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I sit in front of my brand new computer, flex my hand, and poise my fingers over the keyboard.

It does not take me long to realize that I've a writer's block. Can't disappoint Mr. Tristan Tribe can I? After all, Tristan was an editor and kind enough to ask me to send in a contribution to his competition. 

Must write this noir story or go bust. Best look over the rules. Now where did I save them? Ah, there they are.  Felony, Fiery, Flagrant, Femme fatale. Interesting bit that. Let's think. What words would describe such a woman? Luscious? Lavish? Lustful? Luxurious? Say, what's this? An exercise in alliteration? Best start typing something.

The telephone rang. Slick Sammy, cigarette hanging from his lower lip, answered: "Yes?"
"Slick, Lisa here. Remember me, luscious?" The voice was low and mellow. Slick felt pins and needles piercing his skin. How could he ever forget Lisa!
"What's up, hon?" Slick tried to play it cool, but in his mind he could easily picture her lying on a sofa, her full lips slightly parted, her ravishing body supine and inviting. Her hair was dark and her face pale. When she smiled at you the moon waned and you felt you had to do something to address the situation. Lisa was fun. When she kissed you, you'd feel you're the only man in the world. She had that kind o' effect on Slick.
"Slick, you gotta kill ‘HIM’. He kidnapped my brother. He'll kill him if I don't give in."
Fate has a habit of putting Slick in a corner. Slick hated Lisa's brother. Jack was a cut-throat and a bully. Some say he loved beating women… and men for that matter. Best thing for this world was to hang and quarter him, preferably at the same time. As for "HIM"! Alas "HIM" was even worse. "HIM" was a son-of-a-, perverse and deadly. Killing "HIM" won't be easy though. Slimy "HIM"! Sammy Slick spat his cigarette slickly into a corner of the room and licked his lips.

Corny. What am I writing? This would never win me a contest. Even the name is wrong. Slick Sammy or Sammy Slick. Perhaps Sammy the Slick. This writer's block must be hitting me at fever pitch.

"Slick, you need a gun? Got a magnum for you."

Magnum? That's an ice-cream as far as I know. Prefer wine! Maybe a glass of cold Chablis would bring me some good ideas. So far everything has been lousy. I smell the Chablis, allowing its bouquet to fill my nostrils and anticipate the luxurious taste to follow. Here's to Mr. Tribe. Bet he has never tasted anything so … so….! Words fail me. I must be real bad if I can't describe the taste of Chablis. Ah those French! They know a thing or two about wines…and women.  The hall clock strikes eleven. Blast. This story must be posted quickly, before midnight.

"Got a slick gun-slicker for you, Slick."

This is getting worse. Too many slicks. I sip more wine. Beautiful. A little more won't hurt. What am I thinking? Slick for wine! Must be getting fuzzy or something.

"Will you help me Slick?" Lisa put all her sex appeal in her voice. Sammy preferred the sex rather than the appeal.
"Sure babe. For you I'd go to hell and come back with a devil in a sack." An' Slick could tell a few guys, she won't find a better specimen of manhood better than Slick. "Where's "HIM" now?' Slick Sammy looked outta the window. It was dark and drizzlin'. This was going to be a hell of a night. Maybe he could get away with it. Brushin' Lisa's lips would be fun.
"Lured "HIM" to Chinese Indigo Dragon Motel, Slick. Better come over quick afore he starts his rough ways. I need you badly, honey."

This story is not shaping so well, is it? To use a word like afore is a sure sign of mental fatigue. Should I start all over? This story must be posted afore midnight. What a world! It's Tribe's fault really. Putting a deadline like that. I sip more wine.
Must find some sort of a gun. Now where can I find a list of guns? I'm sure I heard of a magnum gun before. But don't ask me its calibre. Maybe I can use a knife. No, no, too messy. Must be a gun. 

Suddenly, Lisa my wife comes in, wearing next to nothing.
"What are you doing, honey? You got a hard day, tomorrow. Come with me, sweetheart." Her voice is husky and low.
I look at her and wonder. Femme fatale! Was I looking at one? Well she's seductive, glamorous, bewitching, alluring. Heck, am I a thesaurus or what?

I switch the computer off and follow her to bed.
Sorry Mr. Tristan Tribe. Must disappoint you. There are things more important than writing in life, aren't there?

