Yes, at last after all these months chapter
4 is finally completed!
Characters property of Marvel, although the situation is my
creation and some names and familial relations have been signifigantly
altered. This is an Elseworlds fic. It takes place in the
Regency and preVictorian period in Europe.I have altered speech
styles and dialects slightly to give the story a feel of that
time and place. It's about a PG rated story.
1820. Carlise, England
The young woman slipped out in the dead of night with a small
bag of provisions, one change of male clothing, and a small
stash of coins. The last was her monthly allowance, the others
provided by the servants loyal to her, not to her guardian.
Her guardian, she grimaced, her thoughts a mix of anger,
contempt and fear. he was going to try to force her to marry
him before she turned twenty-one. She would be twenty-one
in a fortnight. She feared what methods he might use to force
her. Once she was married her property belonged to her husband
and with no near relatives she would have no recourse.
Truthfully she was less upset about him gaining control over
the property- although that angered her, than him having absolute
control over her. As a married woman, she would have no rights.
She was immensely grateful to Lady Raven having informed her
“I have power over my property because I am a widow. In marriage
a woman becomes feme covert, property of her husband. You
would be wise to let no man chose who you are to be married
to. Find one who will not be your lord and master. Keep that
strong will, let no one break you.”
Lady Raven was a confusing woman. Laurie wondered why she
continued to play part-time mistress to Lord Magnus. All Laurie
could see was a mercenary aim.
Irene, Laurie's maid inherited from her mother, had found
out the lord's plan and had warned her.
“Lord Magnus means you ill, child, you must flee from here
before this week is over.”
“Means me ill? In what way?”
“In the way he has done his lady wives. He means to force
you to wed him.”
Laurie shuddered in disgust remembering this discussion,
but she knew Irene was telling the truth. Most of the staff
and her guardian as well underestimated and ignored her, but
Laurie didn't. Irene was old and blind. Laurie knew she "saw"
a lot more than she let on. Also Irene and lady Raven seemed
to get along quite well. That made Laurie trust Lady Raven
more than she would have otherwise. Irene had been a very
protective maid since Laurie could remember. She told Laurie
just who was trustworthy and who was not.
Laurie regretted leaving her favorite horse behind, but she
knew that would make her much easier to track, plus the danger
of the added noise and going to the stable to get him.
Laurie used one of the least used pathways to the main road.
Her plan was to go to her mother's relatives in Scotland.
She knew the road to take to the border, but once over she
would have to risk asking about the rest of the way.
Remy quietly slipped through the woods. He had tied his horse
to a tree about a hundred yards behind him. Tonight he would
begin his plans of revenge. He made sure his black mask was
secure so his face could not be seen.
It was a small thing tonight. He would get back the jewels
that his mother had worn. Remy knew they were still in Magnus'
possession. Remy would steal them and leave a note behind,
written by Logan, so Magnus would be thrown off, in case Magnus
had seen his handwriting and remembered what it looked like.
The note said- "I've taken back a bit of what is mine" He
grinned, maybe Magnus would feel a little of the fear Remy
had as a child, not knowing where the monster would strike
A stick snapped under Laurie's feet and she started in fright.
She glanced back at the house and was dismayed that her escape
must have been already discovered. Lights were appearing all
around the house and Laurie could hear voices outdoors as
They know! Someone told him, I have to run now! She thought
in fear. Laurie turned to run, but an arm grabbed her around
the waist, the other arm around her head with a hand clamped
over her mouth. She struggled kicking and biting.
"Calm down, cherie. I'm not your guardian trying to keep
you from a midnight meeting with your lover." Remy thought
with a smirk, she is a wild one.
Laurie managed to get his hand away from her mouth. "I don't
have a lover!" She said with a quiet venom. lady Raven told
Laurie about the lies her guardian had told to keep any other
suitors away. "If you aren't working for him then let me go."
she said to the stranger still holding her immobile.
"You don't like your guardian?"
"No!" Laurie said in a fierce whisper
Remy grinned, this was even better than his original plan
for tonight. All he had to do would be to convince the chit
to come with him. Then send Magnus a ransom note- written
by someone else, of course it shouldn't be too difficult to
persuade her. She was obviously intent on getting away from
Magnus for tonight. "They'll catch you on foot, girl. if you
come with me, you'll get away."
Laurie could hear them getting closer, she didn't trust this
man, but she had to get away now. She whispered, "Just till
we get away from here."
Remy took Laurie's hand and they made their way back to his
horse. He got on first then pulled her up in front of him.
As soon as Remy had her held securely he sent the horse into
a gallop, leaning his body low over the horse, forcing Laurie
tight against him.
She angrily said, "You're squashing me, you big oaf!"
"Have to stay low, with all these trees and people after
It wasn't truly uncomfortable, but being so close to a man
was giving Laurie strange feelings. The speed they were traveling
and the higher chance of escaping now was giving her a thrill
of excitement. This was mixed with some fear, not knowing
what her "rescuer's" intentions were. She wasn't entirely
naive of what went on between men and women. She had overheard
servants talk, and had once seen the stableboy and the milkmaid
being intimate in the stable. She should have turned around
immediately but had just continued to stare instead. They
didn't notice her.
