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The Queen's Dilemma


A battle over an execution of her cousin.

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An interesting little part of the continuous story of these two women, very powerful in their time, and at a time when men had most of the power.A good flash fiction story Aussie, I enjoyed it,
cheers,
valda


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reply by the author on 14-Mar-2020
    Valda, Thanks so much for reading, I enjoyed writing it! Love, Kay.
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I enjoyed this historical flash fiction short story. It plays on truth and is a reminder of how life can be unjust at times. Back in those days, it was quite harsh without the hands of justice to make a difference. Well done on this interesting read. ~DD


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reply by the author on 11-Mar-2020
    Hello DD (what does that mean?) I'm glad you enjoyed my reverse decision on Mary's execution; it haunted Elizabeth for the rest of her life. Thank you DD? XXKay.
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To change history itself by writing a version where everyone is happy and reconnects by making ends meet with the other and not let ego dictate their actions! I like it! If only people had not been so possessive about power to start fighting your own family members! It makes sense if the threat is from the inside but the in-fighting truly destroys any family dynamics whatsoever! So, happy release day for Mary of Scots in this story at the very least!

Best wishes for the contest as well!


 Comment Written 11-Mar-2020



reply by the author on 11-Mar-2020
    Hello AAqib, Thanks so much for reading. I had to give her freedom in a sense. Bless you, Kay.
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It is unbelievable how historical royalty acted in those barbarian times--off with your head. They seemed so callous and unforgiving--only power hungry. You did a great job with your contest entry, Aussie. Wow! How European history may have changed if your story was true. Thanks for sharing and best wishes. Respectfully, Jan


 Comment Written 10-Mar-2020



reply by the author on 11-Mar-2020
    Hello Possum, Yes, Mary was the true Queen, they were barbaric to say the least. Thanks for reading my friend Jan. Love, Kay.
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So I'm glad that your story gives Mary release in your story. Her son becoming king after Elizabeth's death sort of avenged her. Amazing to have seen Mary's death mask when in Scotland. Well written story. Marilyn


 Comment Written 10-Mar-2020



reply by the author on 11-Mar-2020
    Hi Marilyn, Thanks so much for reading (I love Tudor history) they were barbaric "off with her head." She wasn't pretty but she stood her ground and her Catholic faith. Bless you, Kay.

reply by BeasPeas on 14-Mar-2020
    Yes, everyone was worried someone would steal the crown. A lot of plotting to overthrow. I guess things haven't changed all that much today in govs around the world.
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This is a great historical flash fiction piece with an ending much better than the one history gives us! It would have been a generous gesture, if Queen Elizabeth I had torn up the Death Warrant for Mary Queen of Scots, but sadly, that was not to be.
I found no errors. This is beautifully written!


 Comment Written 10-Mar-2020



reply by the author on 11-Mar-2020
    Hello my friend in NY. I had to change the outcome. Hope she read it!
    Not a pretty lady, a strong woman of her faith. Love, pizza lover!

reply by Mary Kay Bonfante on 11-Mar-2020
    Very dramatic times for British royalty. If they could go back and change things from today's perspective, would they? Could they be capable of seeing it differently? Yes, that would be something -- if she read it! From one pizza lover to another. Blessings, my friend. - Mary Kay

reply by the author on 11-Mar-2020
    I don't think the Plantagenets would change their ways. Even Queen Elizabeth 11 has secrets in her cupboard. Still, we are a Commonwealth country that goes ape over royalty. Love you girl! XX

reply by Mary Kay Bonfante on 11-Mar-2020
    Hmm, secrets in the cupboard, very interesting! Plantagenets, is that what some of them are called?
    We are no longer a Commonwealth country here in America, but sometimes you'd never know it, the way we also fawn over British royalty. I know we loved the wedding of Prince Harry and Duchess Meaghan (all the more because she's American), and we adored Princess Diana. We follow Prince William and Princess Kate, and all the rest.
    I've seen a number of shows on PBS and cable that brought some old royal feuds to light, following royal families in a number of series programs that are fascinating -- particularly the Roses.
    Love, Mary Kay xoxo

reply by the author on 11-Mar-2020
    That is their surname. The Wars of the Roses was fascinating - between the House of York and Lancaster. Henry V111 was a plantagenet. I think Harry has been taken in by the wicked witch. She had the future planned to go back to Canada and make movies. Never wanted to be a Royal in the duties dept. Harry, on the other hand, he is a true royal and will return to Grannie! King David abdicated for love of Mrs Simpson. He was a playboy, weak and willing. The Queen refused to have anything to do with Wallace Simpson, only allowing her to mourn at his funeral in Westminster. Bye, bye night owl!

