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Post  Gareth Woodmarsh on Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:51 pm

"Children? Dangerous?" The idea seemed to be a bit beyond Gareth's grasp. "I think you've been at sea too long, my good man. There is nothing to fear from children, not even French ones."

But by talking to Deverel, he had not noticed the vase being thrown their way by the Frenchman. However, he did notice when it hit the wall nearby, shattering into pieces and spraying water over him.

"See, those knaves are the ones we need to concern ourselves with! They're so desperate that they're attacking with flowers! Flowers, for God's sake!"

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Post  Samuel Woodmarsh on Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:04 pm

"Indeed, brother, for once you are correct," said Samuel, still smarting over the affront to his wardrobe. Thankfully he had seen the incoming vase and had stepped far enough away so as to avoid getting drenched.

But now another Frenchman had come up to them and was making some sort of gesticulation. Samuel blinked in confusion at the man's attempt to communicate. Was he telling them to cease their attack? A typical French response, then.

"We...will...do...what...we...wish," he responded, speaking each word long and slow so that the message might sink in better. In case it had not, he added more harshly, "You will not tell us what to do, you spineless fool!"

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Post  Nicolas Daubigny on Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:10 am

It was probably quite foolish to fight with these men, even though one of them was just a civilian. The redcoated fellow had an actual sword. But Daubigny had just about had enough of this place, and enough of being ordered about by fools. He had no weapon, but there were plenty of chairs! He swung one against the floor, intending to break off a leg to use as a club, but the blasted thing refused to cooperate. What was the matter with these chairs? He realized belatedly that the frame was not just gilded wood, but it actually seemed to be made of brass.

"Get out of here!" he snarled in French, pointing the chair legs at the civilian. "This is French territory now and I won't see you harm these children. Get out!" Even as he spoke, he wondered what the hell he was thinking. He cared nothing for the children, but his mouth was running away on its own.

Behind him, the school group laughed and cheered, some of them throwing food.

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Post  Samuel Woodmarsh on Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:23 am

Samuel raised an eyebrow. The Frenchman was actually threatening him with a chair. This really would not be much of a battle. At least he was speaking more coherently now in his own language, which Samuel happened to speak rather well. Obviously the silly Frog had thought that they were all ignorants who did not speak French. Well, perhaps the navy officer could not; Samuel knew nothing about the man and thus could not say. As for Gareth, Samuel knew his brother had been taught French but whether the lessons had ever sunk in was a matter of debate. So perhaps he would have to get the message through himself.

"French territory? A dining room?" he sneered in French, "Surely you do jest, sir. But if you insist on fighting, I will be more than glad to oblige."

He pointed his fireplace poker directly at the Frenchman, hopefully demonstrating that he was not to be trifled with.

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Post  sans nom on Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:48 pm



The man spoke French! For some reason, this gave Charcot the confidence to ask, even in front of an officer, "What the hell is goin' on here?" (The man in the robe was only a naval officer, after all.)

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Post  Jack Deverel on Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:56 pm

Deverel gave his Francophone countryman a quick glance. "What do they have to say for themselves?"

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Post  outis on Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:59 am

"Good heavens!" exclaimed a young woman with russet hair and a less than respectable neckline. She had skirted the three gentlemen and now regarded the scene with an expression which bespoke dignified alarm, though her voice, when she spoke again, was edged with laughter.

"Children armed with cutlery. How terrifying!"

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Post  Samuel Woodmarsh on Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:01 pm

"That fool is trying to claim this dining room for his country," Samuel told Deverel, nodding at the Frenchman with the chair, "Though he may be the only one trying to make such a claim, for the others seem to be unaware of what's transpiring. At least that one is." He gestured in the direction of the soldier who had asked what was going on.

The sudden appearance of the woman gave him pause, but she did not appear to be the sort of lady who would be worth his attention. Besides, he was much too irritated at those blasted Frogs at the moment.

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Post  Gareth Woodmarsh on Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:12 pm

Samuel may not have had any interest in the woman, but Gareth on the other hand would never look a gift horse--or a lady--in the mouth. Her arrival had caught his attention at once, and he quickly hastened over to her.

"Have no fear, miss. We will see these French interlopers off!" he said, brandishing his sword in an exaggeratedly heroic manner. "You had best get behind us. I would not want you to run afoul of any of these rogues!"

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Post  outis on Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:50 am

Janet gave the officer a coy smile, but rather than retreating, she slipped past him to perch on the edge of the dining table.

