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 February 2024, Palace Grounds, Versailles (Louis)

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PostSubject: February 2024, Palace Grounds, Versailles (Louis)   Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:11 am

February was possibly one of the lesser known but completely festive  months at the Palace of Versailles. For other than December and the celebration of Christmas and the French National Day, no other occasion required the complete redecoration of the massive, sprawling structure than Valentine's Day. The ritual had begun since the marriage of the current Lord and Lady Clement over twenty years ago and turned into a story still repeated in the media with awe and adoration. The public basked in their Lord's love of his lady wife, watching with beaming eyes and fluttery breath as the flowers in the entire palace were replaced with Dahlias for the month and multi colored butterflies were released over the palace grounds each sunrise and sunset.

And though these gestures were plenty, they were also public. The Lady Clement appreciated grand gestures, but more than that she appreciated the most important gift granted to her in February, an opportunity to spend more time with her husband. For the whole of Valentine's week the couple put all other work aside to accommodate private dinners in the Dahlientelle and then strolls around the grounds, the maze, the stables, anywhere their feet would carry them, their eyes on each other as the stars twinkled above.

Getting on in years, the Lord and Lady Clement had safely entered their fifties and yet, when they took these nightly strolls, Vanessa couldn't help but recall the memories of the two children who had once ran through these same paths, sometimes racing each other, smoothies racing the wind. Now, as they strolled hand in head, head head leaning on his shoulder and Louis' arm wrapped protectively around her waist, they simply raced time. They raced the sun that would rise and end this moment, the world that was slowly encroaching from all sides, they raced the speed at which their children were growing and shining as beacons of hope into this world, and they raced against this feeling that would surely outlast time itself.

Because no amount of time with each other would ever be enough for the two people slowly making their way through the winding paths of the palace rose gardens. As they walked, it was hard pressed for Vanessa to imagine herself in happier scenario. Perhaps if the children were here... But then that would mean they would have to revert to their role of parents, a role which they thoroughly loved but which admitted more people into their tiny universe.

Unlike tonight, when it was just the two of them.

"I was thinking," the Lady Clement mused out loud, lifting her head from her husband's shoulder in favor of looking into his eyes. Her own slate grey orbs sparkled both from joy and the reflected stars above. "I must have done something remarkable in a past life to get this fortunate. For the Gods do not grant such eternal bliss so easily."

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PostSubject: Re: February 2024, Palace Grounds, Versailles (Louis)   Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:15 am

February had come around once more, another milestone in the Lord and Lady Clement's life together, another year in which they'd battled against the odds to be with one another. Louis could never have been more grateful to the fates, for allowing them the opportunity of the life that they now had. So, with each year that came around, Louis insisted upon the public show of his love for his wife, with the complete redecoration of the Palace.

Filling it with Vanessa's favourite flowers, and bringing her gifts from across the world.

All of France loved it, Louis knew that, but it was not the adoration of his people that Louis expected to be gifted with each year. It was not the publicity of his feelings for his wife that he needed to be seen. No, Louis only allowed the world to see, because he insisted upon Vanessa knowing that he loved her so very deeply that the world had to see, to know, to wish that they were her.

Even if they never could be.

So, for the week in which they moved from their public services, Louis ensured Vanessa was treated like the Queen she was. Waiting upon her every wish, fulfilling each desire that she asked of him, and gifting her with his undivided attention. Whatever the Lady Clement asked of him became a reality, whether the request was spoken or not.

Mostly, though, their time was spent simply together. Walking the grounds of the Palace, having dinner together, or just simply being with one another. Material items had little and less value at their age, Louis knew that much, but he liked to show his wife just how deeply he loved her anyway.

As the two of them walked the grounds that evening, Louis' arm protectively around his wife's waist to ensure she did not grow cold as her head rested upon his shoulder, Louis could not have been happier. There was a tranquility of being at home, with Vanessa, behind closed doors where they could just pretend they were still in their twenties, or thirties, when time allowed them to just breath and enjoy themselves.

"I was thinking,"

It was not the words that roused Louis from his thoughts, his musings, it was the absence of the light pressure of his wife's head from his shoulder that indicated him to there being something out of the order of the evening. His eyes moved to Vanessa's, a small smile already in place as he looked down at the beautiful women he had the fortune to call his own. His eyes held the lightly questioning look that always followed when she spoke without fully completing the sentence, always eager -- even after all this time -- to know what was going on in the wonderful mind of hers.

