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    "Do you, Arthur Lionheart, solemnly swear that you will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of your ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States?"

    "I, Arthur Lionheart, do swear, so help me God."

    A simple remark, delivered as though it were the most obvious thing in the world, but it finalized the inauguration of Arthur Lionheart as the first President of the United States of America and marked the high point of an hours-long ceremony that had been ongoing since sunrise when artillery batteries sounded off at the nearby Fort Arthur. Church bells had rung across New York City for half an hour, and a colorful military parade had escorted the then-President Elect and his hundreds of guests (including the entirety of Congress, other American officials such as Governors, assorted notables of the American elite and foreign dignitaries from France and Spain) to the inauguration hall in the leadup to this moment.

    After removing his hand from the Bible, kissing it and bowing to the crowd of gathered notables, Lionheart retreated to an adjoining chamber where he delivered his inaugural address. His manner was, as his friends and associates could expect of him in most social situations, fairly relaxed and easy-going despite the circumstances: he may as well have winked and smirked to the crowd when he engaged in a spot of self-deprecation and spoke of how he was 'peculiarly conscious of my own deficiencies', and his tone and expression only became more serious when speaking of the gravity of what it meant to be 'called by the country' to public duty, the need to ensure that 'the foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality' to guarantee 'the pre-eminence of a free Government, exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its Citizens, and command the respect of the world', and the protection of 'an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity'.

    Finally, following the inaugural speech, the inauguration of Vice-President Clare & his own speech, and the celebration of Divine Service at St. Paul's Chapel led by the Episcopal Bishop of New York, it was time for the real festivities to begin. As the sun set and the moon rose, the honor guard escorted a fleet of carriages bearing Lionheart, the hundreds of assembled elites, and their families to the Presidential Mansion on 1 Cherry Street. There a lavish dinner would be held to celebrate the occasion, with Lionheart and the guests seated around a massive round table - after all, are they not all equals, and he only a first among equals rather than a new king? No doubt to the displeasure of his own son - as finely dressed servants and favored slaves brought forth an assortment of dishes and spirits for their enjoyment, while fireworks lit up the night sky and could be safely observed from the mansion's windows or courtyard. Despite the new nation and Constitution's fragility, there was a mood of optimism and good cheer - though how long that would last as all gathered began to mingle and talk around & across the table at the event, remains to be seen.

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    As a newly minted Senator of Maryland Jean-Baptiste Bellerose was among the Congressional party, along with his first-born son Phillipe Bellerose, who serves as Representative for the state. Both were properly dressed, though Jean-Baptiste’s clothing seemed rather drab for his position, his hair equally unkempt. Jean-Baptiste took the opportunity to speak with the delegates from Spain and France, among whom he had many friends and allies from his time as the Minister to France during the war. The aging statesmen seemed concerned, and not without reason, all knew of the distressing events in Paris this past year.

    The former General Pierre Bellerose was present as well, the “Savior of the South.” Having been abroad since the failures of the Articles of Confederation became evident. He wore a soldiers garments, with the Comitia Americana he had earned, displayed with pride. He eyed the crowd with care and affection, many here were old friends others old enemies. Pierre made small talk with those around him for a time, before seeking out Lionheart.. or President, or perhaps His Grace. Pierre knew not what Arthur would be called now, but he had a suspicion his old friend would not be fond of an extravagant title. He hoped Arthur would have a moment to spare, even with endless horde of statesmen nipping at his heels. The Acadian found the President surrounded by two fawning Congressmen, and announced his presence by clearing his throat audibly. “Mon vieil ami.” He began in French, speaking to the friend he had not seen in years since their retirements, switching to English for the convenience of the President. “Do you need me to save you from the politicians, Your Excellency?” He began with the slightest of smirks.

    The Boks were there as well, perhaps the most influential family in the state where these proceedings were taking place. The patriarch Willem Bok Senior had let out a sigh of relief when the spirits began to flow, dabbing the sweat from his brow with an aging handkerchief. Willem Sr. was Governor of a New York and a man of high standing, but that did not mean he could not enjoy himself, or at least the aging Governor wouldn’t allow his position to stop him from enjoying himself. His son, the representative Willem Bok Junior, however eyed the crowd suspiciously. Allowing only water to pass his lips, the man brooded and prayed for a swift end to the festivities or at the least an opening to escape them with little notice.
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    Lionel Harrison, senator of New Hampshire, was one of the people who certainly would not miss this event for anything in the world. His cannons had roared across many battlefields that the now President Lionheart had led and he had been through thick fights as a result. It is thanks to the trust of His Excellency that Lionel rise high and rapidly. But yet, it was not just connection that ensured that rise, but also his aptitude. He had done his years in the military, just as his son, Robert, a former Commodore, had done as well. Yet, something about the battlefield made him miss it... however, age would certainly keep him from ever entering those fields again. A fact he accepted during Shay's Rebellion. His duty was to the country now more than the soldiers. Their country was young and it needed their attention to ensure a future for this nation. A big step was the Constitution, then the Articles of Confederation... but the biggest was seeing a President elected. Now to see where this year went for much was on the table for the government. The situation in France, the lingering presence of Britain to the North, the absence of a standing army and navy, and much more. Certainly, His Excellency would ensure all were handled and given their due attention during his term.

