Guys my Laptop broke and now I have to use my Moms when I can. I am so sorry for the late update.
There is a time jump here as you can see, not too much has happened, so no worries.
Six months had passed and within those months a few important things had happened. A months after his annulment to Anne Boleyn and her banishment, Henry finally married Jane Seymour. It was a grand wedding and the biggest event In England so far this year. The day of the queen's coronation also saw the investment of other people. Edward Seymour the eldest brother of the queen became the Duke of Somerset and the Kings only child, Elizabeth Tudor was officially declared the Lady of England.
Henry seemed happy with his marriage to Jane Seymour and Katherine was very happy for the two of them. She remembered Jane Seymour when she was in her services and she had been a good worker and friend. Jane had come into her new role as Queen wonderfully, she was a quick learner and she seemed to be very fond of many people at court. She often asked Katherine's advice on certain things and Katherine was happy to help. She, James and the girls had returned to Pembroke Castle in Wales a few weeks after the wedding. Things would have been easier if James preferred to stay in Yorkshire, but he absolutely adored his great uncles castle and the country of Wales that he did not mind the long journey.
Katherine had come to love Pembroke just as much, but she also liked York Castle, she honestly did not have a preference, just as long as her family was together. The girls were doing wonderfully well. Lily after her seventh birthday in April had finally left Mistress Brumes care and was now in the hands of her tutors, Lady Palms and Master Turney. Lady Palms was to act as a governess also and when Mistress Brume did not have her hands full with baby Mary, she was there for Lily.
Being back at Pembroke had been great for the last two months, but Katherine knew she had a small project in her hands. James and Henry were still fighting. Katherine could not understand how it was possible for two people to hold a grudge for so long, she never thought it possible before, but her husband had proved her wrong. She never knew James could be so stubborn, and this had only proved her mother was right all those years ago when she said her father showed a different personality every year. "You never know what to expect from them" Isabella would say.
Katherine knew she had to fix this before it got worse. If outsiders got word that the King and his brother were not on the good terms, some might find it as an opportunity to start another rebellion against the king. Katherine knew she could not do this Alone and that was why she had elected the help of Jane Seymour, the new Queen of England.
Jane had written back to her telling her how moody Henry became when his brother was mentioned and Katherine knew that Henry was at a great battle within himself. Henry could not apologize, it was not in his nature and she knew this was what James was trying to get out of him. The king missed his brother and James missed him as well, but he was far too stubborn to let this go. Katherine was sure this was way past the miscarriage of their son, there was more this and it needed solving.
Today Katherine sat in her room alone as she was about to open a letter from Jane. Lily was at her lessons, Mary was sleeping in the bassinet beside her and James was out in the country taking care of some business with some farmers.
Princess Katherine, Duchess of York,
Dear friend, I hope this letter finds you well. I am sure the princesses and the Duke are in Good health and I continue to pray that the plague shall not fall upon any of us this summer. Amen.
I am writing in reply to your question about the reason to have the Duke at court. My Husband, the King has just received word from Scotland, that his dear Sister, The Queen and her Husband would be visiting England in two months to finalize the betrothal of their son Prince James your step Daughter the Princess Elizabeth. I am sure the Duke must have received a notice, if not, he will receive it soon. I have taken the liberty to write to our sister in law, Queen Margaret about our small dilemma and I hope to hear from her soon as I believe she would be willing to reunite her brothers again.
I hope to hear from you soon
Katherine smiled. It was perfect. Both men loved their sister and looked to her almost as if she were a mother to them. Margaret, from what Katherine could remember was very wise and would know how to handle the situation perfectly.
Later that night….
Katherine had just come back from the nursery where her daughters slept. Her husband was already in the room getting ready for bed. It was the first time she had seen him today since that morning before he rode out and he looked tired and exhausted, but there was a smile on his face.
"You missed supper" Katherine said as she picked up the doublet he had tossed on the chair, folded it and put it back in its place.
"I ate on my way back do not worry" he said coming over to give her a kiss "Are the girls alright?"
"Yes, they are asleep. They missed you today" Katherine said turning around so that James could help her undress.
"I missed them as well. Mary has not done anything new, has she?" He had stopped untying her corset to look at her face and Katherine giggled.
"She is only six months old, love; she won't walk or talk for a while still" James breathed a sigh of relief before he continued
"I have news" Katherine felt she knew what this news was, but she stayed quiet for him to continue
"My sister Margaret is coming to England in two months time. We are to go to court to finalize the betrothal. " He did not seem angry about going to court
"You must to happy to get to see her again" Katherine said. They were now climbing into bed
"I am. I have missed her greatly" He was quiet for a second before he continued "I might have to pretend I like Henry, just so the visit is pleasant"
"You know you love your brother, James" James did not respond. He prefaced not to because he did not feel like telling Katherine for the hundredth time why he had every right to hate Henry. He did not feel like arguing about anything, especially Henry. He was in a good mood and he did not want to ruin it.
Katherine turned to her side to look at her husband after he did not respond to her remark. They had turned out the candles and she could only see him with the moon light coming through the windows.
When James heard her move, he turned his head to face her. She had a look on her face as if she was sorry for saying something she knew would make him upset, but James only smiled
"I'm not angry" He said quietly and Katherine smiled weakly at him
"You know this can't continue" She said. James did not look away like he usually did, he only shrugged and said: "I can't help it"
Katherine snuggled closer to him and James held her close. He knew he had a problem with his hate for his brother. He knew he should fix it, but at the same time he did not want to. He was a Tudor after all; he knew how to hold a grudge. Meanwhile, there was a perfectly beautiful and wonderful woman in his arms and he just had a sudden desire to show her how much he loved her.
I know it's short, but please do tell me what you think. It will not be the next chapter, but I can't wait till James and Henry are ripping each other apart.