8 October 2018
Fiction - October 2018 Writing Challenge - Poetry Contest
Sponsored by: Dear Heart a.k.a. Broken Wings

All characters are fictional.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 10/11/2018 8:48:00 AM
So great! I feel as if we are in your head as you brainstorm! And delicious with yearning and wine. Loved the part about he hits women “and men” - just a mean old $#&! I love the diversity of your writes!
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Date: 10/10/2018 10:31:00 AM
I will start from the end Victor! A stunning twist! A genuine, humorous and cheerful end! You masterfully succeeded in catching an avid reader interest and attention.. the read is captivating.. a story within a story.. genuine characters mingled with fictional ones.. events intertwined! A great and a captivating Narrative! I so much enjoyed reading! Definitely a FAV. Thank you for sharing your beauty! My deepest regards. Be blessed always.
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Date: 10/10/2018 6:13:00 AM
A big Wow Victor. I can see why your story writing skills were appreciated so much on radio. The dialogue in this action-orientated dramatic write is sheer genius, you my dear sir prove to us more and more that you are one helluva writer. Bravo and a fave....Maria :)
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Date: 10/9/2018 9:10:00 PM
Hi Victor, this is impressive, It is an excellent write. This is you at your best Victor. This is one I could read over and over again and never be bored. Whatever your inspiration, I wish you could send some of it my way. I am so glad I decided to pay you a visit this early morning. This one is a definite fave Victor. So well written, I love it. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Your friend always....Mike.
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Date: 10/9/2018 8:36:00 PM
I think you have better things to do in this story then write, right ? I think y our story is incredible, Well written, You'll have every publisher clamouring at your door, asking for more.
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Date: 10/9/2018 1:41:00 PM
is this you, vicctor?... thoroughly enjoyed this inner dialogue and that route you took to end this 'tall tale...' what have you been up to? your muse enchants!... huggs
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Date: 10/9/2018 12:47:00 PM
In life there sure are somethings which are better than writing, lol, I don't know about you but it often happens to me that when I am not in a mood of writing, I can never produce a good piece, it all depends upon your mood, sometime you can write several essays or stories in a day, while other times even after month you don't find the muse, your short story was certainly an enjoyable one to read and ending sure make it awesome, good luck in the contest and have a really nice day
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Date: 10/9/2018 11:29:00 AM
Oh, how I love the way you included the mental notes to yourself as you attempted to write. They were witty and genuine, Victor, and they added a lot to this narrative. (And who could blame you for shutting down the computer with a more tempting proposition at hand?) What a fun read! Best wishes in the contest. Carolyn
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Date: 10/8/2018 10:50:00 PM
You were in the mood for writing :) .. interesting and enjoyable story.. luck in the contest..
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Date: 10/8/2018 3:49:00 PM
WoW! Victor, You did good with this intriguing piece. Your narrative was so engaging that it pulled me in hook line and sinker. The characters and your content were superbly done. I didn't want it to end. This is a top notch fictional write. I am sure I will you in the winner's circle. I wish the best of luck in the contest:-) Alexis
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Date: 10/8/2018 12:18:00 PM
Hello Victor. My goodness. I thought you did very well with first showing some drama and setting the scene and having the characters with a little rough edge. Then I adored how you brought life into the story line and softened the characters with being with each other and factoring the almighty love element. I very much enjoyed this and your skill because as the reader reads on he is there right in the scene looking on with the characters. Well done. May this day find you well.
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Date: 10/8/2018 11:54:00 AM
Insightful narrative masterfully written that proves beyond any doubt your ability to be a brilliant storyteller dear, Victor . A Fav for me my friend!
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Date: 10/8/2018 10:48:00 AM
A brilliantly written narrative Victor, great storytelling, good luck in the contest. Tom.
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Date: 10/8/2018 10:45:00 AM
That was really engaging, the way you were showing a story writer's mind at work. Excellent writing
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Date: 10/8/2018 8:02:00 AM
You are a wonderful story-teller, Victor, this one's excellent about telling a story itself, great job:)
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Date: 10/8/2018 7:17:00 AM
A fine Chablis indeed...This is story telling at it's best Victor.. A Masterpiece
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Date: 10/8/2018 6:44:00 AM
Excellent creativity in your write, Victor. Your originality hits the mark. You have won in my books. Well done.
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Date: 10/8/2018 5:54:00 AM
Laugh out loud Victor!! They say a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, don't they??
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Date: 10/8/2018 5:23:00 AM
An intriguing and compelling narrative, Victor. Very different to the poetry I'm used to reading from you. Very well written. Best wishes for the contest. T.J
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Date: 10/8/2018 3:20:00 AM
- If this writing was without the poet's name ... I never guess this was written by you, Victor - A wonderful writing and rich in excitement, best wishes in the contest :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 10/8/2018 2:10:00 AM
So unusual and intriguing form with many thrilling and unpredictable turns, Victor! I adore it! By the way, in the very story, Liza is a lizard, as when she is stepped her tail, she would lose it lightly and obtain the new one as a new lover, right?
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