Friday Fictioneers is a weekly blog link-up based on a photo prompt. The Challenge – write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle, and end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.) The Key – make every word count.
“Who?” she asked.
“He didn’t have much to do with this place, and nothing to do with the gardens. That was Bridgeman and Brown.”
“And Kent, but since when do you know anything about any of that?”
“Since I paid £10 for the booklet.” He looked quizzically at her. She continued, “I have to keep up with your breadth of useless information somehow.”
“It hasn’t been so useless this trip.”
“Nor on trivia night either, my love.”
They kissed, then continued along The Path of Virtue.
100 words. Factual Fiction. When I saw this picture, I thought I recognized it, and thankfully Claire revealed the location of the photograph, which led to my ah-ha moment. I’ve been to The Stowe House and Gardens, and several other English Garden landscapes (my all-time favorite being Blenheim Palace). I don’t remember exactly where in the gardens this particular statue is (my photo album is in Atlanta and I’m in St. Louis this week), so I picked “The Path of Virtue” for the story, though it could be along “The Path of Vice” or “The Path of Liberty”.
Five architects contributed to the design of The Stowe House, and three garden designers and one sculptor created the surrounding gardens. This isn’t uncommon for construction projects in England, prior to the advent of modern materials and equipment. Projects often took longer than a lifetime, and allegiances and politics contributed to staff changes as well.
What story comes to mind when you see that picture? Join in!
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