College Days – Friday Fictioneers

Ordinarily, I would look at a picture like this and see only melancholy. It is a truly wonderful picture, darlings, and I don’t blame you if you write something sad or wistful. However, I am in too good a mood today — today being (unofficially, of course) Helena day on the Internet. Oh, just look around, I’m sure you’ll see what I’m talking about. Big announcements today for me…

But enough teasing — I’m here to amuse you, today, and I do hope you are amused. You will pardon me for going over the 100 word limit quite shamefully (not TOO bad, but today I threw rules out the window, and I beg your indulgence).

To me, the scene reminded me of Tim Roth and Gary Oldman playing tennis in the courtyard in that wonderful film (based on a play) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

Those of you who know anything about me know that I absolutely adore all things Hamlet, and well, I also adore Tim Roth & Gary Oldman, so…

But I ramble. On with the play.


copyright Jan Wayne Field

copyright Jan Wayne Field

“Hast thou heard from the Lady Gertrude, then, fair Guildenstern?”

“Indeed I have, dear Rosencrantz. She hath called us forth to attend to Hamlet. She fears he hath lost his wits.”

“She fears? Dost thou not recall that eve in Wittenberg, when young Hamlet did, with utmost sincerity, declare himself King of the school, and wore a regal robe made of the undergarments of no less than six young maidens?”

“To be fair, good Rosencrantz, the ale had been flowing freely for hours. Why, you yourself did form the beast with two backs with a scullery maid that outweighed you by half.”

“Let’s not speak of it, honest Guildenstern. But away to see what plagues our wayward brother.”

“I fear it be nothing more than the main – his father’s death, and his mother’s o’erhasty marriage.”

“Still, my friend, if the cause be an o’erabundance of strong drink, my words you must mark — let us not lose our heads this time.”


Now go read the others!!!


24 responses to “College Days – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Do be careful not to incur the wrath of the gods for stepping over the 100-word mark, m’dear.

    Fun story. I am a lover of Shakespeare although I am rather weary of the popularity of Hamlet. Oddly, I’ve never seen Rosencrantz and Guildenstern–so now, thanks to you, that is at the top of my “to see” list.

    Thanks for the romp!

    Have a fabulous day!


      • That bandwagon was around for a few hundred years before you turned 17, m’dear. Still, I do understand why the play garners such attention. It is among Shakespeare’s finest and far outweighs any of the comedies or the oft re-rendered Romeo and Juliet. If I had my druthers, though, we would spend more time as a society looking at the racial tension in Othello or the gender roles in King Lear. (I am a glutton for punishment, am I not?)

        Nevermind all that. It’s great to have you back swimming with all us Fictioneers, and your story was a fresh, creative take on the prompt.

        Cheers, darling!

      • Funny you specifically mentioned two of my FAVOURITES. Othello was my first live Shakespearean experience and I wrote a paper on King Lear in University. LOVE the mad king. (And also… have you read FOOL by Christopher Moore? Add it to your list).

      • *groan* I do so hate to read, m’dear. That is, I have a hard time getting through everything I am “supposed” to read these days in order to get to the fun stuff. Then half the fun stuff is such drivel.

        However, since the recommendation came from you and it is, after all, about one of my favorite characters, I may make an exception.


  2. Ah.. yes anyone wearing a regal robe made from women’s underwear is either crazy, royal or both. You went for Shakespeare this week and I for Dickens. Are we starting a new genre here at FF?. Great that the ad-campaign is up and working.

  3. I saw the play many years ago in Minneapolis but don’t remember much about it. I think, though, that it didn’t feature this quirky scene. And in the interest of of maintaining my reputation for picking at grammar-related nits, I think you threw in the wrong throw (sort of) right here: ” today I through rules.” Congratulations on all the good news, too, BTW.


    • I do that so often! Do you know, I think it’s because my mind is thinking one thing “I thought I’d throw all the rules out the window” but then my fingers want to type “I threw the rules out the window” and somehow, they combine to type through. What’s worse is that this is the type of error spell check won’t pick up.

  4. Glrious, my dear, and I can definitely see Hamlet in this pic. It’s one of my favourites too, and I love R&G as you (and Stoppard) rendered them.
    I’ve gone with a mourning Prince this week too, sort of – but otherwise very different.
    I’m digressing from the subject in hand – your writing on this one is top drawer: humourous, clever and consistent. Lovely.

  5. “…a regal robe made of the undergarments of no less than six young maidens?”
    Oh my!
    I’ve never heard of the play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”. How utterly uncultured I am. Have to look that one up, Helena.

  6. Dear Helena,

    I love the image of Hamlet as a wild and crazy college students. What does a royal robe made of ladies’ undergarments look like? Well written and imaginative.



  7. Dear Helena,

    A delightful romp, my dear. I love your enthusiasm for the Bard. It shines through in your writing.

    Lovely to see you again this week.



  8. Dear Helena, You are so well read and smart! I had a hard time with Shakespeare in College but not in high school. Maybe I partied too much. However, your story is genius and clever! Thanks, Nan 🙂

  9. I enjoyed your take on The Bard and I’m still laughing at the idea of forming a ‘beast with two backs with a scullery maid’
    Me thinks Master Shakespeare would be very amused too.
    Well done 🙂

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