Sebastian smiled a little at the Duchess’ words. He knew that his mother loved him really and would do anything to help, but he was rather surprised to hear the same about his father. Even though he was Henry’s favorite, he had always been blinded when it came to the Pagans. “You are a good person, your Grace, I would absolutely hate to not have tried to help you. Of course it was for you, and mainly because you did not deserve to be sacrificed by these bloodthirsty monsters…” He responded in a matter-of-fact tone.
It’s so very absurd. How can they even think that you’d be doing the sacrifice?
I do not know, but I can hope that in the end the misunderstanding will be cleared…I also do not want you to worry about me, so please do me a favor and do not worry yourself, yes.
That is good to hear. I was so worried.
..Then you should be let out. There should be some way to clear the misunderstanding soon.
Please do not worry about me, I am fine. Yeah, well I think that for now that I will probably spend some time in here, until father decides the verdict of my case.
Bash - are you alright?
..I have heard some things, but.. I wanted to hear the truth from you.
I am doing fine, yes.
The truth is that…The guards misunderstood. I had just gotten there and I was about to take the man off the tree, when they came they thought I had performed the sacrifice…
Diane nodded her head slightly at Sebastian’s words. “Your father made sure that no one is to leave the castle, we’re paying a hefty amount of money to keep anyone from talking.” She said keep her voice down, at this rate she might even go broke just to keep her son from dying or being burned, not that she thought Henry would ever do that but others might. “Why would you do something like that Bash? I understand that she didn’t deserve to be sacrificed, but you have yourself to worry about as well. If you would’ve told me I would have made sure the guards and knights stayed put.”
"I wanted to help her, mother…I didn’t think that anyone would be in the woods at this hour. Not even our guards." He told her with a sigh. "Look, I don’t want you to worry, alright? I am sure I can trick people by saying that I was there and tried to take the man off, but the Knights misunderstood my intentions and actions altogether." He said in a more hopeful tone, hoping that his mother would help him come up with a believable lie.
As soon as Charlotte heard about what had happened and now that Bash was in the dungeon, the young Duchess knew exactly what happened. She managed to charm her way into the dungeon and past the guards and knights, all with a bottle of wine. She slipped into where they were keeping Bash and smiled softly at him. “You shouldn’t be here…”She said softly before opening the bottle of wine. “I figured you could use a drink though.”
Sebastian didn’t know how to feel when he saw the young Duchess entering the room, but he felt a wash of relief as she spoke. Luckily, she had not been tricked into believing that he was a Pagan and he was also one of those that performed sacrifices. He accepted the bottle of wine after bowing his head at her. “I appreciate you visiting me here, your Grace.” He told her in a sincere tone. “And I thank you for not believing that I am one of these people that terrorized you, not long ago.”
Francis frowned, there surely was something wrong in his brother’s actions; before then, he never told him to not go with him to a hunting trip. “What? Why not?! Sebastian, what’s happening here?” He asked, not anymore only curious, but worried, too. When he mentioned the Pagans, Francis’ expression softened, of course that was another way of protecting him. “I see, well…you have your reasons, but you owe me a hunting trip, Bash, and I will not forget it.” He said, seriously at first, but then he let his tone be playful; he was seeing that Sebastian was making an excuse, but if it wasn’t a very important thing, he would have shared it with him. So he just let go, there was no point in pestering Bash.
Sebastian was glad when Francis decided to drop the issue and not pressure him any longer. He smiled at his brother and patted him on the back in a friendly manner. “You have my word, brother. Next time we will go on a hunting trip together.” He promised, while another smile graced his lips. “I shall go get ready now, but I will see you tomorrow, I am sure.” He told Francis before turning around to leave, glancing once more behind him at his younger brother.
Ah, best o’ travels then.
I seek t’Queen. I wish t’ask fer a place on her royal guard.
Really? Queen Mary is one of the nicest and most fair people, and if you are qualified, she will most probably do not hesitate just because of your gender.