    The MacCotter family came, like other families who once served the Crown. It was fortunate that the son of James, Joseph II, married Arthur's daughter and ensured that their family did not face consequence for the father's actions during the war. Joseph had also commanded a dragoon regiment under the President's service and served well. Granted, his son had betrayed the family for the Crown, but James was no longer mad about that. His son did what he felt was right and it worked out in the end. The MacCotters were still holding land in North Carolina and their estate remained untouched. James had jumped into the political scene as a Senator for North Carolina while Joseph went on to be Governor for their home state. Despite his original allegiance, James did rise rather quickly among the politicians. He was a centralist delegate at the Constitutional Convention. His voice was the loudest and sternest when it came to advocacy of slavery and slave trade when it came to such debates and discussions. It was the best way to ensure he was entrenched in this new government and not sidelined due to his original allegiance. Still, James wondered where the nation would go after the recent rebellion and Britain still on the continent. Much was still to be decided and, certainly, this year was to be crucial.

    After some time, the two individuals, Lionel and James, would make their way over to speak with the newly elected President. Not at the same time, but within their own time frames throughout the celebratory evening.
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    James Sterling, the esteemed and long serving Governor of Virginia walked throughout the room, mingling with old friends, and making new acquaintances. It had been too long since he had been out of Virginia, though he had little reason too, the political arena of the Virginia legislature was more than enough to keep him occupied. Though that may change, with the confederation giving way to the constitution, change was inevitable. Spotting President Lionheart across the room, James decided it was time to give his congratulations and, share his conversation. Arthur was a great man and a good soldier. Having served under Lionheart throughout most of the southern campaign James had grown to trust and respect him. Having shared the same social circles as native Virginians and planters he had earned his friendship, a bond only strengthened by the marriage of James's son to Lionheart's daughter.

    James could only hope that these coming years would not overly strain it...

    Having made his way across the room he watches as a fancily dressed older man breaks away. Taking his opening he approaches. "Hello your excellency." James says with a warm smile.



    On the other side of the room another Sterling, Thomas, sat comfortably on a cushioned chair, a cigar in one hand, a glass of brandy the other. A small group stood around as he recounted one of his more exciting war stories. Content for now to just enjoy the ambiance for as long as it lasted. While this mornings festivities and ceremonies were grandiose, they were also tiring. The night was still young and he intended to enjoy it to his fullest.



    Standing out on an open balcony overlooking the mansions gardens, Edward Drake looked out in contemplation. Today had been exhilarating and disconcerting. One chapter of the American experiment closing for what he felt was to be an even greater one going forward. All these men gathered to celebrate their collective achievement, and that of their 'President'. A man of strong morals and bottomless resolve, one who had helped steer this nation toward independence and eventually victory. Now he was at the reins of democracy, would he steer it true or run away with it. And how would his actions effect the Great State of North Carolina, its people and it's institutions.

    Drawing his thoughts away from such things for now he decides to head back to the party. Passing down a hallway he stops as he recognizes a familiar figure passing through a door frame. That of his fellow Senator James MacCotter; A good man and true southerner.

    As their paths near Edward gives a friendly greeting. "Ah a pleasure to see you here, MacCotter."
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    The former General Pierre Bellerose was present as well, the “Savior of the South.” Having been abroad since the failures of the Articles of Confederation became evident. He wore a soldiers garments, with the Comitia Americana he had earned, displayed with pride. He eyed the crowd with care and affection, many here were old friends others old enemies. Pierre made small talk with those around him for a time, before seeking out Lionheart.. or President, or perhaps His Grace. Pierre knew not what Arthur would be called now, but he had a suspicion his old friend would not be fond of an extravagant title. He hoped Arthur would have a moment to spare, even with endless horde of statesmen nipping at his heels. The Acadian found the President surrounded by two fawning Congressmen, and announced his presence by clearing his throat audibly. “Mon vieil ami.” He began in French, speaking to the friend he had not seen in years since their retirements, switching to English for the convenience of the President. “Do you need me to save you from the politicians, Your Excellency?” He began with a toothless smirk.
    "Please do!" Lionheart laughed, dismissing the Congressmen he had been talking to with a wave as he did so. While the President was at ease in social conventions, as always, even he was starting to feel the adoration was a bit much. "Good to see you here, Pierre. I was starting to fear I'd have to eat the five-bird roast all by myself - I don't know how he managed it, but the cook's stuffed a pigeon into a pheasant into a chicken into a turkey into a goose, with plenty of sausage and bread in-between."
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    James Sterling, the esteemed and long serving Governor of Virginia walked throughout the room, mingling with old friends, and making new acquaintances. It had been too long since he had been out of Virginia, though he had little reason too, the political arena of the Virginia legislature was more than enough to keep him occupied. Though that may change, with the confederation giving way to the constitution, change was inevitable. Spotting President Lionheart across the room, James decided it was time to give his congratulations and, share his conversation. Arthur was a great man and a good soldier. Having served under Lionheart throughout most of the southern campaign James had grown to trust and respect him. Having shared the same social circles as native Virginians and planters he had earned his friendship, a bond only strengthened by the marriage of James's son to Lionheart's daughter.

