This week’s photo prompt for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers shows a tranquil scene – or is it ?
Thanks to Sandra Crook for the image. This is what I imagined.
House-party in Rouen, 1856
Good party, lively guests, especially him with the smouldering eyes – Gervaise – he’s up for some fun. A tryst ? Tonight ? Uncle can ask him. Yes he will ! Husband Claude is a dolt. Dinner done, dusk falling, garden aromatic. First clue in Cupid’s stone hand —
” Cupid knows your wish, So go to the fish” Aha the carp pond .
” Rose you are sweet, where shall we meet?” The rose garden
” In a daze?, it’s the maze” Bravo, the maze.
Run to the maze, my heart is racing. See a shape, at last, it’s Gervaise. What’s this ? A clammy hand ! It’s Claude – Mon Dieu.