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" You were rather brazen Mother, worthy of several names I will not
I laugh as my daughter straightens the aged papers and ties them with
their faded blue ribbon. She takes a seat next to her husband, a careful
hand on her swelling belly.
" Brazen?" I inquire, pretending to be curious. " May I ask why?"
" Married to one man, and involved intimately with another."
" May I remind you, Mary, that if it were not for those intimations
you would not be present." I smiled at my daughter.
" And me as well, I suppose." John asks from beside me.
" Aye, you as well Lord Denoncourt." I pat my son's knee and sigh.
How I wish Guy were here at this moment as I enlightened my children about
my past. " It's a shame you never knew your Papa."
John's eyes, a mirror image of mine, cloud with sorrow. " I know, but
Apollo has never accepted a rider but you mother."
" And I never rode him again. I couldn't, yet no one else would buy
him. It was as if he could not stand the touch of any other human but me."
I shake my head slightly at the memory. It's as if I can still see Guy's
broken body lying on the ground.
"Did you never see Henry Burton again?" Charles, Mary husband, asked
trying to lighten the mood.
" I saw him once, about a year after I had Mary. In Calais. He did
not recognize me, and naturally Guy and I did not acknowledge him. He hand
another woman on his arm, perhaps his wife, perhaps his mistress. Yet he
seemed happy enough."
" You have broken quite a few hearts in your time, Mother." John
" But I have had mine broken many more times than I have done the
breaking." Again, I sigh deeply. I had wondered about this day, when I
would give my children the papers that held the story of my life. I knew it
would not be easy, but I had not been prepared for the flood of memories
that came with it.
" Mother?" Mary asked, as I now had a few tears dripping down my
face. I wiped them away quickly.
" I'm surprised no one had brought up the fact that I'm a murderess."
John gave a short laugh at my comment.
" I confess, I did wonder how you got out of that one." Charles
" We just left. We didn't collect anything except for Marie and our
purses. I left every possession with every memory behind. No can ever truly
know what happened to Logan. But I suppose our immediate absence was
suspicious." I explained. The subject of Logan's murder never seems to
affect me much, surprisingly. I had to do it, and that is all there is too
" Then we came to France, got married and had Mary. Shortly after
that Marie married and went to England. Then just before I had John, Apollo
threw Guy, and you all know the rest. You were there too."
We settled into a comfortable silence, into a comfortable life. I
had my children, and nothing else mattered.