    James could only hope that these coming years would not overly strain it...

    Having made his way across the room he watches as a fancily dressed older man breaks away. Taking his opening he approaches. "Hello your excellency." James says with a warm smile.
    "Just Arthur will do here, my good man!" Lionheart responded genially with a wave of his hand. Wine and the day's exertion had left his face quite red, and a servant's timely intervention had been required to hurriedly hide blond tufts of hair back beneath his wig. Still, the President seemed to be in high spirits. "How are our children and grandchildren?" Growing drunkenness aside, Lionheart's choice of a personal question to open their conversation was a conscious one. There'd be time to discuss the state of their...well, state tomorrow, after the festivities had concluded and it was time to work on the nuts and bolts of government once again - unless, of course, the hangover was too great.

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    The rest of the First Family was present, scattered but uniformly splendidly dressed and seated near Lionheart himself, naturally. Arthur's son Lionel in particular partook in the wine and luxurious food, and engaged all who wished to converse with him with seeming good cheer, but those who really paid attention to his expression could tell when his mirth failed to reach his cool blue eyes. Elsewhere, Governor Prynne of Connecticut was also present with his kin, standing out quite a bit from the crowd on account of the simplicity and severity of their dress: were it not for the occasional silvery ornamentation, their dark clothing made them look as though they were gathered for a particularly expensive funeral rather than a celebratory dinner.

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    "Please do!" Lionheart laughed, dismissing the Congressmen he had been talking to with a wave as he did so. While the President was at ease in social conventions, as always, even he was starting to feel the adoration was a bit much. "Good to see you here, Pierre. I was starting to fear I'd have to eat the five-bird roast all by myself - I don't know how he managed it, but the cook's stuffed a pigeon into a pheasant into a chicken into a turkey into a goose, with plenty of sausage and bread in-between."
    Pierre laughed, he was younger than Arthur by nearly a decade, but no spring chicken. “Ah, I see now.” He said, with a facetious look of pondering. “Retired on your plantation, and with food like that? Even the mighty Lionheart would go soft around the edges over these years apart.” The Frenchmen nodded pleasantly. “I would hate to let such an.. accomplishment go to waste. Where is this avian monstrosity hiding?”


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    Richard G. Clare Vice President of the United States attended the ceremony standing upon the balcony with President Lionheart to his left.

    Hear me, Citizens of these free United of States.
    Upon this historic moment we stand here today united as 1 nation under god, we humble farmers and merchants have set the example of democracy around the world. We stand here today as a beacon for all men who struggle against tyranny and injustice! I along with President Lionheart vow to defend and preserve the inalienable rights and freedoms of the American people. The time for war has come to an end, we must begin building for the future prosperity of this nation and her people.

    God Bless these United States and God Bless President Lionheart


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    later the Clare family joined Richard at President Lionheart’s reception
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    Micum F. McIntyre III, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, accompanied by his two sons, arrive at the reception, having unfortunately not been able to see much of the inauguration thanks to the massive crowd. Taking a moment to bid a good evening to others who had arrived who they recognized, the trio slowly made their way to the man of the hour himself, where the elderly general offered the newly-elected President a warm, laughing bear hug. "Ahh, it's been quite a while, General - pardon me, President Lionheart!" Taking a step back, he continued, "It's my express belief that they couldn't have picked a better man, sir. My heartfelt congratulations on your victory."
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    General Henry Harris, the "Hero of Saratoga", attended the celebrations dressed in his uniform from the Revolution, impeccably cleaned and ironed for the occasion. He had originally questioned the point of going but his family had persuaded him otherwise. A military officer of his fame and reputation had to be present in the halls of power... though he was currently a general without an army. Some parts of the American free spirit still confused the Englishman.

    Harris had respectfully listened to the inauguration of President Lionheart, the self-important Virginian's speech dragging on about much about nothing. How the man could have risen to the greatest seat of power in the new country was beyond Henry, he dearly hoped it did not reflect on the judgement of his new countrymen. When they arrived at the presidential manor for dinner, Harris made sure to stay as far away from Lionheart and his French lackey Bellerose as possible, surrounding himself with more amicable company from New York and New England. Better to keep up appearances and not come to blows today.

