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Archaeologist Annja Creed visits France to discover D'Artagnan's misplaced sword, lacking because the 17th century, and Ascher Vallois, one in every of Annja's treasure-hunting associates, believes he has positioned the positioning of the relic that could carry the major to a fortune.

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Ascher? ” 21 17th century Blazing torchlight crept alongside the ceiling of the low limestone tunnel. Ribald laughter and female giggles hit the boring stone and dropped the echo instantly. urgent a lace-trimmed handkerchief to his perspiring forehead, François Mansart grew to become to stand his merry brigade of revelers and threw out his fingers in statement. “To the queen! ” “To the queen! ” they shouted out in the back of him. a very buxom maiden stumbled into François. Her bosom overwhelmed opposed to his arm and he dipped his head to kiss her correct there. She set free a squeal, tinged with wine and lust. He scooped her up nearer, waded his palms via layers of voluminous textile and gave her derriere a squeeze. “Watch these torches! ” one other maid shouted from in the back of him. The queen’s maid. a superbly staunch and lacking-in-humor little bit of lace and overtightened remains. She hadn’t cracked a smile for the reason that they’d entered the darkened underground tunnel, nor had she taken a drop of wine or beer. “Can we hurry onward? ” she acknowledged to François, pushing earlier him and changing into entangled within the skirts of the wench he held. “I desperately wish out from the following! ” “Yes, certain, I want you long past, to boot. ” Queen Anne had distinct the uptight wench as her own envoy to the cache she wanted put within the tunnel. simply in the back of her of the queen’s footmen carried a chest concerning the dimension of a footstool, and locked with a brass mechanism. He might in simple terms think what lay inside of. Many extra occasions the small reward he’d been given for drafting a map to this elusive hiding spot. He suspected Anne sought to conceal her affairs from Cardinal Mazarin. The Italian had a leering eye continually excited about the queen. François pitied her. Mazarin had performed his personal merciless online game opposed to François, lately accusing him of untamed extravagance and machinations opposed to the crown. He wasn’t convinced how for much longer he’d have the Val-de-Grâce venture should still the king be swayed to aspect with the cardinal. So he’d agreed to assist the queen. She wasn’t a severe political best friend, yet she did have the king’s ear. Anne had now not given information, past that she needed it competently hidden away, yet findable. And but, the locate has to be a quest, no longer simply received. François had gotten the thought to tuck away the treasure after the depressing event developing the cathedral. It used to be nonetheless less than development. They’d in simple terms accomplished reinforcing the tunnels underneath the construction website a fortnight prior. soiled, sweaty paintings. That he might confirm. François used to be in simple terms the architect. “Look there! A macabre temple of loss of life! ” 1/2 the revelers break up from François and veered correct, into the small chamber he’d famous the former week. thoroughly covered in skulls and femurs, a kind of makeshift temple have been erected. He suspected unsavory varieties used it for satan worship. He’d detected candle wax and maybe a drop of blood at the floor of the stone dais. He’d depart the drunken get together to it. Hugging the amorous wench to his facet, he proceeded onward after the queen’s maid. maybe after the treasure have been laid, he may perhaps persuade the lady to relax her remains and placed warning apart.

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