reply by Mary Kay Bonfante on 11-Mar-2020
    Those royals can be very fascinating. My Google search said it was Edward VIII who abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson. I hope she was worth it!
    This night owl will be up awhile -- tomorrow I go to New Jersey to stay with Mom for awhile. Unless there's a warm body at home (me), they won't discharge her from the rehab facility, and she can't stand being there any longer. I won't have to do any heavy work (I hope), because she has aides part-time, but she's not supposed to stay alone. We're so disorganized here in my place, so it takes a lot, preparing to leave. I'm hoping and praying that it all works out :-)
    Love, your American friend, Mary Kay xoxo

reply by the author on 13-Mar-2020
    Yeah, but they called him David. I hope you are dealing with mum's dilemma OK? When my mum was alive, I moved her 5 times cause she didn't want to be in a nursing home. Who does? If you like reading about Tudors...look up Philippa Gregory, she is the best fiction writer on the royals. Big Hugs and because it's saturday, I'm having ham & pineapple pizza! Yes, Hawaiian. Our size would fit inside your NY pizza. To Mary Kay from Kay Christine with love and laughter!

reply by Mary Kay Bonfante on 14-Mar-2020
    Hello Kay Christine! I hope you enjoyed your special pizza. Interesting, that they called him King David! Tempted by a woman. I will have to remember Philippa Gregory.
    Taking care of Mom has not been easy, especially since I'm not feeling well myself... I hope it's nothing serious. She has help from home health aides, but they're not here all the time, and sometimes it's very strenuous for me. I really need God's help here! Be blessed, my friend.
    - Mary Kay xoxo
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Kay, This is a very well written Flash Fiction story you have penned for the contest. You used very good descriptive words and very good imagery from the art work you chose. Best wishes in the contest. love and blessings, Teri


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reply by the author on 11-Mar-2020
    Thanks for reading Teri, and the good wishes in the contest. I won poem of the month and was over the moon! Glad you liked the story (had to give Mary her freedom) my friend. Love, Kay.
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This fiction is empirical and stimulative on the lane of pity.It is really revealing indeed.Here if should ask, what are causes of long enmity between her and her cousin.


 Comment Written 10-Mar-2020



reply by the author on 10-Mar-2020
    Hello Annafi, Mary, Queen of Scots wanted to take Elizabeth's throne which was rightfully hers. Elizabeth was a bastard Queen, her father was Henry V111 but her mother wasn't royal. So the conflict continued until Mary made the mistake of accepting Elizabeth's lies and was caught in England and imprisoned in many castles because she was a threat to the throne. Thanks for reading and six stars. Blessings, Kay.

reply by Sulyman Hannafi M.A. on 11-Mar-2020
    understood !. Thanks
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Aussie,

Elizabeth 1 sat in (I think the usual practice is to use Roman numerals, Elizabeth I) seclusion

Elizabeth walked to the windows where she could see the Tower of London where Mary was imprisoned. (You have two occurrences of "where" in this sentence. I think a different word choice of one of them would make this read better.

I like your dialogue between the Queen and Cecil. Their personalities come life.

The nice thing about writing, we can change history. If only it were that easy.

Patricia


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reply by the author on 11-Mar-2020
    Hello new friend! Thanks so much for reading and your suggestions. Bit hard to change cause that is where Mary was imprisoned. Cheers, Kay. I will re look at it.
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Of course she did indeed sign it and it was the biggest regret of her life and the whole thing haunted her and she was eventually buried along side Mary I believe in the end, she had no choice though, she could have lost her crown to Mary and politics then was all about kill or be killed, I enjoyed your historic post, I love that era in history, love Dolly x


 Comment Written 10-Mar-2020



reply by the author on 11-Mar-2020
    G'day my friend Dolly, She was a strong woman and Elizabeth wore her down. I think she was glad to go to her God, she was ill from all the draughty castles. Elizabeth had to get rid of the biggest threat to her throne. I too love the Tudor history (not the axe though!) Thanks for reading my friend. Love, Kay XX

reply by Dolly'sPoems on 11-Mar-2020
    Me too, it is a fascinating period in history and Elizabeth unlike her father, felt guilt, she had a bit more sympathy because her Mother was executed, it was a terrible time to be royal, full of treachery, gossip and hatred, at least today we are not executed! Much enjoyed, love Dolly x
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