Ragtag Daily Prompt: Encephalopathy

The occasion was Princess Pirouette’s eighteenth birthday and the entire court was abuzz with excitement. The old King, feeling awfully chipper, insisted that he have the first dance with the birthday girl. She was only too happy to oblige him. His Majesty’s arthritic feet seemed to glide on the black and white tiles of the ballroom floor.

Just as the old King was getting ready to give Princess Pirouette a little spin, he suddenly swooned in her arms. Alas! She was not strong enough to support his weight, so he fell to the floor as if in slow-motion. Cries of alarm filled the ballroom. The royal physicians, always in attendance, rushed to their patient, leeches and knives in hand. What these learned men did not know, nor could ever know, was the His Majesty was suffering from a serious malady: encephalopathy. Neither a thousand leeches, nor a thousand cuts could cure His Majesty of this ailment. Bedrest and prayers were the best treatment available at the time.

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.

9 thoughts on “Ragtag Daily Prompt: Encephalopathy

  1. Loving the bottom pic its like the cat on the left said something shocking and the other is reaching round to look and going ‘Tell me you didn’t just say that!” lol

      1. Yeah, encephalopathy was a bad word to choose. I understand making them complex and interesting but the words need to be something we can actually use and inspiring enough to use them too.

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