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AN: There is a time jump in this chapter
Two months later
He had been so angry when he heard. First, she gives him a daughter, and then she miscarries their son, both times she promising she would come through the next time. Why was it that the women he married could not be trusted to do a simple thing like give him a living son?
Henry put his head down in frustration, His fingers rubbing his temple. He had just solved the problem in the north, but not really solved it as many had to die in the process. James had not sent him any word of an apology, Anne had lost the child, and Thomas Boleyn was starting to annoy his very soul by simply just existing. The only thing that brightened his day was Jane. She was so pure, so simple and he was wondering where she was when he was choosing his second wife.
Jane was nothing like Anne. Her temperament was one an obedient wife should have. She never argued with him and she always gave him advice instead of her opinions. He had been so enamored that she had become his sole mistress. Anne of course was not to know of it, Henry made sure he was as discreet as possible, but Anne being Anne was always keeping an eye on him and therefore had caused herself stress by trying to get Henry to stop seeing Jane. He had actually respected her feelings and stayed away from Jane while at court, but the two always had ways of getting to one another.
Henry's large doors opened and the blonde that had been putting a smile on his lips for the last two months walked in. Henry quickly dismissed her gesture of a curtsy by telling her to come and sit on his lap. He just wanted to hold her, to kiss her soft pink lips.
"Do not worry, your majesty, God would bless you with a son. You are a good king" Jane said softly as Henry played with her hair. Henry sighed heavily. He had just told her of his worries and concerns of not giving England an heir soon enough.
"So far, two queens of England have failed in a simple task" He said bitterly.
"Your majesty is still so young and so is the queen." Jane smiled and kissed his cheek "There is still time" She placed her hands on each cheek and had him look her
"Have faith." She said letting Henry get lost in her large blue eyes "In my dreams I see a strong king rule a powerful England, he is respected by all, an Arthur of his own time and looks so much like his father, so much like the brave king before him"
"You believe your dreams show the future, Jane?" Henry asked curious, but still mesmerized by her eyes
"Not all. Most of the times they are just dreams, but then there are some that are so real that they do indeed happen" She said
"Like what exactly" Henry asked her and she smiled before she kissed him again
"Like that. I dreamt I would fall in love with you, your majesty" Henry loved to hear people tell him that. He knew most of the times his mistresses said it to get some kind of gift or another, but hearing it from Jane's mouth made him feel the same way he felt when Anne had finally given into his pursuits two years ago.
"Have you had any more of these dreams?" He asked searching her eyes for something. Jane blushed and looked at her hands.
She was doing what her brothers and the Duke wanted. She had the king wrapped around her fingers. She had never had these dreams, but it seemed the king needed something to hold on to and she gave it to him.
Her brother had asked her to take things to another level in order for them to continue with the plan to bring the current queen down. They had in no way planned for the queen to lose her child, but since it happened, Edward had suggested they used it to their advantage.
Jane looked up at the king and smiled shyly. She leaned close to his ears and whispered.
"I have dreamt that I gave you a son" Henry looked at her with wide eyes and Jane looked away.
"Two women have promised me this Jane and they have failed" Jane shook her head as if she did not mean anything by what she said.
"I know it cannot happen, your majesty. I would never suggest you leave the queen for me. Who am I?" Jane looked like she had tears in her eyes. "I just told you the dream I had"
"Do not worry about it, my sweet and do not speak so low of yourself" Henry kissed her cheek "I have been thinking of giving your oldest brother a title, would he like that?" Jane looked at him and beamed
"Oh, your majesty, you are too kind. Edward would be so grateful"
Henry smiled when she threw her arms around him. His mind quickly went to what Jane had just said. Perhaps she was right, what if Jane was to be the mother of his son. He sighed as he thought it ridiculous to get rid of Anne so soon.