Lord Magnus had walked in on the scene. He had roared in
rage and she had fled. Laurie didn't know what had happened
to the servants immediately afterwards, but the stableboy,
Cody Robins was turned out with no references the next day.
The milkmaid, Tabitha Smith, stayed on another few weeks,
then was sent on her way, with references.
That incident was what her guardian lied about to ruin her
reputation. He claimed it had been Laurie with Cody, not the
milkmaid. Laurie was furious about this , especially since
it was a total lie. She thought about it more and feared what
his goal might be. A fear she found out was justified. She
had to flee tonight. She would not lose her virtue to such
a man. She would give herself a man she chose when she chose
Shouts and galloping horses could be heard following them
now that they had to be on the road.
"Stay low, cherie. They may start shooting when they realize
we are going to get away." Remy had some compassion for the
girl -- what sane person wouldn't try to get away from a monster
like Magnus. Especially such a nice handful like her. Remy
grinned, this was no delicate flower here. She was feisty
and had a shape, while not stylish by modern standards, it
was his preference in womanly charms. Generous breasts and
hips with a tiny waist and a nice rounded bottom. a bottom
that was pressed against a particular part of his anatomy.
He knew she had to feel his arousal. He wondered if she was
as passionate as the rumors gave her out to be.
They cleared the trees and the end of the estate but Remy
didn't stop, only cutting across the road and right back into
the wooded area on the other side of the road.
"Just what are you doing? Do you think I escaped from my
guardian just so I could be abducted by you?" Laurie said
"Not safe to drop you off here. They'd find you in no time.
I know somewhere you can hide until they think you've left
the area." Remy sat back up in the saddle as he spoke to her.
It hadn't been his original intention, but it sounded like
an even better plan than before. Besides, she despised the
man he loathed. He felt not only a touch of sympathy, but
empathy as well. Maybe a bit of guilt as well. Maybe the girl
was just trying snatch a little happiness in what had to be
a nasty life.
Laurie gave him a suspicious look, but agreed with a nod.
It wasn't so uncomfortable now that she wasn't squashed against
him. Actually it was rather pleasant. She had never rode a
horse this way before, and was quite relaxing, especially
after she had shifted a bit from something pressing hard against
They rode onward through several more small patches of forest
alongside the road, criss crossing a few streams, and at one
point doubling back and going another direction. Finally Laurie
saw lights in the distance. Lights that they steadily drew
Remy jumped down from the horse with Laurie in his arms.
He grinned at her. "At your service mademoiselle." He set
her feet gently on the ground and kissed her hand.
Laurie was surprised at the sensual feelings his lips on
her bare hand gave. Soft and warm brushing against sensitive
For the first time in her life she felt the pleasure of flirtation.
She couldn't help but smile at the scoundrel. Words left her
mouth with nary a thought. "Why sir, your charming manner
surely has led many a lady astray."
"Perhaps you'd like to find out?"
Laurie blushed at this exchange. While she had certainly
overheard comments much blunter than this, she had never been
on the receiving end of such, much less been a full participant
in it. But yet... somehow it seemed empowering. Perhaps she
should learn these ways. After all Lady Raven had used this,
and she was her own woman.
Remy was surprised at the young woman's blush, wasn't she
experienced with men? Perhaps she wasn't as wild as rumors
told. Perhaps she had only had the one lover, and he had been
a fumbling boy, with no skills of seduction.
"Perhaps after a repast, kind sir." Laurie groaned inwardly
at her stuttering attempt at repartee. This man was by carriage
and manner an expert in the ways of love. He was likely laughing
at her in his thoughts.
A short rough looking man came out of the main building and
began to talk to her rescuer.
"Did you get the jewels?"
"No, but I rescued a damsel." Remy winked at Laurie.
Logan groaned. Another mouth to feed, and damsel was right,
this was obviously a lady of quality. Likely on the run from
a husband or some such. She would be of no use to them. Remy
would insist on sheltering the runaway though. Probably arrange
her safe passage somewhere as well. Boy was too softhearted
for his own good.
"Suppose you got chased?"
"I threw them off after a couple of miles." Remy grinned
"Want us to check no one noses around here? We better, since
she's quality. Someone's bound to want her back."
Remy nodded and and then turned to Laurie, "Mademoiselle
perhaps you should stay the night, your trackers will likely
be out of the area by morning."
Laurie thought. Lord Magnus would surely have everyone on
the estate out searching, if she continued onward in the dark
she certainly risked stumbling across them. She was wary,
but so far this situation seemed far safer than what she had
"I will take you up on your offer, sir."
"Which one? Or perhaps both, cherie?"
Laurie felt a strange thrill, could she be so reckless? Could
she chose this man for her first? It would mean very little
to him, but perhaps that would be for the better? No strings,
and she would no longer be a virgin, thus being as free as
her tarnished beyond repair reputation was. She doubted this
champion seducer would care that she was virginal, he would
feel no obligation to marry her at the least. She would speak
to him beforehand, make a deal with him. A night of lovemaking,
in exchange for the horse she would borrow to reach her relatives
in Scotland. The horse would be returned to him unharmed.
It was a fair deal in her mind.
She looked at him coyly, "I shall think on that, sir."
Remy grinned, now that was more like the girl of rumor she
was. Flirtatious, perhaps she was as passionate as well. We
To be continued.
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