Ragtag Daily Prompt: Snapshot

As Lady Abigail made the final adjustments to Queen Pirouette’s wig, Tata Sou-sus held the gilded-framed, twelve by twelve inch mirror in front of her. Extracting a mouche from a small ceramic jar that another lady in waiting held for her, the Queen selected the first one she touched without even looking at it first. With a steady hand, she applied the artificial mole to her left cheek. Her Majesty’s toilette was complete!

If one could take a snapshot of Pirouette at this moment, the captured image would have been a stunning portrait of a beautiful young woman- regal, confident and utterly comfortable with her station in life. Gliding like a ship upon calm waters, she approached her vanity and lifted her prayerbook. It was a steadfast rule that once her toilette was completed, Pirouette and her ladies would sit for a few minutes while she read the meditations and prayers of her favorite saint- Saint Hildegard von Blinken.

The women organized themselves according to their rank, with Lady Abigail and Tata Sous-sus closest to the Queen- Abigail at her right hand, Tata at her left. Today’s meditation began with the query, Am I keeping my faith strong?

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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