FFF Ménage à trois

Happy Flash Fiction Friday!  Oooh la la!  Look at this uber-French photo Monsieur Tom has challenged us with this week!  Pop over to his blog, Three Spelling Mistakes, to see what he and other bloggers wrote about it.  My take is below.  Here’s the prompt:

Word Limit: 250
Bonus Words: All words in French are free!
Required Phrase: “Ménage à trois,” bien sûr!
Forbidden Phrase: “Let them eat (fill in the blank).” It’s still too soon for me.
Extra Credit: Tell us which historic figure you’d most like to French kiss.
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“Marquise! Marquise!  Wake up!”
My ladies maid Marie whispered fiercely, shaking my shoulder.  Too bad… I was having a lovely dream about musketeers flirting at the last ball, before the troubles started.   
“Madame, he is dead!” my maid blurted out.
“Are you sure?” I asked.  There had been four recent reports of the Marquis’ death, followed by letters assuring me he was alive and a pardon was forthcoming.   Each time, I snuck into the prison, bribed a guard and had sex with him “once last time.”  He was a great lover, but prison is not a boudoir!  
“They brought his things,” my maid said, pointing my dressing table.  I felt a stab in my heart and looked away.  Such a sad end for a man whose only crime was fealty to his king.  
“Who brought them?” I inquired. 
“Two musketeers,” she reported.
“Oooh!  Are they still here?” I asked, sitting up. 
“Yes, madame… they wish to express their condolences. Cook set out a platter and wine.”
“Dress me!  Hurry!”  She fumbled in my armoire, pulling out my wig, the jewel box and garments.  I longed to do it, but that was not proper.  She helped me – tying, buttoning, pinning – then did my face in record time.  I dashed to the salon.  The men had feasted and were reclining on the divans.  They rose and bowed low, each taking my hand to kiss and express their sympathies. 
The taller one asked how they could help me bear my grief.  I sat and they flanked me on the divan.  I lifted my skirts and explained. 

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