ROTHSTEIN GETS THE SACK © 2013 All Rights Reserved
by Ellen Hecht aka Waddleudo
He had no idea, but Rothstein, the Hathaway’s butler, was about to get the sack. His employer, Arnold Hathaway, might have felt bad about it, but there was no way around it. The Hathaways had been advised by their accountant that by eliminating Rothstein’s salary from the household budget, Mrs. Hathaway could have the marble brick patio she wanted. She was a woman who did not tolerate being deprived.
Rothstein hadn’t seen it coming. He was caught completely off guard. With no savings, investments or retirement fund, he begged for re-consideration. He would be destitute. But there was no reversing his fate. They had already hired a brick layer.
Rothstein packed his bags and left. Overwhelmed, he hid in the bushes next door. Where else could he go? The neighbors were on a cruise and wouldn’t be back for three weeks.
Rothstein’s stomach growled. Leaving his suitcases, he walked to the fast food court. On the way, he decided to rob the McDonalds. He was desperate, but he had no weapon. Half way there he set his jaw in a determined fashion, turned and walked back to the Hathaways, going around back. The marble bricks had been delivered just that day. Picking one up, Rothstein secreted it under his jacket, then retraced his steps, presenting himself before the cashier at the McDonalds drive thru. He took out the brick and waived it.
“Give me the money in your register!” Rothstein demanded as forcefully as he could, “. . . and a burger, chips and a Coke.” The cashier pressed the silent alarm. Rothstein was arrested and jailed.
That night he had a warm place to sleep, a roof over his head and a free meal. Tomorrow was another day.
The RB writing group Twisted Themes has a new challenge: 300 words or less and the work must include the following: a butler, a brick and the McDonalds drive thru. Was I up for the challenge? You bet!