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    Geoffrey wanted to touch him, he wanted to hurt him, he wanted Richard's hands on him. He did not know whether half the things they did to one another — the fighting, the fucking, a world of small touches and betrayals in between — if they did them out of lust or spite or want or petty malice. He wasn't sure it mattered. He might never see the outside of this tower again, and he still wasn't sure it mattered.

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    Philip just wants to drink wine and talk. Richard just wants to drink wine and throw him out. Geoffrey would probably not have wanted to be trampled by the horse.

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    "You let yourself be fooled because you wanted to be," Geoffrey retorted. "You're like a strand of wool on a spindle - wrap you around my finger, set you spinning, and let you fall so that you do most of the work of twisting yourself up." To most observers, his voice would have sounded even, but Richard could detect a barely-suppressed tremor in it. "Philip finds you too stubborn to sway, but he doesn't have my decades of practice."

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    Philip was absurdly fond of Geoffrey — in truth he was. And he adored Richard. And while it was true that he dearly loved them both, it was equally true that he loved them at each other's throats most of all. Because it amused him. Because it upset Henry. Because what was bad for England was invariably good for France. But there was more than one way to kick a hornet's nest, and this was fun too.

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    Henry and Eleanor had raised no children. They had raised princes and dukes and counts, and whatever John was, but no children. Just powerful strangers with too much to prove at each other's expense.

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    Christmas at Chinon, 1183. Conversation gambits keep the Christmas fires burning.

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    Richard stalked the halls of Rouen like a tamed lion, but one that still had claws, and might turn on you if you came too close. And Geoffrey could never resist baiting his brother. With King Henry gone to Caen to collect their mother, whom he had once again released from her imprisonment, this time for Easter, and John floundering away in Ireland, there was no one else for the two of them to direct their energies towards. The knights and courtiers took bets as to which would strike the first blow, with the prevailing wisdom being that no matter who began it, Richard would surely end it.

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    Five lives which Eleanor of Aquitaine never lived.

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    It is all a game, and nothing is sacred.

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    To tell the truth, I was never doted so affectionately upon by either parent. It was always either John or Richard. Everyone forgets poor dear Geoffrey. Even it seems as Alais has forgotten me too.

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    Philip contemplates Geoffrey's reign

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    “We're jungle creatures, Henry, and the dark is all around us. See them? In the corners, you can see the eyes.” –The Lion in Winter, William Goldman.

    The pairings, Philip/Richard and Philip/Geoffrey, are implied.

    Thank you, Ignoble Bard, for the patient and generous Beta work. Also, many thanks to Russandol, Scarlet, Randy O., and Elfscribe for the nitpicks on the final draft.

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    Richard is always better than Geoff.

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    Eleanor wins by default.

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    Such, my angels, is the role of sex in history.

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    Philip's journey from Paris was the shorter distance, yet he arrived later, almost as dark was falling. Richard, knowing his tactics well, refused to be goaded so easily into impatience. "I'll wager you wish you hadn't burned the bridge at Porte Joie now," he said cheerfully by way of greeting. "You could have been here in time for dinner. It was splendid, by the way. We saved you some scraps."

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    Scenes from the crucible.

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    Philip was not sure of the moment when their conversation (about Richard, of course, it was always Richard's fault somehow) passed from discussion into argument.

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    Eleanor will have her revenge on Henry by hook or by crook.

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    When they were first married, Henry couldn't quite believe his good fortune.

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