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We will see you for the dinner party, then. now we have His Majesty’s favorite – spiced swan. ’ ‘Ooh, how scrumptious! Mine too,’ gushed the girl. Merry stored her head bowed. She used to be terrified that the earl might realize she was once now not considered one of his servants. Her palms trembled as she gripped the stinking chamber pot. She felt eyes on her again, waited, center hammering. however the earl and his spouse moved on. Merry blew out her breath, ready until eventually their voices had light. She received up, nodded to the woman, and scurried out of the room. The door close in the back of her. Listening not easy, adrenalin pumping, Merry crept alongside the empty hallway. She’d locate someplace to offload the bedpan, then cover within the priest’s gap. She crept earlier the observing pictures and learned with a jolt that the majority of the faces she used to be used to seeing have been but to be born. Their areas have been occupied through lushly woven tapestries. She paused in entrance of what she suggestion used to be the precise tapestry, driven it apart and looked for the tiny ridge within the panelling. With the correct quantity of strain, a hid door may pop open, revealing the tiny hiding position inside of. yet there has been no ridge. She searched less than different tapestries and pix, getting determined because the seconds ticked by way of, yet there has been no priest’s gap. Then she discovered: it hadn’t been equipped! Wouldn’t be outfitted till Henry’s daughter, Elizabeth, grew to become queen. She’d need to locate elsewhere to conceal, or try and get out now. She rounded a nook, headed in the direction of the servants’ staircase, then pulled up by surprise, approximately sloshing the contents of the chamber pot over herself. somebody was once arising. She might listen their footsteps, their laboured breath. She became and rushed again within the path she had come, trying to find a room to conceal in. yet every one looked to be occupied. She might listen murmured conversations, a few in English, others in French, coming during the heavy oak doorways. She moved quickly on. there has been only one room left on the some distance finish of the hallway. The purple room. James had proven it to her as soon as, whilst his mom and dad have been out – stated it had continually been occupied via the earl and countess. Merry paused, ear to the door. She heard not anything: no aristocratic dialog among husband and spouse; no directions to a servant; no industrious clattering of maids cleansing. She opened the door, ducked within, closed it. She blew out a breath and regarded round. The room used to be richly supplied, with lavish scarlet curtains and a seriously carved four-poster mattress. the ground used to be sprinkled with lavender and rosemary. Merry moved quickly around the scattered herbs, which published their smell into the air. She driven the chamber pot deep lower than the mattress. As she used to be straightening up, there has been a knock at the door. ‘My girl? ’ referred to as a voice. Oh God, now not back. the place to conceal now? below the mattress with the chamber pot? No, she’d be noticed if the maid went to retrieve it, which, given the odor, she used to be absolute to. She spun round wildly, noticed the dresser, tiptoed quickly around the lavender and rosemary, ducked inside of, and pulled the door close simply because the bed room door opened.