Ragtag Daily Prompt: Fluid

When the curtain rose in the palace theater, a collective gasp erupted in the room. There stood Princess Pirouette in black leotards, pink tutu and a wide collar around her neck that looked like giant daisy petals. Her hair was pulled back into a severe bun. Standing perfectly still, her hands met in front of her in a wide arc, as if she were gathering something. Pirouette’s face was a monument of composure, even though there was only a smattering of applause at first; however, when the old King was seen to clap his hands, the rest of the court followed suit enthusiastically.

All of a sudden, the strains of a minuet rose from the orchestra pit and a troupe of dancers, male and female, in elaborate costumes, filled the stage. They were dressed to look like fish, birds and animals of the field. At first they formed a semi-circle around Princess Pirouette, but then they began to dance with her from this side of the stage to that. Her arms and legs moved in time to the music and the fluidity of her motions gave one a sensation of sublime pleasure. From the audience, GarGar, le comte des Deux Chats was seen to press a hand against his heart and then blow a kiss at the ballerina soloist.

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: Fluid

  1. Did you ever read the books by Brian Jacques? His Redwall series was about a kingdom of animals. I really think with all you snippets you could do that with the cats.

    1. No, I haven’t heard of them, but I will certainly check and see if my local library has them. I am always on the lookout for new authors! Thanks for the suggestion! 😺

      1. Wow! Our county library system has volumes and volumes of his work. He looks like he was really prolific. Now I must read them. There’s a waiting list for volume 1, but I will add my name to the list never-the-less. 😺

      2. Yes he put out a hugely successful series. It was amazing when considering he did something way different to anyone else – something thats usually scorned.

      3. I am definitely going to check him out! 😺 There’s a huge waiting list to get a copy of the first volume, but I added my name. My turn will come eventually.

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