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PostSubject: [RP] The Home of Henry and Rhiannon Grey   Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:08 am

Andras, the faithful manservant of the Greys, who had been with them since Wales, opened the door for Master Henry and the guest who arrived with him.

"Her Ladyship has not yet returned from Whitehall, Sir," he regretfully informed his master. "Is there anything else I can get for you or your guest?"

Andras saw to it that Henry and his friend the merchant were given refreshments in the parlor as the two gentleman began to catch up.

Shortly, though, there was the familiar noise of the carriage pulling up to the house. Lady Rhiannon was home! Andras had a smile on his face as he opened the door for the young woman whom he'd known since she was a child. Life in London was very different from Trawsgoed, but he knew the importance of she and Henry being here, so he faithfully accompanied them on their move.

"Welcome home, m'lady," he said with a grin.


"It is good to be home Andras, is Henry home? I've news to tell him..." Andras informed her Henry was indeed home, with a guest, and directed her to where Henry and his friend were conversing, and she had to restrain herself from running across the house to be in her husbands arms again. But, they had a guest, so she tried to calm herself and present herself as a Lady, as she entered the room and flashed a smile at Henry.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Home of Henry and Rhiannon Grey   Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:04 am

Henry had taken James into the parlour and hoped Rhi would be back soon since he knew James wouldn’t be able to stop for long.

“So, where next for you?” Henry asked as they sat in the comfy high backed chairs.

“Amsterdam first, the Low Countries…then possibly back to London till the spring…depends on the weather. Tell me though Henry, what do you make of England’s future now…given how damned pessimistic you were last year…”

Henry paused, thoughtful in all that he did and said, took a sip from his glass and then spoke. “It’s early of course, but order is being restored and there is a buzz of business once more that you must have noticed by the docks…I think…I hope…that England is ready to step out from the shadow we have been laboring under these past few years.”

The man studied Henry for a moment, a slight smile lifting the corners of his lips. “Henry, do I see ambition there in your mind?”

Henry flashed a rare grin back at his friend. “Perhaps…I’m happy to serve our Queen in whatever way Her Majesty deems fit. I’ve been appointed Treasurer for Middlesex…I had considered a…”

Just then Andras opened the door and Rhi came in, her face lit with a smile. Henry felt his own face lift in a smile at being within reach of his wife again.
“Rhi, my love…I’m glad you came home in time.” He had much to ask of her, but…it could wait till his guest had departed. “Rhi, do you recall James Whitaker, I don’t think you managed to speak to him at our wedding…”

James rose from his seat and a small bow, “You’re looking well…” he smiled and coughed. “Well, Henry, I really would like to talk to you more…but I have to leave with the tide, none-the-less, I would like you to look at this when you have time…” He passed Henry a folded and sealed document. “Perhaps leave a response with the Harbour Master if you have any…”

He dipped his head again towards Rhi, “Lady Grey” and then strode from the room, Henry close behind. James stopped for a while, clearly uncomfortable, "Henry, I'm so very sorry to hear of your father, the Earl...he was a man of honour". With that, he strode on “Safe journey my friend” Henry said as Andras showed James out.

Henry stood for a moment, looking at the document in his hand and shrugging, James always was rather awkward in social situations…perhaps why he had chosen the trader life.

Henry returned to the parlor and to his wife, slipping his arms around her waist and holding her close to him. “Well now, wife of mine, what news do you have from the Palace?” He said beaming, filled with a profound love and pride for Rhiannon.

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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Home of Henry and Rhiannon Grey   Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:11 am

She was a bit surprised at how quickly James took his leave, she remembered the man from their wedding but had never gotten to talk to him. Rhi regretted that yet again she had not gotten to talk to this friend of Henry's.

Still, that worry was forgot as Henry slipped his arms around her waist and held her, asking for her news.


"I have been given apartments at the Palace... as a Lady in waiting I will be expected to be there, to be close to the Queen when I need to attend to her. I came home to gather my belongings... but I do not know how I will handle being apart from you my love.."
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Home of Henry and Rhiannon Grey   Sat Jan 17, 2009 5:48 am

Henry was, of course, pleased that his wife had been taken into such an intimate position of confidence with the new Queen but this news had a bitter tinge to it.

“I see…has it been made clear whether you have to remain there…indefinitely, or what?” He said quietly.

Thinking on it, Henry guessed it was inevitable that the Queen would want her first Lady in waiting to be at hand as much as possible…especially during these early months of her reign. It would be useful having an ear so close to the high politics of the Kingdom…but to have Rhi away from his side so much would be…unacceptable.

