Water, the Source of Beauty

This week’s Friday-Fictioneers picture reminded me of the many wells and Spas of mineral water with their health and healing giving properties. I remember seeing a movie, Countess Dracula 1971, with Ingrid Pitt as the Countess Elizabeth Bathory. The film’s theme is about the loss of youth and beauty.

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As always, our host’s page is accessible on Rochelle’s site.


Water, the Source of Beauty

Beneath the flagstones are the remains of Countess Bathory. Her body is encased in oak, and it taints the water seeping into the basin with her blood. Legend says she weeps for the souls of deceased virgins.
I bless anyone who dares to drink from this source with longevity and eternal beauty.

The tour guide sprinkles salt into the glass, lifts her black veil and sips the water.
The visitors gasp, and are enchanted by the radiance of their guide, with flawless skin and features of a mythical goddess.

Ladies, please buy your personalised Bathory water from the gift shop.


26 responses to “Water, the Source of Beauty

  1. Clever marketing, I trust there’s a bogof offer going!

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  2. I love this! What a sales pitch 🙂 I can just see a swarm of women converging on the gift shop!

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  3. I love your take on this prompt!

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  4. That’s a nice scam!

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  5. Great use of the prompt

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  6. Dear James,

    Now that’s some ingenious marketing. Well done.



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  7. The gift shop will have a difficult time keeping this miracle water in stock! 🙂

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  8. She did say “ladies.”
    Interesting and clever use of the prompt pic. Nicely done, James.

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  9. Do you mind if I don’t buy? Seems way too good to be true!

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  10. michael1148humphris

    Gift shops you either love em or hate them, but I liked your story

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  11. she’s some kind of pushy cat, isn’t she? 🙂

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  12. I agree with Dale. Drink at your own risk, ladies!

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  13. Well, this take on the photo is the closest so far to the history of the well. Not so much longevity and beauty, but it was the water supply to Lyttelton. I’m sure the pub manager and the Lytellton mayor would love this idea! Great story, and yes, what a clever pitch to sell bottled, over-priced water!

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  14. Ha! What a great scam… and if it’s not a scam, what genius marketing ! Haha

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  15. Ah, youth and beauty… always sells. Great scam. I bet a fair number of men will also be tempted.

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