    General Harris then noticed Richard G. Clare, Vice-President of these United States. The man had had quite the career serving the Revolution, if Henry remembered correctly. He might as well try to make some conversation. Harris walked over, aided by his ebony cane. His original Suffolk accent mixed with the aristocratic tone of the British officer corps as he spoke.


    "Mr. Vice-President! General Harris, a pleasure to finally make your acquaintance, Sir. I hope that you have been faring well serving our new country."

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    Edward Lloyd Harris, son of the famous and infamous general, was sitting in a chair leisurely taking mental notes of the events at the party and the conversations he had enjoyed. He could only thank the Lord for his father's connections. The New York Courier would sell like never before with an exclusive inside story of the President's first day in office. In contrast to his old father, the young Harris had great hopes for the newly elected President. The beginning of their great country had only just begun, and Edward planned to be a part of the vanguard forward.

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    Thomas Lindberg, Governor from neighboring Pennsylvania, and his family had graciously attended the inauguration ceremony. Thomas strolled through the hall with his wife while Gustav, newly elected member of the House, conversed with some of his new colleagues from New Jersey. Thomas was still settling in as governor, having only been elected last year, and there were many issues to deal with. He planned to enjoy the short break from his work as much as possible.

    Thomas walked up to President Lionheart to give his regards. Despite his family's long history in the State of Pennsylvania, there were still hints of his Swedish heritage in his accent.

    "President Lionheart, congratulations to a fine speech. As a man of an executive branch myself, I can only wish you good luck in the coming years."

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    "Mr. Vice-President! General Harris, a pleasure to finally make your acquaintance, Sir. I hope that you have been faring well serving our new country."
    Indeed General Harris the pleasure is mine.
    I am bewildered by my role as Vice President in which I am nothing but yet could be everything. In these coming months it will be imperative to define the role of Vice President or any other office within government and bequeath them the duties and responsibilities worthy of such offices.
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    Pierre laughed, he was younger than Arthur by nearly a decade, but no spring chicken. “Ah, I see now.” He said, with a facetious look of pondering. “Retired on your plantation, and with food like that? Even the mighty Lionheart would go soft around the edges over these years apart.” The Frenchmen nodded pleasantly. “I would hate to let such an.. accomplishment go to waste. Where is this avian monstrosity hiding?”
    "They're bringing it out right now." With his silver knife, Lionheart pointed at the four slaves bearing forth the pseudo-turducken: a roast goose that seemed to have ballooned to twice the size of an ordinary goose resting atop a bed of fresh greens and glazed with honey-mustard. "Can you smell that, friend? Almost as divinely decadent as what King George eats every night, I should think." The President grinned, restraining the urge to lick his lips. "Almost. I did pay for it, not the American taxpayer, unlike his unfortunate British counterpart. I do also try to stay fit, unlike kings and princes who see fit to lounge about their palaces nibbling on candies, scarfing down steaks and emptying entire cellars' worth of wine all day." His grin widened further. "And I hear old George and the other European royals have access to a ten-bird variation starting with a warbler stuffed inside a bunting, and ending in a turkey being stuffed into a bustard. Now that's real decadence - most definitely a meal to share with a friend, or rather twenty, unless perhaps you happen to be the Prince of Wales."
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    Micum F. McIntyre III, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, accompanied by his two sons, arrive at the reception, having unfortunately not been able to see much of the inauguration thanks to the massive crowd. Taking a moment to bid a good evening to others who had arrived who they recognized, the trio slowly made their way to the man of the hour himself, where the elderly general offered the newly-elected President a warm, laughing bear hug. "Ahh, it's been quite a while, General - pardon me, President Lionheart!" Taking a step back, he continued, "It's my express belief that they couldn't have picked a better man, sir. My heartfelt congratulations on your victory."
    Formality set aside, Lionheart cheerfully rose to engage McIntyre in a manly embrace. "You flatter me, Micum. And as my wife says, flattery will get you everywhere." The President guffawed as he sat back down. "You're enjoying yourself tonight, I hope?"
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    Thomas Lindberg, Governor from neighboring Pennsylvania, and his family had graciously attended the inauguration ceremony. Thomas strolled through the hall with his wife while Gustav, newly elected member of the House, conversed with some of his new colleagues from New Jersey. Thomas was still settling in as governor, having only been elected last year, and there were many issues to deal with. He planned to enjoy the short break from his work as much as possible.

    Thomas walked up to President Lionheart to give his regards. Despite his family's long history in the State of Pennsylvania, there were still hints of his Swedish heritage in his accent.

    "President Lionheart, congratulations to a fine speech. As a man of an executive branch myself, I can only wish you good luck in the coming years."
    "Likewise, Governor Lindbergh." Lionheart genially responded, holding his hand out for a handshake. Once engaged, he would also take a second to clap the Governor of Pennsylvania on the shoulder. "The situation our nation finds herself in is decidedly difficult, but we've been in worse spots and pulled through before." Should rebellions like Shays' erupt once more, the President would consider them practically children's games compared to the devastating carnage of Long Island, the narrow escape over the Delaware and the following frenzied attack on Trenton, and the nightmarish winter at Valley Forge where more than a thousand of his men perished. "I'm confident we will be able to right the ship and resolve all troubles plaguing America if we put our minds and energies to it."

