Diego’s promise to Alfonso Escalante – chapter 11 Return and Zorro

Four years of studying was a very busy period for Diego. He absorbed knowledge and skills like a sponge. He not only graduated from the university with first place in student’s ranking but also disarmed Sir Edmund in a training match and won his famous tournament sword.

He also exchanged several letters with during this time. Not as much as he would have liked because of the distance. However, he valued every one of them. wrote to him about changes and news from the , but he felt that in the last one she was hiding something from him. He had similar suspicions after reading the last letter from his father.

He was sure of one thing. If has not married, he would fight for her favour. If she was already lost to him and this was the secret that she and his father did not want to write…

No, it is better not to think about it.”

The truth was, he didn’t write about everything, either. He wanted to surprise his loved ones and did not mention the fencing skills at all.

However, upon his return, his plans collapsed. The was a tyrant which the had to oppose. With the help of , he became and fought for justice for the pueblo’s residents. Boring, inept , whom he played every day, was also a disguise.

What left him torn inwardly was Victoria. They were no longer adolescents, so as adults they had conventions to maintain. Their friendship was strong, but not as before. The no longer dared hug her or hold her hand like before leaving for Spain. What’s more, she compared him with a masked bandit all the time and took pity on his own clumsiness.

They had been friends for so long, they had experienced their successes and failures together, but she fell in love with a criminal she knew nothing about. took the silent for granted but did not see him in any romantic way.

Romance with her as was the only way for him to hold her in his arms and kiss her waiting lips. He might have been a brave and dashing hero, but the prospect of losing was too much for him. He was an ordinary coward and he had no hope to change that.

RETROSPECTION

It was Saint Valentine’s Day. There were not many people in the tavern, but there was a buzz. sat with back to the entrance and talked. They did not notice that Diego had arrived, overhearing a fragment of their conversation.

“If there was no , you would certainly have many admirers or even suitors, especially on a day like today.”

The tavern owner shrugged. “Maybe. But I already have my other half and hope he will visit me today. If you want to eat at this inn for the next month, you’d better sit in a garrison and don’t try any tricks.” She cheerfully pointed a finger at him.

“It didn’t even cross my mind. You are lucky that the went away for a few days. He wouldn’t miss such an opportunity.” He raised his hands in a gesture of surrender. “But tell me honestly, if it wasn’t for Zorro, could one of the young men count on a more favourable look from you? I’m just curious.”

pondered for a moment. “I don’t know. There are a few handsome and honest men, but I never really thought about it.”

The sergeant went on, “Maybe Diego de la Vega? He is handsome, rich, intelligent, honest and a gentleman. And you’ve known each other for years and you are friends.”

The woman waved a dismissive hand and laughed, “, do not joke. He is a dear friend, but that’s all. Diego as a suitor, no way. It will never happen.”

Diego didn’t hear the rest of the conversation because unnoticed, he turned on his heel and left. Some random woman in the plaza got a beautiful red rose and a well-crafted silver brooch. The didn’t even notice which one.

In the evening broke into the room of his beloved senorita. He kissed her passionately and with determination, but he didn’t say any word the whole evening. His heart was broken and he decided to take everything that was given to him without regret. He had no strength to say goodbye to her as he should do. She gave him a reason to fight, to live.

END OF RETROSPECTION

Only Felipe, faithful and more mature than his peers, knew about his dilemmas. As the friendship between the young and the tavern owner never returned to the level before leaving, the relationship with his ward deepened. They spent a lot of time together, understood each other without words. The shared secret united them even more. Only with Felipe, Diego could be fully himself.

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kasiaeliza

Mama dwójki Zorrątek. Trenuję jujitsu japońskie i kiedyś miałam krótką przygodę z kendo. Lubię RPGi, planszówki, geografię, historię, piłkę nożną i książki. Nie wróć, książki to kocham. :) ----------------------------------- Mother of two Zorro cubs. I train Japanese jujitsu and once had a short adventure with kendo. I like RPGs, board games, geography, history, soccer and books. Wait, come back, I love books. :)

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