Ragtag Daily Prompt: Carved

Detail of fountain at Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

The ball was in full swing. General Montclair was dancing with one of the Queen’s ladies in waiting. Even as he held the beautiful young woman in his arms, he found it difficult not to look at Queen Pirouette. As for Her Majesty, she could barely hear the music because of the pounding in her ears. She took Abigail’s hand and pressed the back of it against her cheek.

“My Queen!” Exclaimed Abigail. “You are burning up! You need to retire!”

“What rubbish,” replied Pirouette in a deadpan voice. “I never get sick.”

“When are you going to accept the fact that you are not carved from stone?” Said Lady Abigail. “I’m extremely worried about you, Pirouette!” As a rule, even in private, Lady Abigail sought to observe all court etiquette, even though she and the Queen were childhood friends. She chose the informal address in order to underscore her concern.

Pirouette was on the verge of countering Abby with a witty repartee, but suddenly, out of the blue, she felt all of her strength drain from her body, as if it were some liquid spilling on the marble floor. Still holding Abby’s hand, Pirouette leaned in and said, “You’re right. Help me to my rooms. I don’t want to make a fuss in front of all these people.” Then the Queen promptly fainted.

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Rainbow

Rainbow over Hollywood

In a life replete with disappointment, Tata Sous-sus could not recall ever feeling so hopeless. Because her hands had become so shaky, endeavors such as needlepoint seemed futile. Because of her poor eyesight, reading had become a headache-inducing chore. Curtailment of her activities had been loosened up a bit, so she was allowed to walk along the battlements of the North Tower where she was incarcerated. This was her sole relief from the tedium of incarceration.

On this particular day, she and her companion, a woman who simply went by the name Jeanne, had just stepped into the fresh air when Jeanne cried out, “Look! It’s a double rainbow! We don’t see very many of them, now do we?”

Tata felt her heart leap in her chest. To her own amazement, she remembered a verse from the bible: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.(Genesis 9:13)

Rainbow over Washington, DC

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #159: Postcards

I’ve resized all of these photos so that they are now 5 by 7 inches- the perfect size for a postcard. I respectfully submit them to Guest Host Anvica’s Gallery for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #159: Postcards.

We will not discuss the outrage of January 6, 2021 here. To the right is the botanical garden- a truly magnificent place!
I guess the sky could have been a little more blue, but this is an angle of the Maryland State House that one doesn’t usually see.
Sunrise on the Chesapeake Bay. It the far distance, you can see the Bay Bridge- a great feat in engineering!

Which Way Photo Challenge: June 12, 2021

Photographed on August 23, 2020 – Entrance to the Society of the Cincinnati
Bridge over the Severn River by the US Naval Academy

Brought to us by Alive and Trekking, this is my contribution to the Which Way Photo Challenge

Some signage