Dirty Stop-out

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It’s dangerous to snigger at the court’s royal ball; indeed, it’s death if you’re overheard. Consequently there were no signals for the Prince to pick up on when he inadvertently asked a passing scullery maid for the last waltz. How he could have missed her ill-informed nouveau riche fashion sense and her, erm, not very small feet is a matter for conjecture, but some historians suggest he had mislaid his royal contact lenses.

Surprisingly, nobody was particularly perturbed when the two of them later tumbled together between the royal bed-sheets, apart from the shoeshine boy charged with cleaning her commoner boots.

Written in response to the visual prompt at Rochelle Wishoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers.

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27 Responses to Dirty Stop-out

  1. MythRider says:

    Oh my what a scandal!

  2. I enjoyed the comments as much as the story. 🙂 Hope she didn’t step on his feet with those boots, though (while dancing, that is.)


  3. atrm61 says:

    Unique and very enjoyable:-)

  4. I love that this photo took you to such a fantastical place. Lucky girl. I’ve always said it’s all about the shoes; maybe the Prince was tired of sparkle.

  5. I’ve got a different twist of what’s happening here. Has anyone thought of the possibility that the Prince knew the woman was actually a scullery maid and only he did what he did with her as a form of revenge to his parents who not allowing him to see the Princess from the neighboring castle solely because of the going feud his parents have with her parents.
    So I await your reply to my comment as well as your comment for my endeavor [#80 / #81]

    • I wasn’t going to mention this, but yes, the Prince did know she was a scullery maid, but he also knew that his father had his eye on her and he wanted to sock it to his dad who was trying to force him to marry the Princess from the neighbouring castle. It’s an ugly story set in even uglier times.

      Will visit shortly.

  6. rgayer55 says:

    This is hilarious, Patrick. Great story.

  7. What a wondrous take, Patrick. So unexpected and rich.

  8. Dear Patrick

    What a delightful Cinderella story of a different sort. I enjoyed this.



  9. You have to be the only one to look at those boots and see that!
    Enjoyable read.

  10. Sandra says:

    I guess the scullery maid got lucky here; I hope she enjoys her moment, and her clean shoes. Different take on the prompt Patrick.

  11. helenmidgley says:

    I’m a sucker for a bit of historical fiction, great job 🙂

  12. Wonderful unique take on Cinderella here.. not the one with small feet… but rather the opposite…

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