Trifecta: Fireworks

“Until dinner.”  Par finally left.  Thank heavens.  There wasn’t enough wine in the city.

“Did he propose to you, or is he saving that for dinner?”  A wickedly inflected baritone caught her ear, and Raicha turned with relief to see Par’s brother Avash.   “You could do better.”  He lifted an eyebrow suggestively.

“You don’t imagine my grandfather would let you anywhere near me, do you?”  Avash combined his brother’s middling social position with youngest-son ineligibility and a scandalous reputation for affairs with married women.

“Grandfathers never seem to approve of me.  Even my own.”  A regretful look that she didn’t believe for a second appeared.

“Well, mine is here,” she laughed.  “Go away before you get me in trouble, Avash.”

He winked and strolled off to the imperial balcony where Camilia and Sahmin were sitting.  He casually dropped into the chair next to Camilia.  Sahmin addressed a friendly comment to him.

Raicha froze.  She could see the corner of Avash’s mouth turned up ever so slightly.  Avash?  She had never caught so much as a whisper.  And joining her this publicly could only mean one thing.  She folded her lips under and firmly bit down on them to control the hysterical bubble of laughter that was welling up.  Her eyes darted around the room.  The Temeru patriarch had stopped with a glass of wine halfway to his lips and was staring toward the balcony with an expression he’d be embarrassed by later.  Raicha quivered.

“My lady.”  A servant bowed.  “Her imperial majesty invites you to join her to view the fireworks.”

“I think my view of the fireworks would be better from here.”  Dahla Faro’s face was furiously red.  Raicha’s great uncle – Camilia’s grandfather – caught her and gave her an amused glance.  Raicha quickly looked away.

“My lady?”

“Yes, by all means.  I would hate to miss them.”  Camilia turned and caught her eye.  Raicha choked, but her shoulders only shook a little as she sauntered off to join them.


This week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge!  33 to 333 words on the third definition of the word  FIREWORKS (noun)

1: a device for producing a striking display by the combustion of explosive or flammable compositions
2: plural a display of fireworks
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  1. I like your continued story motif approach to trifecta. nice tone and pacing really reflects the storyline and theme. very nice read!

  2. I like these nasty little characters.

  3. judithhb says:

    I really like the ongoing stories and this one fits so well into the challenge.
    Thanks for reading my effort.

  4. Mel says:

    This story flowed effortlessly. Nice writing.

  5. Tension meets protocol and elegance and intrigue. Nicely done.

  6. brenda w says:

    Excellent characterization…you capture the nuances of your character through movement…it is a gift. Lovely write.

  7. jannatwrites says:

    This was a nice story. You had so many great lines in here and several that made me chuckle (especially the first line – not enough wine :))

  8. This looks straight out of some classic book. Nice response to the challenge.

  9. karen says:

    oooooh … I definitely have some catching up to do!!! This is a very fun, intriguing story …

  10. Jester Queen says:

    Sounds like he’s just been caught in another affair and Raicha just dodged a bullet herself.

  11. Michael says:

    Intrigue! Drama! Wine! I like this story already. 😛

  12. the story is quite dubious, and very well written.
    i felt as though i was taken back in time and placed in a past drama of ‘tea and fine things’, though it was more-so ‘wine and scandalous things’. it’s like the changing tides rampant under a calm surface of ‘proper’ upbringing.
    well done!

  13. Gina says:

    Intriguing! AND not enough wine? Love a story like this. What a player, he is!

  14. I like the clipped, elegant tone to this piece. And I smell a scandal. Thanks for linking up with us. Please come back Friday for the next prompt.

  15. kgwaite says:

    Tension, subtle humor, intrigue. Nice write!

  16. Your Trifecta posts are always so great, Annabelle. These characters deserve continued treatment.

  17. A very nice read Annabelle.:-)

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