Sammy, the Gat: “Five Notches On My Gripper”


Janet (Sustainabilitea) had a fantabulous idea: A Dictionary for Sammy Speak. And she had a superfantabulous suggestion for the title: The Gationary. I have started definitions with this post and you’ll find the words at the end of this story.  Many thanks, Janet!

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

Now I got a rep to keep on ice and this confab comes with bright red flashers. I ain’t called Sammy, the Gat, for nothin’. I got five notches on my gripper and a few more that’s just air time. And if the dudes ever find out The Gat is afraid to levitate, it’ll be high-voltage batteries for me.
So I gotta take care-a Belinda.
I start with “NatSec?”
She gives me a hoot and says, “Cut it, Sammy. The penny-loafers need a wax job on a scepter-swinger and you been tapped.”
“Where?” I ask.
“Casablanca,” she says.
“Get Bogart,” I say.
Another hoot. And she plasters me with a free pass on a flying coffin.
“I thought the feds were home boys,” I mutter as she retrieves her piece and waves it in my direction.

THE GATIONARY of Sammy Speak
air time: n. so much talk.   bright red flashers: n. warnings, alerts.
confab: n. confabulation; chat, discussion.   flying coffin: n. airplane.
free pass: n. ticket.   gripper: n. handle of gun.
high-voltage batteries: n. curtains (as in end of the road; the big D).
home boys: n. FBI agents (they operate within the United States).
hoot: n: sarcastic laugh.   keep on ice: v. protect
levitate: v. to fly (in airplane).
NatSec: n. National Security.   penny-loafers: n. federal officers.
piece: n. gun.   plasters: v. gives.   rep: n, reputation.
scepter-swinger: n. powerful person.   tapped: v. chosen.
wax job: n. a killing.

(Photo by Sean Fallon, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, Friday Fictioneers, November 16, 2012.)

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22 Responses to Sammy, the Gat: “Five Notches On My Gripper”

  1. Got your book and am looking forward to reading it over Thanksgiving vacation. Bill will read it, too, I’m sure. I enjoy your ongoing story but could use the occasional Gationary!!

    • vb holmes says:

      Hi Janet,
      First, many thanks for getting a copy of Reverberation–It’s fiction but based on fact. Charismatic religious leaders and utopian communities (precursors to the communes of the sixties) existed here and abroad in the late 18th and first half of the 19th centuries (some were conservative, others very liberal). I became interested in them when I found out there had been an unconventional utopian community led by a radical preacher about five miles from my home. And, as they say, the rest is history.
      Next, I must thank you for your great suggestion for the creatively-named Gationary. I started with the words for this post and will catch up on the first three as it’s a fun project.
      Again, many thanks!

  2. Love this story keep going!

  3. Anne Orchard says:

    I’m liking Janet’s idea. How about a Gat Glossary?

  4. I’m not sure I Gat half the dialogue here. A glossary isn’t such a bad idea. Nonetheless, I’m enjoying the series. I love old old movies and this reads like an old gangster flick. Thanks, V.B.

    • vb holmes says:

      I hadn’t appreciated all the fun possibilities that are available for Sammy’s name….As far as the old movies go, Sammy would love to see Humph play him but, darn, that crafty Sam Spade has already grabbed him.

  5. I’m sure I’m lost. 🙂

  6. Sandra says:

    Nicely done, and thanks for the glossary. Couldn’t have done without it. 🙂

  7. vb holmes says:

    Glad the glossary worked–of course, Sammy can’t understand why you have trouble getting his gist. Thanks for reading!

  8. Thanks for the glossary! Most of it’s like learning a new language lol. I’m enjoying the stories. 🙂

  9. JackieP says:

    I love reading your stories and trying to guess what you are actually saying. Sometimes I’m wrong, most times I’m right. A gationary is a great idea!

  10. Hi V.B.,
    Thanks for the dictionary. You’ve invented your own language! Another great hard-boiled caper tale! Ron

  11. lora13mit says:

    Last week I commented that I hadn’t a clue as to what I was reading, so…thanks for the glossary/dictionary. Mickey Spillane would be proud. Well done.

  12. billgncs says:

    love this… flying coffin… ( that’s how I feel )

  13. Samy the Gat flies in the face of the penny-loafers. Gotta love it.

    Good luck to him in Casablanca.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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