I'm fulfilling a challenge in this post - to write a piece of flash fiction, 100 words or less, beginning with "The goldfish bowl teetered..."
Okay, this was much harder than I thought it would be and I'm very impressed by anyone who can encapsulate a complete idea with such a limited amount of words...because I really can't! Still, here is my short, short story - exactly one hundred words.
Ruin and Restoration
The goldfish bowl teetered on the edge of the mahogany table and fell.
Aurelie watched wide-eyed as it smashed on the parquetry floor.
Lord Black released her arm, and took a step backwards. His mouth crooked up in an unpleasant smile as he looked down at the mess of glass shards and squashed fish and lace doily. "I will enjoy hearing you explain that to the Dowager Countess."
"Easily done," came a light voice from the doorway. "She was protecting her virtue from the unwanted advances of an unprincipled, lecherous toad."
Aurelie shuddered. The Viscount. Why him, of all people?