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    “You’ve no idea the opulence foreign kings can get to, my friend, the court in Paris would make you blush, if half the stories my brother tells are true. But you are President now, be careful you don’t contract such opulence from the Old World.” He laughed, the idea that Arthur could ever be like a King. Though, Pierre had thought of that many years ago, how Lionheart could simply reach out and take Kingship if he’d desired it. He found a seat next to the president and prepared to eat. “Now, I wouldn’t mind access to a royal wine cellar now, well perhaps not a British wine cellar..” He grimaced. “Just not King George’s cellar, English wine is.. unique.” He gripped the cutlery, mouth watering in anticipation. “Before we feast you must tell me, do you miss the battlefield, or did you prefer the farmers life? Or perhaps your new throne?” He smirked at his last statement, the Frenchmen always enjoyed baiting the serious Arthur.
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    Formality set aside, Lionheart cheerfully rose to engage McIntyre in a manly embrace. "You flatter me, Micum. And as my wife says, flattery will get you everywhere." The President guffawed as he sat back down. "You're enjoying yourself tonight, I hope?"
    "Aye sir. Finally managed to get away from those damned ambassadors for once," he said with a grin. "And it's been with the blessing of God that I've just so happened to run into my sons on the way here - I forget, have you met my boys?" He asked, stepping to the side to let them introduce themselves.

    "I've seen you before, sir, though I don't believe we've ever actually met," said Joseph, offering a handshake. "Siege of Boston. My battery of Massachusetts artillery was posted nearest to your headquarters, as I recall. An incredible pleasure to finally make your acquaintance, mister President - and as Da said, congratulations."

    Micum IV, meanwhile, seemed near-starstruck, staring at the Virginian as the others spoke with a gleam of reverence in his eyes. It almost came as a shock to him when it was his turn to introduce himself. "I...it's an honor, sir," he said, immediately bowing his head. "Your leadership was an inspiration to me and my troopers. America's is a story which will be told with pride for a hundred generations, and we owe a great deal of it to you, sir. You were the best man to lead us in the field, and I have no doubt you'll be equally fit to lead this nation into the great future it not only deserves, but commands the fulfillment of. Congratulations."

    The father of the two young men chuckled. "Careful now, Micum, or he might start thinking you're his boy, and I'm sure your mother would have a word to say about that."
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    Indeed General Harris the pleasure is mine.
    I am bewildered by my role as Vice President in which I am nothing but yet could be everything. In these coming months it will be imperative to define the role of Vice President or any other office within government and bequeath them the duties and responsibilities worthy of such offices.
    Harris nodded.

    "Indeed, such is the work that is required in our new republic. Who better to lead us then, than a son of Massachusetts, whose brave militias at Lexington fired the first shots of our Revolution?"

    He chuckled lightly.

    "May I call you Mr. Clare, Sir? If you are ever in Albany, you are much welcome to visit Harriswood Mansion for dinner. I have a keen interest in the future of our country and would like your educated opinion on certain matters. You served as Ambassador to Britain, no? I would like to hear of your mission to my mother country."

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    "Likewise, Governor Lindbergh." Lionheart genially responded, holding his hand out for a handshake. Once engaged, he would also take a second to clap the Governor of Pennsylvania on the shoulder. "The situation our nation finds herself in is decidedly difficult, but we've been in worse spots and pulled through before." Should rebellions like Shays' erupt once more, the President would consider them practically children's games compared to the devastating carnage of Long Island, the narrow escape over the Delaware and the following frenzied attack on Trenton, and the nightmarish winter at Valley Forge where more than a thousand of his men perished. "I'm confident we will be able to right the ship and resolve all troubles plaguing America if we put our minds and energies to it."
    Thomas returned the handshake heartily.

    "For the liberty of these United States, we must pull through. Yet we should be optimistic nonetheless. The experiment that is our republic is still in its infancy and we can still learn, even if we tumble sometimes. Beside the Almighty, we are all flawed and should work to improve our works."

    He backed off a little.

    "Though perhaps now is not the time to begin a great monologue of principles. This is a celebration after all, in your honor Mr. President. A shame that my beloved city of Philadelphia could not host the inauguration and the dinner, but I shall not complain. The troubles outside these walls can wait for a day, to be sure. Does the civilian suit... suit you, Mr. President? I am so used to seeing you in an officer's garb after nine years of war."