"French?" she gasped, looking over her shoulder to see for herself – she caught a glimpse of ginger hair and winked – before turning back to the redcoat, her hand fluttering to her breast. "Why, sir! You can't mean that you intend to fight them with only three of you? Surely it would be more prudent to withdraw, call for reinforcements? Artillery perhaps?"

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Post  sans nom on Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:29 pm



Charcot stared at the newcomer and then jabbed his mate in the ribs with his elbow. "Roux! It's that woman there! Look, ain't it that woman?"

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Post  Keiju on Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:50 pm



"What is this?"

The question came from a young man in a dirty wool serge uniform, who was peering cautiously at the room's occupants. He was laden with a pack and webbing, with a rifle slung from his right shoulder. The liberal spattering of mud on his uniform made it seem as though he'd been rolling on the ground.

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Post  outis on Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:35 pm

Janet regarded the new arrival curiously, then smiled. "Come in, luv. Have a bite to eat. There's plenty of food."

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Post  Jack Deverel on Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:52 am

Deverel grinned at the sight of the woman with coppery hair. A pretty wench for sure. He would be glad to defeat the French rabble with her as an audience. "We can manage 'em, my girl. Never fear."

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Post  Keiju on Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:10 pm



Food? This got his attention, distracting him away from staring at the madmen who were brandishing fire pokers.

"Scran?" The idea that this place had 'plenty to eat' seemed too fantastic to believe. He was therefore resolved to see it before he'd give the woman's statement any credence.

Then he glanced at the fellow in the strange blue coat. "Manage who?"

This was all so damned strange!

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Post  outis on Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:46 pm

Janet gave him a reassuring smile and gestured to the platters of food on the table behind her. Poor child looked as though he hadn't had a decent meal in quite a while. Or a decent night's sleep, for that matter.

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Post  Jack Deverel on Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:33 pm

Deverel scowled indignantly. "Now is no time for eating!" he told the new lad, who looked to be wearing some sort of uniform. Deverel didn't care whether it was the uniform for postal service or the Methodist mission society, as long as the young man could hold a weapon. "Arm yourself and help us clear this French rabble out!"

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Post  sans nom on Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:46 pm



"Food? Eat? Eat food?" Foucheaux had followed his nose and he now stood dripping in the doorway, ignoring for the moment the strangeness of the spectacle before him. There was another man in a white robe like Paol's and Rosy's, so that was a bit reassuring, even if the man was brandishing a chair. This was obviously a mess hall, and he had recognized two most important English words. "Food, eat?" he repeated hopefully, looking piteously at the woman whose voice he had heard.

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Post  Keiju on Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:20 pm



The woman pointed out a table laden with food, which looked like a feast fit for officers. Was it really free for everyone to partake of? Barton wasn't sure he believed it. Then the man in the strange long blue coat spoke up.

"The French? They aren't the enemy, nor a rabble." Certainly not a rabble, from what Barton had seen of them. Frowning slightly, Barton glanced at the Frenchman who was pleading for food. "That table there, monsieur. It is for everyone," he said in French.

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Post  sans nom on Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:32 pm



Foucheaux stared wide-eyed at the strange Englishman and drew in a long breath. "Thank you," he said, eyes shining. And then he immediately turned to devour a pork pie.

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Post  outis on Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:32 pm

However confused his views on the French, the boy's last remark was, as far as Janet was concerned, the first sensible statement she'd heard all evening. "What's your name, love?"

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"You're welcome," Barton told the man. He was not yet prepared to tempt fate by helping himself to the food, but that moment was coming fast. An empty stomach was a powerful motivator, after all. He shifted his rifle sling higher up on his shoulder, then reached up to tip his steel helmet back a little on his head.

"My name's William, Miss. And yours?"

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Post  Gareth Woodmarsh on Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:18 am

"The French are not the enemy?" Gareth was staring agog at the strange Englishman--if an Englishman he was. His odd dress was one thing, but his comment was absolutely intolerable. "What sort of Englishman are you? Only a filthy traitor would say such a thing!"

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Post  Samuel Woodmarsh on Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:41 am

"Perhaps he is," Samuel remarked, wrinkling his nose in derision at the man's foul-looking, dirty clothes. Whether he was a traitor or not was a matter for debate, but his sense of fashion--or lack thereof--was a much more heinous crime. "No true Englishman would invite these French peasants to share his table."

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Post  Jack Deverel on Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:11 am

Deverel was beginning to feel confused, or perhaps it was merely lightheadedness from being wounded earlier. "Something strange is going on," he said, lowering his fire poker a bit.

The man in the white robe watched him and marginally lowered his chair as well. The blasted thing was getting heavy.

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