Ragtag Daily Prompt: Luxuriant

Adriana was sitting alone by a window in the East Gallery, enjoying the paintings of the royal family. Uniformly somber expressions looked down on her with little variation except in the manner of clothes that represented various whims of the day. Oh look! She thought. There was a time when courtiers weren’t expected to wear wigs! Absent-mindedly she ran her fingers through her dark, luxuriant hair. Why should I hide my beautiful tresses under some smelly, powdered wig?

Just then, a passer-by dropped a note onto Adriana’s lap and quickly sped away before she could see if it was a man or woman. All she saw was a dark cloak with a hood. Trying to look inconspicuous, she opened the note and read the delicate, feminine script:

“If I were you, I’d find someplace new to rest my head. There’s danger here. Just ask your friend, the Master of the Horse.”

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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