Ragtag Daily Prompt: Beacon

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Princess Pirouette the Younger and her older sister Princess Gargella were both in big trouble with their parents. They’d committed the one unforgivable transgression; that is, they had been rude to an underling. Everyday of their lives they’d been instilled by their parents with the supreme importance of being polite at all times.

“No matter the occasion, when you are in public, smile!” Their mother had told them. “Always extend your hand to a courtier that he may kiss it.” “Never complain.” “You must be a beacon of civility.” On and on the strictures were pronounced upon them by their elders.

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Published by Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Maxwell, Nigel, Pirouette and GarGar.

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