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    Willem Bok Senior was deep in his cups as the festivities reached a peak. He dapped the sweat from his forehead, his handkerchief now throughly stained. He eyed the crowd, his eyes eventually falling on Thomas Lindberg, the Governor casually excused himself and made his way toward the newly minted Governor of Pennsylvania. “Ah, good to see you here, I believe congratulations are in order.” His cheeks were rosy pink. “I thought I’d get to know the man who will be governing New York’s closest neighbor.”

    xxxxxxx

    After speaking with Lionheart, Pierre spotted Harris and could not help himself but go to speak with the man. His old subordinate, rival, enemy. The man surrounded himself with President Lionheart’s enemies, so it seemed odd that Pierre had seen the Vice President speaking to Harris earlier. Something to keep in mind, Pierre thought as he approached. “Ami.” He said, surprising the man in the language Harris loathed above all others. “Have you been enjoying my time away from the states, Mr. Harris?” He asked, a slight smirk gracing his lips and a smug aura of condescension radiating about him.


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    "Just Arthur will do here, my good man!" Lionheart responded genially with a wave of his hand. Wine and the day's exertion had left his face quite red, and a servant's timely intervention had been required to hurriedly hide blond tufts of hair back beneath his wig. Still, the President seemed to be in high spirits. "How are our children and grandchildren?" Growing drunkenness aside, Lionheart's choice of a personal question to open their conversation was a conscious one. There'd be time to discuss the state of their...well, state tomorrow, after the festivities had concluded and it was time to work on the nuts and bolts of government once again - unless, of course, the hangover was too great.
    Taking Arthur's choice of discussion with stride, business would have to wait till later when there were less idle ears about. "Last I heard they were doing quite fine. Patrick sold the shipping company last fall, making a windfall I might add, and has purchased a spot of land outside Springfield. I believe he intends to go into the Tobacco business, I am told it's quite lucrative these days." Being unfamiliar with farming, having made his fortune through trade, James had to take his sons word for it. "As for the grandchildren..." James racked his brain, the alcohol starting to take effect. "Strong and healthy, Francis is the spitting image of his father at that age."

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    “You’ve no idea the opulence foreign kings can get to, my friend, the court in Paris would make you blush, if half the stories my brother tells are true. But you are President now, be careful you don’t contract such opulence from the Old World.” He laughed, the idea that Arthur could ever be like a King. Though, Pierre had thought of that many years ago, how Lionheart could simply reach out and take Kingship if he’d desired it. He found a seat next to the president and prepared to eat. “Now, I wouldn’t mind access to a royal wine cellar now, well perhaps not a British wine cellar..” He grimaced. “Just not King George’s cellar, English wine is.. unique.” He gripped the cutlery, mouth watering in anticipation. “Before we feast you must tell me, do you miss the battlefield, or did you prefer the farmers life? Or perhaps your new throne?” He smirked at his last statement, the Frenchmen always enjoyed baiting the serious Arthur.
    "They both have their charms," Lionheart replied as the great avian monstrosity was set down. "When the din of battle grows too loud and the stench of carnage too overpowering, spending a year or several at peace becomes a most welcome break for it all. And after enough time lazing about under the summer sun or accounting for your crops, planning for battles and leading men into the thick of it starts sounding like an attractive proposition again. Though, I promise you, I shan't take us to war just to relieve my boredom." He winked as he began to cut a portion of the pseudo-turducken for himself.

    On the subject of his throne, Lionheart paused to regard his friend, then burst out laughing again. "I've not sat in this chair nearly long enough to decide whether I should appreciate it, or loathe it. Though either way, my son has made no secret of his wish that I sit there until I die regardless. As I've just explained though, I am rarely inclined to stay in any one place forever." If the younger Lionheart a few seats away heard that, he did not show it.
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    "Aye sir. Finally managed to get away from those damned ambassadors for once," he said with a grin. "And it's been with the blessing of God that I've just so happened to run into my sons on the way here - I forget, have you met my boys?" He asked, stepping to the side to let them introduce themselves.

    "I've seen you before, sir, though I don't believe we've ever actually met," said Joseph, offering a handshake. "Siege of Boston. My battery of Massachusetts artillery was posted nearest to your headquarters, as I recall. An incredible pleasure to finally make your acquaintance, mister President - and as Da said, congratulations."

    Micum IV, meanwhile, seemed near-starstruck, staring at the Virginian as the others spoke with a gleam of reverence in his eyes. It almost came as a shock to him when it was his turn to introduce himself. "I...it's an honor, sir," he said, immediately bowing his head. "Your leadership was an inspiration to me and my troopers. America's is a story which will be told with pride for a hundred generations, and we owe a great deal of it to you, sir. You were the best man to lead us in the field, and I have no doubt you'll be equally fit to lead this nation into the great future it not only deserves, but commands the fulfillment of. Congratulations."

