They found him lying between the petals of the ornamental pink flower that was the centrepiece of the fountain.
A little too much consumed at the masked ball.
Nymphs and faeries ruled the gardens that night, dancing in the shadows created by the fireworks.
He had been in good humour, blessing all with goodwill, even the plotters.
Until the news had been broken to him – another daughter at the stroke of midnight born.
He put on a brave face, the festivities continued, he drowned his sorrows behind his mask of joy.
Better that than drowning the new princess for the crime of not being a son.
Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).
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