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.

26 Comments Add yours

  1. draliman says:

    Ooh, two people in the same situation. Maybe they were even destined to be the main participants at the same wedding…

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    1. That was the point I was trying to communicate. That he was her betrothed. Glad it made you wonder at least. =)

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    2. I went back and tweaked it (haha).

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  2. I wouldn’t call this story ‘silly’ – I quite liked the whiff of a potential happy romantic outcome! 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story and caught the whiff of a happy ending. Thanks, Susan! =)


  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Some things are just meant to be!

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    1. That’s what I think too. Somehow I blinked and missed this week’s comments nearly entirely. Thank you for reading my tale. =)

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  4. lisarey1990 says:

    Oh, quite intriguing!

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  5. jillyfunnell says:

    Not silly at all. I loved this. Clever and satisfying.

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    1. Thank you, Jilly. I’m so happy you liked the story. I’m sorry for not responding to your comment until now, the 16th was the day of the typhoon here in Hong Kong. Still cleaning up from it.


  6. Sandra says:

    Ah! a lovely, happy coincidence. I hope both their parents will forgive their insubordination.

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    1. I think they will since fate brought them together after-all. =) Sorry for the delayed response and thanks so much for commenting.


  7. Dear Brenda.

    I love where you went with the prompt. I suspect everyone will be happy in the end. Lovely story.



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    1. Yes, that’s the intent. I imagined the story a little bit like a Disney movie, maybe a little like Aladdin. Sorry for my delayed response. =)


  8. Alice Audrey says:

    Hahaha. Looks like they were totally meant to be. Best yet, they found each other in a way that says they have some control.

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    1. Very true, Alice, and that’s important. They both ran and found each other after all. Sorry for the delay in responding and thanks so much for commenting. =)


  9. Destiny intervenes to repair the impetuousness of the lovers. Nice take on the prompt.

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    1. It sure does. Thanks so much for commenting and sorry for the delay in responding. =)

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  10. Lynn Love says:

    I like that idea – of them both escaping the idea of an arranged marriage, but coming together anyway. It’s as if they’re meant to be! Nicely done

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    1. Thanks so much, Lynn. I like the idea too free to choose and they end up choosing each other. I’m sorry for the delay in responding.

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      1. Lynn Love says:

        That is a charming idea, isn’t it? I think they’re destinies are intertwined

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  11. gahlearner says:

    That’s funny and lovely. Whether they run together or find love–they took control over their own lives. I’m sure they can laugh together.

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    1. For sure, they both just wanted to be free to choose. Thank you for commenting and I’m so sorry for not responding until now. =)


  12. notestowomen says:

    Nice one, Brenda. The two who don’t want to be in an arranged marriage running into each other. Maybe they’ll up together but it will be their choice–not their parents’

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    1. That’s right, the choice is theirs! Thanks for commenting. =)


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