Friday Fictioneers


butlerHe rose at dawn, tidied the lounge and polished the silver. He ironed the newspaper, prepared breakfast, opened the curtains, greeted his Master, laid out his clothes, and ran his bath.

Butterworth was a  loyal worker, but under-appreciated. Soon he would leave, unannounced.

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He rose at dawn, tidied the lounge and polished the silver. He ironed the newspaper, prepared breakfast – then slipped something into his Master’s teapot.

He opened the curtains and greeted his Master. No need for clothes or a bath today.

Butterworth plundered the safe, packed the silver, climbed into the Rolls-Royce and away he went, never to be seen again.


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Written for Friday Fictioneers which is hosted by Rochelle. The picture is provided by Dale Rogerson.

I won’t be around for the next two Friday Fictioneers. No, I’m not doing a Butterworth! I’m taking off with my little tent for a couple of weeks R&R and spending a few days in Scotland with my daughter, her bump and my son in law!

59 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers

  1. pennygadd51 Jul 18, 2018 / 11:59

    Teehee! I bet driving a stolen Rolls-Royce is a blast! I enjoyed your story, Keith!

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  2. rochellewisoff Jul 18, 2018 / 12:44

    Dear Keith,

    Butterworth is certainly organized, isn’t he? Loved the matter-of-fact tone of this story. It made me smile. Enjoy your holiday with your family.



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  3. Iain Kelly Jul 18, 2018 / 14:05

    I feel the time is right for Butterworth to move on. Enjoy your visit up here – the summer weather is still hanging around at the moment!

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  4. Christine Goodnough Jul 18, 2018 / 14:23

    Have a great holiday.
    Your tale is well told, but what if Butterworth gets ‘rolled’ en route to enjoying all that plunder? He’ll dare not report his stolen stolen Rolls. 😉

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jul 18, 2018 / 15:23

      I imagine he’s thought it through pretty thoroughly – I just hope none of my readers reports him!

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  5. ceayr Jul 18, 2018 / 14:43

    Good story, Keith, reminded me of tha old Foundations song.
    Have fun in god’s own country, I’ll be arriving just as you leave.

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  6. hilarymb Jul 18, 2018 / 15:37

    Love it .. happy camping enjoying your time with the family … cheers Hilary

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jul 18, 2018 / 23:46

      1200 miles round trip, 3 campsites and time with my guys! Can’t wait to get started. Thanks Hilary


  7. Bernadette Braganza Jul 18, 2018 / 16:53

    Haha. Certainly tricked his master easily.

    Do have a great trip 🙂

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  8. michael1148humphris Jul 18, 2018 / 20:27

    I am jealous, love Scotland. And loved this piece of fiction?

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  9. anuragbakhshi Jul 19, 2018 / 06:11

    Let’s hope he doesn’t make a habit out of it 🙂 All the best for your vacation Keith, have fun!

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  10. plaridel Jul 19, 2018 / 06:36

    better treat folks who work for you right. otherwise, they’ll always find ways to get even. nice story.

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  11. draliman Jul 19, 2018 / 08:40

    Ah, Butterworth! With his professional never-changing butler demeanour he bumps off his master and off he goes 🙂

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  12. James McEwan Jul 19, 2018 / 08:41

    I think we all have a ‘Butterworth’ in us, but reality keeps us rooted to the spot.
    Enjoy your holiday – don’t forget the waterproofs, it’s Scotland.

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  13. shivamt25 Jul 19, 2018 / 09:10

    I loved how he kept doing his job perfectly till he left. The master will realise what asset he has lost.

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  14. Anita Jul 19, 2018 / 19:07

    The world has so many dangerous persons, Keith.
    They murder for money… Where is trust, loyalty & humanity?
    Animals are better. They won’t harm someone from whom they have received favor(s).
    – Anita

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  15. patrickprinsloo Jul 19, 2018 / 21:29

    Mrs Marple will soon have him bang to rights. Or Hercule. There is no stately home in which he can hide.

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  16. Dale Jul 20, 2018 / 03:31

    I was half-expecting him to repeat but not go through with leaving!
    Enjoy your vacation!

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  17. Piyali Jul 20, 2018 / 12:38

    Butterworth is an interesting character. Knew how to do his job well. Carried out a murder so efficiently. I loved your story. Happy holidays!

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  18. Woman walking Max Jul 20, 2018 / 17:23

    A most entertaining tale. I like the repetition of Butterworth’s actions. He’s so methodical, he left in a methodical way !

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  19. jillyfunnell Jul 20, 2018 / 22:23

    Very well constructed and delightfully told. Butterworth rather reminds me of the butler (played by the late Arthur Lowe) in “The Ruling Class”. A fairly tolerant “communist” until he gets a chunk of inheritance cash, then the real personality emerges to great comic effect.

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  20. Rowena Jul 22, 2018 / 15:41

    Loved this, Keith. Well, Butterworth turned out to be a rather slippery character. Great piece of subversion.
    Best wishes,

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  21. Jan Morrill Jul 24, 2018 / 12:03

    Now that’s dark humor! Loved it. Enjoy your camping time with family. Scotland is on my bucket list!

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