Friday fictioneers – river of stars

 

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Photo Prompt: (C) Rochelle Wisoff Fields

Below Jeno’s window, three girls washed clothes in the Vltava River. Voices raised in teasing laughter drifted through the open casement, along with the first warm breeze of spring. He ignored them, bending to his astrolabe and astrological calculations. The new Dutch telescope was trained, not on the stars but on Prague Castle across the river, on Countess Maria’s window. Jeno’s mind could span the heavens, but his heart feared the short crossing of the Vltava. This horoscope had to be without error if it was to gain him entry to the Emperor Rudolf’s court.

Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find It here.

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