Just Got Complicated. It’s a 6.

I came to in a hotel room with the stench of a dead body stand in for smelling salts.

Three times the size of my walk-up in the ‘Heights, sophistication and refinement written all over it, this was no rent by the hour room; I needed a cigarette and reached for the inside of my jacket only I wasn’t wearing my jacket, it lay neatly folded over the back of the loveseat facing a massive window high above the sidewalk with a view of the… the ocean? A little unsteady and a lot pissed off, I moved towards couch and cigarettes; as I passed the mahogany writing desk, it’s chair neatly pushed in, the hotel’s letterhead caught my eye: “Welcome to the Claridge, Where Everyone’s Treated like a Star“, Atlantic City, New Jersey – the Claridge was easy 20 miles from the Starfish Lounge.

I grabbed a cigarette ignoring the dead guy on the floor, knife deep in his chest, took a drag deeper than the Hudson River Canyon and re-ran the footage from last night at the Starfish. We both drank a lot, me whiskey, her, gin martinis; I remember it was around 2 a.m. because I’d looked at my watch figuring I better leave to make the drop to Jimmy’s; no sooner had I looked up she was leaning over me, softly whispering in my ear, cleavage teasing just as quietly, daring me to pull her closer – next thing I know we’re hailing a cab; after that it was lights out, bubba.  

Now I’m standing in a high dollar room at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City with a case of amnesia, a dead body, a missing woman and a missing envelope of cash… I needed to improvise a plan and fast.

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It’s Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up!

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and another edition of Six Sentence Stories!
Mr. Joyce has a point, non? And, what better place than this venue, this platform, to work through those “mistakes”. Say, what?! You sayin’ my 6 is a mistake??! Heavens, no. Six Sentence Stories is a weekly writing challenge. Open to all level of writers, it is opportunity to practice for those of us looking to improve our skills. For those of you already with chops, it is opportunity to learn and be inspired and encouraged. SSS is a community. It’s sharing ideas, humor, experience, frustration. Six Sentence Stories gives you a prompt word around which to build whatever your muses might be whispering at the moment. So how about it? Up for the challenge? Up for the entertainment? Up for simply enjoying the act of writing and hangin’ with some writer friends? We hope to read you but if no Six begged to be written this week, stop in , say “Hi” and check out our stories. Either way, you’re guaranteed to have a good time. Later, peeps!

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Link the URL to your post via the blue “Click here to enter” button below.
Link is live Wednesday through Saturday night late!
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Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” James Joyce

Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt!

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and Sunday’s prompt word reveal for Six Sentence Stories!
Today’s post provides the building block (or not) for the next Six Sentence Story you write. The prompt word may be the inspiration for a Six or an incidental to your Six. Wednesday is the big invite and link up post. It’s where the party is. No bouncers at the door, no cover charge. All you do is link the URL to your Six Sentence story, poem, musing, missive or next scene via the blue “Click here to enter” Inlinkz invite, walk through the doors and…have a good time! Last Sunday’s post I entertained suggestions for prompt words and three writers responded. Without further ado, may I present this week’s prompt word, courtesy of Susan of Sillyfrog’s Blog. Thank you, Susan!

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
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Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 😀

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The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time, you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.
– Mark Twain

Veronica. It’s a 6.

It may not be a “Tommy” gun but my M3 was just as convincing, 450 rounds a minute of cranking persuasion, she hadn’t failed me yet – tonight it wasn’t the gun that failed…

Friday nights I went down to the docks to collect “rent” for Big Jimmy Muldoon; afterwards, like every Friday night, I headed to the Starfish Lounge to clear my head of the smell of diesel fuel and seaweed stink.. and that’s when I met her.

Word on the street she was a West coast moll come to Jersey to score for Sid “Bag & Tag” Solemi; rolling into town like a tumbleweed in heat, she lost no time makin’ the rounds of clubs and casinos on the strip but tonight, she was at the Starfish.

I’d hit the Starfish around midnight and squeezing my way through the smoky crowd spotted an empty stool at the far end of the bar; didn’t take long to notice the herd of mooks at the other end, drooling over a woman sitting like a movie star among adoring fans.

She turned at that moment, a tall cool drink on a smokin’ July afternoon, wavy burnt chestnut hair sweeping past her shoulders like a hot summer breeze, our eyes made contact; sucked up into the shimmering blue of her eyes, it was a connection I would later regret.

Instinctively, I reached into the inside pocket of my jacket feeling for the bulky envelope of cash confident it was secure when I felt a hand lightly caress my knee – never noticed her walk over…

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It’s Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up!

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and another edition of Six Sentence Stories!
Forgive me for taking the DeLorean to future Sixes when we are on the cusp of this week’s Six Sentence Stories challenge however, I want to thank Susan, Chris and Paula for answering the call in last Sunday’s post for prompt word suggestions. Thank you! They’re excellent suggestions. Not a one have we used during my tenure as Majordomo. What is a blog hop if not interactive? Participation fuels this virtual engine. Every one of you who writes a Six, who comes to read the Sixes and provide encouragement to our awesome group of writers, you make it all worthwhile 🙂  We hope you’ll join us this week in a new round of adventures told in exactly 6 sentences. Read you on the flip side.

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Link the URL to your post via the blue “Click here to enter” button below.
Link is live Wednesday through Saturday night late!
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers  😀

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https://fresh.inlinkz.com/js/widget/load.js?id=a8b40ada7693d64e5923Once we have accepted the story, we cannot escape the story’s fate.” – P.L. Travers

Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt!

