Mr. Right. It’s a 6.

Following is a continuation of my SSS from 2 weeks ago, “Walk On”.

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Tap, tap, tapping”… he found the resonating echo from the up/down motion of the tiny leather sole upon grimy cobblestone particularly irritating this morning, not entirely for the wearer of the shoe but rather, for the circumstances that summoned him to Whitechapel this foggy morning.

Pardon ma’am, er, Sister… did I hear you correctly? You are, what word did you use… demanding, I release the body to you? (how he wished she’d stay an observer, he didn’t take kindly to anyone getting in his face, not even a member of the clergy or whatever they call nuns these days). Emphasizing his last 2 syllables, Chief Inspector Winston Wendall Wentworth, III failed miserably to keep sarcasm from dripping copiously from the corners of his mustachioed upper lip, yet recovered sufficiently by losing the subtle sneer to his voice. “I’m afraid you’re going to have to provide me a lot more information before your request is considered, not withstanding, there will be a brief investigation surrounding the events leading to this horrific scene and the loss of your friend’s life.”

Peering down at the nun, Winston Wendall Wentworth, III had a sense this woman was not simply looking up and at him, rather she was gazing into his eyes intently through a prism he dare describe as celestial; the feeling that behind that prism lay a kaleidoscope of mystery not entirely of this realm.

Sister Mary Ephraim, though short in physical stature, towered above most when it came to persistence and achieving her goals; this matter was no less different than raising money for the orphanage or feeding the neighborhood poor, she came for her sister; she would leave with her one way or other.

26 thoughts on “Mr. Right. It’s a 6.

  1. Frank Hubeny February 18, 2021 / 3:54 pm

    I like the kaleidoscope of mystery behind the prism of her gaze. Especially the intent gaze not of this realm.

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  2. Avia Morrow February 18, 2021 / 9:33 pm

    Fave paragraph is the second to last. Loved the whole piece, as the scene was painted quite visually, as well as describing the personalities/temperaments of the characters with exquisite clarity or pointedness 🙂 Bravo.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge February 18, 2021 / 10:09 pm

      I really liked that sentence as well. I originally intended it to be the last sentence but changed my mind as I had an inkling of the beginning of the next segment 🙂 I’m glad the characters are becoming “real”. As you well know, that’s our biggest challenge!
      Thank you, Avia.


    • GirlieOnTheEdge February 19, 2021 / 6:22 am

      Inevitable – on both accounts! And, he never will figure out how 😀


  3. Chris Hall February 19, 2021 / 1:17 am

    This is such a compelling story, Denise, and I love the rich language you employ. I particularly like ‘…sarcasm from dripping copiously from the corners of his mustachioed upper lip…’ So good 🙂

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  4. The Vintage Toy Advertiser February 19, 2021 / 4:34 am

    Good follow up, D. I’m loving Sister Ephraim’s absolute will, especially as she’s going up against the experience of Wentworth.

    The pic of the dancers in Paris is priceless!
    You know, with those moves they’re pulling, they could easily be 1990s ravers 😜🤩😁

    Or, is it an early mosh pit? \m/

    NR’s Sister Christian – wow, top tune, haven’t heard that in a long while.


    • GirlieOnTheEdge February 19, 2021 / 7:09 am

      Thank you, V. Wentworth has no idea yet how formidable an ally? foe? stands before him 😀

      Honestly, was searching English depictions, lol. Hadn’t noticed the fine print saying otherwise. My subliminal French alter ego strikes again!
      Good question. Indubitably… a rave 😆

      Pulled out the time machine for that one, right?!😎

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      • The Vintage Toy Advertiser February 19, 2021 / 1:21 pm

        Ah, true, how do we know if the formidable Sister turns out to be a great enemy or great ally of Wentworth?

        And, Lol. You can’t escape your Frenchiness, D 🙂

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  5. purplestoneblog February 19, 2021 / 9:04 am

    You go girl! I love characters with direction and determination. kaleidoscope of mystery -great phrase. you do this so well.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge February 19, 2021 / 12:39 pm

      Thanks, Arlene! Yeah, I’m hoping these two start talking to me louder, lol.


  6. clark February 19, 2021 / 9:38 am

    the tales draws us in, the familiar setting subtlety changing from ‘We think we know this place’ to ‘Where was that place?’

    fav wordage: “…the feeling that behind that prism lay a kaleidoscope of mystery not entirely of this realm.”

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  7. D. Avery @shiftnshake February 19, 2021 / 11:08 pm

    I do believe that sneering inspector has met his match. Good to see this story continuing. I want to know why that nun is dead!


  8. Lisa Tomey February 21, 2021 / 9:02 pm

    Keep it going! And the music is excellent!


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