When I woke up the next morning, there was no food waiting this time and Julius was still sleeping. I put on my gear and headed upstairs. I noticed Jacques wasn’t awake either. So, I sat down and waited at the bar, but after waiting for a while I decided to go over to Jacqueline’s inn to see if she was awake. When I opened the door I noticed a that Jacques and Jacqueline were both there sitting with a man I hadn’t seen before.
“Dimitri, good to see you, this is Charles, he is here to help us liberate France from the Medici.” Jacques said to me.
The man held out his hand and I took it.
“I am glad to know that you are to join our cause.” I said.
“It is my pleasure.” Charles said.
“Charles will be staying in my inn for now, also here is some food for you and Julius, pork, potatoes, and corn.” Jacqueline said as she handed me a bag of food.
I brought it back to the cellar and noticed that Julius had just woken up, I put the food in the middle of the cellar and told him about Charles.
“It is good that we have another person to fight with us.” Julius said as he bit into some corn.
“Yes, more people mean more dead Medici and more lives avenged.” I said.
We ate in silence and once we were done Jacqueline, Charles, and Jacques came to get us and explained the next step of the plan.
“Today, we are each going to destroy one of the Medici’s powder stores.” Jacqueline said.
Jacqueline handed each of us a map showing the location of the powder store we were to destroy.
“It should be simple what you are to do, now get on with it.” Jacques said to us as we all exited the tavern.
The powder store I was to destroy was not very far, just around the alley and through a street. I went through the alley and emerged into a wide street. I walked down the street for a while and turned a corner, revealing the powder store. There were four people on each side of me, citizens, no need to worry about them. There were also two guards on the roof with crossbows and two in the entrance.
“Tourner autour,ce n’est pas le lieu pour vous.” One of the guards said to me.
I then shot both of the guards on the roof and pulled out my sword to deal with the others on the ground. Just then, the eight men behind me all pulled out swords and I knew what was happening, they were expecting me, it was an ambush. I heard an explosion in the distance and knew one of the powder stores had been destroyed. While the guards were stunned I stabbed one in his throat and slashed another’s side, spilling his blood to the ground. Now, the guards were vigilant and ready to fight. When one tried to attack me I parried his attack and shoved my sword into his stomach. Then, I was attacked from behind, I attempted to dodge the attack but he grazed me on my back. Two men tried to attack me at once but I dodged them both and they only slashed themselves. They were not dead so I finished both of them off with a slash to both of their throats. After that, a man lunged at me but I dodged it and he stabbed his own man. I then grabbed the man’s sword and shoved it into his throat. One man dropped his sword and ran, as I was distracted by the man running away one of them stabbed me in the back. The sword was not long enough to kill me, but I was wounded.
I heard two explosions ring off in the distance as I held my back and attempted to fight off the last two men. One tried to attack me and I parried him and stabbed him in the shoulder. It brought me much pain doing that move but I needed to keep fighting. The other then dropped his sword and ran away, as the other man had did. After he was out of sight I walked painfully to the powder store and grabbed one of the lanterns to light the powder store. When I threw it in the powder store I heard another explosion. I then turned around and walked towards the street. When I got to the street, four Medici popped around the corner. There was almost nothing I could do, but as soon as one tried to attack me I saw Jacqueline, Jacques, Julius, and Charles come around the corner. Julius pulled out his crossbow and shot the man trying to attack me. Jacques then ran at one with his axe and shoved it in his throat. Charles pulled out both of his swords and slashed one of the guards and walked back to Julius as he bled on the ground. Jacqueline then grabbed three of her throwing knives and threw them at a guard.
“Thank you all, you came just in time.” I said to them.
“No time to talk, hurry! We must head back to the tavern.” Jacqueline said.
We ran into the alley and emerged on the other side, next to the tavern. We entered the tavern and we all relaxed and sat down.
“I am glad that we are all okay……….still alive.” Jacques said.
“How bad are your wounds?” Jacqueline asked sincerely.
“Not that bad, I will just need a bandage.” I said to her painfully.
“That is not true, I will make you some of my mother’s healing balm to put on your wound,” she said.
I went with Jacqueline to the inn and sat down in a chair while she went to the back room. I heard clattering dishes, saw smoke, and smelled something horrible. She appeared out of the room a couple minutes later with a small bowl and a cloth bandage.
“Where is the wound?” she asked me.
I stood up, turned around and showed her my back. She lifted up my shirt and armor and rubbed the balm on the wound. After she was done she applied the bandage and put my shirt down again.
“You should start feeling better by tomorrow,” she said to me.
“Thank you.” I said as I walked out of the inn and went to the tavern.
“How are you doing?” Julius asked me as I entered the tavern.
“Better, I should feel good by tomorrow, at least that’s what Jacqueline said.” I said to him.
We said goodbye to Jacques and Charles and headed down to the cellar. I went to my bed and slept fitfully, hoping that I would be fine in the morning.