In addition to this week's Flash! Friday story, I have some exciting news: I will be one of the judges for this year's 3rd quarter of Flash! Friday contests (starting July 4th)! Of course, this means my own stories for that quarter won't be eligible, so I may take a break from posting on a weekly basis, unless a specific prompt truly speaks to me. I'm looking forward to seeing the contest from the other side, and I hope each of you will consider joining the weekly fun!
But, there are a couple more weeks left in the second quarter of the Flash! Friday year (yes, it goes on its own calendar), so here's this week's entry! 150 words (+/- 10) on the picture below, including the element of arrogance.
|"New crowns for old ones!" - Benjamin Disraeli presents Queen Victoria |
the crown of India. Punch, 1876, by cartoonist John Tenniel.
“This is my latest — my newest — my everything,” Di sputtered, showcasing his work, perched atop worn fingers. Colorful stones sparkled among golden lattices. Victoria paused in a swish of heavy skirts. Di leaned toward her eagerly.
A servant darted to their side, divesting Victoria of her circumspect crown.
“Countless hours — I personally — worked, every detail.” Di’s lips smushed into a smile. “No expense spared,” he assured.
“To the discerning eye, your work speaks for itself,” Victoria stated.
“Yes, Your Majesty. Thank you, Your Majesty.”
“And what do you ask, for this work?”
“A trade, Your Majesty,” Di suggested, eyes flicking from Victoria to her crown. “The new, for the old.”
A flutter of her fingers sent his heart soaring. Months invested, but finally — success!
Biting grips on his arms dragged him back to the royal hall.
“You think to fool me with false trinkets?” Victoria asked, voice laced with unforeseen disdain, leaving Di to gape as she turned away.