I DO NOT OWN REIGN.
French Court, France. 1558. A few days later.
Shawn Klaas, the newly anointed Marquis of Marseille, knelt near a tree on the royal grounds. He looked at two wooden crosses that had been placed there by the order of the Queen. One read Chris Reyes, the other read Nathan Byers. Shawn sighed as he laid a single yellow rose on each of the graves. As he remembered his homies, he heard footsteps behind him. Shawn turned to see King Francis and Queen Mary approaching him. They were dressed in typical royal garb as was Shawn who had been given a new wardrobe befitting a man of his station.
"How does this day find you, Lord Marseille?" Mary asked as Shawn chuckled.
"The title is going to take some getting used to." He admitted as Francis presented him with a piece of parchment.
"What is this?" The Marquis inquired as he read the paper.
"That is your list of holdings, now that you are a French noble." Francis explained as Shawn was amazed by all Francis had given him.
"A manor house, orchards, hundred of acres of land, access to port, tenants paying rent...this is so much!" Shawn said as Francis touched his shoulder.
"It is what you deserve and I would give you something else besides." The King said. "As Chris died, he had me make him a promise. I know that your family abandoned you; but I hope and I pray you live for this..."
"Love us as your family." Mary pleaded as Shawn was choked up at the thought having people in his life who truly cared about him. The three shared a silent embrace for a few minutes before Francis pulled away.
"You will have to go to Marseille and see to your holdings." He explained as Shawn nodded.
"I know, I've been on my own before." He said. "I can handle it."
"You will return to court soon though, Lord Marseille?" Mary asked hopefully.
"If my King and Queen wish it." Klaas answered.
"We do." Francis assured him.
"Then I shall return as soon as I am able." Shawn said as he bowed his head. "My King, my Queen." As the Marquis left to embark on his journey to the French coast, Francis and Mary were sad to see him go, but they knew that in time, they would see their friend again.
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