A Walk on the Wild Side. It’s a Café Six.

Hey, thanks for letting me crash here last night, right cool of you man” – Denise, Proprietor and Bartender of the Six Sentence Café & Bistro couldn’t keep the wink out of her smile as she stared into the eyes of a man who used (rumor had it) his grandmother’s rosary beads as his eyeglass chain. Lou Ceasare’s reputation, no secret within certain circles, was subtly hinted at by the tall thin man when he asked her to do a favor for his friend, the owner of the Bottom of the Sea Strip Club and Lounge whose head bartender went out on maternity leave 3 weeks earlier than expected.

My pleasure doll, you need anything, just call.” The emphasis on “anything” told her all she needed to know about the man with teeth like daggers and a laugh once described as like “the burgeoning rumble of a domestic dispute between grizzly bears”; details about his business dealings or any other dealings were unnecessary, she understood the man’s ethos.

Call me anytime you’re in a pinch, Lou“. Cell phone ringing, Lou held up his left index finger to the woman whose eyes sparkled like champagne; turning away from the bar, he walked to the far side of the lounge, voice low.

Denise’s walk was legend in and around the SSC&B for being distinctive in rhythm and meter, seamlessly fluid yet smoothly syncopated, she moved quickly yet never appeared hurried; so it came as no surprise when Lou, having finished his phone call, turned back to find the woman, who in his mind would be his new head bartender, gone, the door just closing behind her.

26 thoughts on “A Walk on the Wild Side. It’s a Café Six.

  1. Doug Jacquier December 4, 2022 / 12:20 am

    ‘Denise’s walk was legend in and around the SSC&B for being distinctive in rhythm and meter, seamlessly fluid yet smoothly syncopated, she moved quickly yet never appeared hurried’. Now that I need to see. Video please. 🙂

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 4, 2022 / 12:26 pm

      Video, Doug?! Video?! Were you not there that night, when the line went around the corner to the SSC&B and a patron was heard to say…
      Someone help me out here….when the heck was that…
      Maybe some day, Doug. Over the rainbow 😊

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  2. Spira December 4, 2022 / 3:42 am

    If someone would hear The BarTender play her bass, then her legendary walk would be of no surprise.

    Denise, only a GirlieOnTheEdge could portrait Denise’s walk on the wild side…on the Edge.

    We couldn’t have picked a better moto for the Six Sentence Cafè &Bistro; and its cemented firmly in place with each installment…Yes, dear friends – There is more to this story!

    (PS: I see Lou’s vocabulary has improved…😉…we are taking him over, slowly but surely )

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 4, 2022 / 12:32 pm

      A true statement, Nick.
      Again, this is true 😎
      Heck, yeah. Always, more!

      (Lol. Alas, while accepted we cannot write for another’s character, I believe we can agree one sentence is permissible. Clark?)

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  3. Frank Hubeny December 4, 2022 / 7:43 am

    Nice description of Lou’s laugh: “the burgeoning rumble of a domestic dispute between grizzly bears” I like the description of Lou wearing “his grandmother’s rosary beads as his eyeglass chain”. It is a good thing he turned his back to take that call.

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    • clark December 5, 2022 / 5:27 pm

      Seeing how you’re admiring Mr. Ceasare’s reading glasses lanyard (the rosary beads) thought you’d enjoy hearing the story from the man himself (from ‘the Case of the Missing Diamond’:

      He wore half-lens reading glasses with a string of old-lady beads tying one earpiece to the other. I once asked him about it, when I first started having lunch at his place.

      “This thing? A gift from my grandmother Rosa, may she rest in peace. I got a sneaking suspicion these are rosary beads. She was a bit of the rebel for her day, and probably figured it was as close to being a good Catholic as she was gonna get me.” He rolled a length of the beads between his fingers and looked at me,

      “You can’t never have too much muscle, you know what I mean?

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      • GirlieOnTheEdge December 5, 2022 / 11:02 pm

        Now I remember!
        Lou, man… Nah, guess “you can’t never have too much muscle”. Still love that line.

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  4. Liz H December 4, 2022 / 10:27 am

    When listening to one’s instincts is so very important. Yeah, she can find better environs to display her legendary walk and bass playing.
    So many great details to this vivid Six!

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  5. dorahak December 4, 2022 / 2:26 pm

    Denise, I could see it all playing out in my head as on a movie screen, the writing evocative and yes, “fluid” and “smooth”!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 4, 2022 / 4:16 pm

      Surely the highest of compliments. And the effect we strive for as writers. To have written a story such, our readers see them playing on the movie screen in their mind.
      Thank you, Dora!

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      • dorahak December 4, 2022 / 4:19 pm

        Well-deserved praise, your writing inspiring me to do better.

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  6. jenne49 December 4, 2022 / 2:54 pm

    Oh, something deliciously wicked is being fomented here.

    Vivid descriptions here, Denise.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 4, 2022 / 4:18 pm

      Sharp eye, Jenne. Oh, yes, the potential is there!
      Thank you. I’m glad they came across.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 4, 2022 / 7:17 pm

      It is true, Mimi. He can’t. And yes, we both know he won’t.
      Might be a bit of tussling in the offing.

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  7. imnobodywhoareyou December 5, 2022 / 1:06 pm

    With teeth like daggers and a laugh like a grizzly bear I would be slightly wary of this character.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 5, 2022 / 11:13 pm

      Oh, I dunno, Len. Maybe he’s not as scary as he appears, but then again…maybe he is!, lol

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