Red Skies at Night. It’s a 6.

Episode 6 of a serial story begun a few Sixes back. Care for a recap? Begin with Episode 1 and I’ll meet you back here


Even before I fully comprehended what the toe of my boot had caught on, the hairs on the back of my neck were straining skyward.

The once iridescent opal colored dress she’d worn the night before was splattered with blood and the brackish brown of tannins stirred up by boats navigating the Hudson (would be Jackson Pollock haute couture, if he’d been a fashion designer). A single .45 caliber bullet hole through the center of a once smooth, milky white forehead – she probably never knew what hit her; I felt sad.

As the last of the sun’s light swapped out for a softly luminous quarter moon high above what was now the 2nd crime scene I’d come across in the last 24 hours, I realized maybe taking a walk on the riverfront to clear my head after the blowout with Jimmy wasn’t such a good idea. Or was it – maybe this was fate stepping in, giving me a heads up. But heads up to what??

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16 thoughts on “Red Skies at Night. It’s a 6.

  1. ceayr June 11, 2021 / 2:33 am

    This has now developed the tone of an Hitchcockian nightmare.
    Reminds me of the old adage ‘Cheer up, things could be worse, so I cheered up, and sure enough things got worse’.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 11, 2021 / 6:52 am

      Thank you, C.E. I am flattered by the comparison.
      I count myself a true believer, things can always get worse!

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  2. The Atomic Mage June 11, 2021 / 2:55 am

    Good one, D.
    CE is right, this episode does have a Hitchcockian tone. I like the Pollack reference to the blood, and then the description of the damage done to her head by the bullet, followed by the simple but powerful: “I felt sad.”

    Red skies at night – sailor’s/shepherd’s delight?

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 11, 2021 / 7:03 am

      Thanks, V.
      As I was saying to C.E., I am flattered by the comparison to Mr. Hitchcock. A most helpful and encouraging perk (of these Sixes) is feedback like that.
      You definitely would know of Mr. Pollock 🙂

      Yes, for one. I was imagining the scene and always that comes to mind – “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight/Red sky at morning, sailor’s take warning and then….. the Fixx popped into my head, lol – their song of the same name. Reminded of the lyrics, I realized yeah, that was the title 😎

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  3. messymimi's meanderings June 11, 2021 / 7:41 am

    A mystery, and he better be able to put the pieces together quickly. His life may depend on it. Thanks for continuing the story,

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 11, 2021 / 9:15 pm

      I agree, Mimi. He’s pretty quick on his feet but I have a feeling he’s going to be challenged on many levels. Oh, for sure it does!
      And thank you for reading it.


  4. jenne49 June 11, 2021 / 1:34 pm

    The hairs on the back of MY neck are straining skyward too! Such descriptions! Wonderful. Off now to read the previous episodes.

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  5. Frank Hubeny June 11, 2021 / 2:57 pm

    Good observation about that bloodied dress: “would be Jackson Pollock haute couture, if he’d been a fashion designer”

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  6. clark June 11, 2021 / 3:50 pm

    Can hear the newsprint-black-and-white tone to the protagonist’s voice, all un-filtered cigarettes and house whisky.

    Good Six, excellent world-building

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 11, 2021 / 9:19 pm

      Nope. Don’t do that….now I’m thinking…. Tom Waits. I hear Tom, lol.
      Thank you, Clark.


  7. UP June 12, 2021 / 2:50 pm

    I love red skies at night …good post

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