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The Castle! She had finally made it! She was already through the gates of the outer wall, but it had taken her considerable time and persuasiveness to get past the nervous guards. Her lover Percival was Lord over several castles and she had never been to this castle. The guards therefore did know her name but not her appearance. It was a miracle that she had made it up to the castle in the first place and she had often thought of her servant who had offered to accompany her.

It had started at 50 miles or so from the Castle. Maybe even more! Thousands of people fleeing the area towards the South and the West. Closer to the castle she had seen men, dead or badly wounded, lying in fields and besides the road. Some women trying to take care of the wounded, but there had been more work than they could manage. The stench had been horrendous!! This was not “some violence going on”. This was war!

She considered herself fortunate that Agnes had given her clothes. Not lady’s clothes, but clothes of the wife of a gentleman farmer. Her own clothes were torn when she fell of her horse. This way she drew less attention, although a woman on a horse never could pass without some attention. In normal days she had liked that in some occasions, but now she could very well do without it!

Ralph had handed her a floret and a flintlock pistol for her protection. The pistol had been untouched, but she had used the floret frequently, to fence of the wounded men that were near starvation. At first, she had stopped trying to help such a wounded man but, when his comrades got close and aggressive she had had to pierce one in the leg. No stopping after that!

All in all, it had taken her more than a fortnight to reach the castle. It was a two days ride to the castle, three at the most. She had spent three days on and of in unconsciousness and stayed a bit longer at the farm to recover. This recovery though had taken her longer than necessary. She had lingered because she was intrigued by that huge gentleman farmer. Ralph was a man of very few words, but the words he said were kind and meaningful. He had been away a lot, working, but when he was around he had shown full attention to his children and to her as well. Before this period of absence Percival had been in her presence a lot. He had always been busy doing business though.

After a few days she had raised enough courage to ask if there was a woman in Ralph’s life. He had looked at her with his bright eyes for a long time and then had said: “After Lily gave me Vera and Robert, she gave me Miranda, but died doing so.” She had felt so embarrassed! Later Agnes told her he had grieved over Lily a lot but than had left for the North because his Lord had demanded so. He had come back wounded badly in his face.

Felicia had wondered what would have been if Ralph had had similar pedigree and they had met earlier. But this thought had once again disturbed her, and she had made for her lover abruptly. Now she was at the castle. Although it was a sunny day the sky was darkened by smoke and she could hear guns and sabre rattling nearby. Oh my, how worried she was now! How she wished to see her Percival and feel his strong arms around her!

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soderhol: You have a great castle

Posted: 2018 Jan 2 5:16:14 PM

bigfarmer: Yes, not too big, not too small :-))

Posted: 2018 Jan 2 6:36:06 PM

charmychelle: Excellent work, Daniel, this really is a gripping story, I love it! 😃👍👍 Fantastic image to go with it as well 😎

Posted: 2018 Jan 2 5:43:01 PM

bigfarmer: Thank you Charmychelle! I'll post another one or two in the coming days. Then I will have to see if I can find some time to write. Also pretty difficult to give the story some depth when there is actually not that much room to write. Maybe I'd better start a blog or write a book if I ever find the time :-)

Posted: 2018 Jan 2 6:41:20 PM

robert m jacob: ohh wow that is a very interesting story great castle and very nice shot. pity we don't have these type of heroic stories and place here.

Posted: 2018 Jan 2 5:56:18 PM

bigfarmer: Thanks Robert! Living in the "old world" has disadvantages but definitely some nice advantages too :-) The story is just developing in my head of course...

Posted: 2018 Jan 2 6:43:18 PM

stefpics2: Gripping ! :)

Posted: 2018 Jan 2 6:08:27 PM

bigfarmer: Thanks Stef!

Posted: 2018 Jan 2 6:43:43 PM

kyle1337: Fantastic! Gripping to the last word to see what happens next! Excellent photo as well!

Posted: 2018 Jan 2 6:41:14 PM

bigfarmer: Thanks Legend! I'll post another one or two. After that I need to find time to continue...

Posted: 2018 Jan 2 6:44:56 PM

buzohippo: What a wonderful capture to go with this passage!

Posted: 2018 Jan 2 7:12:16 PM

bigfarmer: Thank you Maria! This is actually Burg Linn in Germany. I took this picture in high summer (so quite some editing) It is a small but beautiful little castle. The picture of the digging men was inside this castle :-)

Posted: 2018 Jan 3 8:28:45 AM

kyle1337: My friend have you ever thought of becoming an author? This book would be an instant hit! Everyone I know would read and love it!

Posted: 2018 Jan 2 7:34:26 PM

bigfarmer: Thanks so much Legend! I really appreciate. Yes I did/do as a matter of fact. Started off writing a book a while ago. Quite different from this. Writing on FR is difficult because of the lack of space, so I have to leave out all kind of details. Time seems to be the problem to become an author, or money, but that is the same :-)

Posted: 2018 Jan 3 8:32:40 AM

karin :): write a novel !! it's good

Posted: 2018 Jan 2 7:34:49 PM

kyle1337: Exactly! If this was published I would own at least two copies

Posted: 2018 Jan 2 7:36:26 PM
bigfarmer: Wonderful comment of you both. Gets me thinking all over again...

Posted: 2018 Jan 3 8:33:37 AM

mariacarmen: Hello writer🙋 you are more than ready to write a book👌, I love reading these stories, my imagination flies without stopping imagining the characters, thanks for this romantic story, the image is perfect👍👍👌👌

Posted: 2018 Jan 3 1:52:53 AM

bigfarmer: Thank you Mariacarmen. I would love to write more details but there is no room for that on FR. At least one more episode is on the shelf :-)

Posted: 2018 Jan 3 8:35:22 AM

rud15662864: Intriguing story and great picture.

Posted: 2018 Jan 3 3:14:44 AM

bigfarmer: Thanks so much Rud! Much appreciated. There are three more parts of this story somewhere down my photo stream, in case you do not already know. Starting with the first part (picture with sunlight coming into a room) makes more sense of the story :-)

Posted: 2018 Jan 3 8:40:23 AM

_alessandro_: You are really good writer!!! Write well and capture the reader's imagination!!! You absolutely must find a publisher! 👌👌👌

Posted: 2018 Jan 3 10:23:23 AM

bigfarmer: Thank you so much Alessandro. I am going to give it a good thought. Publishing digitally and on paperback is possible via Amazon Kindle. Once again, if I find time I might give it a try :-)

Posted: 2018 Jan 3 5:04:40 PM
_alessandro_: 👌👌👌You deserve it!

Posted: 2018 Jan 3 5:36:50 PM

jerry0522: Beautiful edit and story!!!

Posted: 2018 Jan 3 2:43:29 PM

bigfarmer: Thanks Jerry! I saw your reaction on Frank Reynolds search for a camera and my initial reaction was "It's Jerry-approved!" :-) I opted for handing another posibility though, as there are so much nice camera's around :-p

Posted: 2018 Jan 3 5:07:24 PM

_marisol: Excellent image and story. I especially like editing, correct me if I´m wrong but looks like you´ve wanted to get a little bit of patina on the castle walls...ok, it´s an old castle and there may be patina anyway but at least your editing emphasizes it. It´s a...una vera perla as Italian said. Great work indeed! 👍👍

Posted: 2018 Jan 15 9:14:45 AM

bigfarmer: Thank you Mari! I edited this picture quite a bit. The picture was taken on a bright sunny day. After adding the smoke I had to enhance the colors and that emphasized the colors on the walls as well. Grazie mille :-)

Posted: 2018 Jan 15 9:41:48 AM

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