A short story …

for Friday Fictioneers

 

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As I dropped the package beside the gate, a man sidled up to me.

‘Magnificent isn’t it, the house.  Lord Harrington once lived here’.

Really’  I said.

‘Yes, he had a butler.  Parsons was his name’.

‘Was it?’  I said as I walked away.  He followed me.

‘And a cook.  Mrs Jones.  She prepared the Master’s food and Parsons took it to his room’.

‘Fascinating’  I replied as I jumped into my truck.

‘He died of food poisoning.  Deliberate the police said.  Mrs Jones was blamed and went to prison’

‘And Parsons?’  I asked.

‘Disappeared’  he muttered as he wandered off.

 

 

the-gateThanks to Rochelle for hosting and Jean L Hays for the photo.

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77 thoughts on “A short story …

  1. Tannille Jul 15, 2020 / 13:57

    I’d be sleeping with one eye open.
    I enjoyed the way this story was told via dialogue.

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  2. Iain Kelly Jul 15, 2020 / 15:12

    Parsons just wants to tell his story to someone. A very accurate depiction of all delivery drivers Keith, they never have time to stop and chat!

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  3. Gabriella Jul 15, 2020 / 19:19

    I wonder if this was Parson, or just someone looking for conversation.

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  4. rochellewisoff Jul 15, 2020 / 19:35

    Dear Keith,

    Parsons, I presume? I had the feeling the man was confessing. Then there are those people who want to tell you their life stories upon introduction, aren’t there? Nicely done either way.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jul 16, 2020 / 09:21

      Probably, then again it could be someone who found making up a story amusing! Thanks Rochelle.

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  5. Polly Cullen Jul 15, 2020 / 22:42

    I liked how disinterested the delivery guy was! Good dialogue.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. draliman Jul 16, 2020 / 05:39

    It’s almost like he wants to get caught! Though no-one’s actively looking for him – poor Mrs Jones.

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  7. msjadeli Jul 16, 2020 / 05:47

    Yipes! Methinks either the man was the poisoner or the one who disappeared because he knows who the poisoner is. Ah the intrigue!

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  8. hilarymb Jul 16, 2020 / 10:28

    Hi Keith – a murder mystery … but well done on the story line … stay safe – Hilary

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  9. Na'ama Yehuda Jul 16, 2020 / 15:28

    Hm … I wonder where Parsons is … 😉 Nicely done, my friend! (Am feeling very happy to not have a servant … ;)) )

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  10. doodletllc Jul 16, 2020 / 17:12

    OOooo Yes, most definitely outstanding…love this interplay with the clueless know-it-all.

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  11. Dale Jul 16, 2020 / 18:03

    This was great, Keith. Ballsy bugger, telling his story to a non-interested party… Years later, IF he gets caught, the delivery guy, IF he remembers him, will think… damn…

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  12. Bill Jul 16, 2020 / 21:43

    Oh, Keith, you are the master. Well done (again). Fun story.

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  13. Sandra Jul 17, 2020 / 10:26

    I think he’s trying to tell the delivery driver something. I wouldn’t stop to listen though.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. wmqcolby Jul 17, 2020 / 13:23

    Cool! Sounds like you could continue this story, actually. You have me clamoring for more.

    Five out of five package tape rolls.

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  15. granonine Jul 18, 2020 / 19:18

    Using dialogue to tell the story is a wonderful tool :). The old guy seems more than a bit suspicious to me!

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