This is a different type of Borgia fiction. First, I tried to put in more historical accuracy, while story telling. Lucrezia did not have an incestuous relationship with Cesare--but I put a little in because people expect it. Second, Cesare contracted syphilis when he was 22--but of course I left this out. And as a commander of his army he was ruthless to those he conquered. Doesn't fit the Cesare we expect, right? I tried to be a little more factual than the tv series--which I love and watch over and over. I also tried to put in little known facts that came from my reading. I've turned up some interesting facts and tried to write an interesting story. Hope you like! Consuelo Borgia has loved her cousin Cesare all her life. Though her parents returned to Spain when she was eight, she has not forgotten him, she is still idolizing him. She does not know how to be any other way. But she is eighteen now, and a widow. She returns to her family after her husband dies, not knowing quite what to do. She engages in an affair with a local sword smith who makes swords prized by all of Spain, but must break it off when her family finds out. They are trying to pressure her into re-marrying, but she is still mourning her husband, the child she lost, and now her lost sword maker. Her family sends her to Rome to live with her Uncle Roderigo, now Pope Alexander VI. She is both excited and apprehensive at the prospect of living with her family in Italy. The pope's mistress, Vanozza, was always kind to her, and she will see her cousins Lucrezia, Juan--and Cesare again after ten long years. But it is Cesare she desires to see again. She is no longer a child, she is a woman. Will Cesare see her with the same eyes, or will he see her for what she is--a woman with desires ? She has heard rumors as to what he is like, despite the fact that he has taken orders--and is rumored to soon become a cardinal. What she does not want is to become his toy.