Let’s Throw Some Heat. It’s a 6.

May I present a tale from the Six Sentence Café and Bistro…   


“Hey, thanks for coming in later and covering the last part of my shift today…no, not too busy…Tom and I handled the breakfast crowd, I figure by the time you get here…, no, at no point did he pull an Adam Jones ….yes you do…you know the film….yeah, about the chef with substance abuse/anger issues…lol…Bradley Cooper, “Burnt”…. knew you’d remember” *laughter on both ends of the phone*

“Oh, I promised I’d go to a baseball game…not really…na-ah, only a slight detour in my day, besides, the sun’s cranking at 11 and I could use a little Vitamin D, ya know…you remember Girl’s Night Out….holy shit, yeah…anyway, remember the guy laid down our ink… yes, the hunky one…been friends with his wife since forever, she wants me to come watch their youngest kid play at the field over on Trem….hey, can you hang on a sec, there’s a helluva noise coming from the kitchen, think it’s Tom yelling…”

“Yo, Tom, all cool back there?! Not throwin’ a tantrum with those pans, are you?”

I tossed my phone on the length of mahogany that runs along the right-hand wall of the Six Sentence Café and Bistro and sprinted towards the kitchen pushing through the double swinging doors in time to see the first flames, hungry for more, scorch the hood over the SSC&B’s grill.

“Holy shit, Tom, get me as many boxes of baking soda as you can and call 911 before this baby gets totally out of cont…”

45 thoughts on “Let’s Throw Some Heat. It’s a 6.

    • GirlieOnTheEdge May 21, 2022 / 10:07 pm

      Now that remains to be seen, D.
      (Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” just commandeered my ears, lol)

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  1. SelmaMartin May 21, 2022 / 10:45 pm

    How fun to read this. 👏 no not what’s cooking in the kitchen but the dialogue — so cool. I guess Tom is not to be left alone in the kitchen. 💗

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  2. The Atomic Mage May 22, 2022 / 12:50 am

    If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen… wait, what, the kitchen’s actually on fire! Everyone, get out!!!!

    Good one, D, love the ‘telephone conversation’ of this Six along with background action 😎😎

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  3. Tom May 22, 2022 / 6:19 am

    OK… it wasn’t me… really, it wasn’t.

    Yes, I was alone in the kitchen, or so I thought; I heard Denise on the phone through the doors, as I turned OFF the burners, and turned the ‘keep warm’ dial up to the maximum.

    Why turn off the burners, you ask… well, I had to, being the only one in the kitchen – I heard a noise, like a voice or even a wail, coming from that weird empty larder in the corner, and decided to investigate it.

    I had to take a detour around the kitchen to get to it, three dozen boxes of baking soda had been delivered and were stacked on the floor by the end of the central unit.

    I had to forcefully pull open the larder door, as it seemed to be jammed shut, or even being pulled to… when it opened a very strong, and gaseous wind blew passed me.

    The larder was empty when I looked in, and when I walked back to the kitchen, that’s when I found the burners alight, and called to Denise; as much as I love this place, a lot of strange things seem to happen here…

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  4. clark May 22, 2022 / 7:44 am

    (If Nick weren’t off on a mission, with the following, I suspect he might whisper “Alternative universae are so much fun” )

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    • Tom May 22, 2022 / 8:01 am

      They are fun indeed, Clark… and very confusing! I’m currently taking part in two crossovers at the same time! 😃

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  5. clark May 22, 2022 / 8:23 am

    There is something to be said that, upon finding oneself in a narrative corner or, (seemingly worse), a dead-end, the most satisfying fun is for us to write our way out of the problem.

    Deus ex machina notwithstanding, we’re not getting graded* and…and we gots a buncha creative writers throwin’ plot-opportunities like beer cans out the window of a car full of teenagers driving down a country road at midnight**

    *yeah right lol
    ** err… probably have to get Jenne to transport you back to the late ’60s early ’70s to see that as valid imagery

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  6. jenne49 May 22, 2022 / 8:47 am

    This is great. So much new language from over by, language that’s outwith my usual range. 😉 Excellent conversation too.
    And poor Tom’s having -er – a ‘baptism of fire’ in his new role in the SSB&C.
    He’ll learn to expect the unexpected.

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    • Tom May 22, 2022 / 9:39 am

      I’m learning that very quickly, Jenne! 🙂

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge May 22, 2022 / 12:45 pm

      Thanks, Jenne. We aim to entertain.
      He is, most definitely.
      His survival will depend on it 😉

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  7. Chris Hall May 22, 2022 / 9:19 am

    Brilliant from top to bottom! Loved the post, loved the ensuing thread.

    I know we like our food well done in ‘Brit-land’ but this might have been a ‘char too far’. Not to worry about the damage though, I’m sure we can claim off the insurers. I still know some folk on the inside.

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    • Tom May 22, 2022 / 9:43 am

      Things do appear to have been slightly singed, Chris! 🙂

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge May 22, 2022 / 12:42 pm

      Thank you, Chris!

      Except for eggs? I seem to remember not wanting to order eggs when I was in England, 😉
      I’ve no doubt. Excellent 😁

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      • jenne49 May 22, 2022 / 1:20 pm

        So, you’ve never been to Scotland then, Denise? 😉 Not that I’m suggesting you try Scotch eggs! (I intensely disliike them!) But there’s a plain loaf, tablet and Morton’s rolls which emigrants always ask visitors to bring them when they visit!

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        • GirlieOnTheEdge May 22, 2022 / 7:55 pm

          I have not, Jenne although in my dream trip outside the US, I would include Scotland in the itinerary 😊
          Good thing as I looked them up and I shall pass on the Scotch eggs, lol
          However, I’d have no problem with the Morton’s rolls!

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  8. Liz H May 22, 2022 / 4:49 pm

    Hot stuff on a steaming hot day…so much for plans in the sun. Something’s always cooking up at the Cafe

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