(Glossary at end. Click for Sammy, the Gat, catch-up.)
I look around. To my left, the carn: pulsatin’ primaries, tinny tunes, swirlin’ stallions, high-flyin’ rumble seats. To my right: Main Street, lit up like a newbie in white. And separatin’ ’em: Belinda B. and her BB gun.
“So how come the rat-a-tat?” I ask.
She one-twos a slick in blue polyester holdin’ a phony made-in-the-’Glades book bag standin’ solo behind me.
Muscle, she says. The feebs know all about my air scare, she tells me, and if she can’t get me to Limeyland for a prelim sit-down, that dude’s gonna. The blaster, she says, is just for show.
“Why so crit I go to Lizziedom?” I ask.
Five notches on my gripper, she tells me. I’m the top bozo, the sharpie, the end run.
I eyeball the frill with the wide opens and think, “yeah, and I’m this week’s lugen”.
THE GATIONARY of Sammy Speak
air scare: n. fear of flying. blaster: n. gun. carn: n. carnival.
crit: adj. critical. end run: n. best man for the job.
eyeball: v. to look at. feeb: n. FBI. frill: n. woman.
high-flyin’ rumble seats: n. ferris wheel. Limeyland: n. England.
Lizziedom: n. England. lugen: n. carnival slang for really dumb sucker.
made-in-the-’Glades: n. alligator skin. newbie in white: n. bride.
one-two: v. to look at. prelim sit-down: n. briefing.
pulsatin’ primaries: n. flashing, bright, colored lights.
rat-a-tat: n. gun. sharpie: n. sharpshooter. slick: n. man.
swirlin’ stallions: n. merry-go-round. tinny tunes: n. calliope music.
top bozo: n. ace shot. wide opens: n. eyes.
(Photo by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, Friday Fictioneers, November 30, 2012.)