    The father of the two young men chuckled. "Careful now, Micum, or he might start thinking you're his boy, and I'm sure your mother would have a word to say about that."
    "I have not, but I see I'm about to get a chance to do so right now..." Lionheart nodded and cordially shook hands with the elder son, while the younger's overly deferential tone made him grin despite himself and chortle. "I appreciate the kind words, lads, but keep in mind I am no king, much less a god. There's no need to fawn over me like so." Not that Arthur minded being the center of attention, but being treated with too much deference embarrassed him. Perhaps he simply wasn't used to it like . He extended a hand to Micum IV in turn. "I hope to continue living up to your expectations, as much as I hope you'll capably fight for the nation we both serve."
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    Thomas returned the handshake heartily.

    "For the liberty of these United States, we must pull through. Yet we should be optimistic nonetheless. The experiment that is our republic is still in its infancy and we can still learn, even if we tumble sometimes. Beside the Almighty, we are all flawed and should work to improve our works."

    He backed off a little.

    "Though perhaps now is not the time to begin a great monologue of principles. This is a celebration after all, in your honor Mr. President. A shame that my beloved city of Philadelphia could not host the inauguration and the dinner, but I shall not complain. The troubles outside these walls can wait for a day, to be sure. Does the civilian suit... suit you, Mr. President? I am so used to seeing you in an officer's garb after nine years of war."
    "Have no fear, I'm sure I'll be visiting Philadelphia often, on account of it being where Congress meets - it might be more efficient to travel there to deal with any bills they pass than to have them be sent to my desk, so that if any should wish to object to my signature or veto, they can do it to my face rather than engage in a back-and-forth with letters. If our Congress proves especially active, perhaps I'll have to come more often than the city's most esteemed citizens can bear." Arthur smiled at the joke.

    "My return to civilian life has been a welcome break from the battlefield. All grandfathers should spend some of their days playing with their grandchildren and watching their fields grow, in my opinion." Lionheart spared a glance at the next dish the servants were bringing out, steak by the looks of it, but quickly returned his gaze to Lindberg. "I confess that at times, I do miss it - planning around the war table, the pageantry and heroic bloodshed on the field of battle alike, thinking up a new stratagem midway through battle to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, and the thrill of triumph. But you have my word, as Pierre Bellerose did not long ago, that I will not start a war simply to relieve my boredom." He chuckled at that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lucius Malfoy
    After some time, the two individuals, Lionel and James, would make their way over to speak with the newly elected President. Not at the same time, but within their own time frames throughout the celebratory evening.
    "Well, well - if it isn't my old iron left hand!" Lionheart looked and sounded genuinely excited to see Harrison again, what with his large grin. "How do you fare in these times of peace, my friend? Missing your cannons as much as I miss the war table and my son misses the trumpet's signaling of a charge?"

    At another time, the President also greets his MacCotter in-law cordially. "Well met, James. Enjoying the festivities?" If his geniality and familiar means of address were any indicators, he did not appear to harbor much, or even any ill will toward the latter's past allegiances.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chesser
    Taking Arthur's choice of discussion with stride, business would have to wait till later when there were less idle ears about. "Last I heard they were doing quite fine. Patrick sold the shipping company last fall, making a windfall I might add, and has purchased a spot of land outside Springfield. I believe he intends to go into the Tobacco business, I am told it's quite lucrative these days." Being unfamiliar with farming, having made his fortune through trade, James had to take his sons word for it. "As for the grandchildren..." James racked his brain, the alcohol starting to take effect. "Strong and healthy, Francis is the spitting image of his father at that age."
    "Excellent, excellent. If Patrick ever desires advice on how to manage his estate, he is, of course, more than welcome to ask myself or Lionel." Arthur nodded, carelessly draining his own glass in the process. There was no way asking a father-in-law to dispense tips on how to maximize your plantation's efficiency could remotely reasonably qualify as corruption, as far as he was concerned; it wasn't like he'd be handing out wads of federal cash to any relative of his who asked, particularly not when such funds were needed for the repayment of the national debt. "And that's better still to hear. I'll have to visit your household sometime to meet my grandchildren - or they could come, whether here or the Lion's Den, I'm not fussed either way."

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    "Well, well - if it isn't my old iron left hand!" Lionheart looked and sounded genuinely excited to see Harrison again, what with his large grin. "How do you fare in these times of peace, my friend? Missing your cannons as much as I miss the war table and my son misses the trumpet's signaling of a charge?"
    A merry and loud laugh came from Lionel as he heard his old nickname from the days among the Continental Army. Everyone knew who he was, especially Lionheart, who called upon his cannons more than often to roar across the battlefields. Those were certainly the good days. More than naught, Harrison had to load and fire a cannon himself when crewmen were injured or killed. Drawing away from the thoughts of old, Lionel strikes a good smile at Arthur.

    Your Excellency, I must congratulate you on your greatest victory since Yorktown! You ensured our nation won its freedom, now you will further mold it as our country's elected leader.


    Lionel was more than pleased with the outcome of the elections, the first of their kind since the country earned its independence. Lionheart was the most deserving of any man here.

