When Luz-bint-Wanda went to the sky — May she frolic in meadows of asphodel and clover — Astrid-daughter-of-Frick inherited her clout. Astrid’s grandmother twice removed was a half-sibling of Wanda’s love-child fatherlessed by the prehistoric tool pusher known as Kirk the Philanderer.
Astrid was a humdinger in her day. You’ve seen her without realizing it. She modeled for DeQuincy Fitz-Auchincloss’s iconic “Arrangement in Beige & Puce.” You’re less likely to know that hers is the coltish profile on Isthmian crypto coin excavated from fossil silicon.
Her second lifetime found Astrid in the role of leader in the Posse of Matrons. She held the powerful legislative post for what felt like eons. Astrid could pluck a tick of dissent off the body politic and squash it on social media like a duck on a dung beetle. She was also a deft evangelist for strict-construction donorism, known to bellow passages of the Magnificat naked from her penthouse balcony during her morning ablutions.
In his late precedency Montmorency XIV was asked by a journalist if Astrid was a de facto éminence grise. His reply was, “It’s far from dubious.”
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