Another Love

In 17th Century France the royal family is faring better than they have done before, some may even say thriving. They are well respected, loved and admired by their subjects. Not to mention the sounds of wedding bells are ringing as the youngest Princess is marrying into English nobility. Negotiations of marriage are well underway for the King’s oldest son as well; the Dauphin is expected to marry the Swedish Princess by fall. But underneath all the public success there is something hidden, a secret that could ruin the family, for good.

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8. Chapter Seven - The End

Pierre, my most darling of lovers,

I must apologise so graciously to you, I did not know you were imprisoned, I thought, no I was told, by my men that you had run away with another man. I was so foolish for ever thinking you could do such an awful thing.

Now it is I who is guilty of a hideous crime, I stuck my dear wife Catherine, she is hurt, I am not sure how badly and I will never know.

I have been taken back to my chambers; I received horrified looks as I walked through the grounds of my own home. I tried to differentiate the hideous looks of disgust between the ones I received for striking my wife or because my little secret had been outed.

I am sitting in my chair, behind my desk, my men had gone. I gather no one could stand to be in the same room as me, not now they all knew. I took the key from the chain around my neck and opened the top draw, the secret one with my letter inside. If I was a real man and I went about my plan this would be the last time I got to read the letters. I looked at each one carefully, making sure I read it in full. Not wanting to miss a single word that you, my love, had written to me.

It would not be long now until we were reunited in heaven. I have put so much shame to my Father’s good name, to the country, but most of all I have shamed myself and my wife. She is so embarrassed that she was married to a homosexual.

There is nothing wrong with liking a man, so I keep telling myself. But I guess the world is just not ready for me to be who I am so openly. And a world where I cannot be myself is not one I want to live in.

I will take my own life honourably, if there is such a thing. Then we can be together, I know the Bible teaches against what we are but there must be a place somewhere in the world for us, and we will find it together. Forgive me Father for I have sinned.

Though as I draw my final breath, as I lift the dagger to my throat I cannot help but think about how wrongly you suffered at the hands of my men. 

We will be reunited as one, once again, but until then I gift you with all of my heart.

Francis  

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