“I fail to see why Her Majesty would require you at night…or indeed, every single day my love…I purposefully chose our London residence to be close to Whitehall and the Palace.” He held her tightly in his arms. “Perhaps we should seek clarification…”.

“Do you have time for dinner…and…for me before you leave?” He asked with a smile reserved only for the woman he loved more than anything.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Home of Henry and Rhiannon Grey   Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:23 am

She shared Henry's disappointment, and knew full well that she would not emotionally survive the separation from Henry.

Rhi also knew that special smile he gave only her, when he asked if she had time
. "Of course my dear...I always have time for you, even when I shouldn't," she said with a wink. "I also need to go to our room to... gather some clothes and belongings," she said with a soft smile.

"Do you think you could assist me with that my love, before dinner?" Rhiannon asked with a grin.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Home of Henry and Rhiannon Grey   Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:11 am

He took her hand in his and led his wife up the stairs to their bedchamber…quite sparse compared to the luxury of their home in Kent, but the large custom build bed told its own tale. The four posted monster had taken a gang of men to bring into the home and construct, much to the amusement Henry was sure, of those who knew the Grey’s at all.

It was…a little sign of luxury that reflected that of their true home…and the nature of their private relationship.

Henry held Rhi close to him, his hand lifting to her hair, pulling it free and loose. His eyes met hers and he dipped his head to kiss her full lips passionately. Their love was something…powerful, something Henry treasured during the crisis of revolution and the murder of his father…she was the one who kept him sane…kept him focused. For that alone, he would love her till God chose to end his days. But, there was so much more…

After, as they lay in bed together, with Rhi resting her head on his chest Henry reached over to the side cupboard on which he had placed the letter from his friend.

As he read it, he felt his fingers tense in anger. It was a letter detailing the wherabouts of the man who led the charge which killed his father. The man had fled to the Colonies in the Americas…if Henry wanted ultimate vengeance, he too would have to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

He folded the letter and placed it aside again as he pondered the recently discovered information. The man may as well be in China…if Henry could not imagine spending his nights alone with Rhi at the Palace, there is no way on Gods Earth that he could travel to the Americas to enact a final point of revenge.

He sighed and kissed Rhi’s neck and shoulder softly. “My love, we should rise…Andras will of no doubt prepared dinner by now…” However, rather than rising straight away...he simply squeezed her in his arms and kissed her softly again.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Home of Henry and Rhiannon Grey   Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:40 am

She reluctantly parted from him after their passionate joining. Their physical relationship was a huge part of their deep bond, and one reason she was anxious about being parted from him if she was to live at the Palace.

Rhi sat up, combing her hair through with her fingers.
"Let's hope the Queen doesn't call for me later or she might wonder why my hair is different..." she said with a laugh.

She fixed it as best she could without a maid to help her and then slid into her dress, standing with her back towards Henry so he could do up the laces. Most men wouldn't know how to deal with the laces of a woman's bodice, other than to undo them... but in their time together Henry had disheveled her in the middle of the day or other situations, and with practice had become quite the ladies maid. It was fortunate because the design of the dress made it rather difficult for her to dress herself.

Once she was presentable again, she gave Henry a kiss and they headed downstairs where Andras had dinner ready and waiting. Rhi saw a knowing smile on the manservant's face, who could see the telltale flush on Rhi's face and chest, even if he didn't need that physical sign to know what she and Henry and been up to, after the time he had known them.

They shared a dinner then, laughing, Rhi went to her room to actually pack this time. Once her basic belongings and some dresses were packed, she went to the parlor for a last snuggle with Henry. As she curled up in his arms... she found herself incapable of leaving.


"It's late... I'm sure they won't miss me till morning... I don't want to spend one night apart from you my love."
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Home of Henry and Rhiannon Grey   Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:02 am

Henry always felt a joy in helping his wife dress…it was unusual thing for a man to do, but it seemed to provide for an intimate moment of love and dedication that was often done in silence but meant a great deal to him.

He ignored the look exchanged between Andras and Rhi…sometimes a servant learnt to ignore their masters behaviour and sometimes a master needed to learn to ignore his servants behaviour. Such was the dance of good household management. Their dinner was pleasant, filling and all the more enjoyable because Rhi was with him.

He stood as she rose to pack some of her belongings and ready her things for taking up to her new apartments at the Palace. Henry smiled as she flashed her eyes at him on the way out of the door and he crossed to go towards the parlor to relax in…but he paused and went instead to his study.

