Jean-Jacques de Portier, my main villain from my book, usually frequented to Barras´s place. He was friends with Teresa Cabarrús, Barra´s lover, and he enjoyed going to her salons. Teresa was a very beautiful noblewoman from Spain and she also played a key role in Robespierre´s fall.
Her beauty was legendary and many men fell in love with her...among them, a young soldier called Napoleón.
Barras´s his superior, and despite knowing that Teresa was committed with the elder militar and other important men...Napoleon still feel in love with her.
But his love was fated to be not retributed, and Teresa actually humillated him.
And Jean-Jacques would meet a very heart broken Napoleon right in the streets.
"I heard of Madame Termidor ´s generousity towards your, mon ami. I heard she offered you a new uniform"
"It´s true" Napoleón sighed" I´d rather have her love"
"Your pride must be on the floors" the duke said , in a low voice "If I were you, I wouldn´t be able to maintain my composture.I admire your aloofness"
Napoleón´s eyes flashed.
"Who says I am not angry? I´m furious!" his voice gained strength "I would give anything to pay that lustful witch back!"
Jean´Jacques moved his head, in a pessimistic way.
"But you are a very young soldier, with no fortune of your own."
"In this current present, I might be someone with no name. But I am someone who´d never forget an insult"
The noble smiled.
"Then you must become someone extraordinary, someone by far better than Barras. No, you are the type of person who could climb to the peak of this nation...you are someone who should have access to power. Power is everything in this world...."
The soldier looked at the stranger and nodded.
"Yes, indeed. And I shall seize it" Note: I used a photo as a reference for the background and I took it from this website: [link] . I liked a photo from a street from Montmartre and I know it´s not close from Barras´s house. I used it mainly for artistic purposes, not seeking, this time, accuracy. Merci!