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|Lifting the Veil|
Adéwalé met with Bastienne Josèphe.
- Bastienne: Monsieur Adéwalé, the (Maroon) cause has made an ally of you. Augustin speaks highly of your help.
- Adéwalé: I do not know how much longer I will be able to continue. But the Maroon are outstanding warriors. Augustin has provided me with everything I might need to get by until I return to my Brothers.
- Bastienne: I believe you owe me a parcel, then.
- Adéwalé: Let me hold it a while longer, for safe-keeping.
- Bastienne: You are not a man of your word.
- Adéwalé: My word was "perhaps". It stands.
- Bastienne: How little you must think of me.
- Adéwalé: On the contrary. You have maintained your freedom among the French by the deft handling of your indispensable business. I respect you highly, but would be a fool to trust anyone so clever so soon.
- Bastienne: What a keen eye and sweet tongue you have. Since you cannot provide me with the one thing I truly desire, I hope to compel you to demonstrate some respect by some other means.
- Adéwalé: I would consider it.
- Bastienne: I need a careful and observant man to investigate the (Governor). I must know what distracts him, and why he enforces the Code Noir even more strictly. The lives of the slaves depend on it.
- Adéwalé: I share your curiosity. I will pay you this favor. For the slaves.
- Bastienne: Perhaps there is some honor in you yet. You will need a disguise. Please, change into these.
Bastienne handed Adéwalé a set of slave clothes. After changing, Adéwalé followed Bastienne.
- Adéwalé: A slave's rags? What do you mean by this indignity? Do you mean to see me recaptured?
- Bastienne: Indignity? Do you hold your enslaved brothers in such low esteem?
- Adéwalé: Do you hold any man in high esteem, or are we all pawns to you?
- Bastienne: Ha! You should be so lucky. There is no trick. It is only that, well, (Governor) de Fayet will host a soirée soon, and imagine, I am not invited! The excess of the occasion calls for an abundance of supplies to be delivered to his mansion. That's where you come in. With your crate, you will blend in with the men delivering the goods. Once on the grounds, you can spy on the good (Governor).
- Adéwalé: Will the overseers not notice one man extra, or are you simply unconcerned for my well-being?
- Bastienne: I've never met an Overseer who could tell two slaves apart. Nevertheless, be careful. I sense you are as bright as you are strong. You will figure it out.
- Adéwalé: Yes, m'am.
Bastienne led Adéwalé to a slave escort.
- Bastienne: Here they come. Join the line. Be careful.
The lead slave stumbled, distracting the guards long enough for Adéwalé to join the line. In his haste, he bumped into the slave in front of him, startling him.
- Overseer: What is going on back there? Fall in line!
Adéwalé followed the slaves to the governor's mansion, conversing with the man in front of him while walking.
- Slave 1: Who are you?
- Adéwalé: A friend.
- Slave 1: This is a joke to you.
- Adéwalé: No.
- Slave 1: You will get us all killed.
- Adéwalé: Shh!
As they reached the mansion, another slave spoke out.
- Slave 2: Another (party) for the pig?
- Slave 1: Shh! You are too complacent.
- De Fayet: Excellent. Put the crates down there, (gentlemen).
Adéwalé and the slaves dropped their crates and awaited further directions.
- De Fayet: Alright. Enough socializing. Get back to work. The grounds must be fit for a king when my guests arrive. Lazy bastards. The lot of them should be whipped. I'm a prince, you realize, I'm a prince, for putting up with it.
Adéwalé followed the workers back to their huts.
- Slave 1: My feet hurt.
- Slave 2: What good is complaining?
- Slave 3: I will remember you said that.
- Slave 2: Quiet now.
Adéwalé blended in with the slaves, offering his help to one while questioning him.
- Adéwalé: Friend, does the guard change often?
- Slave 4: As often as night moves to day.
- Adéwalé: Thank you.
- Slave 4: If you are a friend, prove it, (foreigner).
- Godin: The expedition will cost more than our initial calculations suggested.
- De Fayet: I heard you gave Bastienne's girl a jewel worth more than half the fleet. Does this account for the missing funds?
- Godin: What I do with my purse is my own business.
- De Fayet: What happened to the funds I released LAST month?
- Godin: The science of navigation is expensive.
- De Fayet: I dare say it is... if you measure every fathom in perfume and silk.
- Godin: If no suitable Spanish vessel is available, could we not use a French ship?
- De Fayet: Are you trying to start a war? The treaty between our nations is fragile. We cannot afford any suspicion of smuggling.
- Godin: Your name will go down in history with mine if you supply the funds and the ship!
- De Fayet: Thank you for the offer, but I have an expensive colony to govern.
- Godin: With the volume of slaves you import, I'd have thought you have gold to spare.
- De Fayet: Even free labor is not free, friend. Slaves are expensive to replace. The poor beasts expire before they can reproduce.
- Godin: Even your slave ships would benefit from improved navigation. Fewer accidents.
- De Fayet: Now that is interesting.
With his newly acquired information, Adéwalé returned to Bastienne.
- Bastienne: (Well?) What have you learned?
- Adéwalé: The governor is overconfident. Despite his guard, I could have ended him with my bare hands. He would have deserved it. What makes you believe you need him?
- Bastienne: I keep my friends close and my enemies closer. Which camp are you in? Will you tell me what you have learned? Who distracts him?
- Adéwalé: A (demanding) scientist, Godin, hounds the governor for funds. Something about an expedition. Navigational secrets.
- Bastienne: Why is this the first I hear of him? Has my whole network turned against me? Does the harbormaster think I give him my best girls out of kindness?
- Adéwalé: Do you wish me to investigate further? I admit, as a man of the sea, the science of navigation intrigues me.
- Bastienne: No. Yes. I don't know. As you wish. Leave me, I must think.
Adéwalé learned of the governor's planned expedition.