Blood on the Ground. It’s a 6.

“… because dear friend, there is more to this story.”

——- ******* ——- ******* ——- 

Late fall early evening, having slipped into her little black dress, seductively wrapped her charm around the two men as they exited the comfort of the Juke Box Diner’s ambient lighting.

“Luca, Luca, Luca – you have surprised me at times throughout the years, I’ll give you that but listen man, don’t think you’ll be the only one sitting in Hell’s front row, trust me, you’ll have plenty of company.”

“Why aren’t you taking me seriously Tommy, I’m telling you what I did, as fantastical as it sounds, is God’s honest truth – yes, pun intended, I did what I believed was the right thing to do; I’ve got plenty of religious doctrine to support my actions!”

“Well then, off to see the bishop Luca, but don’t expect him to believe you… naah, he’ll be plenty pissed you disobeyed him, just sayin’ but hey, “It’s only after we lost everything that we are free to do anything” right? – what?! – I’m kidding, I’m kidding.”

“You still don’t take me seriously, Tomassa – I know what it is I unleashed and I now know what it is I must do; believe it or not you did actually help me reach that conclusion and for that I thank you brother.” (Luca embraces his friend, each man turning to walk to opposite ends of the parking lot).

Late fall early evening slipped out of her little black dress, anticipation moistening the air as the rumble of a dual straight pipe exhaust grew louder, the throaty sound of a revving engine approaching in the near distance; checkered flag waving, the ’78 Camaro hurtled itself to embrace the body of a middle aged priest, shattered headlights collecting the soul of one Father Luca Domenico Lazarus.

EDITOR NOTE: Polite heads up to the film clip in the link. It might be disturbing to some of us.

21 thoughts on “Blood on the Ground. It’s a 6.

  1. Frank Hubeny January 1, 2022 / 3:03 pm

    I wonder if Father Lazarus accomplished what he needed to do before his apparent death at the end.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 1, 2022 / 3:16 pm

      Only within his own heart, Frank.
      While he’d made the decision to sit with his bishop and seek his forgiveness and counsel, “fate” intervened.
      Crash Boom Bang.

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  2. Doug Jacquier January 1, 2022 / 4:45 pm

    Way down deep this time, accompanied by lyricism. ‘Late fall early evening, having slipped into her little black dress’. Just like the clips; resignation followed by peace. There’s a book in here, Denise, begging to be let out. No pressure. 😉
    (Btw I think Fight Club is one of the best films ever made and it confirmed for me that Brad Pitt is the greatest American actor of his generation.)

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 1, 2022 / 9:15 pm

      Pressure?! What pressure, Doug, lol. In all seriousness, thank you for your feed back and support. I seem to still be in the discovery phase. Will be keeping my ears open 🙂
      (One of my favorite films so no argument on that from me. He’s an incredible actor.)

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  3. messymimi's meanderings January 1, 2022 / 6:46 pm

    In Catholic doctrine, i believe that accidentally dying on your way to confession means you are forgiven, since you would have confessed if you could have.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 1, 2022 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you for that information, Mimi. I don’t know if I was aware of that and that’s coming from someone who went to catholic school for 8 years!


    • Doug Jacquier January 2, 2022 / 7:01 am

      Why do I suspect that many people believe that people they know who die in accidents were on their way to confession, via the local bar, supermarket, sports stadium etc? 😉


  4. Sadje January 1, 2022 / 9:20 pm

    Very intriguing story Denise and so well told. Pulling the reader right in.

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  5. Spira January 2, 2022 / 4:00 am

    And way down we go…!!!
    Doug has a huge point indeed; book, play, script…
    All in good time milady.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 2, 2022 / 10:05 am

      ..’cause they will run you down, down ’til you fall..”
      Thank you, Spira.
      Until such time, good sir, exploration and discovery shall continue.

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  6. Chris Hall January 2, 2022 / 5:14 am

    Superb writing, Denise. I concur with Doug and Spira. Love the lyrical tones and the action really does play like a movie. That final sentence is a killer (pun also intended).

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 2, 2022 / 10:11 am

      Thank you, Chris! ,
      Writing takes us down such incredible paths of discovery. The reason I suppose, we continue to do what we do.
      (good one 😁)

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  7. D. Avery @shiftnshake January 2, 2022 / 11:36 am

    Oh Luca, Luca, Luca….
    Luca is finished, and methinks the story is not. And yes, kudos to you for exploring this story.
    Beware the ’78 Camaro.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 2, 2022 / 11:41 am

      It would appear his payment was due.
      No, I’m not convinced it is D, although had you asked me that last week, I may have said it was.
      Thank you.
      Oh, yes. Beware that Z28 lurking around the corner 😉

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  8. The Atomic Mage January 2, 2022 / 2:50 pm

    Part novel, part script… the cinema experience doesn’t let up. “shattered headlights collecting the soul of one Father Luca Domenico Lazarus.” is one heck of a line, D. Brought to mind elements too of the films The Omen and The Exorcist. And the idea of a season and a time slipping in and out of a little black dress is superb.

    Sweet Schenker tune. I thought of you the other day while browsing through vinyl albums (see my newest TVTA post) – they had Assault Attack, which I’m hoping is still there when I next go back!

    Fight Club, ay? What a film!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 2, 2022 / 7:20 pm

      Thank you, V. Those two films were outstanding in their individual ways; I feel honored my Six brought them to mind.
      Yeah, the dress was fun 🙂

      I recommend the album, “Thank You”. See anything beside Michael I might like? 😎 You absolutely should purchase Assault Attack. His first 3 albums (Michael Schenker Group) are requisite for your collection (oh, better include One Night at Budokan). It was from Michael’s first album I discovered Simon Phillips.

      Aye, Fight Club.

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      • The Atomic Mage January 11, 2022 / 1:34 pm

        Agree, D, outstanding films for their day. Was good to catch up just now over at TVTA with your latest backstory episode. Hopefully can contribute this week at the 6SS bistro and café, as work has been non-stop since Christmas.
        My friend had One Night at Budokan and taped it for me 😎 Cool album. Simon Philips such an ace drummer!

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