"I must have done something remarkable in a past life to get this fortunate. For the Gods do not grant such eternal bliss so easily."

The smile on Louis' lips didn't falter as it grew larger, and they drew forth to his wife's forehead, planting the softest of kisses on her skin. He had long since learned not to point out the turmoil they'd both gone through to get where they were today. That had, quite simply, not happened when it came to moments like these. Not forgotten, no, just safely put away because those years would not bear any weight on their future.

"Ma chéri," Louis replied softly, shaking his head ever so slightly at the sentiment. "The Gods do not grant such things, we work hard to achieve them." He told her, tone fond as they continued walking. "And, no lady has ever worked so hard for her family as you..."

The compliment was nothing more than a whisper, Louis didn't need to speak loudly for Vanessa to hear him. But, more than just a compliment to the woman in his arms, it was the gentlest of thank yous for everything that Vanessa had done for both their small family, bringing him three perfect children, and a grandchild, but also to the wider world. The family of France, and the countries she was taking over.

For them.

For the Clements.

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PostSubject: Re: February 2024, Palace Grounds, Versailles (Louis)   Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:23 am

The line of conversation was so familiar, it brought forth its own warmth as Louis spoke. Vanessa had always believed in the Gods and he had always believed in them. And yet, they had been able to exist with their parallel belief system because it had never been more important that what they were to each other. The Lady Clement however liked to think that they were covering all bases with their widespread system of operation. The more eggs in their basket, the better it would be after all.

Which was precisely the plan with the acquisition of all the countries they had to their name now. Withe the children's victory - for Vanessa was sure her children would win - their number would be up to seven. And seven was a good number, but not good enough for what they needed to do. Not nearly good enough.

As the walked, the couple approached a rest in the rose trail, a solid marble bench carved by one of the most renowned sculptors of the seventeenth century. On days when the garden was open to the public, the bench with its claws and wings was the object of many a photographs. Tonight, it served as a dull white seat for the Lord and Lady Clement.

"May we?" Vanessa asked softly, looking up at her husband though long lashes, sure that he knew what she meant. The bench was hardly big enough for two but her seat had always been by her Lord Husband. And some things were best discussed out of the palace lest the staff find itself absently intruding.

They hadn't spoken about the UK directly because no direct approach there would work. And yet it was still a problem, that needed addressing. Vanessa was certain that if the idea of solving two problems at once had occurred to her, it had occurred to Louis as well.

"I'm afraid I am not as young as I used to be," she smiled, no air of regret in her expression. Growing old with the man by her side had been and would continue to be her greatest joy.

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PostSubject: Re: February 2024, Palace Grounds, Versailles (Louis)   Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:31 pm

As the two of them found their way through the rose gardens, towards the marble bench that had stood in the gardens for as long as Louis could remember, Vanessa slowed off a little bit, leaving the Lord Clement's steps to slow by her side without question. The soft question of taking a break from their walk was one that Louis agreed to with the smallest of nods.

Vanessa knew that she had never needed to ask for his permission, anything she wanted, anything he could give her, he had promised her the world a long time ago, and slowly, slowly that promise was coming in to fruition.

"As my lady wishes," Louis replied, trying to mock the notion of a lower class man, but his eloquent nature betraying such form. The seat had only ever been big enough for both of them to sit comfortably when they had been children, so without hesitation, Louis took up the seat comfortably, and drew his wife in to his lap. There wasn't even a glance around them, Louis knew the staff would not be around, they needn't hide from anyone in this moment.

"I'm afraid I am not as young as I used to be,"

"And yet, you're still the most beautiful woman in the world," Louis told her softly, leaning up only marginally to place a soft kiss to the corner of Vanessa's mouth, not daring to disrupt the soft tint applied to her lips the evening as they sat together on the bench.

"You have something you wish to discuss..." Louis prompted, still talking softly as his hand sought out his wife's, entwining their fingers carefully and waiting for her to bring forth what was on her mind. He knew Vanessa much too well to miss the fact she wished to talk about something, and he'd never deny her his time, he would always make time to listen to her.

Tonight would not be any exception.

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