Transtemporal. It’s a 6.

…”You the guy on the phoneRoger?”

Nick’s question boomed, echoes resonating, errant soundwaves in search of a solid surface. The effect was not so much from the authoritative tone of the bearded Proprietor’s voice but more from the unusual circumstance the Six Sentence Café and Bistro was empty, the exceptions being Nick, the Bartender and the musician without a band, Roger. It was well known as the popularity of the Café grew, so too the rumors surrounding its origins and the 7 Proprietors who frequented the establishment; as the mystique evolved so too an aura of “otherworldliness”; business was good.

“Yeah, so that must make you, Nick”, sarcasm dripped from the musician’s mouth like sap from a newly tapped maple; the bearded man volleyed, “Say Rog, you forget to bring the rest of the band?”

Nick and the Bartender, sharing a harmony culled from free floating cosmic debris, smiled at each other without moving a muscle in their faces; Nick took out his phone, sent a quick text, his chestnut brown eyes fixed on Roger, “A drummer will be here in 30 minutes, you already met the bass player, so make yourself useful and help me set up the house equipment; we’ll just see what you can do“.

38 thoughts on “Transtemporal. It’s a 6.

  1. Liz H March 27, 2022 / 1:00 am

    You know we’re expecting a music video when the band’s all here, right? 🤗🎶🤗

    Liked by 3 people

    • The Atomic Mage March 27, 2022 / 6:43 am

      How about some spoken word poem-lyrics? If not, grab an instrument, Chris… there are tons of musical goodies in storage behind the stage 🎸🥁🎹🎷🎤🎙🎺🎻

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge March 27, 2022 / 11:48 am

      Oh, please do! Contemplating the next scene, I had Ford show up and you were with him 😀

      Liked by 2 people

      • Spira March 27, 2022 / 1:29 pm

        Let’s do the same scene, ie what follows Transtemporal, from each Proprietor ‘s perspective.

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  2. Spira March 27, 2022 / 5:50 am

    The characters, the places, the smells and sounds, the interactions…hammered, folded, hammered, folded until they become the wordsblade you wield.

    And then, there is something else.
    The unspoken, unwritten, invisible but to those hearts who have walked that tin pan alley; and they, in their turn, need no signs to guide them home.
    That you have a unique way to encapsulate in what some may even call a signature move or guitar lick.
    In other words, (yours to be exact):
    “Nick and the Bartender, sharing a harmony culled from free floating cosmic debris, smiled at each other without moving a muscle in their faces;”.

    Better warm up those amp tubes and see if those boots were made, apart for walkin’,for rockin 🎸

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge March 27, 2022 / 12:09 pm

      May I keep the wordsblade sharp!
      Never recognized a signature move/lick in my writing, but if you say there is… cool 😎
      Oh yeah, warm those tubes ’till they’re red hot! Gonna be a whole lot of rockin’ going on at the SSC&B!

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      • ladysighs March 31, 2022 / 6:59 am

        I thought I had left a ping here to my post of the the Duties of the Bartender.
        I don’t think I know how to leave pings. 😦

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  3. The Atomic Mage March 27, 2022 / 6:40 am

    Excellent, D 😎 Another vibe-some episode in the continuing adventures of the SSC&B! That’s what I love about the Proprietors… our multi-talents and resources making a band-less event suddenly band-some!

    Liked by 4 people

    • GirlieOnTheEdge March 27, 2022 / 12:20 pm

      Thanks, V 😎 Long live the adventures at the SSC&B! You’re on the money about that one!!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge March 27, 2022 / 1:43 pm

      Lol Thank you, Clark.

      Oh, I am so up for that challenge. How fun would that be!

      Agreed…très cool

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  4. clark March 27, 2022 / 12:36 pm

    didn’t work
    The ‘Dude (to the 6th degree) didn’t pass through the ‘tml filters I guess.

    Excellent portaling*

    * not (yet) a real word or, even, a ‘real’ thing… but, to me, it represents the next level of power of writing:

    to create a world? ok happens frequently

    to bring to life engaging and interesting ‘characters’? a lesser proportion of fiction, demonstrated here in this Six

    to connect the characters not only to themselves in their world, but, through a rather dubious (and surely unhealthy) touchstone of the dreams and memories of multiple writers?

    very cool

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  5. jenne49 March 27, 2022 / 2:05 pm

    I can see it all, Denise. you’ve caught the atmosphere of the SSC&B. I particularly like the words and idea of ‘sharing a harmony culled from free floating cosmic debris’. Brilliant.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge March 27, 2022 / 2:37 pm

      I know of a certain Proprietor who’s preferred table at the SSC&B affords her a unique view of the establishment and all who pass through its doors 😉
      Thank you, Jenne.

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  6. Zelda Winter March 27, 2022 / 2:25 pm

    This is definitely intriguing, Denise–and I’m seeing the movie version evolving!!

    Liked by 3 people

  7. ceayr March 27, 2022 / 4:11 pm

    How much does a beer cost in this dump, huh?


  8. Frank Hubeny March 27, 2022 / 4:20 pm

    I like your description of sarcasm: “sarcasm dripped from the musician’s mouth like sap from a newly tapped maple”. I can see it coming out of Roger’s mouth.

    Liked by 1 person

    • GirlieOnTheEdge March 28, 2022 / 6:59 am

      They appear to be moving along. I believe there are adventures ahead for the 7 Proprietors.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. D. Avery @shiftnshake March 27, 2022 / 5:46 pm

    Somehow in the times that I slipped from Six
    I missed out on proprietorship
    so am a little at sea with these Cafe/Bistro bits
    but as for this: “smiled at each other without moving a muscle in their faces;”
    I read that and it has its place in whatever mix of Six your sentences stand and face
    Nick; in time, in place; in harmony.


    • GirlieOnTheEdge March 28, 2022 / 7:04 am

      Can happen sometimes in this expansive virtual world! Thank you, D.


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