94 Even More Serious

Joan of Kent-21 June 1355

Joan watched him until he had vanished around a bend in the trail.

‘So there he goes, the only citizen of the new Occitan, to join his Queen. Will he become her subject or will he become her lover? Or both? Who knows? I really wish them well.’

‘Hopefully, they will be well out of reach before Du Gueslin can re-marshall his forces.’

‘All the threats to Ximene’s life originated with Du Guesclin?’

‘Certain of it.’

But with her stand-in, what was her name … Alyse, travelling with us, won’t Du Guesclin be confused?’

‘Regretfully, I think that ruse has all but failed. I don’t know how but I believe Du Gueslin somehow knew of the switch and the presence of the bishops small army is the evidence of that. Their leader knew the Prince’s identity.

‘Do you think Du Guesclin himself was here today?’

The Earl smiled grimly. ‘He was here today alright and in flight, he did survive. However, he can have no idea what happened after the battle. If we leave clues there is still a chance he will follow us rather than Ximene. It might give me the opportunity to kill him.’

‘I will not feel safe until you do. But, come, to even more serious matters; we must not waste time in reuniting with our Prince, I must not waste time reuniting with my Prince. From what you have told me, Alyse is almost indistinguishable from Ximene and therefore just as attractive!’

The most dangerous woman in the world