Pulling the letter from his pocket, he searched for a collection of maps he kept on a shelf until he found one he wanted. Checking the name of the place he wanted, he ran his finger down the coastline of the colonies till he found the name he wanted. Nodding once, he placed both the letter and the map in the second drawer of his desk, locking it shut afterwards. That business would have to wait for now.

The fire was burning well by the time he sank into the two person seat, when Rhi returned he wrapped his arms around her and she rested her head on his shoulder. He smiled when she found an excuse not to go…not that he minded.

“My love, you are a servant of the crown, as we all are of course…still, as you say, it is late.”
He kissed the top of her head. “Stay with me tonight…we’ll have Andras ensure you are taken to the Palace first thing in the morning.”
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Home of Henry and Rhiannon Grey   Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:26 am

She was glad Henry didn't fight too much over her staying the night, and she agreed reluctantly for Andras to arrange her escort to the Palace tomorrow. The room at the Palace was cold, unfamiliar... and here were her husband's arms. He was her protector, her lover, her rock... he kept her grounded and stable, through all that they had experienced. Through the time they had been married, their love and passion had yet to fade, instead grew stronger with each day.

"If I may inquire, my love.. what was the documents James left with you? Seemed important..."

As she listened to him, Rhi snuggled closer, his body warm and her stomach full of the delicious dinner the cook had prepared. When he was done speaking, she said, "I will write the Queen when I get there in the morning.. about arranging something. Don't want to be apart from you my love," she mumbled sleepily as she rested comfortably against his chest, held tightly in his strong arms.

She dozed off, the warmth of Henry and the fire lulling her to sleep as she lay snuggled in his embrace. Soon her half-conscious state registered that her husband was carrying her, and she opened her blue eyes as they entered the bedroom. Her gaze caught Henry's as he looked down at her with a smile... then laid her lovingly on the bed, kissing her soundly before she was allowed to stand up to get undressed.

Henry helped her with the laces of her dress, and she slipped out of the red garment once more, draping it across the couch in their room before smiling at him. He grinned mischievously and tugged at her chemise as well. "I want to feel your skin, wife.." he said in almost growl. Rhi laughed at let him pull it off of her, smiling as he tossed it to the side and the two slipped into bed, bare as the day they were born, wrapped around one another.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Home of Henry and Rhiannon Grey   Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:34 am

The heavy curtains were drawn back from the windows, Andras less than subtle way of telling them it was time to get up. Henry wasn’t sure he wanted that particular part of his morning routine continued, he protectively pulled the sheets tighter around Rhi and himself…aware of there state of undress.

Andras left to prepare breakfast and Henry slowly kissed Rhi awake. “Sorry love, time to rise…you need to get back to the Palace should the Queen need you”.

He slipped from bed and began to dress, but before he had done much more than put on some trousers and a loose white shirt he caught sight of her in bed. Henry sat in a chair opposite the bed and smiled as she dozed. Finding Rhi at the time he had in his life had possibly kept him sane…so much had happened and his family humiliated by the republicans, to have her love…so intense and unquestioning, it was her love that gave him the strength to fight on even during the dark days.

She opened her eyes and immediately caught his gaze, Henry felt the love they shared and smiled back at her. “Up you get…” he said softly. She made a show of getting up, stretching as she stood from the bed. Henry chuckled and rolled his eyes… but rose quickly from his seat to go to her.

Andras had kept breakfast in the kitchens until they had finally come down to the dining room…both of them respectfully dressed and as refined as they ever were for public presentation…only the grins they shared betrayed their late arrival at breakfast.

Henry held his hand over Rhi’s after they finished, waiting for a carriage to take her to the Palace. “I will be going to County Hall, see if the county requires my services today…if not, I’ll be riding out for some hunting…if you have to stay at the Palace tonight, please have a message sent back to the house…”

She agreed and Henry could see the reluctance in her eyes, to be parted from each other was always very hard…as husband and wife they rarely spent more than a couple of hours apart and this life was proving to be difficult to adapt to.

He kissed her, softly, holding her head in his hands as he did so at the door to their home before finally letting her slip from his grasp. She turned at the door of the carriage and flashed him a smile, a smile that struck in his heart… He smiled back at her and then watched as her carriage rode off.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Home of Henry and Rhiannon Grey   Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:36 am

She looked out of the carriage window as they rode towards the palace... her blue eyes watching Henry until she could no longer see him.

Rhi sighed as she sat back in her seat for the remainder of her short journey to the palace. It was just so hard to be away from Henry... she would have to write or ask the Queen what could be done.

They arrived at Whitehall and the Guard let them in once they discovered whom the carriage belonged to. It was time to settle into her apartments at the Palace...


(Continued in the Apartments of the First Lady in Waiting...)
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