Ragtag Daily Prompt: Fractious

Sitting in the captain’s cabin, Queen Pirouette, two of her ladies in-waiting, GarGar and Admiral Crank, it was difficult not to feel a bit cramped. Of course, GarGar, le comte des Deux Chats didn’t mind too much. After months, alone in a dungeon, Monsieur le comte was more than happy to be in the company of three beautiful women, one of whom would be his future wife. He could have done without Admiral Crank, but he was the senior, most high ranking officer’s in Her Majesty’s service so was deemed the only man worthy to command the vessel.

Christened the Mary Rose after one of the old King’s favorite wives, HMS Mary Rose needed major repairs before it was worthy even to sail on a calm river. The old King used to call it his “barge,” but the royal yacht sported two tall mast and was powered mainly by oars that were painted gold. How they flashed in the sunlight as they rose and then fell into the water, all in unison! It was a marvel of modern engineering.

Initially, the refurbishment went slowly and expensively; however, that all changed when Queen Pirouette asked Monsieur le comte to look into the matter. The problem had been one of infighting between the fractious workers, some of whom barely even spoke the Queen’s French. He called together a meeting of all the managers of the project, fired them and replaced them new men who knew how to get a job done and done efficiently (and cheerfully, it was hoped.) When all was said and done, GarGar received high marks, not only for getting the job done, but also for not taking bribes or skimming from the top!

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.

4 thoughts on “Ragtag Daily Prompt: Fractious

      1. Yes, the holidays are coming quickly. It has been busy but I really just worry about spoiling my daughter! The holidays are hard for me so one place I turn is here, to my blogging community, to just have some “normalcy”. My friend just adopted a kitten, named Priscilla, who looks like Queen Piroutte’s sister! I showed my friend and she was shocked! Such lovely little things. How old is she now? I hope your upcoming holidays are peaceful!

      2. Pirouette is now a big girl- almost two and a half! As for your daughter, go ahead and spoil her! Adulthood is so hard. Why not give them as much as you can, while you can? Just a thought… I’d love to see a pic of little Priscilla! Here’s my email: gainluv62@yahoo.com

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