Unfinished Sympathy

Image copyright: Jan W. Fields

Image copyright: Jan W. Fields

If you’re planning a robbery at a stately home, you need to recruit only people you trust, who know what to take. And who know how to behave professionally.

It was all going well at Charlesworth Abbey that Saturday evening. We had two Monets, a Rembrandt and a chest of Georgian silverware in the van when Guilio spotted the spinet, cracked his fingers, and began playing Bad Guys. Cookie and Spud came in with the vocals and before you could say Guys and Dolls, the cops were on us.

The boys got extra time for being out of tune.


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ weekly 100 word writing challenge to be found here.

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42 Responses to Unfinished Sympathy

  1. Hilarious, Patrick. This sounds like a scene Monty Python might have done. I could just see it happening. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne

  2. Oh my, this is hilarious! Loved it!!!

  3. mjlstories says:

    Great story in the grand tradition of an Ealing Comedy – not that I’m suggesting you stole it or nuffin!

  4. Margaret says:

    I’ll join the chorus of congratulations. I love this story.

  5. Fun stuff! Thanks Patrick.

  6. Ouch – out of tune on a spinet. I hope they never see daylight again. Can’t have those thugs running wild.

  7. Very funny! And why were they doing it? You can bet they were doin’ it for some doll!

  8. Vintage Prinsloo, it smash and grabbed me before I could say, “Hatton Garden heist”.

  9. Nice. Made me chuckle. Wasn’t sure what to expect.

  10. This is a hoot! Thanks for an early morning laugh. Alicia

  11. gahlearner says:

    This is perfect, thanks for the laugh. I especially love the contrast between the serious ‘pro’ talk about how to go thieving professionally, and then ‘the boys’ can’t stop themselves.

  12. Dear Patrick,

    Delightful is the word for this piece. Extra time for being out of tune…priceless.



  13. Sandra says:

    Hah! Some people are just so easily diverted from the task in hand. Good one, Patrick.

  14. d3athlily says:

    bahahah Very clever. I can imagine it perfectly!

  15. ansumani says:

    ha ha ha. Loved the ending. Well done story.

  16. lillian says:

    Laughing I am!!!! LOVE it! My husband was in Guys and Dolls when he was in high school. Read this aloud to him….many thanks for making us both chuckle this evening. LOVE it! Double, thrice…so very very fun!

  17. You made me laugh Thank You

  18. The image of burglars taking a break and having a sing song was so funny.

  19. H Miranda says:

    Cookie and Spud!!!

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