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and Sunday’s prompt word reveal for Six Sentence Stories!
When was the last time I opened up the Six for “Writer’s/Reader’s Choice” for the prompt word? I’m thinking it’s been awhile. In the past, we’ve had suggestions from Mimi and Paul, the Atomic Mage (fka TVTA), Lisa and others. What do you say? Anyone feeling a particular prompt word they’d like to suggest for the Six Sentence Stories‘ May 13, 2021 Edition? Let us know in a comment. We’ll have an informal vote – leave your choice in Comments. The word that receives the most votes will be chosen; the other suggestions will go on the list for use in successive weeks. Cool? Excellent. Soccer beckons. Have a most excellent week. Write. Then write some more. Read you soon!

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Return here, link your post Wednesday night through Saturday late…
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 😀

PROMPT WORD CONNECTION

Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.” – Rudyard Kipling

There is a Doorway. It’s a 6.

How fun is this Six Sentence Story writing challenge?! Clark, of the Wakefield Doctrine, invited me to come up on stage this week and jam a little. I brought along a couple of friends.

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The package nearly flew out of the young man’s arms so distracted was he that he nearly knocked me to the lobby’s marble tiled floor – Forgive me young man, my mind was on other matters”; steadying myself, I reached for the amber beads worn about my waist, felt a growing warmth and gave over to their gentle vibration, equilibrium restored.  

My earlier conversation with Chief Inspector Wentworth, his demeanor chilled as the day, was unproductive and had done nothing to allay my suspicion there was more to the circumstances surrounding Sister Abigail’s murder than “Benedictine nun in the wrong place at the wrong time” as he impertinently implied. She’d been seen at the St. Pancras Hotel the day of her murder, in the company of a man, which raised a host of questions, the least of which was why was a nun, whose vows were community service and helping the poor, seen frequenting a glamourous establishment such as the St. Pancras, unaccompanied.

Sister Abigail had arrived at our convent as a transfer from an abbey in Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany 6 months prior, still life Botticelli with iridescent green eyes, she wore amber rosary beads around her slender waist, the amalgam of yellows and orange and brown hues often seeming to glow. The evening before she departed for London, Sister Abigail quietly steered me to an alcove off the kitchen as we made our way to chapel for evening prayers; once alone she took my hand, placing her rosary in my upturned palm whispering “for you Sister E, wear them always, you will need them more than I as they will serve no purpose where I am going, may our Mother be with you.”

As I made my way across the lobby’s marble tiled floor, one pawn on a chessboard in a most perilous the game, I glanced down at the scrap of paper in my hand and the scribbled room number; standing at the ornately carved oak desk, I handed the paper to the concierge saying, “I am here to see the man who rents this room.

It’s Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up!

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and another edition of Six Sentence Stories!
Pulled up the “Tube. Reliable go-to for inspiration. Sure ’nuff, as I kept scrolling, pointer partway past midpage, my mouse came to rest on the destined selection. The music? Etta James & B. B. King performing “There’s Something on Your Mind.” Title, if nothing else, is most fitting. Within these virtual walls, inside this café littéraire, there is much on our minds. We gather each week to share these “somethings” in the form of flash fiction, poetry (or combination thereof), scenes from an our latest serial or a simple stream of consciousness (“soc”). Our challenge? To tell a story in exactly 6 sentences. Simple enough, sure. Easy? At times. Consider: the coolest aspect of writing a Six is mining for the proper combination of words, arranging them amongst appropriate punctuation so as to elicit a smile, straight out hard laughter, quiet amusement, a moment of awe… Whatsay? You in?

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Link the URL to your post via the blue “Click here to enter” button below.
Link is live Wednesday through Saturday night late!
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers  😀

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https://fresh.inlinkz.com/js/widget/load.js?id=a8b40ada7693d64e5923Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose-petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.” – Don Marquis

Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt!

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and Sunday’s prompt word reveal for Six Sentence Stories!
There is another quote from Ms. Dillard I’m fond of that strikes a resounding chord. It’s a bit long to cite in this post however, it has been truncated by various sources to
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” It immediately brought to mind Pink Floyd’s “Time“, and Dali’s iconic piece “The Persistence of Memory“. Writing, the act of writing, is suspension of time. It is a vehicle of transport across the dimensions of our imagination. The time to write is now. Remove your watch, do not look at the clock. Between now and Thursday, write exactly 6 sentences, write a Six Sentence Story.
What else have you to do between now and Thursday?

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Return here, link your post Wednesday night through Saturday late…
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 😀

PROMPT WORDPAWN

Sometimes part of a book simply gets up and walks away. The writer cannot force it back into place. It wanders off to die.” – Annie Dillard

Spiritus Mundi. It’s a 6.

Do I attribute it to Spring’s fickle up and down all around weather? Was the cue a musical chord striking an emotional string? Does it matter? “SOC” (stream of consciousness) is a stream, so let her flow. Enjoy!

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Sweet child o’ mine, still walking in the cold November rain, how is it you find yourself on the road again running, running against the wind? As the wind cries Mary, you scream in vengeance wherever you may roam, running to the hills even as they fade to black. Life is hard and then you die you think standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona ticking away the moments of a dull day, waiting for the train, gone dead train. Times have changed and times are strange… down in a hole… rally round tha family with a pocket full of shells. Can’t you see it’s a beautiful day, don’t be a casualty, cut the chord ’cause agony brings no reward  –  you’re stuck in a moment, take it away and everything will be OK. Effervescent smile, youth gone wild, you are young and life is long so hey, hey, turn the record over; don’t forget to dance.


Editor’s Note: while some may be obvious, others less so, my 6 is comprised almost entirely of bits and pieces of song lyrics. Inspiration for a Six told in their own words.