20080122

Burned Out

by Rachel Green

On the advice from her sister, Julie Turling applied for the position of funeral director with Parkes and Sons, ticking the box that said previous experience but not the one which detailed previous employers. When she attended the interview - dressed rather garishly, in Mr. Parkes Junior's opinion - in sky blue under the obligatory tailored black jacket, she explained that it was not so much experience in a parlour as with the dead themselves. Mr. Parkes Senior looked at Mr. Parkes Junior who leaned forward in his chair and asked her what she meant. Julie looked up at Mr. Parkes Senior, laughed, and said, "Did you ever wonder why your father insisted on a burial rather than the cremation he offered to all his clients? He says that he stuffed his coffee full of money before he died and that's why his account was overdrawn." Mr. Parkes Senior bowed his thanks, and left to enjoy whatever eternity offered him.

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Rachel Green, author of Cleansing, is the chronicler of the demon Jasfoup.

6 comments:

Leatherdykeuk said...

I checked my submission and the typo was mine *shame*

Madam Z said...

Was it supposed to be "coffer" instead of "coffee?" I confess to being a bit confused.

Harry said...

Or was it maybe "coffin"? Either way I'm in the dark, but your story makes me want to get it.

Madam Z said...

Once again, Harry demonstrates his genius. It MUST be "coffin." With that correction, everything falls into place. I read once that you've managed your money well, if the only check that you ever bounce is the one you write to your undertaker.

Joe said...

Typo or no, still a great story by a talented writer. Rachel has a unique perspective on things, as always.

Stephanie said...

An enviable talent, and a delightful tale.