Ragtag Daily Prompt: Infrangible

Grace and favor. Pirouette (left) and GarGar (right).   There was a window in Queen Pirouette’s bedchamber that opened into a courtyard where her children often played.  She could watch them as they scampered about. Sometimes she would shout encouragement at them, but usually she would content herself with just watching them in silence. TheContinue reading “Ragtag Daily Prompt: Infrangible”

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Ragtag Daily Prompt: Slick

As the Great Bard once wrote, “The devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape.” So it was with Maxwell and the Hartley’s, who fell madly in love with the black and white cat who appeared out of nowhere on their front doorstep on the coldest day in Winter. “We can’t leave the poor fellaContinue reading “Ragtag Daily Prompt: Slick”

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Ragtag Daily Prompt: Pedestrian

      After such a long period of peace and prosperity, there were few alive who could remember King GarGar’s exploits on the field of battle, or Queen Pirouette’s mild governance. It is human nature to accept the good things in life as par for the course. This would explain the outrage among theContinue reading “Ragtag Daily Prompt: Pedestrian”

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Ragtag Daily Prompt: Empty

When the enemy arrived, the peasants of the outlying villages had done as King GarGar instructed. They burned their crops. They drove the livestock including the horses hither and yon. They even burned down their modest homes. This scorched-earth policy left nothing for the Caninites to take for succor. All the larders were empty. ByContinue reading “Ragtag Daily Prompt: Empty”

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Ragtag Daily Prompt: Scry

It was from her maternal grandmother that Pirouette learned to scry. “It is the women folk who pass this ancient art down from one generation to the next,” the old woman explained to her on the occasion of her thirteenth birthday. “Thirteen is an important year,” Grand-mère la duchesse had explained solemnly. “By this time next year,Continue reading “Ragtag Daily Prompt: Scry”

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FOWC with Fandango: Meticulous

Queen Pirouette’s childhood was unique among the nobility in that her father took great pains to be intimately involved in his daughter’s upbringing. The norm among the exalted was to betroth their daughters at an early age and then ship them off to be raised by the parents of their future bridegroom. The Queen’s father,Continue reading “FOWC with Fandango: Meticulous”

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FOWC with Fandango: Dependent

The Spirit of Sally lived on in the house on Riverview Road. Open to tourists, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. it was staffed with volunteers, some of whom claimed to have seen her. Their stories were always the same. She was climbing the stairs. She was weeping. On her head she woreContinue reading “FOWC with Fandango: Dependent”

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Ragtag Daily Prompt: Delicate

Fragment of a letter from the Caninian ambassador to his king regarding Queen Pirouette: Her Majesty is possessed of remarkable beauty and poise. Never have I seen a woman more fashioned by God to near perfection. Her complexion is without blemish and is an honest example of “peaches and cream.” When she moves about theContinue reading “Ragtag Daily Prompt: Delicate”

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Ragtag Daily Prompt: Flounder

The crier folded up the parchment and shoved it up his sleeve.  Giving his bell a last vigorous shake, he shouted, “That is all!” And then began to cut his way through the crowd. “What are we supposed to do now?” Asked a high-pitched voice in the crowd. Nobody  replied. Before the Crier could untetherContinue reading “Ragtag Daily Prompt: Flounder”

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