Trifecta: The Newlywed

“So,” Raicha started.  “Sahmin Bahlaru.”  It was the first time since the wedding that she’d had the chance to talk to Camilia privately, and her curiosity was killing her.

Camilia smiled a little, and took a sip of her wine.  A bead of condensation ran down the side of the glass.  “Charming, isn’t he?”  Camilia’s head turned toward where he was standing by the fountain, talking to one of her half-brothers.

“He is,” she agreed dubiously, looking at him.  He was, certainly.  Pleasant, acceptably good looking, of excellent birth, entirely appropriate in every respect.  Camilia’s choice had relieved and disconcerted the nobility in equal measure, depending on how well they really knew her.  She could see out of the corner of her eye that Camilia’s nose was wrinkling in amusement.

She recognized that expression. Her suspicion deepened.  “Camilia, what are you up to?”

Camilia’s mouth turned up, but she shook her head.  “Raicha, really.”  She motioned lightly for one of the servants to adjust the awning above them where the sun had moved around the edge.

One of the late Emperor’s lesser wives swept past, looking as pinched as she had ever since Camilia’s coronation.  A sudden thought struck Raicha.  She put her head back against the chair, and touched her sweating wineglass to her cheek.  It was probably marring her paints, but it felt good all the same.  She tilted her head.  “I’m told Aila Sino is taking a second husband to administer the estates she just inherited.”  It wasn’t common for a woman to take multiple husbands, but…

Aha!  That earned her a slanting glance from those sharp green eyes, pregnant with mischief.  It was as good as a confidence, that look.  Raicha started to laugh softly.  “To your wedding, my dear.”  Camilia, still twinkling, solemnly clinked her glass against Raicha’s.  Raicha subsided into her chair, grinning.   They lay in companionable silence while Raicha began to review all the scandalously inappropriate men of their acquaintance in her head.

Second prompt!  This time a little fiction, in response to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge. This week’s prompt called for use of the third meaning of the word  confidence (noun), defined as:

3 a: a relation of trust or intimacy <took his friend into hisconfidence>

   c : support especially in a legislative body <vote ofconfidence>

This, incidentally, is the least scandalous thing Camilia has done since she showed up in my head.
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  1. Libby says:

    Like two queens in a chess match…everyone else is a pawn ;)

  2. Your line “…pregnant with mischief.” really sums them up, doesn’t it? Nice job!

  3. katherine says:

    i want to know what they are wearing. i bet it’s pretty awesome.

  4. Mrs. One Day says:

    I love the sort of mysteriousness of this story. “That earned her a slanting glance from those sharp green eyes, pregnant with mischief.” Beautiful sentence. Beautifully told story.

  5. Okay, I had my comment ready to go and then saw Mel’s above. Seriously, there’s a reason she and I are friends.

    Your line … “a slanting glance from those sharp green eyes, pregnant with mischief” … is perfect. Love it. Well worded.

  6. Sandra says:

    Oh, there’s not much more fun than two girls scheming mischievously about the men in their lives! Charming story, and very well-written!

  7. Jester Queen says:

    I absolutely adore the way you’ve captured the friends in a moment of shared mischief. And more than that, I love the way you’ve captured a look into an exotic, possibly historical, possibly fantastical, society. They are absolutely going to be trouble for the rest of the nobles.

  8. You set a slightly naughty tone and maintained it perfectly throughout. Nicely done.

  9. sonya says:

    Nice job chickpea!

  10. Annabelle says:

    Thanks, all! Jessie, this is set in the same world as The Draft but a different country. And Katherine, I think that’s a good bet!

  11. I love reading women portrayed with this level of connection, of camaraderie.

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