The Lady’s Advice



The Lady’s Advice

“You need to hold your head up high, child,” the lady said, lifting Gilli’s chin with elegant fingers. “Keep your spine straight and your shoulders back.”

“I can do that.”

“Act as if nothing anyone says or does bothers you. Confidence is essential. You must remain cool, calm and collected at all times.”

Gilli nodded, repeating the words like a mantra. “Cool, calm and collected.”

A kind smile softened the lady’s face. “Just remember, the Choosing is never wrong, and you’ll be just fine, my dear.”


“Cool, calm and collected,” Gilli breathed aloud as she roused herself from trance, the lady’s words continuing to echo in her ears.

On the wall before her, the painting – the only decoration in an otherwise stark room – glowed with an ethereal light, the spirit bound within canvas and paint making her presence clear.

Gilli rose to her feet, wrapping a sense of self-confidence around herself like the royal cloak she would soon don. After all, the lady was correct: she had been Chosen, and the Choosing was never wrong.

Word count: 175

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This post is for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge. This week’s prompt was provided by me.

The picture is a photograph of some of the waxwork figures in Warwick Castle. These depict a dinner party from 1898 that was hosted by Daisy, the Countess of Warwick, and that was attended by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) and a young Winston Churchill.

I’m incredibly behind at the moment in both visiting blogs and responding to comments left on my own posts, so I’d like to apologise to everyone who has paid my blog a visit recently. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to improve any time soon. This is because I’m about to move house. My sister and I have been talking about getting a place together for a while now, and we’re finally actually doing so. We get the keys on Wednesday, after which we’ll have a lot of decorating and moving in to do…

7 thoughts on “The Lady’s Advice

  1. I really liked your flash fiction!! Impressive, especially since it was only 175 words. Also, I’m very happy for you- I wish you the best of luck with your new home:) Xx C ❤


  2. I love the historical but at the end, so thanks for that Louise….loved your story, reminded me of an short story I once read called “The Examination” where every child had to sit an exam, if you scored too highly you were deemed to have failed…..good luck with the move, exciting if not exhausting times ahead for you..


  3. all the best on the move Louise and dont forget to have a lovely painting hung up as reminder of the special day, two sisters staying together is a lovely dynamic to explore! Lovely background to the story , such history in the photo you shared. Lovely story of a bygone era of self discipline.


  4. Wonderful story Louise! I love that the painting did the “Choosing” for a Royal! Love how the story all wove together! Congratulations that you and your sister got a home together! Enjoy decorating!


    1. Thank you, Ali. It’s going to be hard leaving the village, but it’s a nice area of Lincoln we’re moving to, with lots of green spaces nearby, so I’m sure I will enjoy it once we’re settled in. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. 🙂

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