The gong chimes to signify that the guests should move into the dining room. They move sedately, like animals being driven towards another paddock, to take up their prearranged positions around the table. Watching this, like an eagle surveying its territory, is Sid the Maitre d’. He stands rigidly, as if he is at attention, his attire not far off the smartness of the forces, using just his eyes to watch the guests moving to their designated seats. If anyone did actually notice him then it would only be because of how still he was, like a suit of armour on display in a marbled hall. He is watching for the really trivial things that people might possibly just overlook or forget. Items like silver cigarette cases, small change holders, expensive handkerchiefs, unattended alcoholic drinks. Any alcohol left unguarded would definitely be fair game to this predator as it would come top of his most important list. With just a few tricks that can be learned it is absolutely amazing how an alcohol habit can be hidden from others during everyday life. Just by standing a foot away from somebody for example will prevent them from smelling your breath. Likewise, the swaying of intoxification can be controlled quite simply by practice (especially if you have years of experience). As the guests at the dinner table hold their conversations, they are completely unaware of a well practised hand slipping into outer pockets of dinner suits/outfits. This is like fishing to a stork and in the same way that a stork will more often than not come up with its fare, this practiced predator often finds some type of prize.
When the guests have finished their meal and coffee and brandies are liberally served we find the predator off to the staff quarters where all the servants are able to be seated for their meal. Sid can be found at a seat of his own with at least one chair space either side of him. This is for two reasons. One, that as the Maitre D’ no one really wants to be considered a brown nose in any way. The other and probably much more truthful reason is that most of the staff consider Sid to be somewhat aloof and they hold him at arm’s length. This actually suits Sid’s needs pretty well as some of his practices are considerably anti social and he needs a fair amount of operating space as it were so as not to attract unnecessary attention. He learnt several years ago through mistakes made that nobody likes a thief, hence the reason that he is a loner and keeps his habits to himself.

Published by: Carl (I,Scalius) Peters

Got my degree at University of Cumbria (Lancaster) in English Lit and Creative Writing and now find how difficult it really is to make yourself write everyday. Hardest job in the world! Now a few years on I realise just how hard. Wordsworth was right, movement is so important to creativity...So a few years on now and over 50 walking football is seemingly the movement needed!

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    1. It’s funny you say that! I do have a piece from this that’s morphed into about 3000 words! Still not sure of where it’s going to end yet though! Such is the life of the writer, I shall post it when completed. Thanks…

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