    I must say, its hard to enjoy peace. After all those years, I still feel the desire to fire a cannon, to command a battery, to hear the shells fly across the sky... like the screams of warring eagles. My hands still remember the thrill of loading those cannons... if only I could have served our country during Shay's Rebellion, but alas, I had my duties as Secretary of War.


    Not to mention that he was not as young as he used to be. His sons, Robert and Benjamin, were better suited to do such things. Speaking of which, Harrison turns and motions for Robert to join him. His eldest was presence with his wife, Joy-Again, simply called Joy, a daughter of the noted Prynne family. He motions to his son as he looks at Arthur.

    Your Excellency, I want you to meet my son, Robert. He was a Commodore within our Continental Navy and served on three ships; the Trumble, Warren, and the Dover, one of the French loaned frigates. And this is his wife, Joy, a daughter of Lemuel. You may remember him from the northern campaigns.

    Robert, practically a much younger looking Lionel, offers a smile and a hand to the President.

    Sir, its an honor to meet the General that my father has spoken so highly of. I was always at sea, so never got the opportunity to be under your command.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Goldwater View Post
    At another time, the President also greets his MacCotter in-law cordially. "Well met, James. Enjoying the festivities?" If his geniality and familiar means of address were any indicators, he did not appear to harbor much, or even any ill will toward the latter's past allegiances.
    James would glance at his son, Joseph, who was with Arthur's daughter, his wife, shortly after being acknowledged by Lionheart. Certainly, it was his son who probably ensured there was no ill will due to past allegiances. Conveniently, a passing servant walks up, allowing the Irishman to take a glass before turning to the President. He bows his head slightly.

    Your Excellency, I must give you my heartfelt congratulations on this momentous occasion. Your grandchildren, Henry and Elizabeth, certainly wished to see you, but Henrietta assured them another time.


    During the war, Arthur's daughter, married to Joseph II, on the eve of the Revolution, had given birth to twins. A son, named Henry, and a daughter, named Elizabeth. Both of whom bore names of ancient English monarchs. Something that James learned after the war and knew then and there that his son had not disowned his father for choosing the defeated side. It ensured that the house was at peace when he returned home.

    I still find Joseph hunting often when he can, especially with former comrades of his unit. I believe he misses leading the regiment of dragoons you entrusted him to command.


    James sips his wine calmly before speaking further.

    I must ask, Your Excellency, I am curious to know where you plan to set up our country's capital. Are you close to a decision?


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    Drawing his thoughts away from such things for now he decides to head back to the party. Passing down a hallway he stops as he recognizes a familiar figure passing through a door frame. That of his fellow Senator James MacCotter; A good man and true southerner.

    As their paths near Edward gives a friendly greeting. "Ah a pleasure to see you here, MacCotter."
    James MacCotter, having recently ended his conversation with the President, moved away to find a servant. He hands him his empty glass, but his attention was caught by the greeting of Edward Drake. He didn't seem to recall him from beyond Congress, but from what he recalled, Edward was a fellow pro slavery politician and a fellow southerner. The senator nods his head at Edward.

    Mister Drake, it is good to see you here.


    He glances at the President, recalling times of old for a moment.

    My father mentored His Excellency, we served together against the French, and my son has married his daughter. As you can see, it would be impossible for me not to come.

    James says with a smile to Drake.

    How is your family and South Carolina?
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    ”Ah well, I suppose you’ve had more time to grow wistful for the battlefield. I have not enjoyed that luxury in my time.” He smiled blankly, as if in thought. “Though all the same I found myself thinking of home, and the Great War when I was gone..” Bellerose trailed off. “I suspect you will not have to, English power still lingers to the north and even in the Northwest territory, if I’m properly informed. When war comes I doubt it will be a choice.” He huffed. “But when the time comes the nation, and you, will have my sword, for as long as I can still hold one.”

    He mirrored the man’s laughter with a light chuckle. “Who knows you may grow to love the job, give it time. Eventually you’ll have to find something you’re good at, ami.” He finished as he began to cut off a piece of the creature himself. “Never close a door that God has opened.”
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    Harris nodded.

    "Indeed, such is the work that is required in our new republic. Who better to lead us then, than a son of Massachusetts, whose brave militias at Lexington fired the first shots of our Revolution?"

    He chuckled lightly.

    "May I call you Mr. Clare, Sir? If you are ever in Albany, you are much welcome to visit Harriswood Mansion for dinner. I have a keen interest in the future of our country and would like your educated opinion on certain matters. You served as Ambassador to Britain, no? I would like to hear of your mission to my mother country."
    It was a struggle in those days, the contential Congress was refusing to adopt the Massachusetts militia, they refused to send supplies and reinforcements, they refused to declare war hoping Britain would concede to their demands. Britain’s attacks of aggression only meant war and they were fools not to see it. General Lionheart may have given America her must needed military victories but Richard Clare orchestrated the fight for independence without which the cause would have been lost of hope and doomed from the start.

    Indeed you may Sir,
    Should I ever endeavour to Albany I shall call upon you.
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