Princess Ratani stood next in line to rule, but the walls of the palace suffocated her. Her parents arranged her marriage. Ratani longed to be free. On the night of her betrothal, she donned commoner’s clothing and slipped through the gates. Walking along the road, the earth trembled. An elephant approached with a disheveled young man on top.
He asked, “Need a ride?”
The elephant bowed and the man reached down his hand. Ratani climbed atop and asked, “Where’re you heading?”
He answered, “Anywhere but here! My parents arranged my marriage. It was to be announced tonight at the palace.”
This silly tale is where my muse took me. The photo, taken by J. Hardy Carroll, reminded me of a palace in Thailand. I saw a replica of it in miniature while recently visiting Bangkok.
“Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. This challenge is to write a story using only 100 words in response to a photo prompt. It has been a lot of fun to join in with this fantastic and encouraging group of writers! For more stories, visit HERE.