Richard and Anne

(Anti-Shakespere)

"Richard, George, this is the Earl of Warwick and his daughters, Isabelle and Anne."

It was 1460 and Edward IV was introducing his two youngest brothers, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Clarence, to their cousin, Richard Neville, who they would be living with for the majority of their youth, and his daughters, Anne and Isabelle.

A young boy stepped forward and bowed low. "It's such a pleasure to meet you, cousin, girls. I'm George and I'm very grateful for meeting you. All of you."

The Earl of Warwick nodded. "It's my pleasure to meet you, your grace," He smiled.

Now only Richard had to introduce himself. But, unlike his brother, he looked at Edward before stepping forward, bowed low to his cousin, grabbed his hand and kissed it. "I am grateful for meeting you, cousin."

He then went over to the girls and bowed low. He grabbed each of their hands and kissed them too. "I am grateful for meeting you too, Anne, Isabelle."

He stepped backwards and bowed low again. "I am Richard and I too am extremely grateful for meeting you all."

He stepped backwards and joined his brothers, who both looked surprised. The Earl of Warwick looked stunned. "Your hospitality is much graciously received, your grace," he informed.

Edward smiled. "I am glad that my brothers introduced themselves to you and your lovely daughters so well, Warwick."

Warwick smiled back. "Your brothers are a pleasure to meet, Edward. You must be very proud of them."

"I am."

Warwick leaned forward and whispered in the King's ear, softly. "Especially young Richard..."

"What do you mean?"

"I can tell you favour him the most." Warwick grinned.

"I love both of my brothers, Warwick, EQUALLY."

"But didn't you notice how he looked at you before introducing himself to me?"

"Yes, but..." Edward stuttered.

"He wanted to impress you, he WANTS to be just like you!"

"He does? But what about George?"

"George want to be like you too, Ned, but Dickon is the youngest and smallest. George is stronger. He wants to amount to something!"

"That'll be me?"

"Yes!"

The 18 year old king thought hard for a moment, before nodding seriously.

"Ok, Warwick."

He turned to his brothers, who were talking amongst themselves, he smiled.

"Boys..."

They stopped talking and turned to their only brother.

"I'm going now but mother and I will see you soon. Be good for your cousin and his daughters, ok?"

"Yes Edward."

"Come, give your brother a hug."

The boys lined up in age order.

George came first.

"Goodbye George, look after Richard, ok?"

"Yes, Your Majesty."

Richard came last.

"Goodbye Richard. Be nice to George"

He leaned forward and whispered in his youngest brother's ear.

"And be brave..."

He hugged Richard more lovingly than he did with George.

As he pulled away, he noticed that Richard had a very determined face.

"Yes, Ned, I won't let you down, I promise."

The King smiled. He ruffled Richard's head before doing the same with George. "Be nice to Warwick and his daughters, yes?"

"Yes, Ned." the boys responded.

"Ok. Thank you, for taking them in, Warwick."

" My pleasure, Ned."

Edward turned and walked out of the room, leaving the young dukes alone.

For Richard and his brother, however, living here would change Warwick and his daughter's lives, forever...