Published: Dec. 11, 2011
Words: 3,515 (approximate)
The advertisement simply stated, “Wanted–valet for large household. Must love animals.” Desperate for a job, Edwin Thorpe responded and was immediately accepted. A train ticket arrived within a week for the evening departure to Darkshire the following Friday with no further instructions. Now he stood at the train depot, small satchel in hand, about to be greeted by two very strange men.
The advertisement simply stated, “Wanted – valet for large household. Must love animals.” Desperate for a job, Edwin Thorpe responded and was immediately accepted. A train ticket arrived within a week for the evening departure to Darkshire the following Friday. There were no further instructions. Now he stood at the train depot, a small satchel in hand, about to be greeted by two very strange men in long, dark capes.
Edwin had been a valet for almost forty years now, trained by his father’s cousin in the art of caring for the rich, yet in all the years he had been a valet, never had so little been asked of him. He had never been privy to such an unusual employer. Parties went on until early dawn, Lord Darkshire and his Russian Wolfhounds went hunting late at night, and staff spoke in low whispers. All in all, Edwin Thorpe wasn’t quite certain what to make of it.
, short story
, twist ending
, dark and dangerous
, twist endings
, twisted ending
, twist in the tale
, england setting
, england castles
, twisted endings
, linda boltman
, woman author
, twisted chilling morbid
, lord of darkshire
, russian wolfhound
, english aristocracy
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on Jan. 14, 2012 :
Very dark, gothic, and somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Quite delectable for a short, short story.
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