"And when exactly did you lot come up this plan?" James asked the two men sitting across from him. They had just returned from a hunting trip and Charles and Edward had just told James what they were up too. James had not really suspected anything, apart from the fact that Edward Seymour was around a lot, he did not mind at all, he thought Edward was a good man and especially how he had help during his time in the tower, James was grateful. He was just rather curious that he had become so close to Charles and the two always seemed to be talking in hushed tones quite frequently. When he told Katherine about his observations, she said:
"They had to scheme together to help us, I believe they have become established scheming partners and are up to no good"
Up to no good was correct because James recognized that look in his best mates face and he was sure Katherine was right (As always) that Charles was up to something. So after their successful hunting trip and while they relaxed in the large drawing room of York castle, James asked the two of them to come clean.
"Three months now. Anne was the reason Henry did the things he did. According to Jane, she is convinced Katherine is out to get her and she needs to find a way to bring her down just to make herself feel secure"
James frowned slightly
"First of all, Anne is not the reason the King made the decisions he did. Henry has a head of his own, he made his own choices"
"But you and I both know he does not think clearly when he thinks he is losing control" Charles said
"I remember 'being able to think clearly' as an important trait in the virtues of a good king" James muttered as he took gulp of his wine
"No one said Henry was a.." Charles stopped himself knowing there were servants lurking around the place and honestly maybe he was being a bit too harsh in his judgment.
"It does not matter whose fault it was anymore. According to Lady Talbot, the King's Marriage is a sham and he needs to be told" Edward said and James sighed deeply.
"Is this really true, the marriage with Percy?" James asked them and they both nodded
"We have found a witness"
"Do you think Rochford knew about this?" James asked momentarily remembering his friend.
"Who knows, before Wolsey died he might have sworn them all to secrecy or only Anne and Percy knew about it" Charles said. James looked into his goblet and swirled it a little. It was quiet for a minute as he watched the liquid circling inside the goblet bringing him to a momentary hypnosis.
"We could use your help when this goes to court, Your Grace" Edward said and James looked up at him.
"I do not want to be dragged into this. I want nothing to do with Henry and his problems. If he gets rid of Anne, I don't care. If he marries Jane, good luck" He looked at Edward at this "If I have to vote against Anne, I would not do so solely because you want me to. At this moment I am concerned with my household, my very pregnant wife and my daughter that is at the moment getting marriage requests" His frown deepened now.
Charles smiled at his friend
"Ten years from now, you will be sending her off to be with her husband" He said smiling lightly and James looked like he was going to vomit.
"Who have you gotten proposals from? And is the king aware?" Charles asked and James sent him a death glare. Henry had no business in who he gave his daughters hand to.
"The King of France has asked her hand on behalf of his son. My sister has also written me saying her husband; the king is interested in her hand for his heir as well"
"When all the Kings of Europe want your Elizabeth for their sons, what is the King of England to do" Charles said smiling at his friend, who was not currently glowering in pride like most men would being his current situation.
"I adore my little niece, but if what you lot are saying is true, then she really is not a princess" James said and Charles smiled a bit and shook his head. The only person he would truly hate to hurt in all this was that poor baby girl
"Imagine the kings face when he finds out you have not one, but two legitimate children who have royal blood in them through and through" Edward said
"Imagine if the duchess has a son" Charles added and the two of them looked at each other with wide eyes.
James looked the two of them like they were idiots before his gaze settled on Edward alone. He knew they were joking, but this was not the kind of things they should be talking about so openly.
"You know, if you plan on being the kings brother in law soon, you better start pretending you have his best interest at heart" James said blandly and Edward smiled
It was quiet for a few seconds as the men gathered their thoughts. James was thinking about his brothers struggles to feel secure his throne; Charles was thinking about the day James and Henry would have to be in the same room together, and Edward was thinking about his sister and if she would be able to do what Katherine and Anne could not do for the king.
"He expects you to apologize, you know?" Charles said breaking the silence and James snorted a laugh
"He can keep waiting for that apology in his next life"
This chapter is a bit slow and late and I'm sorry.
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