Friday Fictioneers – Heir Apparent

ff040215Lady Katherine Bryan sat by the fireside, preparing yet another of her abhorrent, steaming brews.

‘Back to your bed, young master,’ she ordered.

For a stubborn moment I lingered by the window, defying her chastening stare. From the snow-covered gardens below the shouts and laughter of my younger siblings pulled at my heart. It was an achingly beautiful winter’s day; I craved to break free from my prison and be part of it.

Yet, father says I am too precious to him, and our people – I must get better. Only once the sickness is finally remedied will the King ever consent to me leaving this room.

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These words form my entry into this week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge.

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15 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Heir Apparent

  1. storydivamg

    Such old-fashioned notions about health. Interesting that this would be a young boy rather than a female character. Methinks some fresh air would do him good. Perhaps a trip to the seashore come summer?

    Cheers!
    MG

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    1. paulmclem Post author

      Throughout European history sons were required to form Royal succession. Daughters were required for marrying off to help political alliances. Sickly sons would be wrapped in cotton wool to prevent mishap.

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      1. storydivamg

        Ah, yes, I have read of such things. American literature is peppered with such treatment of many women–regardless of social standing. Strange that the custom continued on both sides of the pond for so long without any scientific evidence that it was effective.

      2. paulmclem Post author

        The likes of Mary I and Elizabeth I becoming Queens of England in the 16th century was perhaps the end of male domination of the throne – certainly in the British Isles.

  2. Nan Falkner

    Dear Paul, Outstanding story! Poor prince who can’t go out to play. He should have a playmate that will stay inside with him while he is sick – unless he’s got a really contagious disease. Well done. Nan 🙂

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  3. Claire Fuller

    There could be a subtle under-layer to this – that it’s Lady Katherine’s brew that’s keeping him sick. Or maybe that’s me – thinking that everyone is a schemer!

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