Ragtag Daily Prompt: Morass

Before the old King grew very old, there was an organized and orderly system of centralized government. As their King descended ever more into senility, so did the nobility become emboldened to ignore his edicts. In the matter of a few years, blood feuds and property line disputes became the order of the day. It was into this morass of internecine warfare that Princess Devant, a widow and her daughter, Princess Pirouette found themselves upon the death of Prince Devant.

Prince Devant had been the focus of the people’s hopes and dreams for a brighter future. Upon his demise in a hunting accident, there was an overwhelming outpouring of grief on a national scale. Funeral wreaths were hung on every door. Black was the only color to be seen in apparel and interior design. For the King and his council, it was a crisis of such magnitude that Parliament was convened for the first time in a decade. Their first act was to summon Princess Pirouette and her mother to Court where His Royal Majesty could keep an eye on them and protect them from the factionalism that was tearing the Kingdom apart.

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.

2 thoughts on “Ragtag Daily Prompt: Morass

  1. Great top down view of the kitties with the story. Actually came here, wanting to participate in Monday windows, but somehow I cannot find it …

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