Ragtag Daily Prompt: Yesterday’s Cars

“After you’ve finished the draft of the marriage contract, please send it to me posthaste.” Princess Pirouette motioned for the prime minister to rise. “How long do you expect it to take?” She asked pointblank. Grimacing in pain as he pushed down on the arms of his chair, he said, “Not long, Your Highness- five to ten days, I should imagine. It will be a fairly standard affair, except for one clause.”

“What clause is that, my lord?”

“The one where we delineate his role in your government…”

Pirouette chose not to respond to his statement. Instead she changed the subject, “Have you heard any of that insane chatter about this supposedly horseless carriage? What is that all about?”

The prime minister tried his best to suppress the urge to roll his eyes. “It’s really nothing to concern Your Highness. Such an advance in our understanding is decades or perhaps, centuries away.”

“Oh, my!” Said Pirouette. “What would one call such a device?” She asked the prime minister.

“Who knows?” Shrugged Monsieur le premier ministre. “Yesterday I head one person refer to it as a car.”

Pirouette wrinkled her nose, as if she smelled something over-ripe. “Sounds funny. Almost foreign.”

“Indeed, Your Royal Highness,” said the prime minister with a deep bow before exiting.

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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