The Shining

By Tiber

Dad’s butler, Brunty, along with everybody else who works for Dad, continues to do double duty around here to keep from being fired in the bad economy. And Brunty, for some reason, has decided that one of the chores sure to keep him employed is polishing pretty much anything “polishable” he can find.

Dad caught him sitting outside his study, carefully shining all of the loose coins Dad keeps in a bowl by the door.

“Uh, Brunty, you really don’t have to do that, you know.”

“I just want to be of service, sir. If you’d prefer, I’d be happy to squeeze out your hemorrhoid cream for you. You just tell me how much and where.”

Mom, who had been heading towards Dad’s office, never missed a step as she reversed course and disappeared down the other hall.

Dad sighed.

“Uh…just keep on polishing those coins, Brunty.”

“Always glad to help, sir.”


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