A short story …

for Sue Vincent’s #writephoto prompt.




worn-steps“It’s certainly a step up from your last place Seb,”  I said as I climbed my way to his front door.

“Indeed it is old fellow,”  he said, my pun having fallen on deaf ears.  “You can leave your shoes here in the vestibule”.  He pointed to a worn rubber mat in the porch.  “Let me give you a grande tournée of Manoir de Sebastian”. 

He flung open a door.  “The parlour”,  he announced,  “or living room to you”. 

We moved on.  “The salle a manger,”  he said leading me to a somewhat cramped dining room, “and here, the cookhouse or kitchen as you’d call it with a scullery sector”.  It just looked a few wonky cupboards an ageing cooker and a sink to me! 

We climbed the stairs – sorry, companionway to the landing – no, the gallery.  He threw open a bedroom door.  “My boudoir”,  he cried  “and to the right, its ensuite”.  All I saw was a single bed and a washbasin!

We went on to the ‘guest accommodation’ (teeny weeny spare room) and the ‘pissoir’ (I stifled a giggle as he showed me his bathroom). 

Minutes later we were back downstairs.  He opened the tradesmen’s entrance, back door to you and me, bid me farewell and closed it behind me. Thank goodness that was over.  Unfortunately in my eagerness to escape, I’d forgotten my shoes!

35 thoughts on “A short story …

  1. hilarymb Jul 31, 2020 / 09:42

    Hi Keith – trouble with two doors … left shoes – but a great take on the prompt. Enjoy the sun today – all the best Hilary

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  2. s.s. Aug 1, 2020 / 14:42

    Enjoyed the tour behind the blue door 🙂
    So now you’ve put some new shoes on and….

    Thank you for reading my shoe story

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  3. Na'ama Yehuda Aug 1, 2020 / 15:20

    Ah, his abode, though, and he’s proud of it … (I would not, though, go back for the shoes … unless you want to make an offer on the mansion … ;))

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  4. willowdot21 Aug 3, 2020 / 11:18

    Keith that was brilliantly funny, we all know someone like that. One thing is worrying me . You find yourself out the back and shoeless? The question that worries me is, is there a back exit to the garden ? 💜

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  5. Jules Aug 3, 2020 / 20:20

    Thanks so much for the link to your delightful story. Just goes to show one man’s castle and all 😉
    Hope your gent gets his shoes back!

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