Baptism by Fire. It’s a 6.

We pick up this week where we left off in last week’s Six Sentence Tale from the Six Sentence Café and Bistro… 


Tom, the sometime cook at the Six Sentence Café and Bistro, other time CPG (Certified Public Genealogist) flew up the three stairs at the Café’s front door more like a man on fire than a man looking to report one.

He had to be verbally thrown from the kitchen by the Bartender who remained, intent on reenacting forest fire control with baking soda rather than 9000 fluid gallons turned foam, Phos-Chek from 800 feet. 

Running down the sidewalk, his arm extended in the air in hopes of catching a signal, Tom’s “made in a country he couldn’t pronounce phone/wristwatch/sleep monitor” refused to pull in even the weakest of signals from whatever satellite was overhead; instead, he heard the strains of a solid-state lullaby softly singing from his wrist. Spotting a police car that was driving along a parallel street, he sprinted in the direction of the black and white.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen of the Six Sentence Café and Bistro, Denise could hear the clinking and rattling of the glass bottles and decanters sitting on the shelves lining the length of the mahogany bar, dancers at a rave, threatening to tumble from their precarious perch as the vibration from 30 tons of approaching fire and rescue vehicles signaled help would soon arrive.

The high-pitched wailing grew in volume if not ferocity, piercing the silence of mid-morning calm that enveloped the streets surrounding the Six Sentence Café and Bistro… 

28 thoughts on “Baptism by Fire. It’s a 6.

  1. Chris Hall May 26, 2022 / 9:58 am

    Brava! My imagination is playing a movie reel of Tom sprinting through the streets to the soundtrack of a ferocious flamenco guitar.

    When we’ve cleared up after the brigade has been let’s book a flamenco act.

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  2. clark May 26, 2022 / 10:48 am

    Excellent choice from the Al catalogue.

    Fortunately, by all reports, the damage from the fire was limited and did not get much beyond the sauté station.

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  3. Frank Hubeny May 26, 2022 / 11:28 am

    Nice description of Tom running “more like a man on fire than a man looking to report one”.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge May 26, 2022 / 10:46 pm

      Absolutely, Mimi.
      “At least…?”
      *sleep deprived, late hour…brain hearing cryptic words…a Six on the horizon?*

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  4. Liz H May 26, 2022 / 9:53 pm

    Let’s hope that baking powder lessens the damage. Though the firefighters will necessarily make a final mess.
    Riveting Six!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge May 27, 2022 / 6:03 am

      Not just you, ceayr.

      “The heat is on, on the street
      Inside your head, on every beat…”

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  5. jenne49 May 27, 2022 / 10:06 am

    such graphic descriptions, Denise. I’m right there, mopping my brow!

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  6. Tom May 28, 2022 / 12:05 pm

    I’ve just got a signal!!!
    At least the fire’s sorted now; or the kitchen, depending on your point of view.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge May 28, 2022 / 12:32 pm

      Excellent! It was only a matter of time 😊
      It appears so although, to quote the Mimi:
      “All’s well that ends well. At least, most of the time.”

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge May 28, 2022 / 2:59 pm

      Thanks a lot, D! You had to go and put that in my head, just when I thought I’d gotten rid of it, lol

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