Friday Fictioneers: The Beginning.


© Kent Bonham

Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count :100

The Beginning

Louis sighed as he sank into his lush velvet cushions. Thirty years of war had taken its toll. Religion had claimed many lives but France had prospered. His thoughts returned to the debacle at dinner.  “I could sooner reconcile all Europe than two women.”  How could he control his women, other members of the aristocracy and keep France great? His potent weapon came to him in his dreams.

“King Louis XIV has issued an edict. All the aristocracy are to live in Versailles. They must only wear the highest of fashions. The entire world will trak to Paris.”

They did.

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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46 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: The Beginning.

  1. Norah Colvin says:

    What an interesting dilemma, solved in a dream.

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  2. That Sun King was quite a totalitarian, though Christianity, rightly understood, can, by definition, never be the enemy. The problem comes in when Catholics & Protestants get power crazy. That can happen to anyone though.

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    • You are right of course Larry. It is the people in command who in the name of religion doing it for their own power hungry reasons and occasionally their own fanatical misguided reasons. I don’t know of any religion that preaches violence but rather peace and harmony.


  3. Norah says:

    Great solution! Dreams are a well-known source of inspiration! Well done!

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  4. Charli Mills says:

    The humor is subtle, but oh so funny!

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  5. BobiJo says:

    They really did all move there! I think this is a true story! Very clever.

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    • Thanks. You are right. It is true in fact. In fact I’m feeling guilty because it is actually a Louis XIV quote “I could….women” which I didn’t exactly acknowledge apart from having him say it in the piece. It is fiction the rest of it. Well at least him sinking into his cushions and the dream.

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  6. bkpyett says:

    Enjoyable glimpse!

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  7. Mike says:

    Ha, Ha, “They did.” says it all. Nicely done.

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  8. plaridel says:

    and the rest is history. very clever. 🙂

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  9. micklively says:

    Good idea: so much easier to round up the guillotine fodder.

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  10. Sandra says:

    I agree with Mick above. An efficient relocation.

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  11. Liz Young says:

    Stories like this are always the best way to preent history.

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  12. Yes, they did. I’d love to go there myself! Great take on the prompt!

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  13. Ha.. that’s a great solution.. maybe that really happened..

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  14. Very cool solution and I heard the Sun King did indeed build Versailles in part to keep the nobles happy and off his case. When are you and I going to be invited?

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  15. Francesca Smith says:

    That last line sums it all up very well.
    Very interesting take on the prompt!

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  16. Dear Irene,

    Nice glimpse into history. Well done.



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  17. asarpota says:

    Love it.. And for a moment, I believed as to that is why Fashion originated in Paris.. Beautiful… Cheers..

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  18. yarnspinnerr says:

    Simply brilliant.

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  19. Margaret says:

    An intriguing way to approach the issues of his day. How amazing that it worked. I love the edict regarding fashion. Well portrayed.

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  20. And trak they did! 🙂 Nicely done!

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  21. gahlearner says:

    Hehe. It could have happened just like this. There are other tales of famous people having an idea in their dreams. And so they trak on happily. Great story.


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