Sammy, the Gat: “Gift Me The Skinny”

(Click for Sammy, the Gat, catch-up)

“We both know you ain’t gonna snuff me, Belinda,” I say to the bird holdin’ the loaded party favor. “So ditch the widow-maker and gift me the skinny.”
I see the frost melt on her windowpane as she shutters her baby blues, opens her stasher and drops in the banger.
“Big this time, Sammy. Across the pond.”
Right away I’m bristlin’ stop signs. I got my limits, and fifty long ones outside-a town is as far as I mogate.
“Ain’t gonna happen, Belinda.”
“NatSec.” She gives me the wise eye as her syllables boogie onto my dance card.
Belinda Beauvais, a fed?
Sammy, the Gat, a fed?
The noose around my food tube boa-constricts.

(Photo by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, Friday Fictioneers, November 09, 2012.)

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23 Responses to Sammy, the Gat: “Gift Me The Skinny”

  1. janet says:

    I like how you worked in the icy window. 🙂

  2. This just cracks me up. Looks like Sammy the Gat needs to do some back peddling. Great dialogue, VB. And your characters are habit forming.

    • vbholmes says:

      Many thanks for the great prompt and the fine compliment, Rochelle. (And I really like “your characters are habit forming”)–you have a powerful story in your “The Ice Queen”.

  3. Hi V.B.,
    You’ve come up with a real winner with these hard-boiled scenarios. You should seriously use this talent to create some longer works. Roin

  4. Lora says:

    Had to read over a few times because, even though I live in Hell’s Kitchen and hear a lot of ethnic hip talk and ebonic slang, I don’t know anyone who speaks like your characters and found it difficult to follow… BUT that’s just me.

    • vbholmes says:

      Sammy’s got his own style which is more a combination of ’30s and ’40s gangster slang, jive, and personal invention than ethnic hip and ebonics (that’s not to say he doesn’t use any of those terms as well). Enjoyed your “Ice Storm”.

  5. billgncs says:

    absolutely loved it…. A Fed….. he’s outgunned for sure!

  6. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear VB,

    I loved the way your syllables boogie onto my dance card. Great continuation and solid characterization.



  7. unspywriter says:

    Once again, you made me giggle over my breakfast–and that’s a good thing. Looking forward to more of Sammy!

    Here’s mine:

  8. brudberg says:

    Love the dialogue, though slightly challenging.. But what the heck, 100 words I can re-read a few times. Love it 🙂

  9. Anne Orchard says:

    Sammy’s heading across the pond? Should we be worried? Not sure we’d know what to do with him. 🙂

  10. Deliberately Delicious says:

    I wish I could write dialogue like you! Your characters are so colourful and lively.

  11. claudia says:

    The noose around my food tube boa-constricts….ha..i like…cool dialogue..

  12. This is one of my favorite pic prompts. Loving the different responses. Great job.

  13. hopedancer says:

    I had to read it several times before I got it. (I think I’ve got most of it.) Thanks for the link to the previous parts. I’ve never heard many of the slang expressions you use! My favorite section: “Right away I’m bristlin’ stop signs. I got my limits, and fifty long ones outside-a town is as far as I mogate.” Did you make up “mogate” ? Hope I get to read more about Sammy and Belinda. You do a great job of communicating character through dialog.

  14. Sandra says:

    You do this kind of thing so well… Nice work.

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