Hail to thee!

For Six Sentence Stories where the given word is Thread.





It is a fair Spring morn in the year of our Lord 1497 and the cobbled square is filled with merrymakers, where a band of wandering minstrels pluck citterns, crash cymbals, blow crumhorns, and jocoserious jonglers abound, acrobats, soothsayers and a conjurer.

Here a juggler, there six costumed mummers amusing a group of onlookers with a pantomime, and beyond, a gasping crowd surrounds a blindfolded fellow as he jaculates pointed knives t’ward a fair maiden shackled to a wooden wall.

“Hail beauteous dame”, says a handsome lad as he sidles up to a pretty lass, a vision of loveliness in a gown of pastel jaconet patterned with fine silver and gold thread, “perchance, shall thee do me the honour of consuming fine foods with me?” 

“T’wouldst be’est mine own pleasure sir” she utters, her cheeks blossoming pink as she graciously curtsies.

“Then taketh mine hand, we shall share together a Big Mac and fr…..”

CUT,  Joey, for the last time, you are taking her to de’Montfault’s, not bloody McDonalds, TAKE TWENTY-THREE”



In case you are wondering…

Jongleur n. A medieval troubadour, wandering entertainer

Jocoserious adj. Both funny and serious

Jaculates (behave!) v. Hurls or darts, as of knives and spears

Jaconet n. Thin cotton fabric 

Joey n. A member of the Tribbiani family




Thanks to Denise at GirlieOnThe Edge for hosting.

27 thoughts on “Hail to thee!

  1. Suzette Benjamin Apr 6, 2023 / 11:30

    Your word knowledge is awesome! Love the word jocoserious!
    McDonald’s! Forsooth, the curtseying lady deserves far better fare for her esteemed company.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 6, 2023 / 16:20

      In 2017 I did the A-Z Challenge using obscure and forgotten words and I built up quite a collection!

      She was deserving of more nectarous victuals, indubitably.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Suzette Benjamin Apr 6, 2023 / 17:13

        Excellent use of your stored lexicon. Yes, indubitably she did!


      • ladysighs Apr 6, 2023 / 17:21

        Thank you! From now on I’m going to copy/paste it into my comments to you. Please don’t disappoint!!!


  2. Frank Hubeny Apr 6, 2023 / 15:14

    That blindfolded knife thrower is likely a danger to everyone, not only the maiden. Nice ending!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Christine Goodnough Apr 7, 2023 / 04:48

    Delightful medieval vocabulary! I thought he was going to steal her purse. Where’s her chaperone, anyway? A fair damsel should never be left alone at the faire.

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  4. clark Apr 7, 2023 / 16:20

    (When I was young and found spending time with plastic model car kits, periodically I’d take all the left-over parts (fenders and trim, taillights and luggage racks) and try to build a car-that-should-not-exist. (lol)

    What fun with words, this Six.

    Full Disclosure: I went and looked up ‘de’Montfault’s’ (…Well, internet!)
    I decided, for my purposes, it would be the place at (hold on, I need to copy/paste… dude, how do you people fit addresses on the front of No. 10 envelopes?!):

    …in the heart of the Worcestershire Vale and North Cotswolds.” I trust this place is true in spirit, of not actuality, to the restaurant in your Six.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 8, 2023 / 14:50

      How nice to meet another model car enthusiast!

      When I came up with the name de’Montfault’s I was not aware that such a place existed but after following your lead I now know there is! The eaterie in my Six is in fact in the heart of rural Sussex!

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